Dr. Biju

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Dr. Biju
Dr.Bijukumar Damodaran.jpg
Dr. Biju at shooting location
Born Bijukumar Damodaran
(1971-05-31) 31 May 1971 (age 43)
Kudassanad, Kerala, India
Occupation Film director, doctor
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) P.Vijayasree
Children B.K. Govardhan
Parent(s) P. Ponnamma, Late V.K. Damodaran
Website
www.drbiju.in

Bijukumar Damodaran, known mononymously as Dr. Biju, is an Indian film director who works in Malayalam cinema. He has won two National Film Awards and two Kerala State Film Awards. His films have been screened at several international film festivals and won prizes. He is professionally a homoeopathic doctor.

Early and personal life[edit]

Bijukumar Damodaran was born in 1971 in Kudassanad village near Pandalam, Kerala, as the son of V. K. Damodaran and Ponnamma. After completing his schooling from Kudassanad NSS School and Pandalam NSS College, he joined the Kottayam Homoeo Medical College to obtain a diploma in Homoeo Medical Science and Graduated in the same from Trivandrum Homoeo Medical College. A practicing medical doctor, he is now working as the District Medical Officer (Homoeo)at Kasargode.

Career[edit]

Film career[edit]

His first three films made as a trilogy on terrorism. He debuted as writer and director with Saira (2005), an award-winning and internationally recognized film. It was the opening film in the section Tous Les Cinemas Du Monde (Cinemas of the World) at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2007. Saira also participated in 21 other international film festivals like USA, Brazil, Israel, Russia, Italy, Greece, Zimbabwe, Belgium, Bangladesh etc. The film was also selected at the Indian Panorama 2006. Dr. Biju followed suit writing and directing Raman (2008), his second feature to discuss issues related with terrorism, a controversial and much debated-over socio-political film. Raman was officially selected at Cairo International Film Festival 2009 in the section "Incredible India" and also participated in seven international film festivals across the world. Biju's next film Veettilekkulla Vazhi (The Way Home; 2010) was the final installment of the Terrorism Trilogy. Veettilekkulla Vazhi got National Film Aawards for best Malayalam film in 2010. Akasathinte Niram (Color of Sky; 2012), his fourth film, world premiered at 15th Shanghai International Film Festival in the International competition section.The film also selected to Indian panorama 2012. His fifth film Perariyathavar (Names Unknow) 2014 got two National Film Awards for the year 2014. National film award for Best film on Environment conservation and National film award for Best Actor. The film world premiered at Montreal Film Festival, Canada2014. He is now working on his new film titled Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal (Birds With Large Wings; 2015)

He served as the jury member at the 30th Fajr International Film Festival (Iran, 2012), International Film Festival of Kerala (India, 2011) and National Film Awards (India 2013).[1]

Writing[edit]

In 2010, he received the prestigious Kerala State Film Award for Best Article on Cinema for an article titled Kollaruth Samvidhayakare.

Books Written

  • Cinimayude Yathrakal (Traveling of Cinema)published by Mathrubhumi Books 2013.
  • Kim Ki Duk - Film and life published by Sahitya Pravarthaka Sahakarana Sangam 2014.
  • Dr.Bijuvinte Thirakkathakal (Scripts of Dr.Biju) collection of 4 script published by DC Books 2014.
  • The script of film Saira published in 2010 by Fabian Books

Filmography[edit]

Year Original Title English Title Festivals/Awards/Nominations
2005 Saira Saira
  • Indian Panorama selection,
  • Screened at the Cannes International Film Festival 2007 in the section Tous Les Cinemas Du Monde (Cinemas of the World),
2008 Raman Travelogue of Invasion
  • Internationally premiered at the Cairo International Film Festival 2009 in the section Incredible India,
2010 Veettilekkulla Vazhi The Way Home
  • Won, National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam
  • Won, NETPAC Award for Best Malayalam Film at the International Film Festival of Kerala
  • Won, Best Film, Imagine India Film Festival, Madrid, Spain
  • Won, Best Director, Imagine India Film Festival, Madrid, Spain
  • Won, Signis Award (Commendation) at Zanzibar International Film Festival - Dr. Biju
  • Internationally premiered at the Cairo International Film Festival 2010 in the section Out of Competition,
2012 Akasathinte Niram Color of Sky
  • Won, Kerala State Film Award (Special Jury Award) - Dr. Biju
  • Won, New York Indian Film Festival, Best Screen play - Dr.Biju
  • Indian Panorama selection,
  • Nominated for Golden Goblet Award for best film at Shanghai International Film Festival 2012,
2013 Perariyathavar Names Unknown
2015 Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal "Birds with Large Wings" Pre Production.
2014 Chila Jeevithangal " Some Lives" Documentary .

Awards[edit]

International Film Awards

  • 2010: Signi award for best director/ Zanzibar International film festival, Tanzania - Veettilekkulla Vazhi
  • 2010: Award for Best Feature Film/ ImagineIndia film festival Madrid, Spain - Veettilekkulla Vazhi
  • 2010: Award for Best Director/ ImagineIndia film festival Madrid, Spain - Veettilekkulla Vazhi
  • 2010: NETPAC Award / International film festival Kerala - Veettilekkulla Vazhi
  • 2013: Best Screen Play Award / New York Indian film festival - Aakashathinte Niram
  • 2015: Green Rose award for Best Film with a Global Message/ Jaipur International film festival - Perariyathavar

National Film Awards

Kerala State Film Awards

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Veettilekkulla Vazhi shooting almost over". Oneindia.in. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3373269/

http://www.iaac.us/nyiff2013/press.htm

http://publicityaz.blogspot.in/2011/09/58th-national-film-awards-results.html

Shanghai beckons, http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/shanghai-beckons/article3455752.ece

Dr Biju's award-winning film, 'Akashathinte Niram', is going places,http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-04-20/news-and-interviews/38674828_1_akashathinte-niram-dr-biju-york-indian-film-festival

Dr. Biju’s The Way Home to screen at 38th Telluride Film Festival http://dearcinema.com/article/dr-biju%E2%80%99s-the-way-home-to-screen-at-38th-telluride-film-festival/4017#

http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/Ottawa/ID/2632332404/

The only Indian film at Shanghai film festival http://www.rediff.com/movies/slide-show/slide-show-1-south-the-only-indian-film-at-shanghai-film-festival/20120720.htm 43rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2012)- Director, Dr. Biju addressing at the presentation of film (Akashathinte Niram) http://www.newswala.com/Entertainment-News/43rd-International-Film-Festival-of-India-IFFI-2012-Director-Dr.-Biju-addressing-at-the-presentation-of-film-Akashathinte-Niram-23005.html

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/perariyathavar-an-art-film-on-garbage-dumping/513119-8-66.html

The journey http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/the-journey/article4878951.ece

First films for Golden Goblet award http://www.siff.com/MovieEn/infolist.aspx?CategoryID=586bbd12-3d8a-425b-8b1f-0dfadf5b9d7d&SubCategoryID=7658cbf6-6fe2-4c08-adc0-ae4899f51d3c&ParentCategoryID=06e3e627