Hariharan (director)

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Hariharan is an Indian film director who has directed over 50 Malayalam films. [1] His movies mainly revolve around the cultural and relational aspects of a typical Keralite society. His most notable works include Sharapancharam (1979), Panchagni (1986), Idavazhiyile Poocha Mindappoocha (1979), Amrutham Gamaya (1987), Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha (1989), Sargam (1992), Parinayam (1994) and Pazhassi Raja (2009) which has won him wide critical acclaim. [2] [3] [4] In 2019, he was awarded the J. C. Daniel Award, Kerala government's highest honour for contributions to Malayalam cinema.[ citation needed ]



Hariharan studied at St. Thomas College, Thrissur and Universal Arts College, Kozhikode. [5] He entered the Malayalam film industry in 1965 working as an assistant director under film director M. Krishnan Nair. His first film Ladies Hostel was released in 1973, following which a lot of films with Prem Nazir and Madhu were released. Babumon was one of his box office hit movies of the black and white era. He directed two major films in Actor Jayan's career. His 1976 movie Panchami gave first major break to Jayan as an actor in malayalam cinema.[ citation needed ] In 1979 another movie Sarapanjaram was released with Jayan and Sheela. His films such as Valarthumrugangal , Panchagni , Nakhakshathangal , Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha , Sargam , Parinayam and Ennu Swantham Janakikutty have entered the Indian Panorama of International Film Festival.[ citation needed ] He has also been honored with a Diploma by the Pyongyang Film Festival of North Korea for Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha. In 1993, Sargam won him the Kerala State Award for Best Director and also National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. The film also received special honor at the Fukuoka and Swiss film festivals. [6] His next film, Parinayam, won the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues and took part in about seven film festivals across the world. Ennu Swantham Janakikutty was the inaugural film at the Korean film festival (2000), and it also took part in the London film festival (2000).[ citation needed ]

Apart from these recognitions he has also won Filmfare and Ramu Kariat Awards for his works on multiple occasions. In 2009, he made Pazhassi Raja . It is based on the life of Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja, the first revolter against the British East India Company. It was written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair. Later in 2011, he announced another historical film titled Randamoozham with Mohanlal in the lead role and written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair, which was an adaptation of his novel of the same name. It was to be produced by Gokulam Gopalan, but the project was later shelved. [7]


1973 Ladies Hostel
1974 Bhoomidevi Pushpiniyayi
1974 College Girl
1975 Babumon
1975 Love Marriage
1975 Madhurappathinezhu
1976 Ammini Ammaavan
1976 Panchami (film)
1976 Rajayogam P. Balakrishnan
1976 Themmadi Velappan
1977 Ivanente Priyaputhran
1977 Sangamam
1977 Tholkan Enikku Manassilla
1978 Kudumbam Namukku Sreekovil
1978 Adimakkachavadam
1978 Snehathinte Mukhangal
1978 Yagaswam
1979 Edavazhiyile Poocha Minda Poocha M. T. Vasudevan Nair
1980 Lava S. L Puram
1980 Muthuchippikal
1981 Poocha Sanyasi
1981 Valarthumrugangal M. T. Vasudevan Nair
1981 Sreeman Sreemathi
1982 Anuraagakkodathi
1982 Anguram
1983Evideyo Oru ShathruUnreleased
1983 Varanmaare Aavashyamundu
1984 Poomadathe Pennu
1984 Vellam
1984 Vikatakavi
1986 Panchagni M. T. Vasudevan Nair
1986 Nakhakshathangal M. T. Vasudevan Nair
1986AnjaamRemake of Sharapanjaram
1987 Amrutham Gamaya M. T. Vasudevan Nair
1987 Mangai Oru Gangai (Tamil)
1987Njanum Neeyum
1988 Aranyakam M. T. Vasudevan Nair
1989 Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha M. T. Vasudevan Nair
1990 Oliyambukal Dennis Joseph
1992 Sargam Chovallur Krishnan Kutty
1994 Parinayam M. T. Vasudevan Nair
1998 Ennu Swantham Janakikutty M. T. Vasudevan Nair
1999 Prem Poojari P. Balakrishnan
2005 Mayookham Hariharan
2009 Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja M. T. Vasudevan Nair
2013 Ezhamathe Varavu M. T. Vasudevan Nair


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