|Jayaraj Rajasekharan Nair|
|Born||Jayaraj Rajasekharan Nair
4 August 1960
Kottayam, Kerala, India
|Occupation||Director, Screenwriter, Producer|
|Children||Dhanu jayaraj, Keshav jayaraj|
|Parents||N. Rajasekharan Nair, Savithri r nair|
International Film Awards
National Film Awards
1992 - Second Best Film Kudumbasametham
1996 - Best Director Desadanam
1997 - Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value
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).
Jayaraj was born on 04 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 got the chance to attend various film festivals including the International Film Festival of Kerala and watch many world classics. Kurosawa's Rashomon and DeSica's Bicycle Thieves were some of such film and they influenced him immensesly. 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 6 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 films in his early career were Kudumbasametham (1992), Paithrukam (1993) and Sopanam (1993). Paithrukam was critically acclaimed, but was subject to criticism from various corners due to its conservative, religious philosophy. Desadanam(1997) was a milestone in his career. With the film, he was also considered as a serious film-maker by the critics. The film was followed by another critically acclaimed film, Kaliyattam(1997) which was a celluloid adaptation of Shakespere's Othello. It won him the National Film Award for Best Direction. In 1999 Jayaraj started his 9-film series project Navarasa with Karunam, followed by Shantham(2000). Shantham won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film. The third film in 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 of the film in less than 2 hours fourteen minutes with single camera at a time[Limca book of world record]. He reportedly said in an interview to Rediff.com when enquired about the time for shooting the film, that "In less than ten hours. It may end in five or even two hours. You never know.".
Off late he has been doing both 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, titled By the People which was a flop. Despite that, Jayaraj continued the third sequel the trilogy titled Of The People, as of December 2007. 
Jayaraj's wife Sabitha Jayaraj is a state award winning costume designer and an actress.
|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.|
- 1996 : Best Feature Film in Malayalam- Desadanam
- 1997 :Best Director- Kaliyattam
- 2000 : Best Film- Shantham
- 2005 : Best Film on National Integrity (Nargis Dutt Award)-Daivanamathil
- 2007 : Best Director(Non Feature Films)-Vellapokkathil - The Deluge
V Shantharam Awards
John Abraham Awards
Ramu Karyatt Awards
- 1996 : Desadanam
P Padmarajan Awards
- cinemaofmalayalam.net: Profile
- Rediff.com: profile
- Rediff.com: Interview
- The Hindu: Jayaraj comes with `By the People' now
- Sify.com: Jayaraj & People are back!
- "Love in the sands of Pushkar". The New Indian Express.
- P.K.Ajith Kumar (2011-01-14). "Lambs to the sacrifice". The Hindu.
- "Another new film on Shrividhya". The Indian Express. 21 January 2011.
- "Jayaraj ropes in Mammootty for Track With Rahman". Oneindia.in. Retrieved 5 July 2010.
- Jayaraj Nair on Facebook
- Jayaraj at the Internet Movie Database
- All in the name of God The Hindu - 5 July 2005