Rahul Riji Nair is an Indian movie director and writer whose projects screen in the Malayalam film industry. He was born on 21st March 1988 in Kollam, Kerala to Dr. Riji Nair and Rajasree Nair. He graduated from the Amrita School of Engineering in Coimbatore in 2009 with a degree in software engineering. He worked in Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram first as a software engineer and later as a marketing manager for several firms. His first undertaking was a documentary in 2012 based on a hundred and fifty-two Pakistani Hindus who had come to India in September 2011 but were on the verge of deportation on account of their expiring visas. It was titled “The Human Boundaries” and was screened internationally across India, the USA, and Europe.
Over the next four years, Nair directed many Malayalam short films including “Rs. 2” which was the Audience Choice Award winner at the 48 Hour Film Project in Mumbai in 2015. The Indian Film Project awarded his 2016 direction “Troll Life” as the Platinum Film of the Year and ranked “MJ” as the ninth best film in 2015. Nair directed his debut film “Ottamuri Velicham” (2017) under his own production company, First Print Productions. The film starred
as the lead actors and narrated the story of a newly wed wife who becomes a victim of marital rape and fights her way out of it. The movie was critically acclaimed and won four awards at the 2017 Kerala State Film Awards including those for best film, editor (Appu N. Bhattathiri), character actress (
) and the Special Jury Award (Vinitha Koshy).
It soon became a phenomenon worldwide and was honored with the German Star of India in the best feature film category at the 15th Indian Film Festival in Stuttgart, Germany (2018) and the second best feature film at the Chicago South Asian Film Festival. Nair also directed the music video of super hit Tamil song “Mounam Sollum Varthaigal” (2017), featuring Vineetha Koshy and the late
. The video was a grand success and crossed over fifteen million views on YouTube. Nair’s latest film “Dakini” (2018) was a comedy about four old women who fight against a criminal in order to bring back their friend. The movie received poor reviews from the audience and was a slight downfall for Nair, whose previous works had set the bar of expectations quite high.