C P Padmakumar started his career as an art director and associate director with director G Aravindan. His first directorial venture was Aparna (1981). His second film Sammohanam received the Best of the Fest Award at the Edinborough International Film Festival in 1995.
Sammohanam - 1994
A mysteriously seductive girl, Pennu ('the girl') comes to a quiet village, creating a strange chasm among male folks, breaking marriages and old friendships. Ummini, a trader who travels to the city and back providing a link for the village to the outer world, and Pennu eventually form a couple, but the turmoil she caused among the locals results in Chindan, a sugar mill operator, mistakenly knifing Ambu, a backward helper and drowning himself. Pennu is forced to leave the village in the end, having dislocated it with her sexuality.