Jayaraj

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Jayaraj Rajasekharan Nair
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Born Jayaraj Rajasekharan Nair
(1960-08-04) 4 August 1960 (age 54)
Kottayam, Kerala, India
Occupation Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Sabitha Jayaraj
Children Dhanu jayaraj, Keshav jayaraj
Parents N. Rajasekharan Nair, Savithri r nair
Awards

International Film Awards
2005 Daivanamathil - Best Film Award in Spain, Madrid International Film Festival.
2000 Karunam - Golden Peacock Award, International Film Festival of India- Awards from Federation of International Film Societies, Berlin International Film Fest, Special Mention in Kerala International Film Festival.
2000 Shantham - Best Cinematography in Festival De 3 Continents, France.
1996 Desadanam - Special Mention at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in competition section.[1]

National Film Awards
1996 Desadanam - Best regional film, Best Audiography, Best Child Artist.
1997 Kaliyattam - Best Director, Best Actor.
2000 Karunam - Golden Peacock Award for Best Asian Director, Screenplay.
2001 Shantham - Best Film, Supporting Actress,
2005 Daivanamathil - Best Film For National Integration[Nargis dutt],
2007 Vellappokkathil - Best Director Short Film.

Kerala State Film Awards
1992 - Second Best Film Kudumbasametham
1996 - Best Director Desadanam
1997 - Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value
Kaliyattam
2000 - Best Film Karunam
2012 Pakarnnattam - Best Editor.

Jayaraj Rajasekharan Nair, often credited as Jayaraj, is an Indian Malayali filmmaker who has marked his presence in mainstream as well as art house films. He is known for his films like Vidyarambham (1990), Johnnie Walker (1992), Kudumbasametham (1992), Paithrukam (1993), Highway (1995), Desadanam (1996), Kaliyattam (1997), Karunam (2000), Shantham (2000), Kannaki (2002), 4 the People (2004), Daivanamathil (2005), Makalkku (2005), Adbhutam (2006), Gulmohar (2008), Loudspeaker (2009) and Pakarnnattam (2012).

Biography[edit]

Jayaraj was born on 4 August 1960 to a middle-class family in Kottayam, Kerala, India. He completed his Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication. During his stay at Thiruvananthapuram, he attended film festivals including the International Film Festival of Kerala and watched many world classics.[2] Kurosawa's Rashomon and DeSica's Bicycle Thieves were among them, and they influenced him immensesly.[3] After his studies in Thiruvananthapuram, he met noted director Bharathan who was a neighbor of his sister in Madras, Tamil Nadu. Bharathan was impressed by Jayaraj and made him his assistant director for Chilambu(1986). Jayaraj then went on to be the assistant to Bharathan in six more films including the critically acclaimed Oru Minnaminunginte Nurunguvettam (1987) and Vaishali (1988). Jayaraj debuted as director with Vidyarambham (1988). His early career mainly produced commercially oriented films like Aakasha Kottayile Sultan (1991), Johnnie Walker (1992), High Way (1995), Thumboli Kadappuram (1995) and Arabia (1995).

Notable in his early career were Kudumbasametham (1992), Paithrukam (1993) and Sopanam (1993). Paithrukam was critically acclaimed but was subject to criticism for its conservative, religious philosophy. Desadanam (1997) was a milestone in his career. With the film, he was considered a serious film-maker by the critics. It was followed by another critically acclaimed film, Kaliyattam (1997) which was an adaptation of Shakespere's Othello. It won him the National Film Award for Best Direction.

In 1999 Jayaraj started his nine-film series project Navarasa with Karunam, followed by Shantham(2000). Shantham won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film. The third in the Navarasa series was Bheebhatsa, a Hindi film. A fourth film in the series, Adbutham, is planned and Jayaraj has set his aim to complete the shooting in less than 2 hours 14 minutes with single camera at a time.[4] He reportedly said in an interview to Rediff.com when inquired about the shooting time "In less than ten hours. It may end in five or even two hours. You never know."[5]

Of late he has been doing commercial and art films and is successful in both genres. While Thilakkam (2003) and 4 The People (2004) were huge commercial successes Kannaki (2002), Makalkku (2005) and Daivanamathil (2005) were critically acclaimed. A sequel to 4 the People came in 2005: By the People which was a flop.[6] Despite that, Jayaraj continued the sequel the trilogy titled Of The People, as of December 2007.[7]

Jayaraj's wife Sabitha Jayaraj is a state award-winning costume designer and an actress.

