He was alongwith Padmarajan (another famous personality in film industry) one of the main founders of School for film making, in Malayalam, which can boast of having given schooling to some famous film industry personalities like Sibi Malayil, Lohithdas, Sathyan Anthikkad, Kamal and Jairaj etc.he has directed many outstanding films not only in Malayalam but in other languages also.
He was one of the influential film makers of Malayalam and set trend for different types of cinema with high standards. He has received several awards.
His wife is a famous actress of the south K P A C Lalitha and they have one son and one daughter.
His name will be in the minds of the Malaya lees as long as cinema exist.
Ramanathan A R