Rex Vijayan

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Rex Vijayan
റെക്സ് വിജയൻ
At The Celebrate Keralam Festival (Photographed by Anand Menon)
At The Celebrate Keralam Festival (Photographed by Anand Menon)
Background information
Born (1983-04-26) 26 April 1983 (age 37)
Kollam, Kerala, India
GenresAlternative rock, alternative metal
Occupation(s)guitarist, producer, composer
InstrumentsGuitar, keyboard, synthesizer, ukulele
Associated actsAvial

Rex Vijayan (Malayalam: റെക്സ് വിജയൻ; born 26 April 1983) is an Indian composer, guitarist, singer, record producer and multi-instrumentalist from Kerala. He is the lead guitarist for the alternative Malayali rock band Avial. He started out his career as a composer in the Malayalam film industry through Kerala Cafe by giving the score to Anwar Rasheed's segment 'Bridge'.

Early life[edit]

He is the son of Albert Vijayan, a music director in Malayalam films. He self-learnt to play various instruments at a very young age and began his musical career by mastering cover versions.[1] He married Chintoo Remesh on 14 March 2008 at Kollam.[2] His brother Jackson Vijayan is also a musician.


Vijayan was part of the popular Kochi based rock band Motherjane, as the rhythm guitarist from 2000 to 2003.[3] Even though he left the band in 2003, He continued to associate with Motherjane as a consultant. He was the producer of the band's singles Jihad(2010), Clayplay(2015) and Namaste(2018).[4][5][6]


He is the music composer, lead guitarist and synthesizer of the Trivandrum based Malayalam alternative rock band "Avial" since 2003.[citation needed]

Other collaborations[edit]

He was part of an amateur German hip-hop band "Intensive Erfrischung" (Intensive Refreshment), which was based in Munich. He is also actively involved with Daksha Seth's Dance Company, which is concerned with performing on stage contemporary dance. Gibson Guitar Corporation, USA offered him to be their endorsee for their latest high end series guitar "Gibson Les Paul Classic".[citation needed]

Film composing[edit]

Rex debuted into film music direction with Anwar Rasheed's 'Bridge', a segment of the portmanteau film Kerala Cafe. He then did the composing of Chaappa Kurishu directed by Sameer Thahir, 22 Female Kottayam, by Aashiq Abu, helped with the background score of films Second Show and Friday and did music for Shyamaprasad's movie English in which he collaborated with American clarinet player and music composer Shankar Tucker in the song Aakashame featuring Rohan Kymal on vocals. He then did the title track for Anil Radhakrishnan Menon's debut movie North 24 Kaatham starring Fahadh Faasil. Rex Vijayan become a playback singer with ‘Enthanu Bhai' in Aashiq Abu's film Da Thadiya. His work for Sameer Thahir's second movie Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi (after his directorial debut 'Chaappa Kurishu') has set a path breaking trend in malayalam film music.[7][8][9] Rex has also sung the title track 'Neelakasham' for the movie.[10]

Sapthamashree Thaskaraha was Rex's next film, in which he composed songs such as Thaane Pookum and Nam Onnaayi.[11] After that Rex went on to do the background score for Picket 43. He returned after a break with Parava in 2017. Later in the year he composed music for Aashiq Abu's Mayaanadhi. Rex's composition for the film was well appreciated. The song Mizhiyil Ninnum was a sensational hit[12][13] and singer Shahabaz Aman won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer for the rendition.[14][15] His latest releases as music composer are Sudani from Nigeria(2018), Thamaasha(2019) and Valiyaperunnal(2019), all were widely acclaimed.[16][17][18] He also served as music producer for the 2020 movie Halal Love Story.[19]


As Composer and Producer[edit]

Year Film Director Notes
2009 Kerala Cafe Anwar Rasheed Segment: Bridge
2011 Chappa Kurishu Sameer Thahir
2012 22 Female Kottayam Aashiq Abu 1 song, and co-composed background score with Bijibal
Second Show Srinath Rajendran Background Score only
Friday Lijin Jose Background score only
2013 English: An Autumn in London Shyamaprasad
Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi Sameer Thahir
North 24 Kaatham Anil Radhakrishnan Menon Title Song only
2014 Sapthamashree Thaskaraha Anil Radhakrishnan Menon
2015 Picket 43 Major Ravi Background score only
Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi Anil Radhakrishnan Menon
2017 Parava Soubin Shahir
Mayaanadhi Aashiq Abu
2018 Sudani from Nigeria Zakariya Mohammed
2019 Thamaasha Ashraf Hamza
Valiyaperunnal Dimal Dennis

As playback singer[20][edit]

Year Song Co-singer(s) Movie Music Director/ Composer
2011 Oru Naalum Kaanathe Rashmi Satheesh Chappa Kurishu Himself
2012 Enthanu Bhai Bijibal,
Jayaram Ranjith
Da Thadiya Bijibal
2013 Neelakasham Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi Himself
2015 Tharangal Padunne Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi Himself
2017 Pyar Pyar Parava Himself
Uyirin Nadhiye Neha Nair Mayaanadhi Himself
2018 Cherukatha Pole Imam Majboor Sudani from Nigeria Himself
2019 Thazhvarangal Valiyaperunnal Himself
2020 Jaalame Lal Krishna, Divya S Menon, Namitha Raju, Gagul Joseph, Jackson Vijayan Trance Jackson Vijayan

As Music Producer[edit]

Year Song Film/Album Composer/Band Notes
2010 Jihad [21] Anwar Motherjane
2015 Clay Play [22] Motherjane
2017 Kaattil [23] Mayanadi Shahabaz Aman
2018 Kurrah (Football Anthem) [24] Sudani from Nigeria Shahabaz Aman
Namaste [25] Motherjane
2019 Paadi Njan [26] Thamaasha Shahabaz Aman
Hey Valiyaperunnal [27][28][29][30] Saju Sreenivas
Piraanth SA Jameel
Kochi Mattanchery Unknown
Vandu Njan Mehaboob
2020 Sundaranayavane [31] Halal Love Story Shahabaz Aman


Year Award Category Film/Album/Song Notes
2018 Filmfare Awards South[32] Best Music Director Mayanadi
2018 Indywood Academy Awards[33] Best Music Director Mayanadi
2018 Mazhavil Mango Music Awards[34] Best Music Director Mayanadi
2018 Movie Street Film Awards[35] Best Music Director Mayanadi
2018 CPC Cine Awards[36] Best Music Director Mayanadi, Parava


  1. ^ "Oh brother!". The Hindu. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Two Becomes One". The New Indian Express. 13 January 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  3. ^ "The King of six strings". The Hindu. 25 October 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
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  11. ^ "Rex Vijayan for Sapthamasree". The IndiaGlitz. 20 August 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
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