Yesteryear veteran director P Ramdas, who introduced the neo-realistic
wave in Malayalam cinema during the 1950s through his path breaking
movie Newspaper Boy, has passed away at a hospital here.
Ramdas (83) died following age-related ailments yesterday. He is
survived by his two sons, family sources said.
Breaking the traditional notions and techniques of cinema, he
stepped into the tinsel town with Newspaper Boy, a social
drama on the lives of a printing worker and his family, at the age
of 22. Though the movie, released on May 13, 1955, bombed at the
box office, it won wide critical acclaim. Ramdas also produced two
more feature films-- Nirapara in 1976 and
Vadakaveettile Adithi in 1981.
However, financial setbacks forced the veteran to keep away from
mainstream cinema world for the rest of his life. Kerala government
had honoured him by presenting him with the prestigious JC Daniel
Award in 2007.