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Introduction John Abraham (August 11, 1937 - 31 May 1987) was a Malayalam film director and writer. John Abraham studied at FTII, Pune and was trained by Ritwik Ghatak. Considered an avant-garde film director and writer, he produced only four films, namely Vidyarthikale Ithile Ithile, 1972; Agraharathil Kazhuthai (Tamil), 1977; Cheriachante Krurakrithyangal, 1979; and Amma Ariyan, 1986. It was under the leadership of John Abraham that Odessa Movies came to existence in 1986. It was an attempt by a group of movie enthusiasts to change the history of film production and distribution by making it a collaborative effort with the public and thus act as an empowering and liberating medium. Their first film, Amma Ariyan, was produced with contributions from the general public and the film was screened on a non-commercial basis throughout the state. Abraham was an alcoholic, and died after falling from the rooftop of a building in Kozhikode. John Abraham has a cult following in his home state of Kerala because of his revolutionary way of life, and those who were close to him swear by his humanist qualities. He was convinced of the value of using the power of cinema to change society.