|Born||8 April 1950|
|Died||13 December 2018(aged 68)|
|Occupation||Playwright, script writer, film director|
Ajayan, also known as Thoppil Ajayan, (8 April 1950 – 13 December 2018) was a Malayalam film director who is of note for his only feature film Perumthachan (The Master Carpenter). The film received positive reviews from critics worldwide. For this film, Ajayan won the Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director and Kerala State Film Award for Best Debut Director in 1990. The film also won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Popular Film in 1990 and was nominated for the Golden Leopard award at the Locarno International Film Festival in 1992.
In the afterword to his book The Master Carpenter, author M. T. Vasudevan Nair wrote that Ajayan first approached him for a screenplay of his story Manikkakkallu. That did not materialise and later he approached with another dream project Perumthachan. In the end of the afterword, M. T. thanks Ajayan for persuading him to write the screenplay for Perumthachan.
He died on 13 December 2018.
Early life and career
Ajayan was the eldest son of film director and playwright Thoppil Bhasi. He secured a diploma in film technology from the Adayar film institute. Ajayan started his career as a camera assistant and later worked as associate director with Thoppil Bhasi, Bharathan, and Padmarajan. He also worked as cinematographer for some Tamil films and directed several documentary films.
Chief Associate Director
- 1990: Kerala State Film Award for Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value - Perumthachan
- 1990: Kerala State Film Award for Best Debut Director
- Soman, KPAC (8 August 2011). "Thoppil Bhasi - A Profile".
- "Movies: Perumthachan". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
- "Kerala State Film Awards: 1969-2011". PRD, Government of Kerala. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
- M. T. Vasudevan Nair (2005). The Master Carpenter. Katha. p. 184. ISBN 8189020234.
- ‘Perumthachan’ director Thopil Ajayan passes away in Kerala
- "Cinema of Malayalam: Ajayan". Cinema of Malayalam. Archived from the original on 2 January 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
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