Dr. Biju

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Dr. Biju
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Dr. Biju at shooting location
Occupation Film director, doctor
Years active 2005–present
Website www.drbiju.in

Bijukumar Damodaran, known mononymously as Dr. Biju, is an Indian homoeopathic doctor turned film director and screenwriter. He is best known for films such as Saira (2005), Veettilekkulla Vazhi (2010), Akasathinte Niram (2012), Perariyathavar (2013), and Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal (2016).

Biju has received three National Film Awards, and his films have been screened at multiple international film festivals.


Biju debuted into films as writer and director with Saira (2005). It was first part of terrorism trilogy and in 2007 premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival.[1][2] His second film Raman (2008) was selected at Cairo International Film Festival (2009) in the Incredible India category. Veettilekkulla Vazhi (The Way Home; 2010) was last film of the trilogy and earned a National Film Award for best Malayalam film in 2010.[3]

His fourth film Akasathinte Niram (Color of Sky; 2012), was premiered at 15th Shanghai International Film Festival in the International competition section.[4] Biju's next film, Perariyathavar (Names Unknown, 2014) received two National Film Awards in 2014 for the Best Actor and Best film on Environment conservation, and was screened at the Montreal World Film Festival (2014).[5]

In 2015, he directed Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal (Birds With Large Wings; 2015) which was premiered at United Nations, Geneva as a part of the United Nations Environment Programme,[6] and received National Film Award (2015) for the Best film on Environment conservation.[7] His 2016 film Kaadu Pookkunna Neram (When The Woods Bloom) was premiered at the Eurasia International Film Festival, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, International Film Festival of Kerala, and the Montreal World Film Festival, in 2016.[8]

Biju has served as jury member of the International Film Festival of Kerala (2011), Fajr International Film Festival (2012), National Film Awards (2013), and the 2015 Oscar selection jury member for best foreign language film.[9]


Year Language Original title English title
2005 Malayalam Saira Saira
2008 Malayalam Raman Travelogue of Invasion
2010 Malayalam Veettilekkulla Vazhi The Way Home
2012 Malayalam Akasathinte Niram Color of Sky
2013 Malayalam Perariyathavar Names Unknown
2015 Malayalam Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal Birds With Large Wings
2016 Malayalam Kaadu Pookkunna Neram When The Woods Bloom
2017 Hindi, Tibetan Sound of Silence Sound of Silence


International Awards

Festival Year Award Film
Zimbabwe International film festival 2007 Best Actor (Nedumudi Venu) Saira
14TH Zanzibar International film festival, Tanzania 2011 Special jury Award for Directtion Veettilekkulla Vazhi
14TH Zanzibar International film festival, Tanzania 2011 Signi award for Best Cinematography (MJ Radhakrishnan) Veettilekkulla Vazhi
15th International film festival of Kerala 2010 NETPAC Award for Best Malayalam Film Veettilekkulla Vazhi
10Th Imagine India International Film Festival Madrid, Spain 2011 Best Director Veettilekkulla Vazhi
10Th Imagine India International Film Festival Madrid, Spain 2011 Best Film Veettilekkulla Vazhi
10Th Imagine India International Film Festival Madrid, Spain 2011 Best Music Director (Ramesh Narayan) Veettilekkulla Vazhi
New York Indian film festival 2013 Best Screenplay (Dr.Biju) Akasathinte Niram
12Th Imagine India International Film Festival Madrid, Spain 2013 Best Music Director (Issac Thomas Kottukappalli) Akasathinte Niram
Fajr International Film Festival, Tehran, Iran 2015 Crystal Zymorgh award for Best Actor (Master Govardhan) Perariyathavar
Kazan International Film Festival, Russia 2015 Best Cinematography (MJ Radhakrishnan) Perariyathavar
Jakkarta World Humanitarian award 2015 Humanity of film making (Dr.Biju) Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal
Bangalore International Film Festival 2017 Special Jury Award for Best Indian Cinema Kaadu Pookkunna Neram

National Films Awards

Year Award Film
2010 Best Malayalam Film Veettilekkulla Vazhi
2013 Best Film on Environment Conservation Perariyathavar
2013 Best Actor (Suraj Venjaramood) Perariyathavar
2015 Best Film on Environment Conservation Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal
2016 Best Sound Design (Jayadevan Chakkadath) Kaadu Pookkunna neram

Indian Panorama Selections

Year Film Remarks
2006 Saira
2012 Akasathinte Niram
2015 Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal Nominated for UNESCO Competition
2016 Kaadu Pookkunna Neram

Kerala State Film Awards

Year Award Film/Artcle
2005 Best Actress (Navya Nayar) Saira
2005 Best Music Director (Ramesh Narayan) Saira
2010 Best cinematography (MJ Radhakrishnan) Veettilekkulla Vazhi
2010 Best Processing Lab Veettilekkulla Vazhi
2010 Best Article on Cinema (Dr.Biju) Kollaruthu Samvidhayakare
2011 Best cinematography (MJ Radhakrishnan) Akasathinte Niram
2011 Best Processing Lab Akasathinte Niram
2011 Special Jury Award for Direction Akasathinte Niram
2016 Best Cinematographer (MJ Radhakrishnan) Kaadu Pookkunna Neram
2016 Best Colorist (Henroy Mesiah, Vista VFX) Kaadu Pookkunna Neram
2016 Best Location Sync Sound (Jayadevan Chakkadath) Kaadu Pookkunna Neram
2016 Best Sound Design(Jayadevan Chakkadath) Kaadu Pookkunna Neram
2016 Best Sound Mixing(Pramod Thomas) Kaadu Pookkunna Neram


  1. ^ K, Bhumika (8 January 2015). "I make films for myself". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Meenakshi Shedde (16 February 2016). "Bollywood and the minority question". Forbes India Magazine. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Meghna George (19 August 2011). "'Veettilekkulla Vazhi is at par with world cinema'". Rediff. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Vijay G (20 July 2012). "The only Indian film at Shanghai film festival". Rediff. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "'Perariyathavar' an art film on garbage dumping". News18. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  6. ^ Deepika Jayaram (12 November 2015). "Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal screened at Geneva - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "63rd National Film Awards: Top acting honours for Amitabh Bachchan, Kangana Ranaut". The Indian Express. 28 March 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  8. ^ James, Anu (8 November 2016). "Watch Kaadu Pookkunna Neram trailer featuring Indrajith Sukumaran, Rima Kallingal". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  9. ^ "New York Indian Film Festival 2013". www.iaac.us. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 

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