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Bijukumar Damodaran, known mononymously as Dr. Biju, is an Indian film director and screenwriter. He received India's National Film Awards three times.He is considered one of the most important contemporary voices in Indian cinema. He is one of the rare film director in India who is always raising his voice openly for social justice, Gender equality, Environmental problems and about marginalized people issues. He is best known for films such as Saira (2005), Veettilekkulla Vazhi (2010), Akasathinte Niram (2012), Perariyathavar (2013), Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal (2015)Kaadu Pookkunna Neram (2016),Sound of Silence (2017 film) and Painting Life (2018). His films screened at many international film festivals including Cannes Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, Shanghai Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Cairo Film Festival, Eurasia International Film Festival, Jeonju International Film Festival, Fajr Film Festival Tehran, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival,Fantasporto Portugal, International Film Festival of India etc.

Dr. Biju
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Dr. Biju at shooting location
Alma materN. S. S. College, Pandalam
OccupationFilm director, doctor.
Years active2005–present.
Websitewww.drbiju.in

CareerEdit

Dr. Biju was born at Kudassanad a small village, near Pandalam in Kerala, India on May 31, 1971. He graduated in Homeopathic Medicine and joined in Government Medical service in 2004. He was fascinated with cinema by seeing world classics films at Kerala International Film Festivals during his college time. He then turned as a self-taught filmmaker and made his first feature film in 2005. Biju debuted into films as writer and director with Saira (2005). It was first part of terrorism trilogy and in 2007 premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival in the section Cinema of the world .[1][2] His second film Raman (2008) was selected at Cairo International Film Festival (2009) in the Incredible India category. Veettilekkulla Vazhi (The Way Home; 2010) was the last film of the trilogy and earned a National Film Award for best Malayalam film in 2010.[3]

His fourth film Akasathinte Niram (Color of Sky; 2012), was premiered at 15th Shanghai International Film Festival in the International competition section.[4] Biju's next film, Perariyathavar (Names Unknown, 2014) received two National Film Award in 2014 for the Best Actor Suraj Venjaramoodu and Best film on Environment conservation, and was screened at the Montreal World Film Festival (2014).[5] The film won the best actor award for Master Govardhan at Fajr International Film Festival Tehran Iran 2015 and best cinematography at Kazan international film festival Russia 2015.

In 2015, he directed Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal (Birds With Large Wings; 2015) which was premiered at United Nations, Geneva as a part of the United Nations Environment Programme,[6] and received National Film Award (2015) for the Best film on Environment conservation.[7]

His 2016 film Kaadu Pookkunna Neram (When The Woods Bloom) was premiered at the Eurasia International Film Festival, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, International Film Festival of Kerala, and the Montreal World Film Festival, in 2016.[8] The film got National Film Award for Best Sound Design 2017 to Jayadevan Chakkadath.

His eighth film Sound of Silence (2017 film) [9] is his first Non- Malayalam language film. The film is in Pahari, Tibetan and Hindi Language. The film premiered at Eurasia International Film Festival 2017, Kazakhstan in the main competition section. The film got best director award at Kolkata International Film Festival 2017 and later got a number of international awards.

His next film Painting Life is his first feature film in the English Language. The film premiered at Almaty International film festival and screened at many film festivals across the world. Painting Life won the Critics award at 39th Fantasporto International Film Festival, Portugal 2019 .

His latest film Veyilmarangal (Trees Under The Sun) premiered at 22nd Shanghai International Film Festival in Golden Goblet competition section and won Outstanding Artistic Achievement award. This was the first time an Indian film got an award at Golden Goblet competition at Shanghai since its inception.

Biju has served as jury member of the International Film Festival of Kerala (2011), Fajr International Film Festival (2012), India's National Film Awards (2013), 2015 Oscar selection jury member for best foreign language film from India.[10] Pune international Film Festival (2018) and Rostov International film festival, Russia 2018.

FilmographyEdit

Year Language Original title English title
2005 Malayalam Saira Saira
2008 Malayalam Raman Travelogue of Invasion
2010 Malayalam Veettilekkulla Vazhi The Way Home
2012 Malayalam Akasathinte Niram Color of Sky
2013 Malayalam Perariyathavar Names Unknown
2015 Malayalam Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal Birds With Large Wings
2016 Malayalam Kaadu Pookkunna Neram When The Woods Bloom
2017 Hindi, Tibetan Sound of Silence (2017 film) Sound of Silence
2018 English, Lepcha Painting Life Painting Life
2019 Malayalam Veyilmarangal Trees Under The Sun
2020 Malayalam Orange marangalude veedu House of Orange trees

RecognitionsEdit

International Awards as Writer-Director

Festival Year Award Film
14TH Zanzibar International film festival, Tanzania 2011 Special jury Award for Directtion Veettilekkulla Vazhi
15th International film festival of Kerala 2010 NETPAC Award for Best Malayalam Film Veettilekkulla Vazhi
10Th Imagine India International Film Festival Madrid, Spain 2011 Best Director Veettilekkulla Vazhi
10Th Imagine India International Film Festival Madrid, Spain 2011 Best Film Veettilekkulla Vazhi
New York Indian film festival 2013 Best Screenplay (Dr.Biju) Akasathinte Niram
Jaipur International film festival 2015 Best Film on Global Message (Dr.Biju) Perariyathavar
Jakkarta World Humanitarian award 2015 Humanity of film making (Dr.Biju) Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal
Indian International Film Festival Queensland, Brisbane, Australia 2016 Best Film Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal
Indian International Film Festival Queensland, Brisbane, Australia 2016 Best Direction (Dr.Biju) Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal
Indian International Film Festival Queensland, Brisbane, Australia 2016 Best Screenplay (Dr.Biju) Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal
Bangalore International Film Festival 2017 Special Jury Award for Best Indian Cinema Kaadu Pookkunna Neram
23rd Kolkata International Film Festival 2017 Best Direction (Dr Biju), Indian language films competition Sound of Silence (2017 film)
Indian Film Festival Of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA 2018 Best Film, Official competition Sound of Silence (2017 film)
Aurangabad International Film Festival, India 2019 Best Screenplay (Dr.Biju), Official competition Painting Life
39th Oporto International Film Festival, Portugal 2019 Critics Award (Premios Da Critica) for the best film , Official competition section Painting Life
22nd Shanghai International Film Festival, China 2019 Golden Goblet for Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award , Official competition section for Golden Goblet awards Trees under the sun (Veyilmarangal)

