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Jayaraj Rajasekharan Nair
Born Jayaraj Rajasekharan Nair
30 May 1960 (age 50)
Kottayam, Kerala, India
Occupation Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Years active 1990 - present (20 years)
Spouse(s) Sabitha Jayaraj
[ Official website]

Jayaraj Rajasekharan Nair better known as Jayaraj, is an award winning 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), Paithrukam (1993), Kaliyattam (1997), Shantham (2000), 4 the People (2004), and Gulmohar (2008).



Jayaraj was born on 30 May 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[1]. Kurosawa's Rashomon and DeSica's Bicycle Thieves were some of such film and they influenced him immensesly[2]. After his studies in Thiruvananthapuram, he met noted director Bharathan who was a neighbor of his sister in Madras, Tamilnadu. 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 Minnaminuginte 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 right-wing philosophy. Deshadanam(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 Shatham(2000). Shantham won the National Film Award for Best 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 2hours fourteen minutes with single camera at a time[Limca book of world record]. He reportedly said in an interview to 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."[3].

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[4]. Despite that, Jayaraj is filming the third and sequel in the trilogy titled Of The People, as of December 2007[5].

Jayaraj's wife Sabitha Jayaraj is a state award winning costume designer.

National Awards

Gulmohar 2008 Critics Award
Vellapokkathil 2008 Best Director-Non feature short film, John Abraham Award for Best Short Film
Daivanamathil 2005 National Award for Best Film on National Integrity, Nargis Dutt Award
Kannaki 2002 Asianet Award for Best Director, Mathrubhumi Award for Best Director
Karunam 2000 National Award for Best Film, State Award for Director of Best Film, State Award for Producer of Best Film, V. Shantaram Award for Best Film, Filmfare Award for Best Film, Padmarajan Award for Best Director, John Abraham Award for Best Director, Critics Award, Asianet Award’s Special Mention, Mathrubhumi Award’s Special Mention
Kaliyattam 1997 class="wikitable"
Deshadanam 1997 National Award-Best Regional Film, Special Mention Karlovy Vari (Czech Republic), State Award-Best Director, Padmarajan Award for Best Director, Critics Award
Paithrukam 1993 Critics Award
Sopanam 1993 Critics Award
Kudumbasametham 1992 State Award for Director of Second Best Film, Critics Award

International Awards

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 Fest National Award for Best Film
Shantam 2000 Best Cinematography in Festival De 3 Continents, France


Film Year
Loudspeaker 2009
Gulmohar 2008
Vellapokkathil 2008
Of the People 2008
Sila Nerangalil(Tamil) 2008
Anandabhairavi 2007
Aanachandam 2006
Adbhutam 2006
Aswaroodan 2006
Daivanamathil 2005
By the People 2005
Makalkku 2005
Yuva Sena (Telugu) 2005
Rain Rain Come Again 2004
4 the People 2004
Thilakkam 2003
Kannaki 2002
Bhibatsa (Hindi) 2002
Karunam 2000
Shantam 2000
Sneham 1998
Thalolam 1998
Kaliyattam 1997
Deshadanam 1997
Arabia 1995
High Way 1995
Thumboli Kadappuram 1995
Paithrukam 1993
Sopanam 1993
Johnnie Walker 1992
Kudumbasametham 1992
AakashakottayileSultan 1991
Vidyarambham 1990


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