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60 Minutes | 2021| Malayalam and Tamil, with English subtitles
Njattyela Sreedharan, a fourth standard drop-out, compiles a dictionary connecting four Indian languages. Travelling across four states and doing extensive research, he spent twenty five years making the multilingual dictionary. This unique dictionary offers a comparative study of Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu. ‘Dreaming of Words’ traces Sreedharan’s life, work, love for languages and the struggles to get the dictionary published. The film also explores the linguistic and cultural diversity in India.
‘Dreaming of Words’ had its world premiere at the International Mother Language Day Celebrations 2021 organized by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and the Ministry of Education (India) in partnership with UNESCO.
It was an official selection at the Mindanao Film Festival, RapidLion Film festival and Micheaux Film Festival.
It was screened at the annual convention of the Modern Language Association and the annual conference of the Linguistic Society of America in January 2022.
Producer and Director : Nandan
Cinematographer and Colourist : Surjith S Pai
Editor : Sreevalsan RS
Music Composer : Arun Alat
Sound Designer : Akshay Vaidya
Cast: Njattyela Sreedharan, KP Mohanan, PK Pokker, Usha NP, KK Ramesh, Seetharam master
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Nandan is a writer and filmmaker from India. He was born in Kerala into a family prominent in the field of arts and literature. It was during his college days that he watched Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon and decided to be a filmmaker. He completed his B.Tech in Civil Engineering and worked in Bengaluru though his interest was always in the fine arts. Then he moved to Mumbai
to follow his passion in filmmaking. There he started his career by working in advertising films. Since then he has worked as an assistant director in several major feature films and many advertising films for various reputed brands. He is known for directing Breath and Dreaming of Words.