35mm Malayalam Feature Films

The idea of the film on Don Bosco originated from late Fr. Philip Thayil. His initial idea was to make a 16 mm film on the life of St.John Bosco to show around in Kerala. He approached Mr. Sivan of Sivan’s Studio, Trivandrum. Mr.Sivan suggested to make the film in 35 mm as a children’s feature film so that it could compete for festivals. The film was to highlight the early life of St. John Bosco in an Indian context. The film was completed by the end of 1993. It bagged the best Children’s Award and Critics Award, in Kerala. The film got tax exemption and was screened in theatres as arranged shows. In 1995 the post production was entrusted to Fr, Prince Puthanangady SDB, the newly appointed provincial delegate for social communications. The film was subtitled in English. Telecene of the film was done in order to produce video cassettes and to telecast. In 1998 Johnny was selected to be screened in the 16 th FAJR International Film Festival in Tehran and later it got telecasted on their channel.
After the great success of Johnny, the new delegate was entrusted with the production of BOSCO -the part II of Johnny. It was to depict the Priestly life and work of Don Bosco up to the approval of the Salesian congregation. The film was completed by the end of 1999. This also received tax exemption and was screened in theatres as arranged shows.
Johnny was so much appreciated that it was also subtitled in Italian and Indonasian languages.  In 1999 Johnny was telecasted on Doordarsan, Trivandrum. In 2000 it was telecasted by Soorya TV. Later it was telecasted also on Shalom T.V. and Jeevan T.V. Later it was dubbed in Kannada, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu and the video cassettes were made available.
There was a gap of two years before  BOSCO was dubbed in English and its video CDs were made available. Kairali T.V got BOSCO’s telecast rights and started showing on their channel. Popular demand for Johnny, led us to dub it in English. Then the new format of video CD was made for Johnny in English and other Indian languages. Efforts are on to telecast the films at regional and international levels.