With the rise of OTT platforms, we have now begun to appreciate South Indian cinema, especially Malayalam films. Some of them are Kumbalangi Nights, Joji and Uyare. But as it turns out, the Indian regional industry has long been home to great cinema.
In case you don't know, American director Martin Scorses has announced to present the restored version of Kummatty, a 1976 classic in The Film Foundation Restoration Screening Room. In his post, Martin calls it, a 'visually stunning film'. The news has left Malayalis swelling in pride and all Indians cheering. Even Ranveer Singh added a heart emoji to the comment section of Martin's Post whereas many thanked the Hollywood director for the honour.
Martin went on to write, "Today, Monday, July 11, KUMMATTY (India, 1979, d. Aravindan Govindan) will be presented in The Film Foundation Restoration Screening Room. Tune in at 7:00 pm BST/ET/PT for the screening accompanied by a live chat. The film will also be available on demand at 7:00 pm local time (sic)."
Kummatty is an adaptation of a Central Kerala folktale. The film is directed by G Aravindan and features Ambalappuzha Ravunni, Ashok Unnikrishnan, Kottara Gopalakrisnan Nair and Kuttyedathi Vilasini.
Scorsese is an Academy Award winner known for movies like The Departed, The wolf of wall street, Taxi Driver and The Irishman.