Jayaprakash Radhakrishnan is an actor and director from Kerala, best known for his mystery-thriller, ‘ Lens’. Jayaprakash was originally a software engineer. Ten years after working in the field, he quit his job in the United States and returned to India. He made this decision to pursue acting. He became famous in the Malayalam film industry due to his roles in the movies ‘Yennai Aarindhal’ and ‘Urumi’.

He was already a well-established actor in Kerala when he decided to venture into the field of direction. He debuted as a director with his multi-lingual thriller film, ‘Lens’. The film shows the dangers of social media and cyber networking addiction. The majority of the movie takes place between two characters, who meet and interact with each other on Skype. The characters talk to each other in English, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam.

Jayaprakash not only directed and wrote the screenplay for the movie, he also played the role of the protagonist, Aravind. Initially, Jayaprakash decided not to act in the film, but since the film was a risky venture, being multi-lingual and carrying with it a bold theme, no one was willing to play the lead role. Hence, Jayaprakash decided to do it. The story deals with two strangers, Aravind and Nikki, who start interacting with each other on Skype. Everything seems to be going well until Nikki asks Aravind to watch her commit suicide live. This shows the difference between who ‘Nikki’ really is, and how she portrays herself online.

Jayaprakash said he wanted to capture the image of the society as realistically as possible through this movie. The film received tremendous critical acclaim from celebrities like Lal Jose and Vineeth Srinivasan. Jayaprakash won the ‘ Gollapudi Srinivas’ Award for Best Debut Director as well.

Rama Narayanan

Rama Narayanan was an Indian Producer and Director in the Indian Cinema. He was born on the 3rd of April in the year 1949, and he passed away on 22nd June, 2014.He was 65 years old when he demised. During his time in the Industry, he has been known to be inspired by various muses. In the 1980s, he was known to specialize in commercial films. His love and affection for animals could easily be seen in his movies as animals played a vital role in it. In the latter decade of the century, he did multiple flicks with devotional subjects of the Hindu religion and spirituality as the underlying theme. Furthermore, he was the head of the Tamil Film Producers Council aka TFPC for three consecutive terms. However, he resigned from his post in 2011. He died in a Singapore hospital due kidney related ailments following a brief illness. Rama Narayanan aspired to become a songwriter before penning dialogs for films.Hewent to Chennai to pursue his dreams. However, he became a dialogue writer for Tamil Cinema. M A Khaja, a friend of Narayanan, teamed up with him and they started working as dialogue writers under the pen name Ram-Rahim. Rama wrote his first story in 1976. He wrote the screenplay and dialogs for the story as well. This film was called Aasai Arubadhu Naal. In 1977, Narayanan tried his hand in producing, by debuting with the movie Meenakshi Kungumam(under Sri Devipriya Films). In 1981, he made his directorial debut with Sumai. Chiranjivi’s hit film Punnami Naagu’s dialogues were also written by Rama. Rama has crossed the century mark in filmmaking, with 126 films to his name. Veeran Veluthambi was his 50th film, M.Karunanidhi wrote the story and dialogue of the same.With his flick Thirupathi Ezhumalai Venkatesa he joined the centurion club.Before his death, in 2010, he completed a comical movie called Siva Poojaiyil Karadi with lead actors – Shiva and Udhayathara. Unfortunately, the flick was never released in the theatres. He has made a total of 126 movies in languages Tamil, Telugu,Malay, Marathi and Kannada. He also made a flick named Naga Jyoti in Oriya. In his early career, in the 1980s, he used to make ten to twelve movies per year. In the 1990s, the number of films per year went down to about four to five. Rama Narayanan also joined politics in 1989. He was an MLA for the constituency named Karaikudi(about 420kms from Chennai). In the year 1996, he became the chairman of the Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram. He has also been accredited by the State Government of Tamil Nadu. He received the Kalaimamani award from the state government.

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