It’s been 55 years since veteran filmmaker Hariharan
came into Malayalam industry and recently, he won the J C Daniel Award for outstanding contributions to Malayalam cinema. His phone was flooded with texts and calls post the announcement, and the filmmaker says they made him feel his biggest achievement so far is the love from his audience. In conversation with us, he tells us how he views cinema now, Malayalam cinema before and after the pandemic, and more:
You debuted in the industry in 1973. How do you see cinema now?
I began my career as an assistant director in 1965 with M Krishnan Nair and has been in the field ever since. Today, cinema is universal like never before, and has one language. We can watch films from across the world, at home. Our industry is also competing with world cinema and so, it’s important to maintain quality.
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