|Real Name||M. S. Rajesh|
|Profession(s)||Film Director, Production Designer, and Scriptwriter|
|Famous For||Winning three National Awards for the Telugu film 'Naa Bangaaru Talli' (2013).
|Debut||Film, Director: In the Name of Buddha (2002)
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||• The Indie Gathering International Film Festival, Ohio, USA
2017: Best Foreign Feature Film for RAKTHAM (The Blood)
2017: Best Cinematography for Ramathulasi RAKTHAM (The Blood)
2017: Best Overall Feature, Peoples Choice for RAKTHAM (The Blood)
• National Film Awards
2013: Best Feature Film in Telugu for Na Bangaaru Talli
2013: Best Music Direction (Background Score) to Shantanu Moitra for Na Bangaaru Talli (2013)
2013: Special Mention - Actress Anjali Patil for Na Bangaaru Talli
• Nandi Awards (Govt of Andhra Pradesh State Awards)
2013: Best Feature Film for Na Bangaaru Talli
2013: Best Actress (Anjali Patil) for Na Bangaaru Talli
2013: Special Mention (Actor Siddique) for Na Bangaaru Talli
• International Awards
2001: The Charles Wallace India Trust Award
2003: 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
2006: Best Foreign Documentary film Award Action Cut International Film Festival
2007: Best Editing Award Festival De Cine De Granada
2008: Best Documentary Film Award Hyderabad International Film Festival
2013: Best Feature Film Award Trinity International Film Festival
2013: Award of Excellence from IFFCRM, Indonesia
2013: Film maker of the Year from IFFCRM, Jakarta, Indonesia
|Date of Birth||6 March 1972 (Monday)|
|Age (as in 2019)||47 Years|
|Birthplace||Arakulam, Idukki District, Kerala|
|Hometown||Arakulam, Idukki District, Kerala|
|School||Govt. High School, Moolamattom, Kerala
|College/University||• School of Drama, Thrissur, Kerala
• University of Calicut, Kerala
• Wimbledon College of Arts, Wimbledon, United Kingdom
|Educational Qualification||• BTA in Direction
• Masters in Visual language, Scenography & Direction
|Controversy||Actress Revathy Sampath wrote a #MeToo India post against him for harassing her. The News Minute
|Relationships & More|
|Wife/Spouse||Sunitha Krishnan (Social-Activist)
|Parents||Father- Siva Sankaran Nair (Kathakali Actor)
Mother- Rukmini Amma
|Siblings||Brother- Name Not Known (PhD in Theater)
Some Lesser Known Facts About Rajesh Touchriver
- Does Rajesh Touchriver drink alcohol?: Yes
- Rajesh Touchriver is a National award-winning film director. He has won several awards at the state, national, and international levels for his feature films, documentaries, and short films.
- He was trained in Kathakali the classical dance-drama of Kerala from veteran Kathakali dancer ‘M R Sreedharan Nair,’ his paternal uncle. He also got trained in Kalaripayattu (martial art form).
- When a reporter asked about his unique surname he said-
It was because of the distributors that I changed my name. If I were a known director in India, the problem would not have arisen. This is my first film and it is a British production. Distributors are not very interested in a British film directed by an unknown Asian. So, they asked me to change my surname to something that is easier to pronounce! Finally, it was the producer who came with Touchriver, the English translation of Thodupuzha (a place in Kerala)!” Rediff
- In 1995, he worked with the National School of Drama, New Delhi. By the year 1998, he had directed more than 30 Malayalam, Telugu, and English plays.
- He got a scholarship from Charles Wallace India Trust to study in London, and he moved to the west to learn more about film direction.
- He has directed many feature films some of which includes- 10-The Strangers (2005), Alex-The Blue Fox (2005), Naa Bangaaru Talli (2013), and Patnagarh (2019).
- He has also directed short films, documentaries, music videos, and TV commercials, based on social issues prevailing in the society.
- He has directed a few documentaries for his wife Sunitha Krishnan‘s non-profit organisation ‘Prajwala.’ The couple appeared on the Karmaveer episode (18 October 2019) of Kaun Banega Crorepati 11 (2019).
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