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Rajesh Touchriver

Rajesh Touchriver
Born Rajesh Touchriver
Idukki, Kerala, India
Occupation director, producer, designer, writer
Years active 1997 – present

Rajesh Touchriver born (M. S. Rajesh) is an Indian filmmaker, production designer and scriptwriter. He has won awards internationally for his feature films and for his documentaries and short films. [1] [2] He worked with the National School of Drama, New Delhi as a designer in 1995. By the year 1998, he had directed more than 30 plays in Malayalam, English and Telugu languages. Rajesh won the Charles Wallace Trust Award in 2001 and pursued his Masters in Visual Language/Scenography and Direction from the Wimbledon College of Art, London.[3]

In 2002 he directed In the Name of Buddha which was later screened in the Spotlight on India section at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.[4][5] In 2013, he directed Na Bangaaru Talli which has garnered the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu, and five international awards.[6]

Early life

Rajesh Touchriver was born in [Arakulam], Idukki district, Kerala, India as the youngest son of Mr Siva Sankaran Nair and Mrs Rukmini Amma. He inherited his flair for Kathakali, the classical dance-drama of Kerala, from Siva Sankaran Nair, his father who was a veteran Kathakali artist. He also had some early training in Kalaripayattu, the martial art of Kerala. He took his bachelor degree in Design and Direction from the School of Drama in Trissur, Kerala.

Film career

Rajesh's debut film In the Name of Buddha (2002) was premiered at the Oslo International Film Festival and won critical acclaim. The movie was nominated for the Best Debut Director category at the Cannes Film Festival.[2] Controversial in theme, the film is a treatment[7] of the ethnic conflict then raging in Sri Lanka. The film was screened at international film festivals in 2003 and won the Best Foreign Film award at the Beverly Hills International Film Festival, the Newport Beach International Film Festival and at the Wine Country International Film Festival in the same year.[2] Rajesh directed two Telugu films in the interim: 10 the Strangers and Alex, the Blue Fox.[8][9] In 2013, he directed the Malayalam film Ente. Its Telugu version "Naa Bangaaru Talli" won the Best Feature Film Award at the 2013 Trinity International Film Festival[10] and Award of Excellence from IFFCRM, Indonesia.[11]

Documentaries and short films

Rajesh has made several short films and documentaries on human trafficking, HIV/AIDS and communal riots that support the media advocacy initiatives of the United Nations and NGOs, national and international. His film for the United Nations, One Life, No Price for social sensitisation against human trafficking was well received by civil society organisations internationally. Amitabh Bachchan, Preity Zinta and John Abraham appear in the film as spokespersons for the cause.[12]

Anamika, the Nameless on a similar theme which was shot in the red light areas of India in Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune and Delhi,[13] won the AC award under the "Best Foreign Award – Documentary Short Film" category[14] and the Best Documentary Film Award at the Hyderabad International Film Festival.[15] The film has been included in the curriculum of National Police Academy and National Judicial Academy.[16]

The Sacred Face, a short film on child sexual abuse, sent the audience back home unsettled at its screening in Hyderabad.[17]

Music videos

Following the success of in the Name of Buddha, Rajesh directed the music video for "Sunshowers" for Maya Arulpragasam (M.I.A.). He directed "Ente Malayalam", for the Manorama Music channel to commemorate the 50th year of Kerala formation.


Feature films – screenplay & direction

  • In the Name of Buddha (150 mins, English/Sinhalese/Tamil/Hindi, 35mm anamorphic, 2002)
  • 10-The Strangers (125 mins, Telugu, Hindi, 35mm anamorphic, 2005)
  • Alex-The Blue Fox (160 mins, Telugu, 35 mm anamorphic, 2005)
  • Na Bangaaru Talli (125 mins, Telugu, 35mm anamorphic, 2013)
  • Ente (125 mins, Malayalam, 35mm anamorphic, 2013)
  • The Red Terror ( Under production)

[12] [13]

Short films – screenplay & direction

  • The Sacred Face (13 mins, English, 2006)
  • Pehachan (14 mins, Hindi, 2008)
  • Needalu (Shadows) (14 mins, Telugu, 2009)
  • Main Aur Meri Sachaien (13 mins, Hindi, 2009)

