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Dr. Biju Kumar Damodaran

Bijukumar Damodaran, known mononymously as Dr. Biju, is an Indian film director who works in Malayalam cinema. He is professionally a homoeopathic medical graduate. His films were widely accepted at many international film festivals across the world.

Early and personal life

Dr. Biju Kumar

Bijukumar Damodaran was born in 1971 in Kudassanad village near Pandalam, Kerala, as the son of V. K. Damodaran and Ponnamma. After completing his schooling from Kudassanad NSS School and Pandalam NSS College, he joined the Kottayam Homoeo Medical College to obtain a diploma in Homoeopathic Medical Science and Graduated in the same from Trivandrum Homoeo Medical College. A practicing medical doctor, he is now working as the Superintendent of Kayamkulam Government Homoeo Hospital.

Film career

Film Career

Dr. Biju is a self-taught filmmaker. His first three films made as a trilogy on terrorism. He debuted as writer and director with Saira (2005), an award-winning and internationally recognized film. It was the opening film in the section Tous Les Cinemas Du Monde (Cinemas of the World) at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2007. Dr. Biju became the fourth film maker from Malayalam whose films screened at Cannes (others are Shaji N. Karun, Murali Nair and Adoor Gopalakrishnan). Saira also participated in many international film festivals . The film was also selected at the Indian Panorama 2006.

Dr. Biju followed suit writing and directing Raman (2008), his second feature to discuss issues related with terrorism, a controversial and much debated-over socio-political film. Raman was officially selected at Cairo International film festival 2009 in the section "Incredible India" and also participated in seven international film festivals across the world. Biju's next film Veettilekkulla Vazhi (The Way Home; 2010) was the final installment of the Terrorism Trilogy. The film got Presidents Silver Lotus Award National film award for Best Regional Film in 2011. The film also got many international awards. It was also screened at many international film festivals across the world.

Akashathinte Niram (Color of Sky; 2012), his fourth film, world premiered at 15th Shanghai International film festival in the International competition section. The film was selected to many top international film festivals and the rounds continuing. The film was also selected at the Indian Panorama 2012. The film short listed for the Best film category for 85th Academy awards

He served as the jury member for India‚ÄĚs National film award for 2012, 30th Fajr International film festival (Iran, 2012) and International film festival of Kerala (India, 2011)


Dr.Biju himself is the writer of his all films.

Dr. Biju is also known for his bold stands, reactions and writings on cinema and film media issues at various magazines. His articles made many controversies and widely discussed in Malayalam film industry. In 2010, he received the Kerala state film award for best article on cinema for an article titled Kollaruth Samvidhayakare published in Mathrubhumi weekly. He wrote 12 articles since, regarding cinema in various weekly. Most of his articles were published in Mathrubhumi weekly. Many of his articles got critical attention like article about his meeting with famous Korean film director Kim Ki Duk, Article about Iranian cinema, article criticizing International film festival of Kerala and many articles with strong criticism against Super star syndrome and un healthy proceedings in Malayalam cinema.