Awards[edit]

International awards[edit]

Film Year Award (s)
Daivanamathil 2005 Best Film Award in Spain, Madrid International Film Festival
Karunam 2000 Golden Peacock Award, International Film Festival of India- Awards from Federation of International Film Societies, Berlin International Film Fest, Special Mention in Kerala International Film Festival.
Shantham 2000 Best Cinematography in Festival De 3 Continents, France
Desadanam 1996 Special Mention at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in competition section.

National Film Awards[edit]

Kerala State Film Awards

Filmfare Awards[edit]

V Shantharam Awards[edit]

John Abraham Awards[edit]

Ramu Karyatt Awards[edit]

P Padmarajan Awards[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Film Year Cast
Camel Safari[8] 2013 Arun Shankar, Pankaja Menon, Shekar Menon, Kamal Gaur,Vishnu Mohan, Tini Tom, Hashim, Neha Ramesh and Sabitha Jayaraj
Pakarnnattam[9] 2012 Jayaram, Sabitha Jayaraj
Naayika[10] 2011 Sharada, Jayaram, Padmapriya, Mamta Mohandas, Madhu
The Train[11] 2011 Mammootty, Jayasurya, Sheena Chohan
Loudspeaker 2009 Mammootty, Gracy Singh, Sasi Kumar, Jagathy Sreekumar, Cochin Haneefa, K. P. A. C. Lalitha, Salim Kumar
Gulmohar 2008 Ranjith, Siddique, I. M. Vijayan
Vellapokkathil 2008
Of The People 2008 Arun, Arjun Bose, Padmakumar, Devipriya, Govind, Harshan
Sila Nerangalil (Tamil) 2008 Vincent Asokan, Navya Nair
Anandabhairavi 2007 Saikumar, Master Devadas, K. P. A. C. Lalitha
Aanachandam 2006 Jayaram, Remya Nambeeshan, Jagathy Sreekumar, Cochin Haneefa, K. P. A. C. Lalitha, Innocent
Adbhutam 2006 Suresh Gopi, Mamta Mohandas
Aswaroodan 2006 Suresh Gopi, Padmapriya
Daivanamathil 2005 Prithviraj, Bhavana
By the People 2005 Narain, Kutty, Mangala, Nischal, Sammad, Bijoys, Santosh, B K Antony
Makalkku 2005 Suresh Gopi, Shobana
Yuva Sena (Telugu) 2005 Bharath, Narain, Arjun Bose, Pranathi, Gopika, Arun, Padmakumar
Rain Rain Come Again 2004 Ajay Thomas, Divya Lakshmi, Aashish Khan, Renji V. Nair, Sarath Haridas, Jassie Gift
4 the People 2004 Bharath, Narain, Arjun Bose, Pranathi, Gopika, Arun, Padmakumar
Thilakkam 2003 Dileep, Kavya Madhavan, Bhavana, Nedumudi Venu, K. P. A. C. Lalitha, Jagathy Sreekumar, Salim Kumar
Kannaki 2002 Lal, Nandita Das, Siddique
Bhibatsa (Hindi) 2002 Seema Biswas, Atul Kulkarni, Manoj K. Jayan
Millennium Stars 2000 Jayaram, Biju Menon, Suresh Gopi
Karunam 2000 Vavachan, Eliyamma, Biju Menon, Madampu Kunjukuttan
Shantham 2000 I. M. Vijayan, Seema Biswas, K. P. A. C. Lalitha
Sneham 1998 Jayaram, Biju Menon, Kasthuri, Jomol, Siddique
Thalolam 1998 Suresh Gopi, Murali, Bharath Gopi, Sree Lakshmi,
Kaliyattam 1997 Suresh Gopi, Manju Warrier, Biju Menon, Lal
Desadanam 1997 Vijayaraghavan, Mini Nair, Master Kumar, Unnikrishnan Namboothiri, Madampu Kunjukuttan
Arabia 1995 Babu Antony, Charmila
High Way 1995 Suresh Gopi, Bhanupriya, Vijayaraghavan
Thumboli Kadappuram 1995 Vijayaraghavan, Silk Smitha, Manoj K. Jayan, Priya Raman
Paithrukam 1993 Suresh Gopi, Jayaram, Geetha, Narendra Prasad
Sopanam 1993 Manoj K. Jayan, Chippy, J. V. Somayajulu
Johnnie Walker 1992 Mammootty, Ranjitha, Sukumari, Maniyanpilla Raju, Sankaradi
Kudumbasametham 1992 Madhu, Kaviyoor Ponnamma, Manoj K. Jayan, Monisha, Srividya
Aakashakottayile Sultan 1991 Sreenivasan, Saranya Ponvannan, Murali, K. P. A. C. Lalitha
Vidyarambham 1990 Sreenivasan, Gouthami, Murali, Nedumudi Venu, K. P. A. C. Lalitha

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