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Madhavi and Supriya in Sreeparvathiyude Paadam telefilm.

Baiju Chandran's ‘Sreeparvathiyude Paadam' highlights the bond between man and nature.

   Mediaperson Baiju Chandran returns to fiction with a short film called ‘Sreeparvathiyude Paadam.' An adaptation of a eponymous short  story by E. Harikumar, the movie trails a young woman's journey to her ancestral home in the countryside. The heart-warming story attempts to capture the different images, sounds, and even the smells of the countryside that the woman remembers and associates with her childhood. 

Using a lucid storyline, the filmmaker attempts to highlight the bond between man and nature. A strong undercurrent of eco-feminism, where the female equates herself with the nature, is maintained through three characters representing three generations. While Madhavi, the protagonist, inherits her love for nature from her grandmother, Madhavi's little niece finds delight in the small wonders of the village landscape. 

Through Madhavi and her sister Sharada, the story also draws parallels between dreams and needs. Anjana Haridas debuts as Madhavi while Sona Nair dons the role of Saradha. The film also features noted director and actor M.G. Sasi and Valsala Menon. 

An Expedition Into Oneself 
‘Sreeparvathiyude Paadam’, a short film, directed by Baiju Chandran, was screened at the Kalabhavan Theatre in the city | - By Yentha On Nov 30, 2011

Trivandrum: Baiju Chandran’s short film ‘Sreeparvathiyude Paadam’,  based on a short story of the same name by E Harikumar was screened at the Kalabhavan Theatre on Tuesday. The film for which the author himself penned the script, was produced by Doordarsan. 
   This is the story of an expedition, which is narrated through three characters representing three generations. While Madhavi, the heroine, inherits her love for nature from her grandmother, Madhavi’s little niece, Supriya finds delight in the small wonders of the village landscape. “Through Madhavi and her sister Sarada, the story also draws parallels between dreams and needs,” said the director. “A strong undercurrent of eco-feminism is maintained through this film.”
The story traces the different images, sounds and smells of the countryside that the woman remembers and associates with her childhood. “My home town is similar to the ancestral home of Madhavi. That makes me easily relate to the character which I played,” said Anjana Haridas while speaking to Yentha.
   Sona Nair, Valsala Menon, MG Sasi, Savithri, Sreekumar and MG Shailaja are the other artists in the film.
Jnapeeth ONV Kurup, K Kunjikrishnan, PK Rajasekharan and MG Radkakrishnan were also present on the occasion.

Madhavi and Sharada - a scene from the movie.
Take of two sisters with varied natures
By Shani k

Baiju Chandran, the first television news producer of Doordarshan Kendra, Thiruvananthapuram was the one who filled the evenings of Malayalis with meaningful programmes likes Talk shows, quiz and debates in the past.

He has now chosen the path of documentaries and tele-films that convey social messages. Ninachalozhukiya Nalvazhikal and Sakunam are his noted documentary and tele-films. Presently the assistant director of Doordarshan Kendra, he is busy with a new short film titled Sree Parvathyude Paadam (The holy feet of Goddess Parvathy) based on E.Harikumar’s famous short-story of the same title.

The movie will be aired on the first week of November. The film revolves around two women who symbolise and represent two different aspects of life. Baiju Chandran says with spirited enthusiasm, "Madhavi and Saradha are the leading characters. Madhavi comes to her sister Saradha’s home and finds solace on the lap of nature. However, her arrival creates confusion in Saradha’s life While Madhavi finds happiness in the nature around her, Saradha lives in misery and worries about future all the time."

He says the reason for choosing E.Harikumar’s short story is its universal significance where one woman represents nature and other one represents selfishness of humanity." says Baiju. Baiju feels that people are not interested in serious movies and literature and instead, spend time on meaningless TV programmes."My aim is to make the viewers aware of the need to protect our nature. I hope to create a good impact on the society with this film" he says.

Singer Anjana Haridas and actress Sona Nair play the lead roles. M.G. Sasi,Valsala Menon and Baby Savithri form the rest of the cast. 

E. Harikumar has won the best Story Award for Telefilms in 2012 
by Kerala State Chalachithra Academy for his story Sreeparvathiyude Paadam

Anjana Haridas has been selected the best actress and Sreeparvathiyude Paadam 
directed by Baiju Chandran the best tele-film 
by CONTACT, TV Artists & Technicians' Association.