T. Damodaran
ടി. ദാമോദരൻ
Bornc. 1935
Died28 March 2012 (aged 77)
Kozhikode, Kerala, India
OccupationScreenwriter
Years active1975–2012
Spouse(s)Pushpa
ChildrenDeedi, Simna, Reshmi

T. Damodaran (Malayalam: ടി. ദാമോദരൻ; c. 1935 – 28 March 2012)[1] was a screenwriter of Malayalam cinema. He scripted some of the biggest blockbusters in Malayalam cinema.[2] Damodaran and director I. V. Sasi teamed up to produce many hit movies,[3] including Angadi, Eee Nadu, Vartha, Avanazhi, Inspector Balram, 1921, Adimakal Udamakal, and Balram vs. Taradas. He also teamed up with director Priyadarshan to produce many hit movies including Aryan, Abhimanyu, Adwaitham, Megham and Kaalapani. He also penned for the movie Unaroo with director Maniratnam.

His daughter, Deedi Damodaran, is also a screenwriter of Malayalam cinema.[4] She made her debut with the film Gulmohar.[5]

Career

Popularly known as Damodaran Master, T. Damodaran began his career in cinema as a script writer in early 70s. A physical education teacher in a school at Kozhikode by profession, Damodaran became active in theatre by late sixties and got into the company of several theatre and cinema artists of the era including Thikkodiyan, Kuthiravattom Pappu, Hariharan, and Kunjandi. He was a part of the Slapstick Theatre, in which Kuthiravattom Pappu was a leading actor. He wrote and acted in several comedies and satires and his dramas were mainly packed with social issues. This was noticed by Hariharan, who forced Damodaran to enter into cinema making. Though, made his debut in 1973, Damodaran became active in cinema by late 70s, after joining with I. V. Sasi with whom he later made around fifty films. It was the huge success of Angaadi in 1980 that gave a break to the career of Damodaran. Directed by I. V. Sasi, Angadi had Jayan and Seema in leading roles and broke several collection records. This was followed by Meen, Kanthavalayam, and Karimbana, all super hits.

In the 1980s, the scripts of Damodaran created sensation and furore in theatres. The scripts were mainly socio-dramas, which often criticized the establishments and were packed with heavy punch dialogues. Mostly directed by Sasi, these films were well received by general public. Thadakam, Thushaaram, Ee Nadu, Innalenkil Naale, Iniyenkilum, Vartha, Angadikappurathu, Avanazhi, all were huge hits at box office. Apart from I. V. Sasi, T. Damodaran, also wrote scripts for directors like Priyadarshan, Anil, and Bharathan. Mani Ratnam's first and only film in Malayalam Unaru was based on the script by Damodaran in 1985. In the year 1988, Sasi directed a periodic drama based on the script by T. Damodaran, 1921, which was then the most expensive film in Malayalam. T. Damodaran has called this film as his dream project. Appearing Mammootty in leading, 1921 revolved around the Mappila Revolt in Malabar in 1921 against British. This film was a huge hit at box office.

Though, in 90s, Damodaran reduced the number of films, several hits were born from his pen. Inspector Balram, Abhimanyu, Advaitham, and Kala Pani were some among them. His last release was Yes Your Honour, directed by V. M. Vinu, starring Sreenivasan, Padmapriya, Innocent, and Saikumar, which also was a hit.

Apart from being a writer Damodaran has acted in quite a few films, most noted roles being Hajiyar with Kalandan in Kilichundan Mampazham and as K P Hamsa in Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha (film) to name a few. These roles were given to him both as an appreciation to his action abilities as well as the respective directors respect to him.

Selected filmography

Year Title Director
2006 Yes Your Honour V.M. Vinu
2006 Balram vs. Taradas I.V. Sasi
2000 Sradha I.V.Sasi
1999 Megham Priyadarshan
1997 Stalin Shivadas T. S Suresh Babu
1996 Mahathma Shaji Kailas
1996 Kalapani Priyadarshan
1995 Kaattile Thadi Thevarude Aana Haridas
1994 The City I.V. Sasi
1993 Janam Viji Thampi
1993 Jackpot Joemon
1992 Advaitham Priyadarshan
1991 Abhimanyu Priyadarshan
1991 Inspector Balram I.V. Sasi
1990 Aanaval Mothiram G.S.Vijayan
1990 Arhatha I.V. Sasi
1988 Aryan Priyadarshan
1988 1921 I.V. Sasi
1988 Abkari I.V. Sasi
1987 Nalkavala I.V. Sasi
1987 Ithrayum Kaalam I.V. Sasi
1987 Vrutham I.V. Sasi
1987 Adimakal Udamakal I.V. Sasi
1986 Adiverukal P. Anil
1986 Avanazhi I.V. Sasi
1986 Vaartha I.V. Sasi
1985 Angadikkappurath I.V. Sasi
1984 Ithiri Poove Chuvanna Poove Bharathan
1984 Unaru Manirathnam
1983 Himam Joshy
1983 Kattathe Kilikkoodu Bharathan
1983 America America I.V. Sasi
1983 Iniyenkilum I.V. Sasi
1983 Nanayam I.V. Sasi
1982 Innallenkil Naale I.V. Sasi
1982 Ee Nadu I.V. Sasi
1982 John Jaffer Janardhanan I.V. Sasi
1982 Thadakam I.V. Sasi
1981 Thusharam I.V. Sasi
1981 Ahimsa I.V. Sasi
1981 Hamsa Geetham I.V. Sasi
1980 Kanthavalayam I.V. Sasi
1980 Meen I.V. Sasi
1980 Angaadi I.V. Sasi
1976 Aarattu I.V. Sasi
1976 Ammini Ammavan Hariharan
1975 Love Marriage Hariharan

References

  1. ^ http://www.mathrubhumi.com/story.php?id=262080
  2. ^ "Author of blockbusters". The Hindu. 23 February 2007. Archived from the original on 28 February 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2009.
  3. ^ Kasbekar, Asha (2006). Pop Culture India!. ABC-CLIO. p. 234. ISBN 978-1-85109-636-7.
  4. ^ "Scripting her success". The Hindu. 23 October 2009. Archived from the original on 28 October 2009. Retrieved 23 October 2009.
  5. ^ "Deedi damodaran". slideshare.net. 24 January 2009. Retrieved 23 October 2009.