Rajesh Touchriver is an award-winning director at the national level. He is known for winning three national awards for the telugu film 'Naa Bangaaru Talli' (2013).
Wiki / Biography
Rajesh Touchriver was born on Monday, March 6, 1972 (47 years old; as in 2019), in the village of Arakulam, district of Idukki, Kerala. His zodiac sign is Pisces. He studied government. High School in Moolamattom, Kerala. He completed his BA degree at the University of Calicut, Kerala, and also joined the Drama Theater School, Thrissur, Kerala. Later, he was awarded a scholarship by Charles Wallace India Trust to study in London, where he obtained a master's degree in visual language, scenography and directing.
Family, caste and wife
Rajesh was born into a Malayali family. His father is called "Siva Sankaran Nair" (Kathakali actor) and his mother is called "Rukmini Amma". His brother holds a doctorate in theater and his uncle "Mr. R Sreedharan Nair" is a professional dancer from Kathakali. He married the famous Indian social activist "Sunitha Krishnan".
He worked with the National School of Dramatic Art of New Delhi in 1995. He had directed nearly 30 plays in Malayalam, Telugu and English until 1998. In 2002, he did his debut with the film telugu "In the name of the Buddha". has directed numerous feature films, short films, documentaries, video clips and television commercials, mainly based on the social issues of Indian society. His feature films include 10-The Strangers (2005), Alex-The Blue Fox (2005), Naa Bangaaru Talli (2013) and Patnagarh (2019).
The actress 'Revathy Sampath' in the #MeToo India campaign accused him of inappropriate behavior.
Awards and distinctions
International Film Festival The Indie Gathering, Ohio, United States of America
- 2017: Best foreign feature film for RAKTHAM (Blood)
- 2017: Best Photography for Ramathulasi RAKTHAM (The Blood)
- 2017: Best Global Feature, People's Choice for RAKTHAM (The Blood)
National Film Award
- 2013: Best Telugu Feature Film for Na Bangaaru Talli
- 2013: Best Music Direction (Score) with Shantanu Moitra for Na Bangaaru Talli (2013)
- 2013: Special Mention – Actress Anjali Patil for Na Bangaaru Talli
Nandi Awards (Government of Andhra Pradesh Award)
- 2013: Best feature film for Na Bangaaru Talli
- 2013: Best Actress (Anjali Patil) for Na Bangaaru Talli
- 2013: Special Mention (Siddique Actor) for Na Bangaaru Talli
- 2001 The Charles Wallace India Trust Award
- 2003: Best Foreign Film Prize Beverly Hills International Film Festival
- 2003: Best Film Award New Port Beach International Film Festival
- 2003: Best Film Award Wine Country International Film Festival
- 2006: Award for Best Foreign Documentary Action Cut International Film Festival
- 2007: Best Editing Award Cine De Granada Festival
- 2008: Award for Best Documentary Hyderabad International Film Festival
- 2013: Best Feature Film Award Trinity International Film Festival
- 2013: IFFCRM Award of Excellence, Indonesia
- 2013: IFFCRM Year-End Filmmaker, Jakarta, Indonesia
Facts / Trivia
- He is a Kathakali dancer trained and trained in Kalaripayattu (form of martial art).
- When a reporter asked for his unique surname, he said:
This is because of the distributors that I changed their name. If I was a known filmmaker in India, the problem would not have arisen. It's my first film and it's a British production. Distributors are not very interested in a British film directed by an unknown Asian. So, they asked me to change my last name into something easier to pronounce! Finally, it is the producer who came with Touchriver, the English translation of Thodupuzha (a place of Kerala)! "
- He appeared in the episode Karmaveer (October 18, 2019) of Kaun Banega Crorepati 11 (2019) with his wife Sunitha Krishnan.