|Years active 1977–present|
Name P. Bharathiraja
|Full Name Chinnasaamy Periyamayathevar|
Born 17 July 1941 (age 79) (1941-07-17) Alli Nagaram, Theni, Madras Presidency, India
Occupation film director, film producer,actor
Awards Padma Shri award for his contribution to Cinema in 2004
Children Manoj Bharathiraja, Janani Iswariya
Parents Periyamayathevar, Meenakshiyammal
Movies Annakodi, Karuththamma, Muthal Mariyathai, 16 Vayathinile, Taj Mahal
Similar People Manoj Bharathiraja, Ilayaraja, K Bhagyaraj, Balu Mahendra, Vairamuthu
Siblings Jayaraj Periyamayathevar
Periyamayathevar Bharathiraja (born 17 July 1941) is an Indian film director who works mainly in the Tamil film industry. Making his debut in 1977 with 16 Vayathinile, he is known for realistic and sensitive portrayal of rural life in his films. As of 2017, he has won six National Film Awards, four Filmfare Awards South, two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and a Nandi Award. He has also directed films in Telugu and Hindi. The Government of India honoured him with Padma Shri in 2004 for his contribution to the film industry.
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- Nandi Awards
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Bharathiraja started his film career as an assistant to Kannada film maker Puttanna Kanagal. Later, he assisted P. Pullaiah, M. Krishnan Nair, Avinasi Mani and A. Jagannathan. His first film 16 Vayathinile for which he wrote the script broke the then existing convention to create a new genre of village cinema. The film is now regarded as a milestone in the history of Tamil Cinema. About the film Bharathiraja said, "This movie was meant to be a Black & White art film produced with the help of National Film Development Corporation", but turned out to be a commercially successful color film and a starting point for several important careers. His next film Kizhake Pogum Rail produced similar results and eventually brought in criticisms that Bharathiraja was capable of catering only to village audiences. This led him to make Sigappu Rojakkal, about a psychopathic woman hater that was totally westernized in terms of both conception and production.
Bharathiraja confirmed his versatility and refusal to be tied down to one particular genre with an experimental film Nizhalgal (1980) and the action thriller Tik Tik Tik (1981). But, undoubtedly rural themes proved to be his forte as his biggest hits in the 1980s Alaigal Oivathillai (1981), Mann Vasanai (1983) and Muthal Mariyathai (1985) were strong love stories in a village backdrop. Muthal Mariyathai starred Sivaji Ganesan in the lead, playing a middle-aged village head. Radha is a poor young woman who moves into his village for a living. The love that bonds these two humans separated not just by age but also by caste and class, is told by Bharathiraja with poetic touches.
Vedham Pudhithu dealt with the caste issue in a stronger manner. The film's narrative was seamless and starred Sathyaraj as Balu Thevar. It contains some of Bharathiraja's trademark touches as well as several ground-breaking scenes. However, it does follow the anti-Brahmin trend common in Tamil films – in this respect it departed from his earlier success, Alaigal Oiyvadhillai, where the caste and religion factor was given a more balanced treatment. Bharathiraja has successfully managed to modernise his film making techniques for the 1990s. The commercial success of Kizhakku Cheemaiyile and the awards Karuththamma garnered stand as testimony for his ability to thrill the younger generation as well. Bharathiraja was on the same stage in 1996 to receive another National Award for Anthimanthaarai.
In late 1996, Bharathiraja was signed on to direct two films, with the Sarathkumar-starrer Vaakkapatta Bhoomi announced in October. The following month, he began work on a film titled Siragugal Murivadhillai with Napolean, Heera Rajgopal and Prakash Raj in the leading roles. Both films were later shelved.
His 2001 film Kadal Pookal won him that year's National Film Award for Best Screenplay. The well-known Tamil film director Bhagyaraj was one of his assistant directors.
Bharathiraja was born as Chinnasamy to Periyamayakallar and Karuthammal. He is married to Chandra Leelavathi and has two children Manoj Bharathiraja and Janani. Manoj is an actor who was introduced in Tajmahal, he is married to actress Nandana. Janani is married to Malaysian Rajkumar Thambiraja. Bharathiraja's brother-in-law Manojkumar has directed films like Mannukkul Vairam, Vandicholai Chinraasu, Vaanavil and Guru Paarvai. His brother Jayaraj has made his acting debut with Kaththukkutti. His relative Stalin is a television actor who acted in serials like Saravanan Meenatchi and 7C.
National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Former assistants who are popular directors
- K. Bhagyaraj
- Chitra Lakshmanan
- Leena Manimekalai
- N.V.Nirmal Kumar