Early Life of P. Bharathiraja
Bharathiraja was born in Alli Nagaram on 17 July 1941. He is married to Chandra Leelavathi and they have two children - son Manoj (the hero of 'Taj Mahal') and daughter Janani Iswariya.
Career of P. Bharathiraja
Bharathiraja started his career as an assistant director to P. Pullaiya and Puttanna Kanagal. His directorial debut happened in 1977 with 16 Vayathinile. Bharathiraja wrote both the story and the script for the film. This film broke all the rules in which villages were often portrayed in society. In his movie the village people were presented as they really are. This film brought national recognition for Bharathiraja. The film was a runaway hit. Besides these he has directed a number of films in his career as a Tamil director.
These films are:
An award winning director, Bharathiraja introduced a number of talented actors to Indian cinema. These film personalities are Sridevi, Bhagyaraj, Rati Agnihotri, Radhika, Vijayashanti, Revathi, Manivannan, Raja, Rekha, Pandiyan, Karthik, Manoj Bharathiraja, Nizhalgal Ravi, Rohini, Radha, Sudhakar, Suganya, Ruthra, Rahul, Ranjitha, Riya Sen, Uma Shankari and Priyamani.
Awards of Bharathiraja:
In the long span of his career this extremely talented director has received many awards. Those are:
National Film Awards
1982 - National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu for Seethakoka Chiluka
1986 - National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil for Mudhal Mariyathai
1988 - National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues Vedham Pudhithu
1995 - National Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare for Karuththamma
1996 - National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil for Anthimanthaarai
2001 - National Film Award for Best Screenplay for Kadal Pookal
Filmfare Awards South
Filmfare Best Director Award for Sigappu Rojakkkal
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Best Director Award for Alaigal Oivathillai
Nandi Award for Best Director for Seethakoka Chiluka
South Indian Film Technicians: Best Technician Award for Kallukkul Eeram
Indian Panoram Entry: Nizhalgal
Sitara Award for Best Director for Seethakoka Chiluka