Lenin Rajendran

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Lenin Rajendran
ലെനിൻ രാജേന്ദ്രൻ
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Born1951
Died (aged 67)
Other namesRajendran
OccupationDirector, Screenwriter
Years active1981–2019
Children2

Lenin Rajendran (Malayalam: ലെനിൻ രാജേന്ദ്രൻ) was an Indian film director and screenwriter who worked in Malayalam cinema. He served as the chairman of Kerala State Film Development Corporation from 2016 to January 2019.

Career[edit]

Beginning his film-making career as an assistant to director P. A. Backer, Rajendran made his directorial debut with Venal (1982). From his first film to his latest one, Edavappathy (2016), Rajendran has been consistent with the quality of his films, not surrendering to market forces even while using the form and stars of popular cinema.[1]

An active member of the Communist party, Rajendran at times integrated his political orientation into his screen work: his 1985 film Meenamasithile Sooryan was about the anti-feudal upheaval of the 1940s in Kerala from a Communist viewpoint.

Swathi Thirunal (1987), a period film was a biographical work of a 19th-century king of Travancore, better known as a musical composer. While Daivathinte Vikrithikal (1992) was the cinematic adaptation of M. Mukundan's novel of the same name, Kulam (1997) was a loose adaptation of C. V. Raman Pillai's historical novel Marthandavarma, Mazha (2001) was adapted from Madhavikutty's Nashtapetta Neelambhari. One of his other films, Anyar (2003) deals with the hot topic of communal polarisation in Kerala.[2]

His other films are Prem Nazirine Kanmanilla (1983), Puravrutham (1988), and Vachanam (1989).

Death[edit]

Lenin Rajendran died on 14 January 2019 in Apollo Hospital Chennai after a liver transplant, at the age of 67.[3]

Awards[edit]

Kerala state film awards

International Film Festival of Kerala

  • 2010 - FIPRESCI Prize for Best Malayalam Film - Makaramanju
Kerala State Television Awards
  • 1999 - Second Best Teleserial: Balyakalasmaranakal
  • 2011 - Best Documentary (Biography): Kaviyoor Revamma
Kerala Film Critics Award
  • 2003 - Special jury award : Anyar
  • 2006 - Second best film : Rathrimazha
  • 2010 - Second Best Film : Makaramanju
  • 2015 - Best Screenplay : Edavapathy

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Cast
1981 Venal (The Summer) Sukumaran, Jalaja
1982 Chillu (The Fragments) Venu Nagavalli, Shanthi Krishna
1983 Prem Nazirine Kanmanilla Prem Nazir
1985 Meenamasathile Sooryan (Mid-Summer Sun) Bharath Gopi, Venu Nagavalli, Vijay Menon, Murali, Ravi, Shobana
1985 Mazhakkala Megham
1987 Swathi Thirunal Anant Nag, Ranjini
1988 Puravrutham (The Past) Om Puri
1989 Vachanam (The Word) Suresh Gopi, Jayaram, Sithara, Sreevidya, Thilakan, Mamukkoya
1992 Daivathinte Vikrithikal (The Ways of God) Raghuvaran, Srividya, Thilakan, Vineeth, Sudheesh, Siddique
1997 Kulam Suresh Gopi, Bhanupriya, Vijayaraghavan
2000 Mazha (The Rain) Biju Menon, Lal, Samyuktha Varma, Jagathi Sreekumar, Thilakan, Urmila Unni
2003 Anyar (The Outsiders) Jyothirmayi, Biju Menon, Lal, Siddique
2007 Rathri Mazha (Night Rain) Vineeth, Meera Jasmine, Manoj K. Jayan, Biju Menon, Lalu Alex, Cochin Haneefa
2010 Makaramanju (The Mist of Capricorn) Santosh Sivan, Karthika Nair, Nithya Menon, Lakshmi Sarma
2016 Edavappathy (The Monsoon) Utthara Unni, Manisha Koirala, Siddhartha
2017 CrossRoad

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.cinemaofmalayalam.net/lenin.htm
  2. ^ Jayakumar, G. (27 January 2006). "The politics of a relationship". The Hindu.
  3. ^ https://english.manoramaonline.com/news/kerala/2019/01/14/filmmaker-lenin-rajendran-dies.html

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