Basically you see three colors in the film, for the three sisters. The eldest one is predominantly using green. The green suggests to us, you know, everything being practical, being clever and all that. Then the next sister who is so totally devoted to this man, and she is given shades of blue in her dress. And then blue again, means sensitiveness, being gentle, and being doomed. And then the third sister is given shades of red. It means youth, revolt, and life. So she is the one who runs away to life, accepts life as it is. She is the one who escaped from this situation, this predicament. For [the brother] I mixed these three colors, the green, the blue, and the red, and I got the white color. So I gave him the white, whenever he is wearing his shirt, it is a white shirt. But more than that, I gave him vertical stripes on the shirt. Vertical stripes mean unrestfulness, as opposed to, you know, the horizontal lines which means restfulness. So I wanted to suggest [through] these things. 

Adoor Gopalakrishnan


‘Adoor: A Journey in Frames’ is a cinematic portrait of the renowned filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan. Considered to be one of the masters of Indian Cinema, Adoor’s creative impulse is shaped by his times, the contemporary politics and the pristine beauty of his home state Kerala. The documentary chronicles the development of the artist by using clips from films that Adoor directed. In fact, film clips form the main narrative of the documentary and their extensive use allows the viewer to get a glimpse of the artistic ouvre, style and genre of films that Adoor directed. The film also chronicles the various awards the filmmaker won and interweaves them with excerpts from interviews with the director, and visuals of his living and working environment.


Promotional trailer for Naalu Pennungal (Four Women), a 2007 Malayalam film directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan, one of Kerala’s most celebrated directors. I saw this at a film festival in DC a few years ago and really need to watch it again.

The trailer doesn’t have subtitles, but the film is made up of four vignettes based on short stories by Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai, each of which explores a different type of struggle faced by women living in Kerala’s Alapuzha (Alleppey) district. The final vignette, “The Spinster,” stars Nandita Das as an unmarried woman struggling to find a place within her younger sister’s house. Nandita Das is one of my favorite actresses and I loved this section the most, but the whole film is fantastic.