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Malayalam film Ottal named best children’s film at Berlin International Film Festival

Malayalam film Ottal (The Trap) has been named as best feature-length and best short films in the children’s category at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival.

It has been honoured with the prestigious Crystal Bear award in the ‘Generation K-Plus’ section.

The film has been directed by Jayaraj Rajasekharan Nair. It is based on story about an old fisherman and his grandson. The film is an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s short story ‘Vanaka’.

Earlier, Ottal had bagged the National Award for best film on Environment Conservation/Preservation. It had set a record at 20th International Film Festival of Kerala by sweeping all the top awards.

By wining Crystal Bear award, Ottal became third Indian film in row to win this award after Killa (2014) and Dhanak (2015).


Renowned Malayalam writer Akbar Kakkattil passes away

Renowned Malayalam writer Akbar Kakkattil passed away in Kozhikode, Kerala due to cancer. He was 62.

He was known for giving birth to a new genre in Malayalam literature and his works are known for their unique narrative style which has an undertone of unfailing humour.

About Akbar Kakkattil

  • Born on 7 July 1954 at Kakkattil in Kozhikode District.
  • He had started creative writing career at the age of 14 by publishing short stories in a regular column for children in the leading Malayalam weekly Mathrubhumi.
  • His first story Pothichoru was published in 1969 through the weekly. He also had served as a teacher in his career spanning several years.
  • He has 54 books to his credit which includes, 27 short stories, 6 collections of essays, 7 novelettes, 4 novels, a play, among others.
  • He had served as the Vice-President of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi. He was also member of Malayalam Advisory Panel of National Book Trust (NBT) and Malayalam Advisory Board.
  • He also had worked as a member of the South Zone Cultural Centre’s governing body of Union government and Kerala State Institute of Children’s literature.
  • Awards and Honours: He has won the prestigious Kerala Sahitiya Akademi award two times in 1992 and 2003.


Noted music director Rajamani passes away

Popular music director and composer Rajamani passed away due to cardiac arrest in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He was 60.

He had predominantly worked in Malayalam film industry and had composed music for around 70 films.

About Rajamani

  • Rajamani was born into a family of Carnatic musicians and was the son of noted musician BA Chidambaranath.
  • His first tryst with music happened at age of 13 after he had accompanied his father on a devotional album “Gangayar Pirakkunnu”.
  • His first independent venture as composer and music director was in Tamil film Gramathu Kiligal (1983) and followed by Kalloori Kanavugal (1983).
  • Rajamani made his Malayalam film debut with Nullinovikkaathe in 1985. His famous score music for Malayalam films are The King, Ekalavyan, Commissioner, Aram Thampuran and Narasimham.
  • He had rendered background score for over 700 films and as a composer his last film was Malayalam romantic-drama Hide n’ Seek (2012).