The restored 4K version of Kummatty, one of late G.Aravindan’s classics, was screened today at Kairali Theatre as part of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK 2022).
Prior to the screening, writer Kalpetta Narayanan made a passionate speech about the late filmmaker, followed by Shivendra Singh Durgapur, the founder-director of Film Heritage Foundation, writer Paul Zacharia, and the lead actor of Kummatty, Ashok. The 4K restored version of the movie served to provide a window to the genius filmmaker’s works, most of which remain out of reach.
Shivendra Singh Durgapur stated that the important thing in restoration was to take into consideration the scratches and film grains on the old negatives while rendering it pristine for a new generation of viewers. He added that Aravindan’s Thampu would be the next film to be restored.
Ace editor Bina Paul gave the introductory speech, while the presidential speech was delivered by the chairman of Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, Ranjith. The Secretary, C. Ajoy, proposed a vote of thanks.