March 28th, 2012
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Script writer T Damodaran passes away

T-damodaran sript writer Kozhikode: Renowned script writer T Damodaran (77) succumbed to a sudden unexpected heart attack at his Kozhikode home today. His body would be taken to his home in Meenchanda. He has scripted some of the biggest blockbusters in Malayalam cinema.  Popularly known as Damodaran Master, T Damodaran began his career in cinema as script writer in early 70s. Damodaran became active in theater by late sixties.

During his theatre years he became closely associated with several theater and cinema artists of the era including Thikkodiyan, Kuthiravattom Pappu, Hariharan and Kunjandi. His dramas were mainly packed with social issues and this was noticed by Hariharan, who forced Damodaran to enter into the world of  cinema.

He made his debut in 1973. Damodaran became active in cinema by late 70s, after joining with Sasi with whom, he later made around fifty films. It was the huge success of Angaadi  in 1980, that formed a turning point in the career of Damodaran. Directed by IV Sasi, Angadi has Jayan and Seema in leading roles and broke several collection records. This was followed by Meen, Kanthavalayam, Karimbana which were all super hits.

His 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 were huge box office hits . 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 Mammoottyin leading, 1921,  revolved around the Moppillai mutiny 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 Balaram, Abhimanyu, Advaitham, Kala Pani were some among them.

Script writer T Damodaran’s wife Pushpa Damodaran, 65, passed away in March 2011 here. He is survived by his daughter Script writer Deedi Damodaran and advocate Reshmi. Chithrabhumi assistant editior Premchand is his son in law.



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