Mahesh Narayanan

Mahesh Narayanan (born 2 May 1982) is an Indian film director, screenwriter, editor and cinematographer who predominantly works in Malayalam cinema.

Mahesh Narayanan
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Born (1982-05-02) 2 May 1982 (age 40)
NationalityIndian
Alma mater
Occupation
Years active2007 – present
Spouse(s)Ramya
Children1
Parent(s)
  • Narayanan
  • Dr. Geetha

CareerEdit

After completing his graduation from University College Thiruvananthapuram; he joined M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute in Tamil Nadu after which he started working as an advert editor. He subsequently progressed to editing documentaries, short films and entered the film industry with Rathri Mazha, a Malayalam film which won five Kerala State Film Awards.[1]

A few of his most popular films as an editor includes Beautiful, Traffic, Kanyaka Talkies, Viswaroopam, and Ennu Ninte Moideen. After establishing himself as an accomplished and successful editor, Mahesh ventured into writing and made his debut as a writer with 2015 Malayalam film Mili, which opened to rave reviews in Kerala.

In 2017 Mahesh Narayanan progressed into film-making directing his debut feature Take Off,[2] a 2017 Indian drama thriller film, based on the ordeal of Indian nurses in the city of Tikrit, Iraq, in 2014 with Parvathy Thiruvothu, Kunchacko Boban and Fahadh Faasil starring in the lead roles. It is written by Mahesh Narayanan and P. V. Shajikumar. The film was shot in various parts of Dubai and Kerala. Take Off was released on 24 March 2017. The film was a blockbuster at the box office grossing ₹40 crore and running for over 125 days in theaters. The film was in the competition section at various international festivals, including International Film Festival of India and International Film Festival of Kerala. The film won a Special Jury Award at the 48th International Film Festival of India. The film won five Kerala State Awards including the Best Debut Director's Award for Mahesh Narayanan.

 
The Special Jury Award of International Film Festival Of India 2017 was presented to Director Mahesh Narayanan for the film TakeOff, which is based on the ordeal of Indian nurses in the city of Tikrit, Iraq.

In June 2020, Mahesh Narayanan announced that his next venture would be en experimental one titled C U Soon, starring Fahadh Faasil in a lead role. Mahesh described the film as a small exercise using an iPhone rather than a feature film. It was also revealed that the film would be about 60–65 minutes (the final release time amounted to 1h 38min) in length, and shot in Faasil's flat. Although the film got approval from the Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA), the Kerala Film Producers Association (KFPA) was opposed to the shoot with regards to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this, filming was successfully completed on 21 August. Upon its OTT release in Amazon prime Video the film received positive reviews from the critics. It is India's first computer screen film.[3] C U Soon was screened under the category of screen-life at the 42nd Moscow International Film Festival[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Mahesh Narayanan was born in Thiruvananthapuram to Dr. Geetha and Narayanan. He has a younger brother. He is married to Ramya and has one daughter.

AwardsEdit

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Editor Director Screenwriter Cinematographer Producer Language Notes
2022 Phantom Hospital No Yes Yes No No Hindi Hindi Debut Co-Writing with Akash Mohimen
2022 Untitled Segment in Netflix Anthology for M.T Vasudevan Nair No Yes Yes No No Malayalam Directing only 1 segment Starring Fahadh Faasil
2022 Ariyippu Yes Yes Yes No Yes Malayalam Co-Producing with Udaya Pictures and shebin backer
2021 Malayankunju No No Yes Yes Malayalam Filming
2021 Mālik Yes Yes Yes Malayalam Amazon Prime Film
2021 Nayattu Yes No No Malayalam
2021 Aarkkariyam Yes No No Malayalam
2020 C U Soon Yes Yes Yes Yes Malayalam Amazon Prime Film
2019 Uyare Yes No No Malayalam
2018 Vishwaroopam II Yes No No Tamil
Hindi
2018 Abrahaminte Santhathikal Yes No No Malayalam
2018 B.Tech Yes No No Malayalam
2017 Take Off Yes Yes Yes Malayalam Special Jury, Silver Peacock Award at IFFI 2017

65th National Film Awards, Special Mention

Kerala State Film Award for Best Debut Director,

Best Actress,

Best Art Director,

Best Background Score, Best Make Up

Best Screenplay Award at SCO Film Festival, Qingdao, China

Audience Choice Award at Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, 2018

2017 Udaharanam Sujatha Yes No No Malayalam
2016 Traffic Yes No No Hindi
2015 Ennu Ninte Moideen Yes No No Malayalam
2015 Love 24x7 Yes No No Malayalam
2015 Nirnayakam Yes No No Malayalam
2015 36 Vayadhinile Yes No No Tamil
2015 Mili Yes No Yes Malayalam
2014 Cousins Yes No No Malayalam
2014 How Old Are You? Yes No No Malayalam
2013 Kanyaka Talkies Yes No No Malayalam
2013 Mumbai Police Yes No No Malayalam
2013 Vishwaroopam Yes No No Tamil
Hindi
Best Editor at Jagran Film Festival 2013
2013 Olipporu Yes No No Malayalam
2013 Chennaiyil Oru Naal Yes No No Tamil
2013 Kili Poyi Yes No No Malayalam
2013 Natholi Oru Cheriya Meenalla Yes No No Malayalam
2012 Trivandrum Lodge Yes No No Malayalam
2012 Casanovva Yes No No Malayalam
2012 Mallu Singh Yes No No Malayalam
2011 Traffic Yes No No Malayalam
2011 Beautiful Yes No No Malayalam
2011 Karayilekku Oru Kadal Dooram Yes No No Malayalam
2011 Three Kings Yes No No Malayalam
2011 The Metro Yes No No Malayalam
2011 A Pestering Journey Yes No No English
2011 Seniors Yes No No Malayalam
2011 Makaramanju Yes No No Malayalam
2010 Aathmakatha Yes No No Malayalam
2010 Pokkiri Raja Yes No No Malayalam
2010 Plus Two Yes No No Malayalam
2009 Gulumaal: The Escape Yes No No Malayalam
2009 16 mm: Memories, Movement and a Machine Yes No No English
2009 Kavya's Diary Yes No No Telugu
2008 Phir Kabhi Yes No No Hindi
2008 Positive Yes No No Malayalam
2007 Rathri Mazha Yes No No Malayalam

ReferencesEdit

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