Murali Nair



Murali Nair was born in 1966 in Anandapuram, South India. After a short time as geologist in his home region, he decided to make a course in direction in Mumbai. His first short-movie, Tragedy of an Indian Farmer, was awarded as the Best Indian Short Film. His feature length movies The Death’s Throne, A Dog’s Day and A Story That Begins at the End were shown in Cannes. All of them talk about social structures and injustices in rural India. His latest film is Unni, Another Story of an Indian Child, the first part of a planned trilogy about some Indian boys' childhood. Together with his wife Preeya, he has his own London-based production company, Elephant Films, as well as the subsidiary Maya Films in Hyderabad, India. In 2007, Murali Nair has been awarded the Prize of the City of Venice, in occasion of the 64th Venice Film Festival.


  • Unni (Unni, Another Story of an Indian Child, 2006)
  • Arimpara (A Story That Begins at the End, 2003)
  • Pattiyude Divasam (A Dog’s Day, 2001)
  • Marana Simhasanam (Throne of Death, 1999)
  • Oru Neenda Yathra (A Long Journey, shortfilm, 1996)
  • Tragedy of an Indian Farmer (shortfilm, 1993)

Major awards

Throne of Death

  • 1999 Cannes Film Festival: Golden Camera
  • 1999 Torino International Festival of Young Cinema: Prize of the City of Torino
  • 2000 Cinema Jove – Valencia International Film Festival: Special Mention

A Long Journey

  • 1996 Cannes Film Festival: Nomination for Golden Palm