Rajiv Anchal

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Rajiv Anchal
രാജീവ് അഞ്ചൽ

Rajiv Anchal (Malayalam: രാജീവ് അഞ്ചൽ) is a screenwriter and film director from Kerala. He has directed eight feature films. Of late, he has based his movies in the United States. He is the life member of International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy Of Film & Television. His magnum opus is a Malayalam film, Guru, which is a symbolic and allegorical movie about the blind faith which has been perpetuated on the human mankind. Guru was officially the Indian submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1997. It was the first ever Malayalam movie selected as an entry for Academy Awards. His Beyond the Soul won three awards at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival: Best Director, Best Screenplay and Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Film in 2003. His latest film is Paattinte Palazhy (2010).[1]

Rajeev Anchal was previously working as an art director too. Adharvam (1989) and Njan Gandharvan (1991) had him working in the art department. He received the Kerala State Award for Best Art Direction for Njan Gandharvan. He was also the art consultant for Manu Uncle (1984).

In 1992, Anchal had begun shooting a film called Australia, however the project was abandoned after shooting began. He then began film called Butterflies, and in it included some of the racing footage originally shot for the canceled project.[2]

Rajiv who is also a sculptor is currently engaged in the mighty project of Jatayu Sculpture. The popular Ramayana legend about Jatayu has a connection with Kerala. It is believed, Jatayu, when Ravana cut his wings, fallen off at this place.

And any mentioning about this personality would be left incomplete unless his close associations with Karunakara Guru, Santhigiri Ashram, Thiruvananthapuram is quoted. Rajiv is a follower of this Guru and his unique, secular ideology and closely associated with the Ashram.

Partial filmography[edit]

Rajiv's complete list of films directed, art directed and the movies for which he has created the script is available from the Malayalam Movie and Music Database [3]


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