New technology in filmmaking is user-friendly: Adoor Gopalakrishnan

Thiruvananthapuram:Adoor Gopalakrishnan, who considers himself an old-school filmmaker, said on Wednesday that the technological advancement in filmmaking has made things easier. The 75-year-old Adoor, as he is popularly known, has completed 50 years in the film industry and to commemorate the feat, his 12th feature film "Pinneyum" will hit the screens in the state on Thursday. The movie will also release with English subtitles across 100 screens in the country on Friday. "Yes, this is the first time I turned to digital technologies for my film. Before turning to this, I was a bit frightened and hence I spoke to so many people about this, but after starting to work on these new platforms, I can say that these are all user-friendly," said Gopalakrishnan to reporters here. Pinneyum stars hugely popular artistes Dileep and Kavya Madhavan. Opening up on his latest film the veteran said that the work for this film began about eight years ago and the minutest detail for every shot was on paper. "All the themes of my films are centred around what I have seen in my lifetime. This one too is of the same genre and let me tell you, this is a film which will see the crowds coming in, unlike my other films. The concept that many have is if people do not come to watch a film it is termed as an art film, but when people turn up in good numbers it's termed as a commercial one. This film is commercial," said Adoor. On the decision to cast Dileep, known for his commercial value for the first time, Adoor pointed out that the hero and heroine are not commercial but their roles are. "Both of them are great actors," noted the veteran who pointed out that he has got numerous invites to take this film to the international film arena. Dileep said acting with the master was sheer joy and a simple task. "I have acted with so many directors but believe me acting with Adoor was the easiest task that I have undertaken. For me it was a pleasure because I never had to do anything as all I had to do was to listen and do what he asks, said Dileep. Madhavan said it's her second film with Adoor. "One feels when we come to his set, we are school kids because that's the way he makes his films," said Madhavan. Adoor's career began way back in 1965 with a 20-minute short fiction film titled "A Great Day". He has scripted and directed eleven feature films and about thirty short films and documentaries. The last film that he directed was in 2008 which was the 115-minute-long feature film "Oru Pennum Randaanum" (A Climate for Crime).