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Winner of the Indian government's highest literary award, the Jnanpith award, veteran Malayalam writer Thakazhi Sivasankar Pillai has been most popular for his short stories. His most famous works are Kayar (Coir) and Chemmeen (Prawns). The film adaptation of his novel, Chemmeen in 1965 won the writer lots of accolades and awards.
The novel was translated in 19 languages and adapted into films in around 15 countries. Adoor Gopalakrishnan's highly successful film, Naalu Pennungal, is based on Thakazhi's four stories - Oru Niyamalamghanathinte Katha, Kanyaka, Chinnammuvamma and Nithyakanyaka. The movie showcases the life of four women, each belonging to a different stratum of society.
Adoor has now made another film, Oru Pennum Randaanum, based on Thakazhi's three short stories - Kallante Makan, Oru Koottukaran, and Niyamavum Neethiyum. The film, starring Indrans, Vijayraghavan, Jagadish, Nedumudi, Jagathy Sreekumar, Manoj K Jayan, Siddhique, and Sudheesh, is slated for release in mid-February.