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Rajeevan is a prominent Indian Art Director. He was born as Rajeevan Nambiar on December 31, 1969, in Chennai, India. He completed his studies at Loyola College in Chennai. He was the only child of his parents. His father, who is an educationist, wanted him to follow his path. But when Rajeevan chooses to enter the filmdom, his father got so angry that he did not speak with him for six long years. During college, Rajeevan got involved in stage theaters, sketching, and painting. Later, he worked in some agencies and subsequently works in animation and graphics.
In early 2001, he got into films and had worked with the art director, Sabu Cyril, in Adharmam (1992). After this, he returned to the theater without looking for any film projects. Cinema was never part of his early life, as well as an art direction career. He used to work in ad films and television serials until he was given the opportunity to work in Ameer Sultan’s 2002 Tamil romantic comedy film, Mounam Pesiyadhe. It happened by chance, and this was followed by a string of films. In 2003, he earned acclaim for his outstanding work in Karu Pazhaniappan’s Tamil film, Parthiban Kanavu.
In the same year, he started to work with the ace director, Gautham Menon, in the Tamil action film, Kaakha Kaakha. Since then, Rajeevan was regularly featured in Gautham’s directorial ventures such as Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu (2006), Pachaikili Muthcharam (2007), Vaaranam Aayiram (2008), Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010), Nadunisi Naaygal (2011), Neethaane En Ponvasantham (2012), Yennai Arindhaal (2015), and the upcoming Tamil action-romance film, Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada. Rajeevan also had the chance to work with director Suseenthiran in films like Naan Mahaan Alla (2010), Rajapattai (2011), Pandiya Naadu (2013), and Jeeva (2014).
He will also turn producer in Suseenthiran’s yet-to-be-titled film this 2016, under the banner of Nallusamy Pictures banner. He also worked with Tamil leading directors like K.V. Anand, N. Linguswamy, Shankar Dayal, SP. Muthuraman, Silambarasan, K.S. Ravikumar, and much more. Rajeevan also signed as art director for K. S. Ravikumar’s historical action film, Rana, which stars Rajinikanth. However, the film was shelved due to many postponements of the filming. He also worked in few Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu, and English films.
For his brilliant contribution to Gautam Menon’s Vaaranam Aayiram, he earned a nomination at the 2008 Vijay Awards for Best Art Director and bagged the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards for the same category in 2008.
Sabu Cyril was born on January 27th in Kerala’s Kozhikode district.
He is a production designer in the Indian movie industry. Earlier, production designers were called as art directors.
He resides in Tamil Nadu’s capital, Chennai.
He was brought up in Kerala itself. He did his schooling from the same place and then went to Chennai to do his graduation in the Government College of Fine Arts, which was earlier known as Government School of Arts and Crafts. He did his Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication from 1980 to 1985.
He worked part time as a graphic designer for names like Taj Hotels Group, Madura Coats and Welcome Hotels, in the period 1982 to 1988.
His career in art direction began in the year 1988. Sabu has worked in commercial films in the Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada film industries. The director has also worked in over 480 advertisements. He has directed around three teleserials.
He started out with commercial advertisements and then moved to films. His career in movies started with the Malayalam flick, Iyer the Great, in 1990. It was a psycho-thriller film. He worked as the 2nd unit director under the guidance of Bhadran. The film was successful and also won a National Award.
In 1991, his tally of movies in Malayalam increased. ‘Amaran’, Uncle Bun, and ‘Adwaytham’ were some of them. In Uncle Bun, he designed the special costumes for the lead actor, ‘Mohanlal’. The film caused high anticipations among the audience because of Mohanlal’s appearance. However, it failed to impress the audience, but the technical aspect of the film was well appreciated.
In 1994, Cyril was part of the film Thenmavin Kombath. It was a musical rom-com. His work was loved by the audience. It got him the National Film Award in the category of Best Production Design. The Kerala government also honored him with the Kerala State Film Award in the category of Best Art Director.
In 1996, ‘Kaalapani’ was made by ‘Priyadarshan’. The movie went on to garner 3 National Awards. Sabu got the recognition for the Best Art Direction. Kerala State Film Awards also honored him in the same category.
Cyril forayed into Bollywood with the movie ‘Cheluvi’, in 1992. Most memorable works of the art director in Hindi include ‘Yuva’, Hey Ram, Om Shanti Om, ‘Aladin’, etc. All these movies got him the National Film Award honors in the category for Best Production.
In 2015, Sabu worked on the movie ‘Baahubali’, which was a massive blockbuster. He considers the movie as his most challenging project.
Other than working in the film business, he also designed the stage of the prestigious Miss World pageant in 1996.
Sabu’s alma mater, the University of Madras, honored him with the Best Outgoing Student Award in 1985. He is also the recipient of the Kalavedi Award.
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