Santhosh Sivan, who has proved his caliber as a cinematographer, director as well as an actor, was honoured with the Padma Shri recently. This fourth highest civilian award in India was awarded to him for his remarkable contributions to the film industry. Santhosh Sivan says that the honour motivates him to be more creative.
Santhosh Sivan says that after receiving the award he felt as if
he had expected the same. He also says that his owned title now
helps him to find out the real man in him as an artist. He also
adds that a lot of pain is required to perform as a
cinematographer, actor, director, photographer and also as an
artist. All are meant as creativity, but how it is expressed is
Santhosh Sivan says that he cannot do a movie without any sort of motivation. Only this can keep him fully engaged. He is very honest with his works that makes him dedicate his movies to a few people including his mom or grandmother, who motivates him a lot in his life.
Santhosh Sivan says that acting was completely new to him when he was doing Makara Manju. But, after a few days, he started enjoying it too. He has been approached with many projects after that, but he is more interested in engaging his time in art and farming. He has already started art galleries in Pondicherry and Trivandrum where his dad used to conduct workshops. He intend to expand it and hold more workshops and training sessions for aspiring artists.
Ceylon is his upcoming movie in Malayalam which focuses on the lives of orphans and refugees in war torn Sri Lanka. It is likely to get released in April.