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Jayarajan Rajasekharan Nair, professionally credited as Jayaraj, is an Indian filmmaker, who predominantly works in Malayalam film industry. He is the founder of the Birds Club International and is actively involved in philanthropic work. Jayaraj is a recipient of the Crystal Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Golden Peacock award at the IFFI , the Golden Crow Pheasant award at the IFFK , the FIPRESCI Award from the International Federation of Film Critics, the Don Quijote Award from the International Federation of Film Societies, The Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) award and a special mention award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. He is also a 6 time recipient of the National Film Award and several Kerala
Kerala
State Film Awards. His notable films include, Desadanam
Desadanam
(1996), Kaliyattam
Kaliyattam
(1997), Karunam (2000), Shantham (2001), Daivanamathil (2005), Vellapokkathil (2007), Ottaal
Ottaal
(2015) and Veeram (2017).

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Philanthropy 5 Awards 6 Filmography 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Jayaraj was born on 4 August 1960 to a middle-class family in Kottayam, Kerala, India. His father was N. Rajasekharan Nair and mother, Savithri R. Nair. He completed his Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication. During his stay at Thiruvananthapuram, he attended film festivals including the International Film Festival of Kerala
Kerala
and watched many world classics.[1] Kurosawa's Rashomon and DeSica's Bicycle Thieves
Bicycle Thieves
were among them, and they influenced him immensely.[2] After his studies in Thiruvananthapuram, he met noted director Bharathan
Bharathan
who was a neighbour of his sister in Madras, Tamil Nadu. Career[edit] Bharathan
Bharathan
was impressed by Jayaraj and made him his assistant director for Chilambu(1986). Jayaraj then went on to be the assistant to Bharathan
Bharathan
in six 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 in his early career were Kudumbasametham (1992), Paithrukam (1993) and Sopanam (1993). Paithrukam was critically acclaimed but was subject to criticism for its conservative, religious philosophy. Desadanam
Desadanam
(1997) was a milestone in his career. With the film, he was considered a serious film-maker by the critics. It was followed by another critically acclaimed film, Kaliyattam
Kaliyattam
(1997) which was an adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello. It won him the National Film Award for Best Direction. In 1999 Jayaraj started his nine-film series project Navarasa with Karunam, followed by Shantham(2001). Shantham won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film. The third in the Navarasa series was Bheebhatsa, a Hindi
Hindi
film followed by Adbutham. The recently released Veeram was the latest film in this series. Of late he has been doing commercial and art films and is successful in both genres. While Thilakkam (2003) and 4 The People (2004) were huge commercial successes Kannaki
Kannaki
(2002), Makalkku (2005), Daivanamathil (2005) and Ottaal
Ottaal
(2015) were critically acclaimed. Ottaal
Ottaal
made history, becoming the first ever Malayalam movie to have swept all the top awards in the 20-year history of the International Film Festival of Kerala. The film was one of four Malayalam films selected to be a part of the Indian Panorama at the International Film Festival of India in Goa in November 2015. Personal life[edit] Jayaraj is married to Sabitha Jayaraj, a Kerala
Kerala
State Film Award winning costume designer and actress. They have two children together. Philanthropy[edit] In an earnest effort towards conserving nature and strengthening people’s welfare, Jayaraj founded the Jayaraj Foundation in 2010 and officially launched it on 6th June 2014. World Organisation of Hope’s (WOH) ambitious programme 'SMART'[Sports, Music, Art and Recreation Therapy (Yoga and Meditation)]and "Birds Club international" are the two projects initiated by the foundation. Word Organisation of Hope (WOH) is an organisation aimed at building children’s awareness of their rights and to protect them. The programme SMART [Sports, Music, Art and Recreation Therapy (Yoga and Meditation)] is an offshoot of WOH. It supports children and adolescents in their own struggle to secure and defend their dreams. Birds Club International (BCI) aims at creating miniature rain forests in schools and colleges, to make a better environment both for birds and humans. It plans to bring together the future generation and integrating more of society towards nature conservation activities. Several units of BCI have been started in many schools and colleges in Kerala, with the help of the Government of Kerala, to achieve this. Awards[edit]

International awards

Film Year Award (s)

Ottaal 2015 Crystal Bear, Suvarna Chakoram, FIPRESCI award, NETPAC award, Rajatha Chakoram

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
Special
Mention in Kerala
Kerala
International Film Festival.

Shantham 2001 Best Cinematography in Festival De 3 Continents, France

Desadanam 1996 Special
Special
Mention at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
in competition section.

