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P. Bharathi Raajaa


P eriyamayathevarBharathiraja is an Indian film director who works mainly in the Tamil film industry. Making his debut in 1977 with 16 Vayathinile, he is known for realistic and sensitive portrayal of rural life in his films. As of 2017, he has won six National Film Awards, four Filmfare Awards South, two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and a Nandi Award. He has also directed films in Telugu and Hindi. The Government of India honoured him with Padma Shri in 2004 for his contribution to the film industry.

I firmly believe in training and spotting new actors & technicians. I want to bring in more people with the right talent and enthusiasm. There should be an organized platform like an academy to groom them into professionals with the right exposure. That was when the idea of “Briic” Conceptualized. Briic stands for “ Bharathiraaja International Institute of Cinema As a film school with international standards and infrastructure we believe in learning by doing with a project- based curriculum. Students will receive and extensive educationin theory and practical’s that will give them an incomparable solid foundation.

His first film 16 Vayathinile for which he wrote the script broke the then existing convention to create a new genre of village cinema. The film is now regarded as a milestone in the history of Tamil Cinema His next film KizhakePogum Rail produced similar results and eventually brought in criticisms that Bharathiraja was capable of catering only to village audiences. This led him to make SigappuRojakkal, about a psychopathic woman hater that was totally westernized in terms of both conception and production. Bharathiraja confirmed his versatility and refusal to be tied down to one particular genre with an experimental film Nizhalgal (1980) and the action thriller TikTikTik (1981). But, undoubtedly rural themes proved to be his forte as his biggest hits in the 1980s AlaigalOivathillai (1981), Mann Vasanai (1983) and MuthalMariyathai (1985) were strong love stories in a village backdrop. VedhamPudhithu dealt with the caste issue in a stronger manner. It contains some of Bharathiraja's trademark touches as well as several ground-breaking scenes.

AlaigalOiyvadhillai, where the caste and religion factor was given a more balanced treatment. Bharathiraja has successfully managed to modernise his film making techniques for the 1990s. The commercial success of KizhakkuCheemaiyile and the awards Karuththamma garnered stand as testimony for his ability to thrill the younger generation as well. Bharathiraja was on the same stage in 1996 to receive another National Award for Anthimanthaarai. His 2001 film KadalPookal won him that year's National Film Award for Best Screenplay. The well-known Tamil film director Bhagyaraj was one of his assistant directors. In 2016, P Bharathiraja received a Distinguished Director honor from the Rocheston Accreditation Institute, New York.

Awards & Honours

Civilian Honours

  • 2004 – Padmashri from the Government of India

National Film Awards

  • 1982 – National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu for Seethakoka Chiluka (Director
  • 1986 – National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil for Mudhal Mariyathai (Producer & Director)
  • 1988 – National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues Vedham Pudhithu (Director)
  • 1995 – National Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare for Karuththamma (Director)
  • 1996 – National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil for Anthimanthaarai (Director)
  • 2001 – National Film Award for Best Screenplay for Kadal Pookkal (Director & Writer)

Filmfare Awards South

  • 1978 – Filmfare Best Director Award for Sigappu Rojakkal

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

  • 1977 – Best Director Award for 16 Vayathinile
  • 1981 – Best Director Award for Alaigal Oivathillai
  • 2003 - Best Film in First Place Eera Nilam

Nandi Awards

  • 1981 - Nandi Award for Best Director for Seethakoka Chiluka

Other Awards

  • South Indian Film Technicians : Best Technician Award for Kallukkul Eeram