When Revathy Directed An All-Women Crew Film And Received Three National Awards!

Turning back in time when Revathy’s directorial debut ‘Mitr, My Friend’ won a National Award with an all-women crew, inspiring many beyond her acting!

One of the highly-acclaimed versatile actresses of Indian cinema, Revathy is not only a superstar performer but also a director who has presented concepts that resonate deeply with audiences. Few know that, apart from starring in numerous exceptional movies, she has also impressed with her directorial skills in films like Mitr: My Friend, Phir Milenge, Kerala Café, Mumbai Cutting and the recently praised film Salaam Venky.

The actress, whose talent knows no bounds in emoting different emotion with utmost grace, left audiences spellbound with her very first directorial film, ‘Mitr, My Friend’, released in 2002. Today, on the occasion of her birthday, let’s turn back time to her National Award-winning debut direction, a film with an all-women crew that stands as an inspiration and a significant step forward for its time.

In an exclusive chat with Lehren, director Revathy and the film’s remarkable lead actors, Shobhana and Nasir Abdullah, shared insights about the making of this English-language drama, which is very close to their hearts.

Discussing the inspirational narrative, Revathy said, “It’s about relationships in a family, how a mother reacts to her teenage daughter when she becomes independent, and how the teenage daughter reacts to her mother when she is nagging and saying don’t wear or do this or that.” She added about a husband who is impatient and frustrated with listening to everyday problems, highlighting how a woman feels lonely amidst such chaos. Reflecting on the film, she shared that it has been made with realistic emotions put together in a cinematic format.

This groundbreaking film went on to win a National Award under the category of Best English Film of the year. It also received major awards for Best Actress (Shobhana) and Best Editor (Beena Paul), truly showcasing women power. Additionally, the ‘Mouna Raagam’ actress received the “Special Jury Award: Silver Peacock” at the 33rd International Film Festival of India for making a noteworthy film.

‘Mitr – My Friend’ screenplay was written by V. Priya and Sudha Kongara. Camera was also handled by Fowzia Fathima and National award-winning Beena Paul made delightful editing. The list goes on with Bhavatharini Ilayaraaja contributing her striking music skills for the film, daughter of legendary musician Ilayaraaja. Making it a wholesome movie with female brilliance!

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