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
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.