Renowned Malayalam filmmaker KG George, known for his pioneering work in parallel cinema, passed away on Sunday at the age of 77. George breathed his last at an old age home in Kochi, Kerala. According to reports, he was undergoing treatment for a stroke.
KG George made an indelible mark on Malayalam cinema with his unique storytelling, progressive themes, and nuanced characterizations. He skillfully explored complex human relationships and societal issues through his films.
George made his directorial debut with the National Award-winning film ‘Swapnadanam’ in 1975. The movie pioneered the parallel cinema movement in Malayalam. His other seminal works include ‘Oolkkatal’, ‘Yavanika’, ‘Lekhayude Maranam Oru Flashback’, ‘Adaminte Vaariyellu’, ‘Kathakku Pinnil’, ‘Panchavadi Palam’, and ‘Irakal’.
Portrayed Women’s Issues Sensitively
Known for his strong female protagonists, George often highlighted women’s issues with sensitivity and progressiveness. His films like ‘Yavanika’, ‘Lekhayude Maranam Oru Flashback’ and ‘Adaminte Vaariyellu’ poignantly portrayed the inner lives of women.
The director brilliantly explored various genres – from crime thrillers to political satire to family dramas. His 1984 film ‘Panchavadi Palam’ was one of the most well-known political satires in Malayalam cinema history.
Received Numerous Accolades
George received numerous accolades for his stellar filmography, including four Kerala State Film Awards. The Government of Kerala honored him with the prestigious JC Daniel Award in 2015, recognizing his lifetime contribution to Malayalam cinema.
The filmmaker had been inactive for the last few years due to declining health. His last directorial project was ‘Elavamkodu Desam’ in 1998.
KG George is survived by his wife, renowned singer Selma George, daughter Thara, and son Arun. He was 77. The Malayalam film fraternity and cinema lovers mourn the loss of a pioneering filmmaker whose impact on Indian parallel cinema will always be remembered.