Dr. Biju

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Dr. Biju
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Dr. Biju at shooting location
Born Bijukumar Damodaran
(1971-05-31) 31 May 1971 (age 45)
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 and screenwriter. He's best known for films such as Saira (2005), Veettilekkulla Vazhi (2010), Akasathinte Niram (2012), Perariyathavar (2013), and Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal (2016)

Dr. Biju has won three National Film Awards. His three films were selected to Indian Panorama. 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 are 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 Awards 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 Awards for Best film on Environment conservation and National Film Awards for Best Actor. The film world premiered at Montreal Film Festival, Canada, in 2014. He is sixth film titled Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal (Birds With Large Wings; 2015) has been screened at United Nations, Janeeva as the part of UNEP(United Nations Environment protection). The film got world humanitarian award from Jakarta in 2015 September. The film got National Film Awards for Best film on Environment conservation for the year 2015. The film also selected to Indian Panorama 2015. Dr.Biju is now on the post production work of his seventh film titled Kaadu Pookkunna Neram (When The Woods Bloom; 2016).

He served as the jury member at the 30th Fajr International Film Festival (Iran, 2012), International Film Festival of Kerala (India, 2011), Oscar selection jury member for India"s film entry for best foreign language film 2015 and the 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),
  • Screened at 21 Film festivals internationally and nationally,
  • Won, Best Actor award to Nedumudi Venu at Zimbabwe International film festival 2006.
  • Won, Kerala state film award 2006 for Best Actress to Navya Nair.
  • Won, Kerala state film award 2006 for Best background score to Ramesh Narayan.
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
  • Won, Signis Award (Commendation) at Zanzibar International Film Festival for cinematography - M.J. Radhakrishnan
  • Won, Kerala state film award 2010 for Best Cinematography to M.J. Radhakrishnan.
  • Won, Kerala state film award 2010 for best color processing lab to Prasad studio Chennai.
  • Internationally premiered at the Cairo International Film Festival 2010 in the section Out of Competition,
  • Screened at many Film festivals internationally and nationally,
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
  • Won, Kerala state film award 2012 for Best Cinematography to M.J. Radhakrishnan.
  • Won, Kerala state film award 2012 for best color processing lab to Gemini studio Chennai.
  • Indian Panorama selection,
  • Nominated for Golden Goblet Award for best film at Shanghai International Film Festival 2012,
  • Screened at many Film festivals internationally and nationally,
2013 Perariyathavar Names Unknown
  • Won, National Film Award for Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation
  • Won, National Film Award for Best Actor (Suraj Venjaramoodu)
  • Won, Green Rose award, for best film on global message, Jaipur International film festival 2015
  • Won, Best actor award to Master Govardhan at 33rd Fajr International film festival, tehran, Iran 2015.
  • Won, Best Cinematography award to M.J. Radhakrishnan at Kazan International film festival, Russia 2015.
  • Official Selection, Montreal World Film Festival 2014, World premiere in the section Focus on World Cinema,
  • In Competition, Asia Pacific Screen Awards Australia 2014
  • Official Selection, 16th Mumbai international film festival 2014, Indian competition section
  • Official Selection, 20th Kolkata International film festival 2014,
  • Official Selection, 22nd African Diaspora international film festival, New york 2014.
  • Official Selection, Jaipur international film festival, India 2015.
  • Official Selection, 33rd Fajr international film festival, Tehran, Iran 2015 In World Cinema Competition.
  • Official Selection, 11th Kazan international film festival, Tartarstan, Russia 2015 In Main Competition.
  • Official Selection, New Generation international film festival, Frankfurt, Germany 2015.
  • Screened at many Film festivals internationally and nationally,
2015 Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal "Birds With Large Wings"
  • Won, National Film Award for Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation
  • Won, World Humanitarian Award, Jakkartha, September 2015
  • In Competition, Asia Pacific Screen Awards Australia 2015
  • Special Screening, United Nations Environment Program, Geneva, November 10, 2015.
  • Official selection & In competition for UNESCO Award, Indian Panorama, International film festival of India. November 2015
  • Official Selection, Kolkata International Film Festival, India, November 2015.
  • Official selection, International Film Festival Kerala, India, December 2015.
  • Official selection, All Lights India International Film Festival Kerala, November 2015
  • Official selection, Pune International Film Festival, India, January 2016
  • Official selection, New York Indian Film Festival, USA, May 2016
  • Official selection, International Film Festival of South Asia, Toronto, Canada, May 2016
  • Official selection, Habitat Film Festival, India, May 2016
2014 Chila Jeevithangal " Some Lives" Documentary .
2016 Kaadu Pookkunna Neram " When The Woods Bloom" On Post production .

