Legendary Malayalam screenwriter John Paul Puthussery passes away

Cochin: John Paul Puthussery, a versatile screenwriter who penned screenplays for about 100 films, many of them Malayalam classics, died on Saturday at a private hospital here, according to industry sources.

He was 72 years old and had been undergoing treatment for various diseases for some time.Puthussery had been receiving critical medical attention for the past two months after his condition deteriorated, according to his family.

Puthussery was a genius who displayed rare skills to write all kinds of movies including action thrillers, dramas, entertainers, and even comedy. He was best known for the screenplays of classic movies like "Chamaram,"'Palangal," and "Oru Minnaminunginte Nurungu Vettam," all directed by the legendary Bharathan, and the Balu Mahendra-directed "Yatra,"

He also succeeded in blurring the lines between art and mass entertainment by writing screenplays for both critically acclaimed and commercially successful films. His screenwriting career began with the 1980 film "Chamaram." 

Puthussery went on to work with a number of notable filmmakers, including I V Sasi, Sethumadhavan, Joshi, and others, in addition to Bharathan and Balu Mahendra. After a 10-year hiatus following the release of Sasi's film "Vellathooval" (2009), he returned to the industry by authoring the script for Kamal's film "Pranayameenukalude Kadal" in 2019.

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