International Awards For Technicians, Actors

Festival Year Award Film
Zimbabwe International Film Festival 2007 best actor award to Nedumudi Venu Saira
14th Zanzibar International Film Festival, Tanzania 2011 Zigni Award for Best Cinematography To M.J.Radhakrishnanbest Veettilekkulla Vazhi
10th Imagine India International Film Festival, Madrid, Spain 2011 Best Music Director To Ramesh Narayan Veettilekkulla Vazhi
12th Imagine India International Film Festival, Madrid, Spain 2013 Best Music Director To Issac Thomas kottukappalli Akasathinte Niram
Fajr International Film Festival, Tehran, Iran 2015 Crystal Zymorgh for Best Actor To Master Govardhan Perariyathavar
Kazan International Film Festival, Russia 2015 Best Cinematography To M.J.Radhakrishnan Perariyathavar
Indian International Film Festival Queensland, Brisbane, Australia 2016 Best Cinematography To M.J.Radhakrishnan Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal
Indian International Film Festival Queensland, Brisbane, Australia 2016 Best Actor to KunchackoBoban Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal
Indian International Film Festival Queensland, Brisbane, Australia 2017 Best Cinematography To M.J.Radhakrishnan Sound of Silence (2017 film)
Aurangabad Film Festival , India 2018 Best Music Director To Issac Thomas Kottukappalli Sound of Silence (2017 film)
Singapore South Asian International Film Festival , Singapore 2019 Best Actor Award to Indrans Veyilmarangal (Trees Under The Sun)
Indian Film Festival Of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. 2019 Best Cinematography Award to M.J.Radhakrishnan Painting Life

India's National Film Awards

Festival Year Award Film
2010 Best Malayalam Film Veettilekkulla Vazhi
2013 Best Film on Environment Conservation Perariyathavar
2015 Best Film on Environment Conservation Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal
2013 Best Actor to Suraj Venjaramoodu Perariyathavar
2016 Best Sound Designer to Jayadevan Chakkadath Kaadu Pookkunna Neram

Indian Panorama Selections

Year Film Remarks
2006 Saira
2012 Akasathinte Niram
2015 Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal Nominated for UNESCO Competition
2016 Kaadu Pookkunna Neram

Kerala State Film Awards as Writer, Director

Year Award Film/Article
2010 Kerala State Film Award for Best Article on Cinema (Dr.Biju) Kollaruthu Samvidhayakare
2011 Kerala State Film Award for Special Jury Award for Direction Akasathinte Niram

Kerala State Film Awards for technicians, actors

Year Award Film
2005 Kerala State Film Award for Best Music Director (Ramesh Narayanan) Saira
2005 Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress (Navya Nair) Saira
2010 Best Processing Lab (Prasad Studio, Chennai) Veettilekkulla Vazhi
2010 Kerala State Film Award for Best Cinematography (M.J.Radhakrishnan) Veettilekkulla Vazhi
2011 Best Processing Lab (Gemini Colour Laboratory, Chennai) Akasathinte Niram
2011 Kerala State Film Award for Best Cinematography (M.J.Radhakrishnan) Akasathinte Niram
2016 Best Processing Lab (Vista VFX, Trivandrum) Kaadu Pookkunna Neram
2016 Kerala State Film Award for Best Cinematography (M.J.Radhakrishnan) Kaadu Pookkunna Neram
2016 Kerala State Film Award for Best Location Sync Sound (Jayadevan Chakkadath) Kaadu Pookkunna Neram
2016 Kerala State Film Award for Best Sound Designer (Jayadevan Chakkadath) Saira
2016 Kerala State Film Award for Best Sound Mixing Engineer (Pramod Thomas) Kaadu Pookkunna Neram

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ K, Bhumika (8 January 2015). "I make films for myself". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  2. ^ Meenakshi Shedde (16 February 2016). "Bollywood and the minority question". Forbes India Magazine. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  3. ^ Meghna George (19 August 2011). "'Veettilekkulla Vazhi is at par with world cinema'". Rediff. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  4. ^ Vijay G (20 July 2012). "The only Indian film at Shanghai film festival". Rediff. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  5. ^ "'Perariyathavar' an art film on garbage dumping". News18. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  6. ^ Deepika Jayaram (12 November 2015). "Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal screened at Geneva - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  7. ^ "63rd National Film Awards: Top acting honours for Amitabh Bachchan, Kangana Ranaut". The Indian Express. 28 March 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  8. ^ James, Anu (8 November 2016). "Watch Kaadu Pookkunna Neram trailer featuring Indrajith Sukumaran, Rima Kallingal". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  9. ^ "'Dr Biju announces Sound of silence in Tibetan and Hindi'". India: Sify. 6 September 2016.
  10. ^ "New York Indian Film Festival 2013". www.iaac.us. Retrieved 20 November 2016.

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