Moutatthu Gopalakrishnan Unnithan, commonly known as Adoor Gopalakrishnan is an Indian film director, script writer, and producer. He had a major role in revolutionizing Malayalam cinema and is regarded as one of the finest filmmakers of India. Adoor’s first film Swayamvaram (1972) pioneered the new wave cinema movement in Kerala. All the eleven films he directed, from Swayamvaram to Oru Pennum Randaanum (2008), were screened at several international film festivals and have won several national and international awards. He has won National Film Awards sixteen times, Kerala State Film Awards seventeen times and also won several international film awards. He is also awarded the prestigious British Film Institute award for Elippathayam in 1981. Adoor received the Padma Shri in 1984 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2006. The Nation honored Adoor for his valuable contributions to Indian cinema by awarding him the highest cinema award of India, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2004.