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Name  Ajayan (director)

Role  Film director
Movies  Perumthachan, Muppathu Vellikkasu, Shayanam, Meghasangeetham
Parents  Amminiamma Bhasi, Thoppil Bhasi
Siblings  Rajan Bhasi, Soman Bhasi, Mala Bhasi, Suresh Bhasi
Grandparents  Thoppil Parameshwaran Pillai, Nanikkutti Amma
Awards  Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director
Similar People  Thoppil Bhasi, Thilakan, M T Vasudevan Nair, Santosh Sivan, Nedumudi Venu

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Ajayan, also known as Thoppil Ajayan, is a Malayalam film director who is noted for his only feature film Perumthachan (The Master Carpenter). The film received positive reviews from critics worldwide. For this film, Ajayan won the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director and Kerala State Film Award for Best Debut Director in 1990. The film also won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Popular Film in 1990 and was nominated for the Golden Leopard award at the Locarno International Film Festival in 1992.


In the afterword to his book The Master Carpenter, author M. T. Vasudevan Nair wrote that Ajayan first approached him for a screenplay of his story Manikkakkallu. That did not materialise and later he approached with another dream project Perumthachan. In the end of the afterword, M. T. thanks Ajayan for persuading him to write screenplay for Perumthachan.

In 2010, he directed the music video based on KumaranAsan's Chandala-bikshuki - Manjari - Actors Tom George Kolath and Jyothirmayi.

Early life and career

Ajayan is the eldest son of film director and playwright Thoppil Bhasi. He secured a diploma in film technology from the Adayar film institute. Ajayan started his career as a camera assistant and later worked as associate director with Thoppil Bhasi, Bharathan, and Padmarajan. He has also worked as cinematographer for some Tamil films and has directed several documentary films.


National Film Awards

  1. 1990: Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director - Perumthachan

Kerala State Film Award

  1. 1990: Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value - Perumthachan


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