This state award-winner learnt the ABCs of cinema from YouTube

This state award-winner learnt the ABCs of cinema from YouTube
Aravind Manmadan
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Thiruvananthapuram: Can anyone turn a successful technician in the film industry by learning the technology watching Youtube videos? Aravind Manmadan, a native of Thirumala, would say an emphatic ‘yes’ adding that not only can one become successful but also an award winning technician too. The youngster stunned everyone by bagging the Kerala state award for the best editor, for the movie Oru Njayarazhcha directed by veteran film maker Syama Prasad.

Oru Njayarazhcha is the first movie in which Aravind has worked as an independent editor. The honor came as a surprise for the youngster who confesses that he hadn’t expected to win the state award. However, he is clearly thrilled that he has won the state’s top cinema awards. Aravind is also one of the youngest winners in the history of the state film awards.

Aravind learned the basics of cinema mostly by watching the Youtube videos. The youngster didn’t have any filmy connections other than his brother Anand who had played a few minor roles in some movies. After completing his graduation, Aravind roamed around looking for opportunities to learn more about films. However, he didn’t get many chances in the industry. That is when he decided to rely on videos available on the internet. He quickly studied the technological aspects of cinema from the Youtube videos. He soon began concentrating on editing. It was only recently that Aravind completed a 6 month long diploma course in editing.

He worked in a few short films before grabbing the opportunity to assist noted film editor Appu Bhattathiri. He assisted Appu in more than 300 movies including the super hit film Theevandi. It is quite an interesting fact that Appu Bhattathiri had won the state award for best editor, last year, for the movie Ottamuri Velicham.

Aravind, along with his friends, runs a successful designing firm called Carpenter’s Media. When Aravind completed his graduation, his friends and relatives had advised him to go for PSC coaching so that he could land a decent job in the government service. However, Aravind, who has always been passionate about cinema, has chosen his way and heads forward with confidence and determination. “As a newcomer, it was indeed a great experience working with Syama Prasad. I got the chance to learn a lot from him. I never expected I would win the award. I hope that this award gives me the strength to head forward in my career,” says an excited Aravind. He is the son of Thirumala natives Manmadan and Sunitha. 

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