Wednesday, March 21, 2012


P.N.Menon was an eminent film director of Malayalam cinema and well remembered and appreciated for
his artistic touch and real like frames.The intellectual quality of his films are well  known and actually it was
Menon who made  the foundation for a new school of film making which was better flourished during the
time of Director Bharathan.Director P.N. Menon was the uncle of Bharathan and the nephew was following
the path lead by his uncle in all ways.Both of them were diploma holders  from School of arts and since they
were having the artistic  inborn talents their films differed in quality and beauty.
P.N.Menon was born in Vadakkancherry of Kerala in the year 1928.He had his studies at Thrissur and then
at School of Arts in Chennai.He was a  highly talented painter on canvas.Before entering films P.N.Menon
Scene from 'Olavum Theeravum'
worked as Magazine cover designer.
He entered film field as art director for the film 'Ninamaninja Kalpadukal'.His debut film as a director was in

1965 with the film 'Rosie' in which P.J.Antony was the hero.P.N.Menon entered in to the hearts of the audience with his maiden venture itself.His film 'Olavum Theeravum' based on the story of M.T.Vasudevan Nair and scripted by M.T. itself was a fantastic film and Menon received accolades for his artistic touch.Madhu
excelled in that film as the hero.The film earned Kerala Government best film award also.
Another film based on a short story of M.T.Vasudevan Nair 'Kuttiyedathy' is one of the best films in Malayalam and P.N. Menon got established as an intellectual director.
Another film  which was well acclaimed by critics and also a big commercial success was 'Chembarathy'.It
was a film made based on the story written by  'Malayattoor Ramakrishnan'.It was produced by Malayalanadu
weekly editor S.K.Nair.Sudheer and Raghavan entered Malayalam cinema by that film and child artist Baby
Roja Ramani was upgraded as the heroine in that film.Madhu and Rani Chandra also handled key roles in the
film which was superbly directed by P.N.Menon.
Yet another film 'Gayathri'  also helped boost the enthusiasm of Menon since the film received President's
Medal for National Integration.In the film Gayathri, M.G.Soman debuted as an actor in Malayalam Cinema.
The beautiful songs and song sequences of Gayathri is still remembered.Another artistic film 'Malamukalile
Daivam' earned National award too.
His films 'Chayam', 'Udayam Kizhakku Thanne' ,  'Kadampa' , 'Panimudakku' etc all earned good opinion
from viewers and critics.
After a long gap he directed a film 'Nerkkunere' in 2004.He used to design posters for films also which
were  beautiful and outstanding.
P.N.Menon died on 9 September 2008 at Kochi in a Private hospital.
Selected Filmography
Olavum Theeravum
Udayam Kizhakku Thanne
Taxi Driver
Archana Teacher
Mala Mukalile Daivam

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