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Dr. Biju

Dr. Biju
Dr. Biju.jpg
Dr. Biju at shooting location
Alma materN. S. S. College, Pandalam
OccupationFilm director, doctor.
Years active2005–present.

Bijukumar Damodaran, known mononymously as Dr. Biju, is an Indian film director and screenwriter. He received India's National Film Awards three times. He is best known for films such as Saira (2005), Veettilekkulla Vazhi (2010), Akasathinte Niram (2012), Perariyathavar (2013), Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal (20156)Kaadu Pookkunna Neram (2016), Sound Of Silence (2017) and Painting Life (20186). His films screened at many international film festivals including Cannes Film Festival, Montreal Film festival, Shanghai Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Cairo Film Festival, Eurasia Film Festival, Jeonju Film Festival Fajr Film Festival Tehran, Tallinn Black nights Film Festival, International film festival of India etc. He also worked as jury member for many international film festivals across the world.


Biju debuted into films as writer and director with Saira (2005). It was first part of terrorism trilogy and in 2007 premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival in the section Cinema of the world .[1][2] His second film Raman (2008) was selected at Cairo International Film Festival (2009) in the Incredible India category. Veettilekkulla Vazhi (The Way Home; 2010) was last film of the trilogy and earned a National Film Award for best Malayalam film in 2010.[3]

His fourth film Akasathinte Niram (Color of Sky; 2012), was premiered at 15th Shanghai International Film Festival in the International competition section.[4] Biju's next film, Perariyathavar (Names Unknown, 2014) received two National Film Awards in 2014 for the Best Actor and Best film on Environment conservation, and was screened at the Montreal World Film Festival (2014).[5]

In 2015, he directed Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal (Birds With Large Wings; 2015) which was premiered at United Nations, Geneva as a part of the United Nations Environment Programme,[6] and received National Film Award (2015) for the Best film on Environment conservation.[7] His 2016 film Kaadu Pookkunna Neram (When The Woods Bloom) was premiered at the Eurasia International Film Festival, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, International Film Festival of Kerala, and the Montreal World Film Festival, in 2016.[8]

Biju has served as jury member of the International Film Festival of Kerala (2011), Fajr International Film Festival (2012), National Film Awards (2013), and the 2015 Oscar selection jury member for best foreign language film.[9]


Year Language Original title English title
2005 Malayalam Saira Saira
2008 Malayalam Raman Travelogue of Invasion
2010 Malayalam Veettilekkulla Vazhi The Way Home
2012 Malayalam Akasathinte Niram Color of Sky
2013 Malayalam Perariyathavar Names Unknown
2015 Malayalam Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal Birds With Large Wings
2016 Malayalam Kaadu Pookkunna Neram When The Woods Bloom
2017 Hindi, Tibetan Sound of Silence Sound of Silence
2018 English, Lepcha Painting Life Painting Life
2019 Malayalam (On Pre Production) Veyilmarangal Trees Under The Sun


International Awards

Festival Year Award Film
14TH Zanzibar International film festival, Tanzania 2011 Special jury Award for Directtion Veettilekkulla Vazhi
15th International film festival of Kerala 2010 NETPAC Award for Best Malayalam Film Veettilekkulla Vazhi
10Th Imagine India International Film Festival Madrid, Spain 2011 Best Director Veettilekkulla Vazhi
10Th Imagine India International Film Festival Madrid, Spain 2011 Best Film Veettilekkulla Vazhi
New York Indian film festival 2013 Best Screenplay (Dr.Biju) Akasathinte Niram
Jaipur International film festival 2015 Best Film on Global Message (Dr.Biju) Perariyathavar
Jakkarta World Humanitarian award 2015 Humanity of film making (Dr.Biju) Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal
Indian International Film Festival Queensland, Brisbane, Australia 2016 Best Film Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal
Indian International Film Festival Queensland, Brisbane, Australia 2016 Best Direction (Dr.Biju) Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal
Indian International Film Festival Queensland, Brisbane, Australia 2016 Best Screenplay (Dr.Biju) Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal
Bangalore International Film Festival 2017 Special Jury Award for Best Indian Cinema Kaadu Pookkunna Neram
23rd Kolkata International Film Festival 2017 Best Direction (Dr Biju), Indian language films competition Sound of Silence
Indian Film Festival Of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA 2018 Best Film, Official competition Sound of Silence

National Films Awards

Year Award Film
2010 Best Malayalam Film Veettilekkulla Vazhi
2013 Best Film on Environment Conservation Perariyathavar
2015 Best Film on Environment Conservation Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal

Indian Panorama Selections

Year Film Remarks
2006 Saira
2012 Akasathinte Niram
2015 Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal Nominated for UNESCO Competition
2016 Kaadu Pookkunna Neram

Kerala State Film Awards

Year Award Film/Article
2010 Kerala State Film Award for Best Article on Cinema (Dr.Biju) Kollaruthu Samvidhayakare
2011 Kerala State Film Award for Special Jury Award for Direction Akasathinte Niram


  1. ^ K, Bhumika (8 January 2015). "I make films for myself". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  2. ^ Meenakshi Shedde (16 February 2016). "Bollywood and the minority question". Forbes India Magazine. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  3. ^ Meghna George (19 August 2011). "'Veettilekkulla Vazhi is at par with world cinema'". Rediff. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  4. ^ Vijay G (20 July 2012). "The only Indian film at Shanghai film festival". Rediff. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  5. ^ "'Perariyathavar' an art film on garbage dumping". News18. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  6. ^ Deepika Jayaram (12 November 2015). "Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal screened at Geneva - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  7. ^ "63rd National Film Awards: Top acting honours for Amitabh Bachchan, Kangana Ranaut". The Indian Express. 28 March 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  8. ^ James, Anu (8 November 2016). "Watch Kaadu Pookkunna Neram trailer featuring Indrajith Sukumaran, Rima Kallingal". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  9. ^ "New York Indian Film Festival 2013". Retrieved 20 November 2016.

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