After his diploma from FTII, Pune, K G George started his film career as the assistant to director Ramu Kariat. He made his directorial debut with Swapnadanam (1975) and became a strong presence of the new cinema movement that became active during the early 1970s. Swapnadanam was a commercial success while maintaining its artistic quality. Latter he turned to the middle-stream cinema and produced some of the best works of Malayalam cinema, which became highly popular with the masses.

Selected Filmography:

Swapnadanam - 1975
(Journey Through Dreams)

George's debut film, Swapnadanam was a commercial success as well as critically acclaimed and won several awards. A marital psychodrama, Swapnadanam rejected all the usual song-dance numbers of popular cinema, yet succeeded in reaching the common mass.

Gopi is unhappily married to Smita, his cousin and traditional bride. He is also indebted to his father-in-law who sponsors his studies. The film unfolds through flashbacks as Gopi, haunted by memories of the woman he loved at university, is treated by a psychiatrist. He ends up in a mental asylum.

Swapnadanam won the State award for the best film.

Direction & Co-Screenplay: K G George
Co-Screenplay: Pamman
Cast: Mohandas, M G Soman, Rani Chandra, T R Omana
Cinematography: K Ramachandra Babu
Music: Bhaskar Chandavarkar

Kolangal - 1980

Kolangal smithereens the common romantic concept about an interior village of Kerala filled with virtues and happiness. Here a village is shown in the clutches of wildfire of jealousy.

Kunjamma, the only daughter of an overbearing mother with a biscuit stall in the market, sells milk to the villagers. When she befriends a fashionable urban youth living in the village, gossip spreads about them, ruining her reputation. Her mother threatens to commit suicide if Kunjamma does not agree to marry the only man still willing to marry her, an old but well-off drunkard in the village.

Direction & Screenplay: K G George
Cast: Menaka, Rajan K Nair, Gladys, Venu Nagavalli, Nedumudi Venu, Thilakan
Cinematography: K Ramachandra Babu
Music: M B Srinivasan

Yavanika - 1982
(The Curtain Falls)

Yavanika stands out as one of the most commercially successful, yet artistically superior films of 1980s. In the form of a detective thriller, Yavanika explores backstage drama of a traveling drama troop.

The plot is structured around the search for the vanished unpopular tabala player of a touring theatre group. He turns up as a murder victim. The subsequent police investigation reveals the complicated sexual rivalries and internal dissensions within the group, yielding several possible suspects.

Yavanika won the State award for best film.

Direction & Co-Screenplay: K G George
Co-Screenplay: S L Puram Sadanandan
Cast: Gopi, Jalaja, Mammootty, Venu Nagavalli, Nedumudi Venu, Thilakan
Cinematography: K Ramachandra Babu
Music: M B Srinivasan

Lekhayude Maranam Oru Flashback - 1983
(Lekha's Death a Flashback)

K G George uses the cinema within cinema technique for this film. With hints to the real life incident of suicide of popular actress Shobha, Lekhayude Maranam Oru Flashback became controversial even before its release.

A poor Malayalee family reaches Madras to try luck for their daughter Shantamma in the film industry. She slowly starts climbing the ladder of success and become a popular actress Lekha. At the peak of her career she commits suicide by hanging herself. The film recounts events that lead her to suicide, including a stint as a prostitute succumbing to the pressure from her parents for the lust of quick money and her unsuccessful love affair with a director.

Direction & Screenplay: K G George
Cast: Nalini, Gopi, Mammootty, Shubha, Nedumudi Venu
Cinematography: Shaji N Karun
Music: M B Srinivasan

Adaminte Variyellu - 1983
(Adam's Rib)

K G George used a new narrative technique Adaminte Variyellu, by telling the story of unhappy marital lives and oppressions suffered by three urban women.

Vasanthi has to mother three generations of her family in addition to her daytime job. She finds liberation by escaping into madness and a mental asylum. Alice is married to a ruthless businessman and seeks solace in affairs. When she is refused a divorce, she commits suicide. When both the middleclass women prefer self destruction as their way to liberation, the third, a brutally exploited housemaid, Ammini ends up in a home for women, but latter helps all the inmates of this home to break out of the suffocating atmosphere of the home to freedom.

Direction & Co-Screenplay: K G George
Co-Script: Kallikkadu Ramachandran
Cast: Suhasini, Srividya, Soorya, Rajam K Nair, Gopi, Mammootty
Cinematography: K Ramachandra Babu
Music: M B Srinivasan

Panchavadippalam - 1984

Based on short story by Veloor Krishnankutty, George's Panchavadippalam is a satirical comedy with intentionally exaggerated story line and caricature-like characters. It works almost as a political cartoon.

A henpecked politician wants his name attached to a new bridge, even if that means destroying another, perfectly serviceable bridge. The new bridge collapses during its official opening and kills a bystander.

Direction & Screenplay: K G George
Cast: Gopi, Nedumudi Venu, Thilakan, Srinivasan
Cinematography: Shaji N Karun
Music: M B Srinivasan

Irakal - 1985
(The Victims)

Irakal is an in-depth exploration of the psychology of violence.

A ruthless rubber baron, Mathukutty, disregards the prevailing moral standards and spawns criminal sons as well as a sexually wayward daughter, Annie. His son, Baby is a psychotic strangler using a nylon wire and is eventually shot dead by his repentant father.

Direction & Screenplay: K G George
Cast: Ganeshan, Srividya, Tilakan, Chandran Nair, Gopi, Ashokan, Nedumudi Venu
Cinematography: Venu
Music: M B Srinivasan

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