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Adoor Gopala Krishnan

Story/Screenplay: Adoor Gopala Krishnan
Camera: Ravi Varma
Starring: Madhu, Sharada,Thikkurissi, P. K. Venukkutan Nair.

'Swayamvaram' was Gopalakrishnan's debut as director. Two lovers elope to the city but life is difficult - they eventually move into a slum. Their love endures as they battle through life. The husband dies, leaving her a destitute widow with a small child. The movie closes with a knock on her door - she looks up. Moving away from the usual perceptions of melodramas, the film states a clear message of collective social responsibility - the couple's plight is not a punishment for their 'misdeeds' and their child deserves better than what the parents underwent.

Adoor GopalaKrishnan was born in the Adoor village of Kerala in 1941. Kathakali was part of life, when he was a kid, in the family. But later, the theatre and camera took that place. By the time he entered the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune in 1962, he had already written over a dozen plays and produced eight. Adoor made several documentaries and films which won several national and international awards.
1972: Swayamvaram (One's Own Choice)
1977: Kodiyettam (Ascent)
1981: Elippathayam (Rat Trap)
1984: Mukhamukham (Face to Face)
1987: Anantaram (Monologue)
1989: Mathilukal (The Walls)
1993: Vidheyan (The Servile)
1995: Kathapurushan (Man of the Story) 

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