Bijukumar Damodaran, known as Dr. Biju is a multiple award winning Homeopathic doctor turned director.
Born on the 31st of May, 1971, in the village of Kudassanad in Kerala, Dr. Biju completed his schooling from the Kudassanad NSS School and the Pandalam NSS College. He then joined the Kottayam Homeo Medical College, obtaining a diploma in Homeo Medical Science, and then graduated with the same degree from the Trivandrum Homeo Medical College. As a practicing medical doctor, he currently works in Kasargode as the District Medical Officer.
He started his movie career through his debut as a writer and director for Saira (2005), which was an award-winning, internationally recognized film; featuring as the opening film in the Tous Les Cinema (Cinema of the world) category at Cannes International Film Festival in 2007. Saira also featured at 21 different international film festivals such as the USA, Israel, Brazil, Russia, Italy, Greece, Zimbabwe amongst others, and was also chosen for the Indian Panorama 2006. His second movie, Raman (2008) followed a similar ideology discussing terrorism, and was a much debated over film featuring socio-political themes. Again, following the trend, it featured at the Cairo International Film Festival 2009 apart from seven other Film Festivals.
His third movie Veettliekkulla Vazhi (2010) was the final instalment for the trilogy series, bagging the prestigious National Film Award for Best Malayalam Film in 2010.
His next movie, Akashathinte Niram (2012) had a world premiere with the launch at the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival, and was also chosen for the Indian Panorama 2012.
His directorial skills only seem to be reaching higher and higher standards, with his fifth movie Perariyathavar (2014), bagging two
National Film Awards
in 2014 under the categories of Best Film for Environmental Conservation and National Film Award for Best Actor. He is currently working on his next movie Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal.
Dr. Biju has also served on the jury of the 30th Fajr International Film Festival in Iran, 2012, the National Film Awards, India 2013, and the International Film Festival of Kerala in India, 2011. His writing has also earned him the prestigious Kerala State Film Award for Best Article on Cinema, for his article titled Kollaruth Samvidhayakare, apart from five International Film Awards at different International Film Festivals.