Manoj Narayanan is a Director in Theatre and also, a Director of Photography in Malayalam theatre. He is well known as “An Award-winning Director”. The theatre enthusiast belongs to Calicut, a city in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

Manoj received his education from MJHS Villiappally and completed his higher education from the University of Calicut, Thenjippalam. He was fond of plays, and never misses a chance of watching street plays whenever there was one.

He always loved watching plays in theatre. He didn’t take training from any school of drama, he just learned from watching the plays and listening to the dozens of the art also helped him a lot. Manoj Narayanan is well known for his fabulous direction in “Perunthachan,” “Nellu,” “Kuriyedath Thatari,” “Nishkalankan” and “Vartgamanathilekkoru Kannaki”.

His play “Kuriyedath Thatari” is based on the current situation of women in society and “Nishkalankan” is the story of an innocent man who suffers for his over dedication to certain people and causes, He always looks up to convey his message and never misses a chance while doing so. His love for theatre is more than anything.

He has been doing theatre since his school days and doing so have won many prizes for directing and acting. He was very popular during his college days, and not only in his college but also in every college of the state because he used to attend theatre camps and workshops. Manoj Narayanan has worked on many children plays.

"I love working with children," Narayanan stated once. He always seems more passionate about it than the popular theatre. He has also worked with many reputed theatre houses all across the state. His hard work and dedication started providing results as soon as he started working. He has won Kerala Sangeetha Natka Akademi Award for the “Best Director”.

He won this award five times. His play was awarded as “Best Script”. Rathanamma Madhavan was chosen as the second best actress for of his plays, “Kadamvathil”. Noushad, Jaya Noushad, Sandhya Murukesh were also some of the actors from his plays who were awarded Akademi awards for best acting. One of the plays that he gave direction to, “Kuriyedath Thatri,” was titled as the second best play of the year and also grabbed awards such as best actress, best actor and best script award.

He won Akademi awards for “Best Director” for “Kadamthanattanna,” “Nellu,” “Perunthachan,” “Verthamanathilekkoru Kannaki,” “Nntooppappakkoranendarnnu”. He won his first Akademi award for "Best Director" for “Kuriyedath Thatari”. He also worked as a Director of Photography in a Malayalam movie “ Sonna Pocchu”.

Shyam Dutt

Shyam Dutt is an Indian Cinematographer who has predominantly worked in Indian Film Industry. He hails from Punalur, Kerala and was born in a middle-class family. Shyam Dutt grew up in Punalur with his parents and two siblings, one sister and one brother. He completed his schooling at Govt. Boys School, Punalur. He was always more into sports and drama rather than his studies. Although, he used to score good marks. He used to be an athlete at his school and presented his school at various school level competitions and won many of them. He has also reached the national level at the inter-school sports meet. He also used to do acting while he was in his school. Shyam Dutt used to be the part of his school’s drama team. He has played various roles in the dramas held at his school. Apart from this, he also used to go to the local fares and watch Nukkad-Natak. After completing his school, Shyam Dutt decided to pursue his further education in fine arts. He kept Cinematography as an additional course at his college. He was also the part of college’s drama club. He used to shot and edit the entire short film that drama team used to make. He was also offered various jobs from local directors after watching his profile. After completing his college, he started working as a cinematographer in Malayalam Film Industry. At first, he used to work in short films. After gaining some popularity, he was offered to work in a movie. In 2006, he worked as a cinematographer, in the movie The Tiger, directed by Shaji Kailas, starring Suresh Gopi, Saikumar, Siddique, and others. The film was rated well by the critics, and Shyam Dutt was appreciated for his work. After that he worked in Vargam, directed by M. Padmakumar, starring Prithviraj Sukumaran, Renuka Menon, and Devan. Later in 2007, he worked in Indrajith, directed by Haridas, starring Baburaj, Rajan P. Dev, and Indraja. He also worked as a cinematographer in the movie I.G., Kavya’s Diary, and Kayam. He also worked as a Director of Photography in the movie Prasthanam, directed by Katta Deva, starring Jeeva, Sundeep Kishan, and Vennela Kishore. In 2011, he worked as a cinematographer in the movie Venicile Vyapari, directed by Shafi, starring Mammootty, Kavya Madhavan, and Poonam Bajwa. In 2015, he worked in Ayal Njanalla, directed by Vineeth Kumar, starring Fahad Faasil, Mrudula Murali, and T.G. Ravi. He was nominated for the award of Best Cinematographer at Filmfare Awards. In 2016, he worked in Kattappanayile Rithwik Roshan, directed by Nadirsha.

Shyam Dutt Malayalam Actor