National Film Awards

1996 : Best Feature Film in Malayalam - Desadanam 1997 - National Film Award for Best Director
National Film Award for Best Director
- Kaliyattam 2001 : Best Film - Shantham 2005 : Best Film on National Integration - Daivanamathil 2007 : Best Director (Non Feature Films) - Vellapokkathil - The Deluge 2014 : Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation - Ottaal

Kerala
Kerala
State Film Awards

1992 - Kerala
Kerala
State Film Award for Second Best Film: Kudumbasametham 1996 - Kerala
Kerala
State Film Award for Best Director  : Deshadanam 1997 - Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value : Kaliyattam 1999 : Kerala
Kerala
State Film Award for Best Film - Karunam 2015 : Kerala
Kerala
State Film Award for Best Film - Ottaal

Filmfare Awards South

1997 - Best Director : Kaliyattam 2000 - Best Director : Karunam 2000 - Best Film  : Karunam

V. Shantharam Awards

1997 : Kaliyattam 2001 : Shantham

John Abraham Awards

2000 : Karunam 2012 : Vellapokkathil - The Deluge

Ramu Karyatt Awards

1996 : Desadanam

P. Padmarajan
Padmarajan
Awards

1996 : Desadanam 2000 : Karunam

Filmography[edit]

Title Year Language Notes Ref(s)

Veeram 2016 Malayalam Hindi English Part 5, Navarasa series. Also writer

Ottaal 2015 Malayalam

[3]

Camel Safari 2013

[4]

Pakarnnattam 2012

[5]

Naayika 2011

[6]

The Train 2011 Writer credits [7]

Loudspeaker 2009 Writer and producer credits

Gulmohar 2008

Vellapokkathil 2008

Of The People 2008 Writer and producer credits

Sila Nerangalil 2008 Tamil

Anandabhairavi 2007 Malayalam

Aanachandam 2006

Adbhutam 2006 Part 4, Navarasa series

Aswaroodan 2006

Daivanamathil 2005

By the People 2005

Makalkku 2005

Yuva Sena 2005 Telugu

Rain Rain Come Again 2004 Malayalam

4 the People 2004

Thilakkam 2003

Kannaki 2002

Bhibatsa 2002 Hindi Part 3, Navarasa series

Millennium Stars 2000 Malayalam

Karunam 2000 Part 2, Navarasa series. Also producer

Shantham 2000 Part 1, Navarasa series

Sneham 1998

Thalolam 1998

Kaliyattam 1997

Desadanam 1997 Producer credits

Arabia 1995

High Way 1995

Thumboli Kadappuram 1995

Paithrukam 1993

Sopanam 1993

Johnnie Walker 1992

Kudumbasametham 1992

Aakasha Kottayile Sultan 1991 Story credits

Vidyarambham 1990

References[edit]

^ cinemaofmalayalam.net: Profile ^ "Jayaraj: A director's profile". Rediff.com movies. December 20, 2005. Retrieved 2014-08-14.  ^ "'Ottal' is more than an environmental film: Jayaraj". Manorama Online.  ^ "Love in the sands of Pushkar". The New Indian Express.  ^ P.K.Ajith Kumar (14 January 2011). "Lambs to the sacrifice". The Hindu.  ^ "Another new film on Shrividhya". The Indian Express. 21 January 2011. [permanent dead link] ^ " Jayaraj ropes in Mammootty for Track With Rahman". Oneindia.in. Archived from the original on 9 July 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 

External links[edit]

Jayaraj on IMDb All in the name of God The Hindu
The Hindu
- 5 July 2005

v t e

National Film Award for Best Direction

1967–1980

Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray
(1967) Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray
(1968) Mrinal Sen
Mrinal Sen
(1969) Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray
(1970) Girish Karnad
Girish Karnad
and B. V. Karanth
B. V. Karanth
(1971) Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Adoor Gopalakrishnan
(1972) Mani Kaul
Mani Kaul
(1973) Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray
(1974) Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray
(1975) P. Lankesh (1976) G. Aravindan (1977) G. Aravindan (1978) Mrinal Sen
Mrinal Sen
(1979) Mrinal Sen
Mrinal Sen
(1980)

1981–2000

Aparna Sen
Aparna Sen
(1981) Utpalendu Chakrabarty (1982) Mrinal Sen
Mrinal Sen
(1983) Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Adoor Gopalakrishnan
(1984) Shyam Benegal
Shyam Benegal
(1985) G. Aravindan (1986) Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Adoor Gopalakrishnan
(1987) Shaji N. Karun
Shaji N. Karun
(1988) Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Adoor Gopalakrishnan
(1989) Tapan Sinha (1990) Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray
(1991) Goutam Ghose
Goutam Ghose
(1992) T. V. Chandran
T. V. Chandran
(1993) Jahnu Barua
Jahnu Barua
(1994) Saeed Akhtar Mirza
Saeed Akhtar Mirza
(1995) Agathiyan
Agathiyan
(1996) Jayaraj (1997) Rajeevnath (1998) Buddhadeb Dasgupta (1999) Rituparno Ghosh
Rituparno Ghosh
(2000)

