Hariharan is a veteran Indian film director who has directed over 50 Malayalam films. His movies mainly revolve around the cultural and relational aspects of a typical Keralite society. His notable works include Pazhassi Raja, Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha, Sargam, Parinayam, Amrutham Gamaya and Nakhakshathangal, which won him national acclaim.
Biography and career
Hariharan studied at St. Thomas College, Thrissur and Universal Arts College, Kozhikode. He entered the Malayalam film industry in 1965. His first film Ladies Hostel was released in 1973, following a lot of films with Prem Nazir and Madhu were released. Babumon was one his box office hit movie of black and white era. In 1979 another blockbuster movie Sarapanjaram was released with Jayan and Sheela. He has directed more than 60 films, many of which were highly successful both commercially and critically. His movies have mostly explored the complexities of social issues and human relationships, set in the backdrop of Kerala's rich cultural heritage. His films such as Valarthumrugangal, Panchagni, Nakhakshathangal, Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha, Sargam, Parinayam and Ennu Swantham Janakikutty have entered the Indian Panorama of International Film Festival. He has also been honored with a Diploma by the Pyongyan Film Festival of North Korea for Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha. In 1993, Sargam won him the State Award for Best Director and also National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. The film also received special honor at the Fukuoka and Swiss film festivals. His next film, Parinayam, won the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues and took part in about seven film festivals across the world. Ennu Swantham Janakikutty was the inaugural film at the Korean film festival (2000), and it also took part in the London film festival (2000).
Apart from these recognitions he has also won Filmfare and Ramu Kariat Awards for his works on multiple occasions.
His latest film, Pazhassi Raja, is his most ambitious project yet. It is based on the life of Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja, the first revolter against the British East India Company. This historical epic, written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair and produced by Gokulam Gopalan, released on 16 October 2009.
His next film, announced as another historical film and tentatively titled Randamoozham, is again to be the costliest film to be ever produced in Malayalam cinema, with a budget of 500 million. Then Hariharan-M.T.Vasudevan Nair team joined hands with the young talented actor Indrajith. Titled Ezhaamathe Varavu, the film includes vineeth and bhavana in other major roles. The film got a mixed response from audiences.
- 2010 - National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam - Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja
- 1995 - National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues - Parinayam
- 1993 - National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment - Sargam
- 2009 - Kerala State Film Award for Best Director - Pazhassi Raja
- 1994 - Kerala State Film Award for Best Film - Parinayam
- 1994 - Kerala State Film Award for Best Director - Parinayam
- 1992 - Kerala State Film Award for Best Director - Sargam
- 1989 - Kerala State Film Award for Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value - Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha
- 1979 - Kerala State Film Award for Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value - Idavazhiyile Poocha Mindappoocha
- 2012 - Prem Nazir Award
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