Cinema is also about memorable attachments- not only with the characters but also with the inanimate properties which is capable of telling stories multifold. So when we look back these attachments too would appear before us floating in the air. Some black and white paper leaflets, expressive posters, elaborate but light books of film songs etc etc...All these revisited at the 21st IFFK only to make the viewers to go back to an era of simple aesthetics. A video presentation depicting these nuances of the past and rich Malayalam cinema named as Designers Attic started showing in theatres. The presentation is of 25 minute duration.
Designers Attic was inaugurated by the eminent veteran actor of Malayalam cinema Jagathy Sreekumar at Tagore theatre. He interacted with the audience with a smile. ‘The presentation is a walk down the memory lane “said the chairman, Kerala Chalachithra Academy. Poster designers of early times Gayathri Asokan and Rajendran contributed their experiences in the presentation. “Malayalam cinema is hereby forever indebted to people like Manu Bhaskar and Althaf Ismail for taking such care and archiving and preserving such memories and also to Sajitha Madathil and Lijin Jose for making this visual presentation a reality” added Kamal.
“The stars that lived in our minds through these posters are what we mean to bring back to life with this video installation” stated Manu Bhaskar.
Mementos were presented to art directors R.K.Radhakrishnan, Neethi Kodungallor, Saboo Colonia, Roy P Thomas, Sabu Pravada, Bhatathiri and archivists Manu Bhaskar and Althaf Ismail
Directors B Unni Krishnan, Lal Jose, I V Sasi, P T Kunnu Muhhamed, T V Chandran, Sibi Malayil, Shamaprasad and actors Bhagyalakshmi, Sona Nair and Sheela were also present at the inauguration.