Indian filmmaker who received Country wide Film Awards for films such as for example Seethakoka Chiluka and Kadal Pookkal. He began as an associate to movie director P. Pullaiya prior to making his directorial debut in 1977. He was among India’s most acclaimed filmmakers, having received National Film Honours for directing, composing, and generating. He wedded Chandra Leelavathi. He and fellow Indian movie director Adoor Gopalakrishnan both received National Film Honours for Greatest Screenplay.