Hariharan (director)

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Hariharan in 2011

Hariharan is a veteran Indian film director who has directed over 50 Malayalam films.[1] 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.[2][3][4]

Biography and career[edit]

Hariharan studied at St. Thomas College, Thrissur and Universal Arts College, Kozhikode.[5] He entered the Malayalam film industry in 1965. His first film Ladies Hostel was released in 1973, following which a lot of films with Prem Nazir and Madhu were released. Babumon was one of his box office hit movies of the 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 Pyongyang 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.[6] 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. In 2009, he made Pazhassi Raja. It is based on the life of Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja, the first revolter against the British East India Company. It was written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair and produced by Gokulam Gopalan. Later in 2011, he announced another historical film titled Randamoozham with Mohanlal in the lead role and written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair, which was an adaptation of his novel of the same name. It was to be produced by Gokulam Gopalan, but the project was later shelved.[7]

Then Hariharan - M. T. Vasudevan Nair team joined hands with the young talented actor Indrajith. Titled Ezhamathe Varavu, the film includes Vineeth and Bhavana in other major roles.


Year Title Cast Script
1973 Ladies Hostel Prem Nazir, Bahadoor, Adoor Bhasi, K. P. Ummer, Vincent, Jayabharathi, Sujatha, P. Balakrishnan
1974 Ayalathe Sundari Prem Nazir, K. P. Ummer, Bahadoor, Sudheer, Adoor bhasi, Jayabharathi, Srividya T. Hariharan
1974 Rajahamsam Prem Nazir, Jayabharathi, Raghavan, KP Ummer, Sreevidya
1974 Bhoomidevi Pushpiniyayi Prem Nazir, Madhu, KP Ummer, Jayabharathi, Vidhubala,
1974 College Girl Prem Nazir, Vidhubala, Bhasi, Sudheer
1975 Babumon Prem Nazir, Adoor Bhasi, Jayabharathi, Sreevidya, Master Raghu
1975 Love Marriage Prem Nazir, KP Ummer, Jayabharathi, Ranichandra
1975 Madhurappathinezhu Raghavan, Sudheer, Sumithra
1976 Ammini Ammaavan Prem Nazir, Adoor Bhasi
1976 Kanyaadaanam Prem Nazir, Madhu, Sharada
1976 Panchami Prem Nazir, Adoor Bhasi, Jayan, Jayabharathi
1976 Rajayogam Prem Nazir, Adoor Bhasi P. Balakrishnan
1976 Themmadi Velappan Prem Nazir, Madhu, Jayabharathi, Sudheer, Bahadoor, Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair
1977 Ivanente Priyaputhran Prem Nazir, Adoor Bhasi, Soman, Sheela, Jayan, Reena
1977 Sangamam Jose, T.G. Ravi
1977 Sujatha Prem Nazir, KP Ummer, Soman Nagesh
1978 Tholkan Enikku Manassilla Prem Nazir, Adoor Bhasi, Soman, jayan, Jose prakash
1978 Kudumbam Namukku Sreekovil Prem Nazir, Adoor Bhasi
1978 Adimakkachavadam Soman, Jayan, Jayabharathi,
1978 Snehathinte Mukhangal Prem Nazir, Madhu, Jayabharathi
1978 Yagaswam Prem Nazir, KR Vijaya,
1979 Idavazhiyile Poocha Mindappoocha Madhu , Ambika, Srividya, M. G. Soman M. T. Vasudevan Nair
1979 Sharapanjaram Jayan, Sheela, Sathaar Malayattoor Ramakrishnan
1980 Lava Prem Nazir, K. P. Ummer, Madhavi, Balan K. Nair, Sankaradi S. L Puram
1980 Muthuchippikal Madhu, Sreevidya, Soman
1981 Poocha Sanyasi Rajkumar, Madhavi, Bahadoor
1981 Valarthumrugangal Sukumaran, Ratheesh, Madhavi M. T. Vasudevan Nair
1981 Sreeman Sreemathi Madhu, Srividya
1982 Anuraagakkodathi Sankar, Ravindran, Madhavi, Ambika
1982 Anguram Prem Nazir, Sukumaran Sharada
1983 Evideyo Oru Shathru Sukumaran Unreleased
1983 Varanmaare Aavashyamundu
1984 Poomadathe Pennu Prem Nazir, Unnimary
1984 Vellam Prem Nazir, Madhu, Sarada, Sreevidya
1984 Vikatakavi Prem Nazir, Mammootty, Sukumari, Madhavi
1986 Panchagni Mohanlal, Geetha, Thilakan, Murali, Nedumudi Venu M. T. Vasudevan Nair
1986 Nakhakshathangal Vineeth, Thilakan, Monisha, Saleema M. T. Vasudevan Nair
1986 Anjaam Shafi Inamdar, Shashi Kapoor, Hema Malini
1987 Amrutham Gamaya Mohanlal, Geetha, Vineeth, Parvathy M. T. Vasudevan Nair
1987 Mangai Oru Gangai (Tamil)
1987 Njanum Neeyum
1988 Aranyakam Vineeth, Devan, Parvathy, Balan K. Nair, Nedumudi Venu M. T. Vasudevan Nair
1989 Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Geetha, Madhavi M. T. Vasudevan Nair
1990 Oliyambukal Mammootty, Saikumar, Rajan P. Dev, Rekha Dennis Joseph
1992 Sargam Vineeth, Rambha, Manoj K. Jayan, Thilakan Chovallur Krishnan Kutty
1994 Parinayam Mohini, Vineeth, Manoj K. Jayan, Sukumari, Thilakan M. T. Vasudevan Nair
1998 Ennu Swantham Janakikutty Jomol, Chanchal, Sharath M. T. Vasudevan Nair
1999 Prem Poojari Kunchacko Boban, Shalini, Vineeth, Thilakan P. Balakrishnan
2005 Mayookham Saiju Kurup, Mamta Mohandas, Nedumudi Venu, Saikumar Hariharan
2009 Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja Mammootty, Kaniha, Thilakan, Suman, Sharath Kumar M. T. Vasudevan Nair
2013 Ezhamathe Varavu Indrajith Sukumaran, Vineeth M. T. Vasudevan Nair


National Film Awards:

Kerala State Film Awards:

Filmfare Awards:

Other awards

  • 2012 - Prem Nazir Award[9]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Malayalam cinema's quality declining: Hariharan". Times of India. 3 March 2004. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Hariharan - Shaji N. Karun to team up". Screen. 6 July 2001. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  4. ^ "'Pazhassi Raja' reigns supreme". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 8 April 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ http://www.manoramaonline.com/cgi-bin/MMOnline.dll/portal/ep/malayalamContentView.do?contentId=15005515&programId=1073752204&channelId=-1073750705&BV_ID=@@@&tabId=3
  7. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/bheemas-outing/article2615566.ece
  8. ^ "Filmfare Awards winners". The Times of India. 9 August 2010.
  9. ^ "Prem Nazir Award for Hariharan" Archived 16 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine

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