2001–present

B. Lenin
B. Lenin
(2001) Aparna Sen
Aparna Sen
(2002) Goutam Ghose
Goutam Ghose
(2003) Buddhadeb Dasgupta (2004) Rahul Dholakia
Rahul Dholakia
(2005) Madhur Bhandarkar
Madhur Bhandarkar
(2006) Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Adoor Gopalakrishnan
(2007) Bala (2008) Rituparno Ghosh
Rituparno Ghosh
(2009) Vetrimaaran
Vetrimaaran
(2010) Gurvinder Singh
Gurvinder Singh
(2011) Shivaji Lotan Patil (2012) Hansal Mehta (2013) Srijit Mukherji (2014) Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
(2015) Rajesh Mapuskar
Rajesh Mapuskar
(2016)

v t e

Filmfare Award for Best Malayalam Director

1972–1990

K. S. Sethumadhavan (1972) K. S. Sethumadhavan (1973) K. S. Sethumadhavan (1974) Bharathan
Bharathan
(1975) Sreekumaran Thampi (1976) I. V. Sasi
I. V. Sasi
(1977) I. V. Sasi
I. V. Sasi
(1978) Bharathan
Bharathan
(1979) Bharathan
Bharathan
(1980) K. S. Sethumadhavan (1981) Balu Mahendra
Balu Mahendra
(1982) (1983) (1984) (1985) Hariharan (1986) Pratap Pothan (1987) Padmarajan
Padmarajan
(1988) (1989) Bhadran (1990)

1991–2010

Sibi Malayil
Sibi Malayil
(1991) Sibi Malayil
Sibi Malayil
(1992) Shaji Kailas
Shaji Kailas
(1993) Hariharan (1994) Bhadran (1995) Sathyan Anthikad (1996) Jayaraj (1997) Sreenivasan
Sreenivasan
(1998) Shyama Prasad
Shyama Prasad
(1999) Jayaraj (2000) Vinayan (2001) Lal Jose
Lal Jose
(2002) Sathyan Anthikkad (2003) Blessy
Blessy
(2004) Blessy
Blessy
(2005) Roshan Andrews (2006) Babu Thiruvalla (2007) Ranjith (2008) Hariharan (2009) Ranjith (2010)

2011–present

Blessy
Blessy
(2011) Lal Jose
Lal Jose
(2012) Shyamaprasad
Shyamaprasad
(2013) Anjali Menon
Anjali Menon
(2014) R. S. Vimal (2015) Dileesh Pothan
Dileesh Pothan
(2016)

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Kerala
Kerala
State Film Award for Best Director

1969–1980

A. Vincent (1969) K. S. Sethumadhavan (1970-1972) M. T. Vasudevan Nair (1973) G. Aravindan (1974) P. A. Backer (1975) T. Rajeevnath (1976) Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Adoor Gopalakrishnan
(1977) G. Aravindan (1978-1979) K. S. Sethumadhavan (1980)

1981–2000

G. Aravindan (1981) Bharathan
Bharathan
(1982) Fazil (1983) Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Adoor Gopalakrishnan
(1984) G. Aravindan (1985-1986) Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Adoor Gopalakrishnan
(1987) K. P. Kumaran (1988) I. V. Sasi
I. V. Sasi
(1989) G. Aravindan (1990) Kamal (1991) Hariharan (1992) Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Adoor Gopalakrishnan
(1993) Shaji N. Karun
Shaji N. Karun
(1994) Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Adoor Gopalakrishnan
(1995) Jayaraj (1996) T. V. Chandran
T. V. Chandran
(1997) Shyamaprasad
Shyamaprasad
(1998) Shaji N. Karun
Shaji N. Karun
(1999) M. T. Vasudevan Nair (2000)

2001–present

T. V. Chandran
T. V. Chandran
(2001) Sibi Malayil
Sibi Malayil
(2003) Shyamaprasad
Shyamaprasad
(2004) Blessy
Blessy
(2005) Lenin Rajendran
Lenin Rajendran
(2006) M. G. Sasi
M. G. Sasi
(2007) Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Adoor Gopalakrishnan
(2008) Hariharan (2009) Shyamaprasad
Shyamaprasad
(2010) Blessy
Blessy
(2011) Lal Jose
Lal Jose
(2012) Shyamaprasad
Shyamaprasad
(2013) Sanal Kumar Sasidharan
Sanal Kumar Sasidharan
(2014) Martin Prakkat (2015) Vidhu Vincent
Vidhu Vincent
(2016)

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