Birthday: 03-01-1955
Age: 64
Star sign: Aquarius

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.

Shankar Ramakrishnan Malayalam Actor

Shankar Ramakrishnan

Shankar Ramakrishnan is a Mollywood actor and director who has excelled even as a screenwriter in many Malayalam movies. Shankar made his debut in his career by directing a film ’Kerala Café’ which was directed by a team of ten directors including Revathy, Anjali Menon, Lal Jose, Shaji Kailas, etc. This was the first package or anthology film that consisted of several short films tied together by a single theme or interlocking events, and different directors contributed to making this as a feature film ‘Kerala Café’. Shankar took in-charge of directing ‘Island Express’ for the Malayalam anthology film, ‘Kerala Café.' Thus, he began his career.  Later, he wrote a script for a 2011 epic film ‘Urumi’ which was directed and filmed by Santosh Sivan. The film was a high-budget movie in Mollywood and was a commercial success at the box-office. The film was dubbed into Tamil and Telugu too. Later, he tried his role as an actor in the film ‘Spirit’ (2012) which had Mohanlal, Madhu in lead roles. The film was directed by Ranjith. In the same year, he featured as an actor in another movie ‘Poppins’ which was directed by V. K. Prakash. The film had ten leading actors who played five couples. Shankar Ramakrishnan and Mythili essayed the role of one couple while other actors essayed different couples’ character in the movie. Another film ‘Bavuttiyude Namathil‘ featuring Mammootty, Kavya Madhavan and Shankar Ramakrishnan released in the same year and it was a successful movie in the box office. The film was produced by Ranjith and directed by G. S. Vijayan.  In 2013, Shankar Ramakrishnan wrote the script for movie ‘Natholi Oru Cheriya Meen Alla', It was a comedy movie and directed by V.K. Prakash. The film was an unusual one for its unadulterated laughter. In the same year, for a movie ‘Silence’, he appeared as school bus driver in a small role. In 2014 , there was another movie ’How Old Are You’, in which he appeared as a minister.  In 2015, the actor appeared in two movies ‘Nirnaayakam’ which featured Asif Ali, Prem Prakash, Nedumudi Venu in lead roles and ‘Love 24x7’ which had Dileep and debutante Nikhila Vimal in lead roles.    Shankar Ramakrishnan was born on April 13, 1966, in Mallankinaru (Kerala). He is married to Chandra Prabha Ramakrishnan and has two children Akash Ramakrishnan and Hari Ramakrishnan.

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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.

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