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I was always in love with letters

Narayana Bhattathiri has been striving to preserve the beauty of the Malayalam script for the past 40 years. This documentary captures his journey and his love for letters. As he himself says - I was always in love with letters.

  • Anup Narayanan
    The 137 Auditions of Avrahaam Yaakob, The Quest for my Guru
  • Anup Narayanan
    The 137 Auditions of Avrahaam Yaakob
  • Thomas Kurian Ambattu
    The 137 Auditions of Avrahaam Yaakob
  • Narayana Bhattathiri
    Key Cast
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    അക്ഷരങ്ങൾ എന്നും ഇഷ്ടമായിരുന്നു
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    23 minutes 48 seconds
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    August 5, 2022
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Director Biography - Anup Narayanan

Anup Narayanan is an independent filmmaker from the city of Kochi, Kerala, India. His journey as a filmmaker started in 2012 with his first independent short film. This was followed by 5 more short films. He wrote, directed and edited his first feature film - The 137 Auditions of Avrahaam Yaakob, which was completed in early 2020. The film was an official selection at festivals in Rising Sun Film Festival (Fukuoka), Lift-Off (Tokyo), Asian Film Festival (Hollywood, Los Angeles), Arporia (South Korea) and Leloun (Syria). His short film, The Quest for my Guru was an official selection and award winner at festivals in Indonesia, USA and South Korea.

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Director Statement

As a filmmaker, I wanted to step out of the zone of feature films and attempt a new genre. Hence, the opportunity to film the moments and journey of a creative artist like Narayana Bhattathiri was too good to miss. Over a period of 8 months, I followed and observed the work of Bhattathiri to create this documentary.

It was a beautiful journey, maybe as beautiful as his calligraphy.