Sanal Kumar Sasidharan is a Film Director known for his vivid work in the Malayalam industry. His father Sasidharan and his mother Sarojam gave birth to him in the village of Perumkadavila in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. He graduated from both Zoology and Law but later chose filmmaking as it was his passion. He did his Zoology from VTM NSS College in Dhanuvachapuram, later pursuing a law degree from Govt. Law College in Thiruvananthapuram. He began his career as a Lawyer, but his real destination was somewhere else.

He started his career in 2000 as an Art Director in Malayalam film Mankolangal, later he made his first short movie Wonder World in 2001. This movie was produced by Kazhcha Chalachithra Vedi by crowd funding. He tied his knots with Sreeja Sanal on 22nd July 2002. There was a long gap between his first short film and his second as his next short film was Parole in 2008 which was produced by Blog Cinema. His next short film being Frog was one of the best works of his career; it also earned it a Kerala State Television Award for the best short film.

In 2014, KazhchaChalachithraVedi produced their first full -length movie Oraalppokkam. This movie was produced by crowd funding is one of the biggest movie produced through crowd funding ever. The money was collected by Kazhcha Film Forum. This forum was financed by young film enthusiast. Oraalppokkam received a great rating and was loved by everyone. There was another movie named Six Feet High in 2014 directed by Sanalkumar. He won the best director award in 2014 for his work in Oraalppokkam.

His film Oraalppokkam also got fipresci and Network of promotion in Asian Cinema awards for the best Malayalam film at the International Film Festival of Kerala in 2014. He also won special Jury award in John Abraham Like some of our sexy stars, John Abraham has had >> Read More... awards in 2014. His second movie Ozhivudivasathe Kali (An Off-Day Game) was completed in 2015 and has been selected in Mumbai Film Festival and International Film Festival. The film is also selected for Film Bascar Recommends commencing in Goa. He also has a keen eye for poetry as he is also known for his poetic skills.

He always believed in himself and with the help of some film enthusiast made his work large. He has known for his Directing as well as Writing skills and has made many masterpieces with his talent.

J. Sasikumar Malayalam Actor

J. Sasikumar

Sasikumar, who was born as Nambiathusseril Varkey John in Alappuzha, was a director of Malayalam movies. His career began in the middle of the 1960’s, and he has since then directed 141 films. He is the title holder of three world records: Record for the most number of movies (141 movies), Record for having the maximum number of films with the same actor in the main role (84 movies with Prem Nazir), and also the Record for the maximum films directed in one year (he was the director of 15 movies in the year 1977). Born to N L Vakrey and Mariya, he had a passion for acting since the age of ten. He studied at Leo Thirteenth High school in Alleppey and St.Ephrem's School in Mannanam. He graduated from Sacred Hearts College in Thevara. While studying at all of these institutions, he had taken part in many dramas, mainly of the Shakespearean kind. He first acted in Visappinte Vili opposite Prem Nazir. This movie was the first in Malayalam cinema in which no dupe was involved. He acted in some films under the production of Udaya Studios, and he also worked as an assistant director to Kunchacko in these movies. Following this, he joined P.Subramaniam’s Merryland Studios. It was here that he gained his skills as a leader while working with popular actors such as T. K. Balachandran and Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair. At Merryland, he worked as an actor as well as an associate director. The documentary ONAKKAZHCHA, which was filmed for the Fertilisers and Chemicals Travancore Limited (FACT), was his first independently directed film. He went to Chennai and directed Thomas Pictures’ Porter Kunjali and Thommante Makkal in the year 1965. He received the Certificate of Merit for the movie Kudumbini at the National Film Awards. His next venture Kavalam Chundan was a flop, and this made him join the oil mill business of his father. Prem Nazir, who was now his good friend, made him go back to direction. Jeevitha Yaathra, a commercial movie, was a blockbuster, and he changed his specialty to commercial films from art movies. The films directed by him were more often than not major hits, and this gave him the title of Hitmaker between his colleagues. He, along with Prem Nazir, helped producers regain their lost possesions and land which had been sold for producing a movie. From the years, 1969 to 1980, Sasikumar, Sreekumaran Thampy and M.K Arjunan were a force to be reckoned with. Sasikumar has also acted in a large number of movies such as Seetha, Oral Koodi Kallanayi, Umma, and Bhakta Kuchela. He has also launched many careers like that of Ravindran, a music composer, via his movie Choola. His film Rest House popularized M.K.Arjunan’s career. The movie Devadasi’s songs were major hits despite the movie not releasing due to problems with Adoor Padmakumar, the producer. He introduced the famous comic Senthil to the movie going audience via "Ithikkara Pakki" and Jagathy Sreekumar via "Chattambi Kalyani". His assistants P. G. Viswambharan, Asokan, Thampi Kannanthanam, Crossbelt Mani, and Baby all became successful directors later on in their careers. He was honored by the State Government of Kerala in 2013 with the J.C. Daniel Award for his immense contribution to Malayalam cinema. Sasikumar suffered from health problems at the end of his life. His wife and son both passed away in 2009, and he passed away in 2014. He was 87 at the time of his death and was buried by the Christian rites of his hometown.

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