Kannan Thamarakkulam is a popular Malayalam director, who hailed from Thamarakkulam in Kerala. Kannan is from a non-cinema family background, who strived hard to reach this place. Initially, Kannan aspired to be an actor. Later, he joined the cinema industry as an assistant director. He has worked as an assistant and associate in a lot of TV serials and movies. In his initial stages, he had worked with popular Malayalam directors including “I V Sasi,” Sajan, Mohan Kupleri and M. Naseer.

He made his first solo debut as a director in a TV Series, titled, “ Minnaram.” Minnaram is a serial about twin sisters Revathy and Parvathy. “ Praveena” is the lead in the story, who played a dual role and Suresh Krishna pairs her. After Minnaram, Kannan directed hit serials like Mithunam, Ammathottil and Akkara Ikkara. He made his debut in Tamil serials with “ Maharani” in 2009. This serial is the remake of Ente Manasa Puthri, a super hit Malayalam serial telecasted in Asianet. Maharani was also a super hit serial with Praveena, Sujitha, Archana Suseelan, Murali Mohan and Sulakshana. After working in Maharani, Kannan made his debut in silver screen with “ Sooraiyadal.”

The film featured Sri Balaji, Leema Babu and Gayathri in the lead roles. Although the film didn't make a hit, Kannan didn’t lose his confidence. He provided the technical support to the Tamil film, Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe directed by Lakshmy Ramakrishnan. In 2015, he made his first Malayalam film, Thinkal Mudhal Velli Vare, a comedy film with “ Jayaram,” Rimi Tomy, Anoop Menon and Rachana Narayanankutty. The film was a hit film and in 2016, Kannan made his second film in Malayalam again with Jayaram. He directed “ Aadupuliyattam” with Jayaram, Ramya Krishnan and Om Puri in the lead role. The horror genre received good response from the audiences and the critics.

It is also dubbed in Tamil as Shenbaga Kottai and in Telugu as Mathangi. For the third time, Kannan Thamarakulam joined with Jayaram in “ Achayans.” The film also has Unni Mukundan, Sshivada Nair and Anu Sithara. It is a comedy thriller. Aspired to become an actor, Kannan became a director. Although his parents didn’t want him to work in the cinema, they changed their mind for their only son and had been supporting him. Kannan has an elder sister, who is married and blessed with two kids.

Sumesh Lal Malayalam Actor

Sumesh Lal

Sumesh Lal is an Indian designer and director born in Trivandrum, Kerela. He's someone who's identity is established as a musician though he is not. He's rather someone who is a revolutionary in the Malayalam music industry. Sumesh who has a 15-year career in direction field was very much involved in music right from his school days in Loyola School, Trivandrum. He got his Electronics and communication engineering degree from TKM college of engineering, Kollam affiliated to the prestigious Kerela University, after which he worked as a trainee engineer in Asianet for a few years. That was the time when the Malayalam music industry was stuck in a groove, holding up the same old music. It was called the post-Yesudas era. It needed some young mind to lift it up from the slimy pit. It needed someone who would give a new life to the music of Kerela. And that was Sumesh Lal. In 2007, Sumesh proposed the idea of starting a new channel. And when that idea was accepted, he started a new community channel based on Trivandrum and named it Rosebowl. At that time, he might not be aware of the fact that he would be the music idol everyone was waiting for. Rose bowl which was initially a community channel got developed and became a fully fledged channel under his leadership. He has directed many successful programs which are regarded as milestones in Malayalam music industry. A few such events are Outcast vocals, Complete JAM sessions, etc. Later he left rice bowl and started his company Aum-i-Artistes in Bangalore which manages schedule of top musicians in South India and also produce content for television. It has organized more than 50 events till date. He then worked as a content consultant on channels like Yes India Vision and Kappa TV, which is a Malayalam independent music channel of Mathrubhumi group, the publisher of Mathrubhumi daily. He is the mastermind behind Kappa TV's signature series "Music Mojo". His passion was to promote independent music with a mixture of genres rather than age old music of dulcet tones and staid lyrics. He wanted to release the Malayalam music industry from the hands of films. He also realized this dream by organizing programs like Music Mojo, which brought into light the musical tastes of youngsters in the name of bands like Avial (named after a famous vegetable dish of Kerela), Thaikkudam Bridge, Masala Cafe, Traffic block and so on. These bands took music out of the cinema and into the streets. Recently he directed "Humans of Someone,” an independent feature film in English. It is a love story featuring Madonna Sebastian and Nitin Nath. The prolog of the film was released in poetic style and was found that it's a tribute to the great Malayalam director, P.Padmarajan, it was even named Dear Padmarajan. As a final note, Sumesh Lal if known or not in other parts of India will always be a music idol in God's own country.