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 Click to look into! >> Read More... (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 Click to look into! >> Read More... , with Fahadh Faasil Born in 1983, Fahadh Faasil is known for his works >> Read More... , 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 Rani Padmini was born at Anna Nagar in Chennai to >> Read More... . 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 Soubin Shahir is a well-known actor and an assista >> Read More... , and Alencier Ley Lopez Alencier Ley Lopez is an Indian film actor and the >> Read More... in the lead roles.

Babu Janardhanan Malayalam Actor

Babu Janardhanan

Babu Janardhanan is screenwriter and director from the Malayalam film industry. Babu came from a humble back ground. He was born to the couple Mr. Janardhanan and Mrs. Pankajakshi at Changanassery, Kerala, did his schooling in Madapally Government, LPS and Government Higher Secondary School, Thrikkodithaanam and completed his higher education from AP School of Arts, Kottayam. Babu. Hestarted working a school teacher at CPPHMHS, Ozhur, Tirur in Malappuram district. Babu is married to Sheeba and they are blessed with two children Neelima Baburaj and Niranjan Baburaj. Babu made his first venture into the film industry as a screenwriter in 1990 with his debut Malayalam movie Anandhavruthabtham directed by P. Anil. After this Babu worked with many directors and gave some brilliant movies among which some won prestigious awards ;l “Achanurangatha veedu” (2005) was awarded the Best Second Movie from the Kerala State Film Awards, actor Pritiviraj won the State Best Actor Award for the movie “Vaasthavam” (2006) also the Kerala State Film Awards recognized the famous actor Mohanlal as the Best Actor for his performance in the film “Thalappavu” (2008). His recent movie as a screenwriter was “Swarna Kaduva” in 2016. From a screenwriter Babu went on to become a director. He directed a documentary in 1994 based on the life of Alphonsamma, who is a saint from Kerala, this movie was named “Sahanangalude Amma.” In 2011, Babu came out with his directional debut with his film “Bombay March 12” with Mammootty, Roma and Unni Mukundh playing the lead roles. The movie was produced by Haneef Muhammed. “Bombay March12” is an Indian drama based on the 1993 Bombay bomb blasts. Despite the positive reception from the critics’ side, the movie did not do well. Babu’s next venture was a sequel of “Achanurangatha veedu” and this movie was named “Lisammayude Veedu” starring Meera Jasmine, Rahul Mahadev and Salim Kumar. The film had been released in 2013 with the story written and directed by Babu himself and produced by P.T. Saleem. “God for Sale: Daivam Vilppanakka” was Babu’s next film, produced by P.T. Saleem with Kunchako Goban playing the lead role. The filmalso featured Jyothi Krishna, Thilakan, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Anumol and Tini Tom. The movie is a satirical drama focusing on the false spiritual leaders who are rising in numbers and also talks about the factors that determine the faith of a person. Babu’s recent movie as a director was “Kallante Katha” greatly inspired by the book “Thaskaran Maniyan Pillayude Aathmakadha,” starring the talented Jayasurya. The film depicts the life and thefts of a well - known robber (Jayasurya). As we wait for Babu Janardhanan’s future works we wish him the best in all his endeavors.

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Jayaraj

Born in Kottayam, Kerala to a middle-class family, Jayaraj (full name: JayrajRajasekharan Nair) is an Indian filmmaker who specializes in making Malayali films. He has a degree in Bachelors in Technology in Electronics and Communication. He attended the International Kerala Film Festival in Thiruvananthapuram, watching numerous world classics, which immensely inclined him towards directing films. Post Thiruvananthapuram, he has a meeting with one of the directors, Bharathan, who was his sister’s neighbor in Madras, Tamil Nadu. The director was well impressed with him, so much that he appointed Jayaraj as his assistant director. Henceforth, from “Chilambu”, Jayraj went on to successfully become Bharathan’s assistant director in six more movies, some of which were judgmentally praised such as, “OruMinnaminunginteNurunguvettam”, and “Vaishali”. In the year 1988, he debuted with his own movie called, “Vidyarambham.” Some of the other films produced by him which were preoccupied with commercialism are namely, “Johnnie Walker”, “Highway”, “Arabia”, “Akasha Kottayile Sultan”, and much more. One of the most critically appraised movies by Jayaraj has to “Paithrukam”; it was also criticized by the media and the audience for its conformist religious attitude. Another blockbuster in his filmmaking career was “Desadanam”, in the year 1997. This movie categorized him under the list of no-nonsense filmmakers. A movie which was the adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Othello” won him a “National Film Award for Best Direction”, which was titled, “Kaliyattam” (1997). His movie, “Shantham” received the “National Film Award for Best Feature Film”. The movie, “Bheebhatsa” was a part of the nine-film series project, which was titled, “Navarasa”. It was a Hindi film. Jayaraj is a successful filmmaker, both commercially and non-commercially. Meanwhile, his wife is an award winning costume designer and an actress as well. Some of his movies have also been a huge part of international awards, namely, “Karunam” (Golden Peacock Award), “Shantham” (Best Cinematography in Festival de 3 Continents), “Desadanam” and “Daivanamathil” (Best Film Award in Spain). Another Version of Jayaraj: Jayaraj Rajasekharan Nair is a renowned Indian filmmaker who is known for both mainstream and art cinema. His films are more innovative and freely creative than anything generally seen in the Malayalam cinema, evoking a range of responses from antipathy to delight. That is one reason many of his movies were screened in the international film festivals and won many awards even.   Jayaraj is known for his amateurish attempt in filmmaking. A benchmark of this development came in the year 1996 when his films were exhibited in international film festivals. In 1996, ‘Desadanam’ had a special mention at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the competition section. In the year 2000, his film ‘Shantham’ fetched best cinematography award in Festival De 3 Continents, France. He repeated the same magic with ‘Karunam' (2009) which fetched him Golden Peacock Award, Berlin International Festival award and with ‘Daivanamathil’ (2005), he received the best film award in Spain, Madrid International Film Festival. His awards have assured about the general taste of his filmmaking and international people admired its production standards too.  It was with its tenth film (Desadanam) that he came to be known as a serious filmmaker.  In 1997, Jayaraj made ‘Kaliyattam’, which is a landmark film in his career. It won him the best director award in National film festival, and even Suresh Gopi received the best actor award at the national level. In 2005, he made ‘Makalkku’, featuring actress Shobhana as a mentally deranged beggar. Suresh Gopi played the role of Dr.Warrier in this film. Jayaraj then made a film ‘Daivanamathil ‘ in 2005 which threw light on the Babri Masjid demolition in December 1992 and its repercussions on Kerala Muslims.  His latest film ‘Ottaal’ (2015) wrote a new chapter in Malayalam film industry. The film bagged four awards at the 20th international film festival held in Kerala. It also won audience poll award and won a coveted Suvarna Chakoram (Golden Crow Pheasant Award) for the Best Feature Film, which carried a cash prize of Rs 15 lakhs.  Jayaraj’s films no doubt benefits from a discernible narrative. His dynamic work won him not only Kerala state recognition but even national and international recognition. He was born on 4 August 1960 in Kottayam, Kerala. He is married to Sabitha Jayaraj and has two children Dhanu Jayaraj and Keshav Jayaraj.

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Jayaraj Malayalam Actor