Gnana Rajasekaran was born in Pallikonda, Tamil Nadu, India, to Gnanaprakasam and Sharadambal, both teachers. He graduated with a BSc in Physics from Sacred Heart College, Tiruppatur; he gained a master's degree in physics from the Presidency College, Chennai. After he graduated, he worked as a technical officer with the Intelligence Bureau in Mumbai for four years, where many of his plays were staged. In 1983, he was appointed to the Indian Administrative Service, and was allotted the Kerala Cadre. Rajasekaran married Sakunthala Chidambaram in 1985, and they have two daughters, Sindhu Rajasekaran and Nandita. His directional debut was Mogamul (1994). Rajasekaran’s debut film, ‘Mogamul’ (1995), is based on the novel written by T.Janakiraman. The film won the ‘Indra Gandhi National award for First Best Film’, and the Special Jury award for best Tamil film, given by the Government of Tamil Nadu. He then went on to direct the Nassar-starrer Mugam (1999), with the film fetching poor reviews and faring badly at the box office.
He has also directed various short films such as ‘Oru Kan, Oru Parvai’ (1999, Tamil), ‘Vivaram Onum Ariyam’ (Malayalam), ‘Puthia Keralam’(Malayalam), ‘Kanavu Nijamagum’ (Tamil, 2007), etc. He is the dean of SRM Sivaji Ganesan Film Institute, Chennai. He also serves as a Director on the Board of BGR Energy Systems Ltd.
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