Date:25/09/2008 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2008/09/25/stories/2008092555670300.htm
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J.C. Daniel awardee felicitated

Staff Reporter

P. Ramdas’ ‘Newspaper Boy’ is the first neo-realistic film in Malayalam



WELCOMING A PIONEER: Producer and director of ‘Newspaper Boy’ P. Ramdas with students of C.M.S. School, in Thrissur, on Wednesday.

Thrissur: P. Ramdas, winner of J.C. Daniel Award for 2007, was felicitated at a function held here on Wednesday. Mr. Ramdas directed and produced ‘Newspaper Boy,’ the first neo-realistic film in Malayalam, in 1955, while he was still a student. The film spoke of the story of a printing press employee and his family hit by extreme poverty.

At his alma mater

Film director Kamal inaugurated the function organised at C.M.S. School here, Mr. Ramdas’s alma mater and one of the locations of ‘Newspaper Boy’. The programme was organised jointly by the Thrissur Chalachitra Kendra and C.M.S. School.

“The J.C. Daniel Award should have been conferred on Mr. Ramdas much earlier. However, I am happy that he has been honoured with the award at least now,” said Kamal, who was a student at Kalabharathi, a film institute started by Mr. Ramdas.

Mr. Kamal said it was Mr. Ramdas, who discovered his talent as a filmmaker.

Nostalgic memories

“C.M.S. School brings alive a lot of old memories,” said Mr. Ramdas. ‘Newspaper Boy’ was a film made by a group of students for the students, the award-winner said.

‘Newspaper Boy’ heralded a new sensitivity in Malayalam cinema by echoing the social realities of Kerala at the time. The film was released a few months before Satyajit Ray’s ‘Pather Panchali.’

Produced under the banner of Adarsha Kalamandir ‘Newspaper Boy’ had received much critical acclaim.

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