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Celluloid (2013)

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The story of J C Daniel, who made the first ever Malayalam film 'Vigathakumaran' in 1928, resulting in his exile and eventual downfall.

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Kamal

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Cast

Credited cast:
Prithviraj Sukumaran ... J C Daniel / Harris Daniel (as Prithviraj)
Sreenivasan ... Chelangad Gopalakrishnan
Mamta Mohandas ... Jannet Daniel
Chandini Chandini ... Rossy
Nedumudi Venu ... P. Subrahmanyam
Siddique ... M. Ramakrishnan I.A.S.
T.G. Ravi ... Sundararajan (Old Age)
Sreejith Ravi ... Sundararajan (Young)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shafeer Sait Shafeer Sait ... Maharshi
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CELLULOID depicts the life and times of Dr J.C. DANIEL, the pioneer of Malayalam cinema. A story panning over 70 years between 1926 and 2000, CELLULOID tells the story of how Daniel made the first Malayalam motion picture. 'VIGATHAKUMARAN' . Celluloid further follows the demise of J.C Daniel since this incident, and covers his life story to his death bed. How he died without being recognized for his work, as he did not have a single piece of film roll to prove he had actually made such a film. In a day and age, when films are everything that is glamorous about our society, it's a worthwhile look back at the man who started it all. Written by Anonymous

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

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Language:

Malayalam

Release Date:

15 February 2013 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

J. C. Daniel See more »

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Due to his deep knowledge of "Malayalam Cinema History", his efforts on preserving Malayalam cinema history, and also his efforts in restoring the contributions of J.C. Daniel, Chelangatt Gopalakrishnan (played by Sreenivasan in this film) is known as "The Father of Malayalam Cinema History." See more »

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An Ode To Malayalam Cinema!
28 March 2013 | by Tejas NairSee all my reviews

Dr. J C Daniel's life and times with an adaptation of two of his related novels is chronicled in this biopic so extensively executed by Kamal.

Prithviraj is phenomenal. After his Ayalum Njanum Thammil's exotic performance, Celluloid maintains his superstar rank in not only Malayalam cinema but also Bollywood (Aiyyaa & Aurangzeb). Mamata, though she complements Prithivraj, didn't have much to play as Sreenivasan had to portray. Supporting cast is good while the screenplay is non-linear with year-by-year graph. Music & score is apt and reminded me of Dilip's Vellaripravinte Changathi!

Showing the plight of his initial film-making stages (of Vigathakumaran) and how his determination finally pays off as he is regarded as Malayalam Cinema's father is a wonderful watch & I appreciate the whole crew behind this informative classic. It also provides us with facts that are worth knowing and thus, makes it at least a one-time watch. With old reminiscing inputs of songs, movies and the anti-anachronistic screenplay, Celluloid is melodious and enjoyable.

Too bad, most directors nowadays have failed to come up with similar biopics or intriguing themes, but yes, Celluloid is truly an ode to Malayalam cinema with almost every film-making factor taken care of. But, I personally believe, the short running time could have been extended. Kudos!

Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES

Language: No | Sex, Nudity or Vulgarity: No | Violence: Strong | Gore: No | Smoking. Alcohol or Drugs: No


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