Awards[edit]

International Film Awards as Writer, Director

Event/Year Nominated work Category Result
Zanzibar International film festival, Tanzania 2010 Veetilekkulla Vazhi (the Way Home) Signi award for best director Won
Imagine India film festival, Madrid, Spain 2010 Veetilekkulla Vazhi (the Way Home) Best Director Won
Imagine India film festival, Madrid, Spain 2010 Veetilekkulla Vazhi (the Way Home) Best Film Won
International film festival of Kerala 2010 Veetilekkulla Vazhi (the Way Home) NETPAC Award Won
New York Indian film festival, 2013 Akashathinte Niram (Color of sky) Best Screenplay Won
Shanghai International film festival, China 2013 Akashathinte Niram (Color of sky) Golden Goblet award Nominated
Jaipur International film festival 2015 Perariyathavar (Names Unknown) Green Rose award for Best Film with a Global Message Won
World Humanitarian award, Jakkarta, September 2015 Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal (Birds With Large wings)) World Humanitarian Award Won
World Humanitarian award, Jakkarta, September 2015 Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal (Birds With Large wings)) New star of Humanity Award Won
International Film Festival India, November 2015 Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal (Birds With Large wings)) UNESCO, Fellini Award Nominated

International Film Awards for Technicians/ Artists

Event/Year Nominated work Category Result
Zimbabwe international film festival 2006 Saira Best Actor, Nedumudi Venu Won
Zanzibar International film festival, 2013 Veetilekkulla Vazhi (the Way Home) Signis Award (Commendation) for Cinematography to M.J. Radhakrishnan Won
Fajr International film festival, Tehran, Iran 2015 Perariyathavar(Names Unknown) Best Actor Crystal Symorg award to Master Govardhan Won
Kazan International film festival, Russia 2015 Perariyathavar(Names Unknown) Best Cinematography award to M.J. Radhakrishnan Won

National Film Awards as writer, Director

Year Nominated work Category Result
National Film Awards (India) 2010 Veettilekkulla Vazhi (The way home) Best Feature Film in Malayalam Won
National Film Awards (India) 2013 Perariyathavar (Names Unknown) Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation Won
National Film Awards (India) 2015 Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal (Birds With Large Wings) Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation Won

National Film Awards to Technicians/ artists

Year Nominated work Category Result
National Film Awards (India) 2013 Perariyathavar (Names Unknown) Best Actor to Suraj Venjaramood Won

Kerala State Film Awards as Writer, Director

Year Nominated work Category Result
Kerala state film awards 2011 Akashathinte Niram (Color of sky) Special jury award for direction Won
Kerala state film awards 2010 Article titled Kollaruthu samvidhayakare Best Article on cinema Won

Kerala State Film Awards to Technicians / Artists

Year Nominated work Category Result
Kerala state film awards 2006 Saira Best Actress to Navya Nair Won
Kerala state film awards 2006 Saira Best Background music to Ramesh Narayan Won
Kerala state film awards 2010 Veettilekkulla Vazhi (The way home) Best Cinematography to M.J. Radhakrishnan Won
Kerala state film awards 2010 Veettilekkulla Vazhi (The way home) Best Color processing lab to Prasad Studio Chennai Won
Kerala state film awards 2012 Akashathinte Niram (Color of sky) Best Cinematography to M.J. Radhakrishnan Won
Kerala state film awards 2012 Akashathinte Niram (Color of sky) Best Color processing lab to Gemini Studio Chennai Won

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. 

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

The only Indian film at Shanghai film festival

43rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2012)- Director, Dr. Biju addressing at the presentation of film (Akashathinte Niram)

The journey

First films for Golden Goblet award