The crisis-ridden Malayalam film industry needs new blood in various fields, including acting and direction,well-known film director Sibi Malayil yesterday said. There is need for new directors, technicians, actors in Malayalam cinema. New promising directors, who venture into the field, are not being given enough encouragement, Malayil told reporters in Kochi. In Malayalam, there are very few good artistes, unlike in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. They have 10-20 good actors to choose from, he said asking the media to promote enterprising directors and young actors. Malayil, said TD Dasan STD VI B, by debutant director Mohan Raghavan, was different from routine films which should be encouraged. Very few Malayalam films are becoming a hit now. This is a film which is different and has received positive respone from the audience, he said. The Malayalam film industry needs these type of films to survive, he said adding the film had a unique screenplay and a different treatment. Actor Biju Menon, who has essayed a role in the film, said this was a small budget film. More producers should be encouraged to invest in such different films. Describing his film as simple, director Mohan Raghavan said it had been released in about 10 centres and he was hoping the audience would give him encouragement. Jagathy Sreekumar, Jagadeesh, Suresh Krishna, Swetha Menon are essaying various roles in the film. The film is about a letter written by a 11 year-old boy Dasan from a remote Palakkad village to his father whom he has never met.