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Rajesh Touchriver
Hyderabadi film Director's Debut film nominated for Cannes Film Festival

Hyderabad: Rajesh Touchriver who has done the screenplay and direction of his maiden film "In The Name of Buddha" has been nominated for the best debut director category at prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

Born in 1972, he had some early training in Kathakali and Kalarippayattu, the traditional art forms of Kerala. He obtained a Degree in Design and Direction from the School of Drama in 1993. His Post-graduate degree was in visual language/ scenography and direction from Wimbledon School of Art in 2001-02. Rajesh worked with the National School of Drama repertory company New Delhi as designer in 1995.In 1996, He took a diploma in Animation Film from ZICA.

Rajesh has directed about 30 plays in different languages. He has done the Art Direction of a number of Telugu, Bollywood and Hollywood movies.He was also awarded the Charles Wallace India Trust Award.

"In The Name of Buddha" is Rajesh Touchriver's debut film as Director & Screenplay Writer. A film that has caused widespread controversy following its world premier at the Oslo Film Festival is a true story about possibly one of the worst genocides at the end of the twentieth century. The film graphically portrays the conflict between native Tamil people and the Sri Lankan army and Indian peacekeeping forces.

This ethnic conflict has been raging since 1983 and according to UNHCR has seen more than 60,000 Tamil people lose their lives and nearly 900,000 people flee their homelands in Sri Lanka. The film is an account of human rights violations of the Tamil people in Northeast Sri Lanka and contains scenes of the violence that descended on them, from the island followers of Buddha's normally peaceful principles and teachings.

In The Name of Buddha was made by Da'sai Films International, produced by two British Asians .Filmed in India and London, the movie tells the true story of Siva, a native Tamil from Ski Lanka who had to flee from his homeland for safety and become a refugee in the UK.'In the name of Buddha' portrays the agony of people devastated and torn apart by ethnic conflict and the heartache and suffering of an ordinary man.

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