Malayalam academic PS Radhakrishnan wins Nat Award for film criticism

19 Mar,2013

By Ananya Saha


Forty-five-year-old Dr PS Radhakrishnan was evaluating a PhD when his students told him he had won the National Award as Best Film Critic. The Director and Associate Professor for Literature and Arts, School of Literature at Mahatma Gandhi University has been writing about films and on films since 1995. His film writings have won Kerala State Awards in 2009, 2010 and 2011.


Ecstatic, Dr Radhakrishnan told MxMIndia, “I have always written in Malayalam. So when my students told me I have won the National Award, I asked them to check their facts. I never thought that someone who has been writing in Malayalam would win the coveted National Award. I feel privileged to be a part of it.” Though he felt overwhelmed for the first few minutes, the feeling sunk in with the deluge of congratulatory messages.


Dr Radhakrishnan’s essays have centered around ‘Nationalism and Cinema’. His writings appear in the Malayalam dailies and weeklies. He has written on stars such as Rajnikath, Dev Anand among many others. An avid fan of films, he vouches for movies such as ‘Bicycle Thief’ and ‘Aparajito’, which is a sequel to ‘Pather Panchali’. “When you start watching a lot of movies, you get to know what is missing or what could have been added to make a film more perfect,” he said.


The academician did his postgraduation in Malayalam Language and Literature and PhD from Mahatma Gandhi University in Indian aesthetics and Malayalam Criticism. Dr Radhakrishnan has written five books till now, with only one being centred around movies: History and Film, which also won the State Award.


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