Crossbelt Mani was born in Thiruvananthapuram on 22nd April, 1935. He is a very popular Malayalam Director and Cinematographer. He started his career in the year 1968. He has done more than 40 movies up till now. He is the director of 40 and he has worked as a Cinematographer in 10 movies.
He did a movie named Crossbelt which was his second movie. Crossbelt was a very amazing movie and this movie made him very popular; the audience started recognizing him with this movie. Therefore, he adopted Crossbelt as his name. His original name is Velayudhan Nair which he later changed to Crossbelt Mani. His wife’s name is Iranayil Bhagavathimandirathu Srimathivamma and his parent’s name is Kamalmma and Krishna Pilla. In the year 1968, he did his very first movie named Midumidduki which was an excellent movie by him. Then in the year 1970 he did his second movie named Crossbelt which was an amazing movie and made him very popular. After that in the year 1972, he did four movies named Manushyabandhangal, Naadan Premam, Shakthi and Puthrakameshti; all these movies had a unique concept and he made them wonderful.
Crossbelt Mani directs the movies amazingly and puts all these efforts to make the movie a successful one. In the year 1973, he did only one movie named Kaapaalika which was an amazing movie and the entire team made a lot of efforts to make the movie what it is. In the year 1974 he did the movie Nadeenadanmaare and the audience liked this movie very much. In the year 1975 he did back to back a lot of movies named Velicham Akale, Penpada, Thaamarathoni and Kuttichaathan. All these movies hit the screens, earned a lot and made Mani more famous. In the year 1976, he did the movies Yudhabhoomi and Chottaanikara Amma; these movies also had a different concept and people liked these films very much. In the year 1977, he did Neethipeedham. Pattaalam Janaki and Penpuli.
After that also he did a lot of movies which were also very popular; he did movies like Ottayaan in the year 1985, Devdas in the year 1989, Commander in the year 1990 and much more. He also worked as a cinematographer in many of the Malayalam movies. There are many movies in which he is the director and the cinematographer as well. In the year 1984, he did the movie Bullet as a cinematographer and he shot the movie in a wonderful manner. In the year 1985, he did the movie Chorakku Chora, Black Mail, and much more. In the movies Commander and Ottayam he worked as both a Director and as a Cinematographer. Crossbelt is a very talented person as he knew both direction and cinematography.