The City in Malayalam cinema

Ratheesh Radhakrishnan in conversation with Rajeev Ravi  |  22 September 2017  |  Bengaluru

Ratheesh Radhakrishnan will be in conversation with director and cameraperson Rajeev Ravi (Annayum Rasoolum and Kammatipaadam). The session will explore the changing nature of the city in Malayalam cinema, and how the filmmaker’s practice has contributed to this shift. The conversation hopes to provide an insight into the trajectory Malayalam cinema has taken in the past two decades, and the emergence of the “city” as a way of understanding key historical shifts in society.

Ratheesh Radhakrishnan

Ratheesh Radhakrishnan teaches at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay, Mumbai. He completed his PhD from the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (Bangalore), and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Chao Centre for Asian Studies, Rice University (Houston, USA). While at Rice University, he founded and curated TITLES: A Festival of Experimental Films from India (2011- 2014). He is currently part of the India programming team of MAMI – Mumbai Film Festival. His research on Malayalam cinema has appeared in a variety of journals and other publications, both in English and in Malayalam.

Rajeev Ravi

Rajeev Ravi is an Indian cinematographer, director, and producer from Kochi, Kerala.

After graduating from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune in 1997, he started his career by assisting in the Malayalam film, Pranayavarnangal(1998) shot by Santosh Thundiyil. He debuted as an independent cinematographer with the film Chandni Bar (2001) directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. Ravi is known for his collaboration with director Anurag Kashyap. They have collaborated in several commercial and art films in Hindi cinema. Ravi won the 2010 Filmfare Award for Best Cinematography for Anurag Kashyap’s Dev.D. In 2013, he received the National Film Award for Best Cinematography for Liar’s Dice directed by his wife Geetu Mohandas.

Rajeev made his debut as a director with the Malayalam film Annayum Rasoolum (2013). Rajeev Ravi’s second feature film, Njan Steve Lopez was released in 2014. In March 2016, Ravi completed filming of Kammatipaadam, starring Dulquer Salman, which was released on 20 May 2016.