Remembering John Abraham after 24 years
Those who had got the opportunity to know him, have their memories of John Abraham as a man who had defied conventions in Malayalam cinema. A realist to the core, John has had a massive influence over an entire generation, and through his films had strived to bring about a social revolution of sorts. Today, it has been twenty four long years, since an eventful life of a much renowned loner came to an abrupt end.
The Odessa Collective that was established in 1984 with a street drama in Fort Kochi named Nayakali, had John at the helm of the affairs. Here was a group of individuals who were in love with cinema, and who were determined to bring about definite changes in the structure of film production and distribution. Support from the public was sought for the first time, and soon ‘Amma Ariyan’ was born. It should also be remembered that the film that is still talked about by film lovers was screened on a non-commercial basis.
John would always be thought of as a film maker who truly believed that cinema as a medium could make a difference in the lives of the men and women who watch it. He would be remembered as a man who chose not to remain in the shadows; a man who aspired to reach across and touch the glowing sun.
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