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Sanal Kumar Sasidharan

Sanal Kumar Sasidharan

Sanal Kumar Sasidharan
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From India
Gender male
Birth 8 April 1977, Neyyattinkara, Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala, India
Age 45 years
Star sign Aries
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Sanal Kumar Sasidharan (born 8 April 1977) is an Indian film director and poet.

Personal life

Sanal Kumar Sasidharan was born in Perumkadavila village, Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala on 8 April 1977. He graduated in Zoology from VTM NSS College Dhanuvachapuram,Trivandrum and Law then started his job as a lawyer. In 2001, he formed a film society, Kazhcha Chalachithra Vedi with his colleagues, for making independent movies through crowd funding. He has directed three short films and one feature film through crowd funding. He was awarded as the Best Director in the Kerala State Film Awards 2014.

Film career

His film career started in 2000 as an Art Assistant in the malayalam film Mankolangal. After that he made his first short movie Wonder world in 2001. The cinematography was by Sunny Joseph and editing by Beena Paul. The short fiction was produced by Kazhcha Chalachithra Vedi by way of crowd funding. There was a long gap after his first short movie. In 2008 he directed Parole produced by a group of friends from Malayalam blog community. His third short film Frog, won a Kerala State Television Award for best short film in 2008. In 2014 Kazhcha Chalachithra Vedi produced his first feature-length movie Oraalppokkam for which he had been awarded the Best Director . The film has got fipresci and Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema awards for the best Malayalam film in the International Film Festival of Kerala 2014. He has also bagged the Kerala State Film Award for Best Director in 2014. His second movie Ozhivudivasathe Kali (An Off-Day Game), which was completed in 2015 has been officially selected to International Film Festival of Kerala and Mumbai Film Festival. The film has also been selected to the Film Basar Recommends in the Film Basar in Goa.]


Year Title Notes
2001 Athisayalokam Short film
Crowd funded by Kazhcha Chalachithra Vedi
2008 Parole Short film
Blog cinema from Malayalam blogosphere
2012 Frog Short film
Awarded as the best short film in the Kerala State Television Awards 2012
2014 Oraalppokkam First feature film
First online crowd funded feature film in Malayalam
2015 An Off-Day Game(Ozhivudivasathe Kali) Feature film
2015 Kerala State Film Award for Best Film
2016 Sexy Durga Feature film

2017 Hivos Tiger Award International Film Festival Rotterdam


  • Hivos Tiger Award International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2017
  • Kerala State Film Award for Best Film in the 2015 Kerala State Film Awards
  • Best Director award in the 2014 Kerala State Film Awards
  • Special Jury award in the John Abraham Awards 2014
  • Special Jury mention in the Aravindan Puraskaram 2014
  • Mohan Raghavan award Best director 2014

Best film in Tiger competition at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017

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