Jayaraj's Gulmohar received rave reviews from critics, it
is termed an offbeat movie and is failing to make an impact in the
box office. But Jayaraj is not much worried about the collections
of Gulmohar. He is a director who has found the perfect
balance between mainstream and parallel cinema.
So his next two ventures will be aimed with box office success
as the target. Souparnika will be with Prithviraj; Kunjali
Marakkar, with superstar Mohanlal, will be a period film.
Souparnika is based on the life of Professor Narendraprasad,
actor and dramatist. Mohanlal will play Kunjali Marakkar, who
fought against the British Raj. Jayaraj plans to do Souparnika
first and Kunjali Marakkar will follow.
commenced his film career as assistant to director Bharathan,
working with him in films like Chilambu, Oru Minnaminunginte
Nurunguvettam and Vaishali. Moving on to becoming an
independent director, his first film was Vidyarambaham. Several
commercial movies followed. In between, he made films with
substance like Paithrukam and Sopanam. He won the National Award
for Best director in 1997 for Kaliyattam, Santham under his
direction won the Best Film award at the national level.
Jayaraj is one of the rare directors in Malayalam film industry
who makes both commercial and art films with the same vigour and
gets appreciation alike.