Adoor Gopalakrishnan gives away his ancestral land to Kerala govt for housing scheme

Minister M V Govindan visits Adoor Gopalakrishnan at the latter's residence in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday.

Legendary film maker Adoor Gopalakrishnan on Thursday announced his decision to donate his inherited property to the Kerala government for its housing scheme for the poor.

Gopalakrishnan informed the Minister of Local Self Government M V Govindan that he will be giving away 13 cents of land (100 cents is one acre) at his home town Adoor to the government.

The filmmaker took the decision to donate the land in response to the minister's call to the people to donate land for the housing scheme. 

Govindan arrived at the residence of Adoor in Thiruvananthapuram and after accepting the filmmaker's offer said it was a great gesture and should be a perfect model for others to replicate.

Adoor said that all what he did was to share a responsibility and he has done that.

The Life Mission project of the Pinarayi Vijayan government is to build homes for the homeless. Adoor will now reach his home town and will transfer the land to the concerned local body official.

The 80-year-old filmmaker though has directed just a dozen feature films starting with 'Swayamwaram' in 1972, in his glittering career, he has won the national film awards 16 times, 17 Kerala State awards besides numerous international awards and also the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2004.

The country honoured him with a Padma Shri in 1984 and followed it up with the Padma Vibhushan in 2006.

His career began in 1965 with a 20 minute short fiction film titled "A Great Day" and since then besides directing 12 feature films, he has also done close to 40 short films and documentaries. His last feature film was "Pinneyum" in 2016.

Adoor did his graduation from the Gandhigram Rural University in 1960 and left a government job of a statistical investigator to study cinema at the Film Institute of India, Pune in 1962.

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