Thodupuzha = Touchriver

This is freaky!! Thodupuzha is the name of a town in Kerala. I always thought that it meant
Thodu – (tho pronounced similar to bo in bore, du as in well, a prolonged duh”)
which means stream

and Puzha – (pu as in pooh, zha as in, well, i have never heard anything similar in english, take ya and round it a bit…)
which means river…

But if you shorten the tho in thodu , it means touch

So this guy changed his surname from thodupuzha to “touchriver”

Indian filmmaker wins top honour in US

Indian filmmaker Rajesh Touchriver’s movie ‘In the Name of Buddha’ has won the Best Film award at the Newport Beach Film Festival, California, US.

Rajesh received a communication to that effect on Saturday. The movie was screened at the festival on April 10.

Hailing from Kerala, Rajesh changed his last name from Thodupuzah to Touchriver, a literal translation of it, after moving to England where he obtained his postgraduate degree in film direction from Wimbledon School of Art, London, last year.

Earlier, he studied theatre arts at Kozhikkode and was a student of the National School of Drama, Delhi. ‘In the Name of Buddha’ is Rajesh’s first film, both as a director and screenplay writer.

The movie vividly narrates the human rights violation by both the Sri Lankan army and the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in the strife-torn island nation, through the character of a Tamil boy Siva, who is forced to take refuge in England.

Produced by K Shanmughanatha and Sai George of Da’Sai Films International, the English language film will be the inaugural movie at the Los Angeles film festival which begins on May 8, Rajesh said. He has sent it to Cannes and is hopeful of selection for the prestigious film festival, he adds.

Rajesh, who is currently in Hyderabad in connection with a movie starring popular Telugu hero Chiranjeevi, for which he is the art director, says he keeps shuttling between London and Hyderabad.

Currently he is making two documentaries – one on popular cartoonist and writer OV Vijayan and another on noted painter MF Hussain. The film on Vijayan will be completed by the end of this month, while the one of Hussain will take some more time, he said.

Rajesh said he would be directing a Telugu movie to be produced by Chiranjeei’s brother Nagababu, who is a good friend of his. The film, scheduled t go to the sets in June, features senior artiste and `Urvasi’ awardee Sarada in the lead and deals with the feelings and loneliness of a mother in her old age.

Rajesh said he would also be directing a film in English on Sage Vatsayana from December this year. To be produced by da’Sai Films, it will have an international cast, he said.

Reminds me of Manoj “Night” Shyamalan, in a way!

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