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P. Narayankutty Menon
Born 1928
Vadakkaanchery, modern day Kerala, India
Died September 9, 2008
Kochi, Kerala, India
Occupation Director, Art Director
Years active 1963 – 2008
Spouse(s) Bharathi Menon

P. N. Menon (1928 – 9 September 2008) was an Indian film director and art director in Malayalam cinema.

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Early life

Born in a poor family in a small town called Vadakkaanchery in Kerala, he completed his studies at Thrissur and from School of Art in Chennai. He came to Chennai when he was only 20 years old. He couldn't find any job in Chennai, so travelled to Salem and become a production boy in a Studio. But, after two-and-a-half years, the studio was shut down and went back to Chennai. He got back to sketches, then painting, then doing magazine covers. One of his designing assignments was for one of Producer B. Nagi Reddy's magazines. The production house was so impressed with his talent that when they bought Vahini Studio in 1951, Nagi Reddy's son appointed him as a paid apprentice in the painting department.

He got a job as an art director in an English play produced by the daughter of the then Andhra Chief Minister. They had three performances in Delhi, one for the then Vice president Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, another for Prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and the third for Army Chief Field Marshal K M Cariappa. Ninamaninja Kalppadukal was his first movie Malayalam Movie as the art director and his debut in the field of film direction in the 60s with the film Rosie (1965).[1]

Career

P N Menon's Olavum Theeravum based on M. T. Vasudevan Nair's script and released in 1970. It won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Film. Menon's boldest film is Kuttiyedathi (Eldest Sister), again based on a short story by M. T. Vasudevan Nair.

Perhaps his most successful commercial film was Chembarathy (Hibiscus) which was based on a script by Malayattoor Ramakrishnan and starred newcomers like Raghavan, Sudhir and Roja Ramani (Sobhana) along with veteran actors like Madhu and Rani Chandra. Another script of Malayattoor Ramakrishnan named Gayathri which was directed by him was awarded the President's Special Film Award Medal for National Integration. Menon's film Malamukalile Daivam, has won National Award too.

After a long period of absence lasting more than a decade, he directed a film, Nerkkuneraey ("Face to Face"), in (2004).[2]

He had two daughters and his wife's name was Bharathi Menon. He died on 9 September, 2008, at a private hospital in Kochi.[3][4]

Filmography

  • Rosie
  • Olavum Theeravum
  • Kuttyedathi
  • Mappusakshi
  • Panimudakku
  • Chembarthy
  • Chayam
  • Darsanam
  • Gayathri
  • Mazhakkaru
  • Udayam Kizhakku Thanne
  • Odakkuzhal
  • Taxi Driver
  • Arachana Teacher
  • Kadamba
  • Asthram
  • Malamukalile Daivam
  • Padippura
  • Nerkku Nere

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