Documentaries – screenplay, direction, cinematography

  • Of Freedom and Fear – (30 mins, English/Telugu, DV, 2003)
  • Bhagnagar – (15 mins, Hindi, DV, 2003)
  • Agni – (34 mins, Hindi, DV, 2004)
  • Shanti Ki Aur – (30 mins, Hindi, DV, 2004)
  • A Chance to Live – (30 mins, English, DV, 2004)
  • Dahan – (34 mins, Hindi, DV, 2004)
  • Astha-An Ode to Life – (26 mins, English, DV, 2004)
  • Me and Us – (24 mins, English, DV, 2004)
  • Building Bridges – (11 mins, English, DV, 2004)
  • Anamika – The Nameless – (26 mins, English/Hindi/Telugu,Oriya,Kannada, DV, 2005
  • The Man, His Mission – (11 mins, English, DV, 2006)
  • Aparajitha – (26 mins, English, DV, 2006)
  • One Life No Price – (9 mins, English, HD, 2007)
  • Synergy in Action – (20 mins, English, HD, 2007)

Music videos – screenplay, direction

  • "Sunshowers" for MIA XL Recording, London, UK (3 mins, English, Super 16 mm, 2004)
  • "Hire Fire" for Prajwala (music album containing six 4 mins songs against human trafficking, Hindi/Telugu, DV, 2004)[14]


Commercials – direction

  • Ente Malayalam – 50 yrs celebration of formation of Kerala state (2 mins, Malayalam, 35 mm, 2006)
  • Whose Child ? – (30 secs, Telugu, DV, 2004)
  • Why? – (30 secs, Telugu, DV, 2004)
  • Reach Out – (30 secs, Telugu, DV, 2004)

Feature films – production design

  • Quicksand – (English, 35mm, 2001)
  • Student #1 – (Telugu, 35mm, 2002)
  • Nuvvu Leka Nenu Lenu – (Telugu, 35mm, 2002)
  • Manasantha Nuvve – (Telugu, 35mm, 2001)
  • Iddaru Mitralu – (Telugu, 35mm, 1999)
  • Kalisundaam Raa – (Telugu, 35mm, 1999)


National Film Awards
International Awards
  • The Charles Wallace India Trust Award.- 2001[16][17]
  • Best foreign film Award Beverly Hills International Film Festival- 2003
  • Best Film Award New port Beach International Film Festival – 2003
  • Best Film Award Wine country International Film Festival- 2003
  • Best Foreign Documentary film Award Action Cut International Film Festival 2006
  • Best Editing Award Festival De Cine De Granada – 2007
  • Best Documentary Film Award Hyderabad International Film Festival – 2008
  • Best Feature Film Award Trinity International Film Festival – 2013
  • Award of Excellence from IFFCRM, Indonesia – 2013


See also


  1. ^ Trouble in paradise | Film | The Guardian
  2. ^ a b c d The Hindu : Touch and go
  3. ^ Real story in reel life – The Hindu
  4. ^ "The Hindu : Touch and go". 
  5. ^
  6. ^ National Film Awards: And the winners are – IBNLive
  7. ^ , 8 May 2003The Guardian"Trouble in paradise", Luke Harding,
  8. ^ 10 – The Strangers Telugu Movie – Preview, Trailers, Gallery, Review, Events, Synopsis
  9. ^ – Telugu Movie Reviews – Alex
  10. ^ Trinity International Film Festival: 2013 AWARD WINNERS
  11. ^ Winners of the International Film Festival for Comedy, Romance, and Musical
  12. ^ a b UNODC and Bollywood unite against trafficking
  13. ^ a b The Hindu : Life Thiruvananthapuram : Speaking out for the `nameless'
  14. ^ a b Best film award for docu on sex trade – The Times of India
  15. ^ a b Reports on A New Home for victims of sex-trafficking in India – GlobalGiving
  16. ^ a b
  17. ^ a b The Hindu : Andhra Pradesh / Hyderabad News : Documentary on incest shocks viewers

External links

  • Official website
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