Dileesh Pothan is a prominent Malayalam film actor-turned-director. He was born as Dileesh Philip on February 19, 1981, in Manjoor, District of Kottayam in Kerala, India. He studied at Emmanuel’s High School in Kothanalloor and later pursued a pre-degree at KE College in Mannanam. Later, he took Bachelor of Science at St. Philomena’s College in Mysore. He showed deep interest in cinema and drama, and so he decided to take a Master of Arts (MA) in Theatre Arts and attended the Sree Sankaracharya University of Kerala and a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Theatre Arts at the MG University in Kottayam. Initially, he has worked as an actor and associate director in several films including director Aashiq Babu’s Salt N’ Pepper (2011), 22 Female Kottayam (2012), Da Thadiya (2012), 5 Sundarikal (2013), Idukki Gold (2013), and Gangster (2014). Dileesh is also the associate director of Dileesh Nair’s Malayalam satirical comedy film,
Tamaar Padaar. Also in 2014, he acted in the Malayalam action drama film, Iyobinte Pusthakam, with Fahadh Faasil, Jayasurya, and Lal in pivotal roles. In 2015, he reunites with Aashiq Babu and played the role of Ullas Menon in the Malayalam coming-of-age film, Rani Padmini. This 2016, Dileesh turned director in the Malayalam comedy-drama film, Maheshinte Prathikaaram, with Fahadh Faasil in the lead role. It was based on the life of Thampan Purushan of Cherthala. Maheshinte Prathikaaram earned commercial success and grossed ₹17.35 crore at the box-office. Dileesh also played the role of Eldho in the film, an American Malayali.According to Dileesh, directing is his real passion and acting just happened accidentally. He is now working in the upcoming Malayalam comedy-drama film, Thondi Muthalum Driksakshiyum, which is set to release in 2017. This film will see Fahadh Faasil, Soubin Shahir, and Alencier Ley Lopez in the lead roles.