South Indian Director

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Hariharan is a South Indian film director, born in Kozhikode, India. He has directed more than 50 Malayalam films. He is well known for his work in the film “Pazhassi Raja”, “Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha”, “Sargam”, “Parinayam”, “Amrutham Gamaya” and “Nakhakshathangal”, for which he received national and international acclaim.


Name               : Hariharan

Born                 : Kozhikode, India

Height              : 5’ 11” (1.80 m)

Weight             : 53 Kg

Occupation       : Director

Years Active    : 1965 – Present

Nationality        : Indian

Religion            : Hinduism

Spouse             : Bhavani

Early Life:

Hariharan studied at the St. Thomas College in Thrissur and Universal Arts College in Kozhikode.


Hariharan started his career in Malayalam film industry with film direction in 1965. He made his directorial debut with the Malayalam film “Ladies Hostel” starring Prem Nazir, Adoor Bhasi and Jayabharathy in 1973, which was written by P. Balakrishnan. He has worked with the leading actors like Prem Nazir, Adoor Bhasi, Jayabharathy, Madhu and Sheela in many films. In 1975, he worked in the film “Babumon” which was one of his earliest hits in the black and white era. His blockbuster film “Sarapanjaram” starring Jayan and Sheela was released in 1979, which was written by Malayattor Ramakrishnan.

Hariharan’s noted films during the 1980s include “Poocha Sanyasi”, “Panchagni”, “Nakhashathangal”, “Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha” and “Lava”. His films have mostly explored the complexities of social issues set in the backdrop of Kerala’s rich cultural heritage. His many films entered the Indian Panorama of International Film Festival and he has also been honored with a Diploma by the Pyongyan Film Festival in North Korea for his film “Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha” in 1989.

In 1993, Hariharan received the State Award for the Best Director, the Fukuoka and Swiss film festival award and National Award for wholesome and popular entertainment for his film “Sargam”. In the following year, he received the National Award for social issues for his film “Parinayam” in 1994 and he took part in about 7 film festivals around the world. Besides these awards and recognitions Hariharan also achieved the Filmfare award and the prestigious Ramu Kariat Awards for his contributions in films.

In 2009, he worked in the film “Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja” based on the life of a Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja, which is his most ambitious project yet. The film is written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair and produced by Gokulam Gopalan.


As Director:

  • Ezhamathe Varavu (2013) 
  • Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja (2009) 
  • Ennu Swantham Janakikutty (1998)
  • Parinayam (1994)
  • Sargam (1992)
  • Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha (1989)
  • Mangai Oru Gangai (1987)
  • Nakhashathangal (1986)
  • Panchagni (1986)
  • Poocha Sanyasi (1981)
  • Sreeman Sreemathi (1981)
  • Lava (1980)
  • Edavazhiyile Poocha Minda Poocha (1979)
  • Sarapanjaram (1979)
  • Babu Mon (1975)
  • Ayalathe Sundari (1974)
  • Ladies’ Hostel (1973)


  • National Film Award for Best Feature Film (Malayalam) for “Pazhassi Raja” in 2010
  • National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues for “Parinayam” in 1995
  • Kerala State Film Award for Best Director for “Pazhassi Raja” in 2009
  • Kerala State Film Award for Best Film for “Parinayam” in 1994
  • Kerala State Film Award for Best Director for “Parinayam”
  • Kerala State Film Award for Best Director for “Sargam” in 1992
  • Filmfare Awards for Best Director for “Pazhassi Raja” in 2009
  • Filmfare Awards for Best Director for “Parinayam” in 1994


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