Bioscope is a 2008 Malayalam film produced by National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC) and directed by K. M. Madhusudhanan. The film won a Special Jury award at the 56th National Film Awards and also won 5 awards in the 2008 Kerala State Film Awards.
Bioscope, set in the early years of the twentieth century, is a story of history entering the paths of memories and dreams. The story of villagers, made mute by colonialism and slavery, entering the garden of a new vision through a new machine, bioscope. The protagonist Diwakaran’s new journey starts with his acquisition of a bioscope. The Frenchman DuPont, who does bioscope shows on the coasts of Tamil Nadu, is the architect of his new journey. Diwakaran was stunned by early forms of cinema images. His relationship with DuPont and the bioscope start with his astonishment when he first saw moving images. It turns into a story of inseparable friendship. Divakaran purchases the machine from DuPont and intends to entertain his village folks with his films, but ultimately falls prey to superstitions and suspicions about the instrument.
The film is based on the book Bioscope written by K. M. Madhusudhanan. The book is based on the real-life story of Varunni Joseph, who ran bioscope shows in Kerala in 1907. The director plans to make a sequel. "Bioscope is the first part of a trilogy. The second part is titled Kannadi Kottaka (Mirror Cinema Hall) and is set in contemporary Kerala. It is about a movie house and three people who are connected to it," says Madhusudhanan.
Walter Wagner as Dupont
Murugan as Diwakaran
Ramgopal Bajaj as Kaimal
Nedumbaram Gopi as Murugan Nair
Bharathan Najrakkal as Kumaran
T. V. Gangadharan as Inspector
Mekha Rajan as Nalini
Kuttiyedathi Vilasini as Ammini
Nilamboor ayesha as Malu
Anusha Mohan as mute girl
Awards and accolades
56th National Film Awards
2008 Kerala State Film Awards
NETPAC Jury Award (Indian Competition section) - OSIAN's Cinefan Asian & Arab Film Festival, 2008
SAIFF 2008, New York - Best Cinematography
International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg, 2008 - Special mention of the International Jury