Martin Prakkat is a movie director who works in the Malayalam movie industry. He is also a producer, writer, and photographer. Martin went to Changanassery SB College. It was here at Changanassery that he started doing theater. He won the Best Actor Award several times in his college dramatics fest. After college, Martin took up photography and worked with the Vanitha Publications, a sister publication of the magazine Manorama, for ten years. He got into photography as a means to enter the films. After his stint at photography, he started writing scripts with Byju Chandran, his college friend. He was spotted by South superstar Mammootty, with whom Martin did his first film. He has directed three movies in a short span of time. Martin made his directorial debut with the movieBest Actor, which released in 2010. The movie was jointly written by Prakkat and Bipin Chandran. It had debutante actress Sruthi Krishnan and superstar Mammootty in the lead. The movie showcases the journey of a teacher in a primary school from Uttar Pradesh, played by Mammootty, who dreams of becoming a film actor. Martin had earlier named the movie Oru Cinemakkatha. The movie was well received. The critics also praised Prakkat’s efforts. Martin’s next directorial venture came out in 2013. The movie’s name wasABCD (American-born Confused Desi). The movie was produced by Shibu Thameens and had his first movie’s lead actor Mammootty’s son Dulquer Salmaan in the lead. The film also had the likes of Aparna Gopinath, Jacob Gregory, and Tovino Thomas in important roles. It was Aparna’s debut movie, which was finalized after some actresses were considered for the role. The movie revolved around the two cousins John Issac and Korah. ABCDfailed to garner as much success as his first movie but did decent business.
After a small setback, the director came out with the movie Charlie on December 24th, 2015. Charlie turned the tables and was a huge blockbuster. Prakkat, along with Unni R, wrote the screenplay of the film. It again had Dulquer Salmaan playing the lead character Charlie and had actress Parvathy playing the female lead. The movie collected 8 Kerala State Film Awards. Martin won the Best Director as well as the Best Screenplay Award, which he shared with Unni R. The movie also won honors at the Asiavision Awards, Asianet Film Awards, and Vanitha Film Awards.
Prakkat’s favorite actor is South superstar Mohanlal. The director admitted that he wasn’t confident enough to direct Mohanlal in a film. He had plans to direct the actor after his first film, but the project was dropped because of various reasons. He plans to work with him in the future.