"Newsmakers from Hyderabad"
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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