Twenty eight years back, it was on this day, P Padmarajan, the great story teller and the master craft man who changed the Molly wood silver screen in to the unique imaginative world unfamiliar to the Malayees, departed to the world of eternal gandharvas.
Within his too short a career in film Padmarajan directed 15 films and penned many scripts for his own films and for Bharathan, the master director and for others. Bharathan Padmarajan duo in Molly wood brought a classic era in silver screen.
Padmarajan, the classic film maker reconstructed the imaginative world of Malayalees with all his subtle as well as violent script and frames. The film from ‘Oridothoridothoru file man’ to his swayang song, ‘NanGandharvan’ he has made constant efforts to spur the imaginative world of Malayalees. His films sometimes might not have accepted by the then contemporary Malayalee society. But over the time the Padmarajan films are celebrated by Malayalees in a passionate search to capture their freedom in love with all its sublimity.
The film like ‘Thoovanathumbikal’,’ Namukkuparkkan munthirithoppukal’ becomes too adorable to the Malayalee nostalgia. Clara and Jayakrishnan, chief protagonists in the film becomes the symbol of unrestricted bond of love. So like Solaman and Sofia in ‘Namukku parkkan Munthiruthoppukal’ familiar to the Malayalees for its depth and sublimity of love to have conveyed in the frames and script.
The films, like ‘Arappattakettiya Grmamum’, ‘Oridothorithoru fileman’ and ‘Kallan pavithran’ though not so hit in box office then, celebrated as classic art of film making with increasing number of viewers in television channels . The three films exude Padmarajan’s master craftsmanship in film making uncompromising to the box office.
The films like ‘Kariyilakkatupole’, ‘Novemberindenashttam’ ‘season’ all are box office hits with artistic beauty realistic life.
Padmarajan’s sudden death at a hotel room due to cardiac arrest was shocking and the void left by the Gandharva, the great maker of silver screen frames cannot be filled by time so far. Like Gandharva, the central character in ‘NanGandharvan’ Padmarajan departed from earth leaving his magic want of creative imagination. The dialogue delivered in the last scene where Gandharva departs from earth was unknowingly mentioned the imminent death of the master craft man.