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Harikumar R

Chairman, KRNNIVSA



Harikumar is an eminent film maker and writer working predominantly in Malayalam cinema. He has directed 17 feature films and a number of Telefilms & documentaries in his remarkable career spanning over 30 years. He is the recipient of major awards and accolades including the National Film Award for the Best Malayalam Film for his 1994 feature 'Sukrutham' which also bagged the Kerala State Film Award for outstanding brilliance in direction. The Film 'Sukrutham' has been included in many International Film festivals including Indian Panorama.

Harikumar has about 50 short stories, film reviews and articles to his credit. He has been part of Jury for various major Award Committees including National Film Award Committee (3 times- 1996, 2007, 2010) and Kerala State Govt Film and Television Award Committees (1993, 2013 & 2005, 2013). His interest in film academics lead him to the International Conference on Global Diaspora Studies: Contexts and Configurations in association with UGC-SAP, where he presented a paper titled 'Diaspora and Cinema'. Actively associated with Film Societies since 1975, he is the founder president of the Kollam based film society, Samvedana Film Society.

Harikumar R

  • Directed seventeen outstanding feature Films in Malayalam including Ambalpoovu, Oru Swakaryam, Jalakam, Ayanam, Sukrutham, Swayamvarapanthal, Udyana Palakan, Pulervettom, Paranju theeratha viseshangal, Sadgamaya, Kattum Mazhayum and Clint.
  • Directed number of Documentaries including M.T. Kadhayum Kalavum, Padavukal, Padayani, Dimensions of a Writer (produced by Kendra Sahithya Akademy), Dakshinayanam (Produced by Kerala State Govt).
  • Directed number of outstanding Tele Films including Rachiyamma, Pavakinavu.
  • Written about 50 short stories, Film Reviews & Articles in Malayalam Periodicals.

AWARDS

  • Recipient of National Film Award for the Best Malayalam Film 'Sukrutham' in 1995.
  • Recipient of Kerala State Govt. Film Award for outstanding Brilliance in direction in 1995 for the Film 'Sukrutham'.
  • Recipient of the Kerala State Govt. Film Award for the Best children's Film 'Pularvettom' in 2002.
  • Recipient of the Kerala State Govt. Film Award for Best Direction for the Film 'Pularvettom' in 2002.
  • Recipient of the Kerala State Govt. Television Award for Best Tele Film 'Rachiyamma' in 2005.
  • Recipient of the Kerala State Govt. Television Award for the documentary 'Padayani' in 2005.
  • Recipient of the Kerala Film Critics Association Award for the Best Film and Direction for the Film 'Sukrutham'.
  • Recipient of the Film Fare Award for the Best Film and Direction for the Film    'Sukrutham'. 
  • Recipient of Ramu Kariat Award for Best Direction for the Film 'Sukrutham'.
  • Recipient of Cinema Express Award for Best Film and Direction for the Film 'Sukrutham'.
  • Recipient of Kerala Kaumudi Film Award for Best Direction for the Film 'Sukrutham'.
  • Recipient of Chitrabhoomi Film Award for Best Film and Direction for the Film 'Sukrutham'.
  • Recipient of Madras Film Fans Association Award for Best Direction for the Film 'Sukrutham'.
  • Recipient of Film Critic association award for Best Children's Film 'Pularvettom' in 2002.
  • Recipient of Asianet Film Award Best Children's Film 'Pularvettom'.
  • Recipient of Kerala State Film Critics Association Award for Best Tele Film 'Rachiyamma' in 2005.
  • Recipient of Kerala State Film Critics Association Award for Best Documentary 'Padavukal'.
  • Recipient of Kerala Film Critic Association Award for Best Tele Film Director for the Tele Film 'Rachiyamma'.
  • Recipient of Kerala Film Critics association Award for second Best Feature Film 'Paraju theertha viseshangal' in 2006.
  • Recipient of Kerala Film Critics association special jury award for Direction for the Film Paranju theeratha viseshangal in 2006.
  • Recipient of Jaihind T V Film Award for Best Direction for the Film 'Sadgamaya' in 2011.
  • Recipient of Inspire Film Award for Best Direction for the Film 'Sadgamaya' in 2011.
  • Receipient of Kerala State Film Award for Best Story for the Film 'Kattum Mazhayum' in 2015.
  • Recipient of Kerala Film Critics association Award for second Best Feature Film  'Kattum Mazhayum' in 2016.

OTHERS

  • The Film 'Sukrutham' has been included in many International Film festivals including Indian Panorama.
  • The Children's Film 'Pularvettom' has been included in many international Film Festivals.
  • The documentary Film [Kadhayum Kalavum] produced by Kerala State Government and directed by Harikumar has also been selected to the Indian Panorama and other International Film festivals.
  • The Documentary 'Padavukal' was selected in the IFFK 2004.
  • The Film 'Paranjutheeratha Visheshangal' was selected in IFFK 2006 and other Festivals.
  • The Film Kattum Mazhayum was selected in IFFK 2015, 8th Bengaluru International Film Festival, 2016 and Habitat Film Festival Delhi, 2016.

PARTICIPATION

  • Presently the Chairman of K R Narayanan National Institute of Science and Arts (Under the Govt of Kerala).
  • Member Jury of National Film Award Committee (3 times - 1996, 2007, 2010).
  • Member Jury of the Kerala State Govt Film Award Committee in 1993,2013
  • Chairman of the Kerala State Govt Television Award Committee in 2005 & 2013.
  • Former member of Board of Directors of the Kerala State Film Development Corporation.
  • Former Member of NFDC script selection Committee.
  • Former member of the board of studies Visual Arts in Kerala University.
  • Member Jury of the Padmarajan Award Committee - 1998.
  • Member Jury of the Asianet Film Award Committee - 1999.
  • Member Jury of the John Abraham Film Award Committee - 1999.
  • Member Jury of the Aravindan Puraskaram Committee - 2001.
  • Member Jury of the Mathrubhumi Film Award Committee -2003.
  • Chairman of the Sathyan Award Committee - 2004.
  • Member of 12th IFFK Film selection preview Committee -   2006.
  • Chairman of the 17th IFFK Competition Film selection preview Committee – 2012.
  • Participated in the International Conference on Global Diaspora Studies:     organized by UGC Area Study Centre for Canadian Studies & UGC-SAP, presented a paper titled 'Diaspora and Cinema' (22 March, 2013).  
  • Former Secretary of MACTA (Malayalam Cine Technicians Association).
  • Former Chairman of MACTA (Malayalam Cine Technicians Association). 
  • Associated with Film Societies -1975.
  • Founder President of the Samvedana Film Society, Kollam.