Jayaraj Rajasekharan Nair, often credited as Jayaraj, is an Indian filmmaker who has marked his presence in art house films as well as mainstream films. Director of over 35 films, in four languages (Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi), Jayaraj and his films has been critically acclaimed and won awards. In 1996, his film Deshadanam bagged the Special Mention at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. In 2000, Karunam won the Golden Peacock Award at the International Film Festival of India as well as selection in the Berlin International Film Festival. Madrid International Film Festival (in Spain) awarded the Best Film award for Daivanamathil in 2005. His adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello won him the National award for Best Director in 1997.
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