Blessy is a Malayalam film director and screenwriter who was earlier associated with veterans of film industry such as Padmarajan and Lohithadas and was an assistant director to both of them. Blessy got his first break as a director and screenwriter in the movie ‘Kaazcha’ in 2004. It was his debut movie which depicted Mammootty as a film operator who tours the countryside with his 16 mm projector and shows his films at festivals and functions. The film also dealt with an orphaned boy who was a victim of Gujarat earthquake and meeting Mammootty changes his life. This film fetched him Kerala State Film Awards. The biggest asset of Kaazcha is the story, and screenplay by Blessy and even Mammootty proved that no other actor can match up to his skills of acting in such roles. He was the heart of the movie. 

Next year, Blessy came up with another interesting project with Mohanlal. The film was ‘ Thanmathra’ (2005) which fetched him the National Award for the Best Feature film. The film had bagged five more awards from Kerala State in various categories. The film ‘Thanmathra’ portrayed the effects of Alzheimer's disease on the life of an individual and his family; the soul of the film was Mohanlal, child actor Arjun Lal, and Nedumudi Venu. The flick was a roaring success at the box office. For his third venture, Blessy repeated Mammootty once again in his film ‘Palunku’ (2006) and again created the same magic; it fetched Mammootty Kerala State Best Actor award once more. The film was noted for its relevant plot, the performances of the lead actors, and the directional excellence of Blessy. The film managed to be an average grosser in the box office.

The next project of Blessy was ‘Calcutta News’ which was shot in Kolkata. The film had Dileep, Meera Jasmine and Indrajith playing the lead role. The film depicted how an innocent girl from Kerala ( played by Meera Jasmine) was saved from falling into the trap of trafficking. The film gave ample opportunity to actor Dileep to play a different character. It was a marginal hit movie in Kerala. In 2009, he had cast Mohanlal again for his successful project ‘Bhramaram’ (2009), and the film was widely appreciated for Mohanlal's performance. In 2011, he wrote the screenplay and directed the film Pranayam, which had Mohanlal, Anupam Kher, and Jaya Prada in lead roles. The film received positive reviews and also a commercial success. It was Mohanlal's 300th film, and it was the third time Blessy and Mohanlal signed a bond together. It got Blessy the Best Director Award at Kerala State Film Awards. Also, the movie received multiple awards in Kerala from various TV channels and Film Critics’ Awards jury.

 In 2013, Blessy made another film ‘Kalimannu’ which has Suhasini Maniratnam in a supporting role. The film was not in the league of Blessy's other classics but a watchable movie indeed. In 2015, Blessy is making ‘Aadujeevitham’ where Prithviraj will essay the lead role. The film is based on a novel that has won National Sahitya Academy Award.

Sathyan Anthikad Malayalam Actor

Sathyan Anthikad

Sathyan Anthikad is a film director who has even tried his hands at writing lyrics. He also has been an eminent screenwriter in Malayalam movies. He has a long association with  Mohanlal, Jayaram, and even Mammootty. He has made 19 movies with Mohanlal, 17 movies with Jayaram, and eight movies with Mammootty. Hence, he has given the most successful movies in Kerala. He even tried to make some low-budget movies too and was moderately successful. He chose to direct ‘Pappan Priyappetta Pappan’ which was the 100th film of Mohanlal.  In 2015 Sathyan’s much-awaited film ‘Ennum Eppozhum’ created a buzz in the industry as it had Manju Warrier and Mohanlal in the lead roles. He gave roles that suited their age in this movie. He has given chances to many actors and new technicians in his movies including Reenu Mathews, Jacob Gregory, and Renji Panicker. He is very much known for his political satire ‘Sandesham’ (1991). This movie is still fresh and popular in minds of the young generation too.  Not many know that cinematographer Neil D’Cunha, a renowned cinematographer, before making his entry in cine field, had met this director on the set of Manasinakkare and took Sathyan’s autograph . Neil was a student then. Later when Neil met Sathyan in the sets of ‘Ennum Eppozhum’, Neil told him that he wanted to join the industry. This is how the director always encouraged young talents in his movies.  He is most notable for his works in movies like ‘Manassinakkare’(2003) that had Sheela and Jayaram in the lead. It fetched him Filmfare best director award and the film won Filmfare award for the best film too.  In 2000 Sathyan made a film ‘Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal’ which had Jayaram and his son Kalidas Jayaram in the lead. The film had won the National Film Award for the best feature film in Malayalam. Sathyan has been very truthful to his comrades from film industry be it a technician, screenwriter, actor, cinematographer or even music composer. He repeated screenwriter Sreenivasan, cinematographers Vipin Mohan and Venu, and music composer Johnson in many of his movies. Needless to say, even character artists like Innocent, Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Mamukkoya, Nedumudi Venu and K. P. A. C. Lalitha are common cast in every movie of Sathyan.  His association with screenwriter Sreenivasan has created many gems in Malayalam movies and they are T. P. Balagopalan M.A. (1986), Gandhinagar 2nd Street (1986), Nadodikkattu (1987), Varavelpu (1989) etc. Sathyan Anthikad is still hopeful in churning out the new story in Mollywood as his recent release ‘‘Ennum Eppozhum’ proved to be the biggest hit. Born on January 3, 1955, Sathyan is married to Nimmi.

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Shaji Kailas

Shaji Kailas is an Indian film director who directs predominantly Malayalam movies and known for his commercially successful movies in Kerala circuit. He had a long association with screenwriters Renji Panicker and Ranjith. With his association with both the screenwriters, he directed most successful movies in Mollywood.    Shaji Kailas started ‘News’ simultaneously with ‘Sunday 7 PM’, but ‘News’ (1989) became his debut release followed by ‘Sunday 7 PM’. These films did not get wider acceptance. There was a magic touch in screenwriter Renji Panicker and as many as five films Shaji and Renji got associated together broke the box office records in the industry. In 1993, three films ‘Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans’, ‘Ekalavyan', ‘Mafia’ saw the collaborations of Shaji and Renji, which fetched gold and broke previous records in the box office collections. In 1994 and 1995, they repeated the same magic with the release of ‘Commissioner’ and ‘The King’. Later on, Shaji formed a new team with Ranjith and scored at the box office with the release of as ‘Aaraam Thampuran’ (1997), ‘Narasimham’ (2000), and ‘Valliettan’ (2000). Ranjith sketched tailor-made role for Mammootty in ‘Valliettan’ and the film was a huge hit. Similarly, Ranjith tried to satisfy Mohanlal’s fans and sketched another stereotype role for the actor in ‘Narasimham’, which brought out two huge hits in a row in 2000. Following the success of the two films, Shaji tried in hands in making Tamil film ‘Vaanchinathan‘(2001) but the film did not do well in box office. Shaji then faced a setback in his career as his films created a commercial fiasco, and many films were pulled out of theaters owing to poor response.    Shaji then took a sabbatical for few years. In 2004, he again started directing films In Tamil and made ‘Jana’ with Ajith Kumar in the title role; the film was a big flop at the box office. Later, he turned to Telugu debut with ‘Vishnu’ which was the launch pad of Vishnu Manchu. Even this film failed at the box office. He gave successive flops like ‘The Don’, ‘Drona 2010’, ‘Simhasanam’ and his attempts to bounce back to success did not yield any results. After giving a series of biggest flops, he turned to comedy genre films but even then he could not retain his Midas touch in the box office anymore. Many releases in 2014 and 2015 had only proved that his films do not have the same box office draw. He was born on 15 August 1965 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

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