Renowned Malayalam filmmaker K G George died at an old age home in Kerala’s Kakkanad on Sunday. He was 77.
He was the founder of a new school of film making in Malayalam cinema, along with Bharathan and P. Padmarajan, in the 1980s.
He won the national film award for best feature film in Malayalam for his debut movie ‘Swapnadanam’ in 1975. He is a recipient of 9 Kerala State Film Awards for his various films.
He was also awarded the J. C. Daniel Award, Kerala government’s highest honour for contributions to the Malayalam cinema.
His well-known films include Ulkkadal (1979), Mela (1980), Yavanika (1982), Lekhayude Maranam Oru Flashback (1983), Adaminte Vaariyellu (1983), Panchavadi Palam (1984), Irakal (1986), and Mattoral (1988).
George was the founder and chairman of the Malayalam Cine Technicians Association (MACTA), and continued to be an executive member. He was the chairman of the Kerala State Film Development Corporation.
After his diploma from Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, K. G. George started his film career as the assistant to director Ramu Kariat.
He was given the tag of a ‘via media director‘ together with Padmarajan, Bharathan and Mohan, which was a big compliment in the 1980s when most of his movies were hits.