31 May 1987: John Abraham, Indian director and screenwriter died.
John Abraham’s film career begun small, as an assistant director for a Hindi film named Uski Roti in 1969. He assisted one of his professors from FTII, Mani Kaul, for this film. The work gave him ample exposure to land projects that were filmed in his home state, Kerala. His first self-directed project came in 1972, when he made Vidhyaarthikale Ithile Ithile (Students, this Way). John tasted fame for the first time in 1977 when he made a film in Tamil, named Agraharthil Kazuthai (A Donkey in a Brahmin Ghetto). This movie is regarded by his fans as a classic. It won him a National Award as well. In his short career span of about 15 years, he wrote and directed four films.
John Abraham’s untimely and tragic death created a depression in the world of Malayalam parallel cinema. He is still remembered for his movies and his personality. His work was memorialized by the Federation of Film Societies of India, Kerala, by instituting the John Abraham Puraskaram.