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Who is Jayaraj?

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 7 time recipient of the National Film Award and several Kerala State Film Awards. His notable films include Paithrukam (1993), Desadanam (1996), Kaliyattam (1997), Karunam (2000), Shantham (2001), 4 The People (2004), Daivanamathil (2005), Aanachandam (2006), Vellapokkathil (2007), Ottaal (2015), Veeram (2017), and Bhayanakam (2018).

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Jayaraj Biography, Wikipedia

Jayaraj was born on 31 May 1960 to a middle-class family in Kottayam, Kerala, India. His father was N. Rajasekharan Nair and mother, Savithri R. Nair.He studied at CMS college kottayam. He completed his Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication from College of Engineering Trivandrum [CET]. During his stay at Thiruvananthapuram, he attended film festivals including the International Film Festival of Kerala and watched many world classics.[1] Kurosawa’s Rashomon and DeSica’s Bicycle Thieves were among them, and they influenced him immensely.[2] After his studies in Thiruvananthapuram, he met noted director Bharathan who was a neighbour of his sister in Madras, Tamil Nadu.

Real NameJayarajan Rajasekharan Nair
Nick NameJayarai
Profession Filmmaker
Marital StatusMarried
Wife NameSabitha Jayaraj
Children NameKeshav Jayaraj, Dhanu Jayaraj
Physical Status 
Age61 Years (2022)
Height (Approx.)1.85 m (6′ 2″)
Weight (Approx.)85 kg
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Personal Information
Date of Birth 4 August 1960
Birth PlaceKottayam
Zodiac signCancer
School NameCMS college
College NameCollege of Engineering Trivandrum
QualificationsGraduate (EC)
Family Profile
Father NameN. Rajasekharan Nair
Mother NameSavithri R Nair,
Siblings NameNot Known
Source Of Income Acting
DebutVidyarambham (1990, Director)
Appeared InFilms
Net Worth / Salary$1-2 million
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Jayaraj Career

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 six more films including the critically acclaimed Oru Minnaminunginte Nurunguvettam (1987) and Vaishali (1988). Jayaraj debuted as director with Vidyarambham (1990). 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 and got widespread recognition for its theme and script.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 (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 film followed by Adbutham and Veeram. In 2018, the sixth film in the series Bhayanakam was released and had won awards for Best Direction, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Cinematography at the 2017 National Film Awards. On 10 June 2019, Tovino Thomas officially announced and shared the poster of Roudram 2018, the seventh film in the series. While Thilakkam (2003) and 4 The People (2004) were huge commercial successes Kannaki (2002), Makalkku (2005), Daivanamathil (2005) and Ottaal (2015) were critically acclaimed. 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.

2022Highway -2
2020HaasyamPart 8, Navarasa series.
2019Roudram 2018Part 7, Navarasa series. Also writer
2017BhayanakamPart 6, Navarasa series. Also writer
2016VeeramPart 5, Navarasa series. Also writer.Released also in Hindi & English
2013Camel Safari
2011The TrainWriter credits
2009LoudspeakerWriter and producer credits
2008Of The PeopleWriter and producer credits
2008Sila NerangalilTamil film
2006AdbuthamPart 4, Navarasa seriesReleased on Rootsvideo OTT Platform in 2021 April 14
2005By the People
2004Yuvasena (Telugu)
2004Rain Rain Come Again
20044 the People
2002BhibatsaPart 3, Navarasa seriesHindi Language
2000Millennium Stars
2000KarunamPart 2, Navarasa series.Also producer
2000ShanthamPart 1, Navarasa series
1997DesadanamAlso Producer
1995High Way
1995Thumboli Kadappuram
1992Johnnie Walker
1991Aakasha Kottayile SultanStory credits
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Jayaraj Personal Life

Jayaraj is married to Sabitha Jayaraj, a Kerala State Film Award winning costume designer and actress. They have two children together.

Jayaraj Awards

International awards

YearFilmAward (s)
2015OttaalCrystal Bear, Suvarna Chakoram, FIPRESCI award, NETPAC award, Rajatha Chakoram
2005DaivanamathilBest Film Award in Spain, Madrid International Film Festival
2000KarunamGolden Peacock Award, International Film Festival of India- Awards from Federation of International Film Societies, Berlin International Film Fest, Special Mention in Kerala International Film Festival.
2001ShanthamBest Cinematography in Festival De 3 Continents, France
1996DesadanamSpecial Mention at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in competition section.
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National Film AwardsJayaraj being felicitated at IFFI (2015)

  • 1996 : Best Feature Film in Malayalam – Desadanam
  • 1997 : Best Director – Kaliyattam
  • 2001 : Best Film – Shantham
  • 2005 : Best Film on National Integration – Daivanamathil
  • 2007 : Best Non-Feature Film Direction – Vellapokkathil – The Deluge
  • 2014 : Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation – Ottaal
  • 2017 : Best Director – Bhayanakam
  • 2017 : Best Adapted Screenplay – Bhayanakam
  • 2017 : Special Jury mention – Rebirth

How old is Jayaraj?

Jayaraj is 63 years old as of 2022.

How rich is Jayaraj?

Jayaraj has net worth of $1-2 million.

Who is Jayaraj Wife?

Jayarajan Rajasekharan Nair married to Sabitha Jayaraj.

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