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Celluloid: A Tribute to the Father of Malayalam Cinema

Celluloid is a 2013 Malayalam biographical film written and directed by Kamal, starring Prithviraj, Sreenivasan, Mamta Mohandas and Chandni in the lead roles. The film is based on the life story of J.C. Daniel, the pioneer of Malayalam cinema, who made the first Malayalam film Vigathakumaran in 1928. The film also depicts the struggles and hardships faced by Daniel and his heroine P.K. Rosie, who was ostracized by the society for acting in a film.

The film was critically acclaimed and won seven Kerala State Film Awards, including Best Film, Best Actor (Prithviraj), Best Screenplay (Kamal) and Best Music Director (M. Jayachandran). The film was also a commercial success, grossing over 16 crore rupees at the box office. The film was praised for its authentic portrayal of the historical events and characters, as well as its technical excellence and musical score.


The Plot

The film begins with Chelangatt Gopalakrishnan (Sreenivasan), a journalist and film historian, who is researching about J.C. Daniel and his lost film Vigathakumaran. He meets Daniel's son Harris Daniel (Prithviraj), who tells him about his father's life and passion for cinema.

The film then flashes back to the 1920s, when J.C. Daniel (Prithviraj), a dentist and a martial arts expert, dreams of making a motion picture in Malayalam. He travels to various places, writes numerous letters and meets Dadasaheb Phalke, the father of Indian cinema, to learn the art and technique of filmmaking. He sells his property and borrows money to buy the equipment and materials required for making a film.

He decides to make a film based on his own story, Vigathakumaran (The Lost Child), which is about a young man who is separated from his parents during a communal riot and grows up in an orphanage. He faces many challenges and falls in love with a Nair girl, who is later kidnapped by a villain. He then rescues her and reunites with his parents.

He faces difficulty in finding an actress to play the female lead role, as no woman from respectable families was willing to act in films at that time. He finally finds Rosamma (Chandni), a Dalit Christian girl who works as a maid in his house. He convinces her to act in his film and renames her as P.K. Rosie.

He completes his film with great difficulty and screens it at Capitol Theatre in Thiruvananthapuram on 7 November 1928. However, the film faces severe opposition from the upper caste audience, who are enraged by the fact that a Dalit girl has acted as a Nair lady. They create a ruckus in the theatre and destroy the film reels.

Rosie is hunted down by the Madambis, a group of upper caste vigilantes, who want to kill her for defiling their caste. She escapes from them and leaves the town, never to be seen again.

Daniel is devastated by the loss of his film and his heroine. He tries to make another film, but fails due to lack of funds and support. He moves to Tamil Nadu with his wife Janet (Mamta Mohandas) and son Harris. He lives in poverty and obscurity for many years, until he dies in 1975.

The film then returns to the present day, where Gopalakrishnan tries to get recognition for Daniel's contributions to Malayalam cinema. He writes articles and books about him and appeals to the government to honour him with awards and pensions. However, he faces many hurdles and rejections from the authorities, who doubt the existence of Vigathakumaran.

He finally succeeds in getting Daniel's name included in the list of National Film Award winners for 1992, posthumously conferring him with a Special Jury Award for his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema.

The Review

Celluloid is a masterpiece of Malayalam cinema that pays homage to the forgotten hero of Malayalam cinema, J.C. Daniel. The film is a well-researched and well-crafted biopic that brings to life the historical and cultural context of the early days of cinema in Kerala. The film also raises important questions about the issues of caste, class, gender and religion that plagued the society then and now.

The film boasts of brilliant performances by the lead actors, especially Prithviraj, who delivers a career-best performance as J.C. Daniel. He portrays the various shades of Daniel's character, from his passion and enthusiasm to his pain and despair, with remarkable ease and conviction. Sreenivasan is also excellent as Gopalakrishnan, who becomes the voice and conscience of Daniel. Mamta Mohandas and Chandni are also impressive as Janet and Rosie, who support Daniel in his dreams and sufferings.

The film is also a technical marvel, with stunning cinematography by Venu, crisp editing by K. Rajagopal and splendid art direction by Suresh Kollam. The film recreates the period and atmosphere of the 1920s and 1930s with great authenticity and detail. The film also features some beautiful songs composed by M. Jayachandran and sung by K.J. Yesudas, K.S. Chithra and others.

Celluloid is a must-watch film for anyone who loves cinema and history. It is a tribute to the man who dared to dream and make the first Malayalam film, despite all odds. It is also a tribute to the woman who sacrificed her life for the sake of cinema, without getting any recognition or reward. It is a film that celebrates the spirit of cinema and its power to inspire and transform lives.

The Rating

I give Celluloid 5 out of 5 stars for its brilliant direction, screenplay, performances, music and technical aspects. It is a film that deserves to be watched and appreciated by all.


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