Shafi hails from Kochi, Kerala. He is one of the famous film directors who has set a mark as one of the best directors in Malayalam. He is well-known for his comedy films in Malayalam. Story writer Rafi is his elder brother. Till now he had directed many films in Malayalam and one movie in Tamil named“Maja.” That flick was a remake of “Thommam Makkalum” starred by Mammootty. Tamil actor Vikram, watched that film and thought why not entitle the film in Tamil too. Then he requested the director to make it with him in Tamil. Besides, working as an actor, Vikram also worked as an assistant director of that film and that movie stood as an average grocer in the box office. He marked his directional debut with the film named “ONE MAN SHOW” in the year 2001.
That movie has collected nearly thirteen crores where the budget is just two crores. After that he has done with many other projects like “Kalyan Ramam” (2002), “Pulival Kalyanam” (2003), “Maaja” (2005), “
Mayavi” in the year 2007, “
Chocolate” (2007), “
Lollipop” in the year 2008, “Stuvarthapuram” in the year 2009 and he has gone through many successful projects. He did his ex-project in the year 2015, “TWO COUNTRIES.” After that, he has not gone through any new project. He is one of the directors who had a high success rate in the industry. According to the latest fizz, Shafi's next project will be with Mammootty. It will be the fifth time that the actor and director to collaborate likewise for a new project. Their first film was “Thommanum Makklam” which has been one of the biggest hits in Malayalam.
Later on, Shafi directed Mammootty in almost all 3-4 films. And this new project will be on sets by 2017 and the picture is about to release in the same year itself. So, 2017 has some very exciting cinematic in store for director, actor and at the same time for the audience too. Now and then his movies are getting dubbed into other languages. So, that would be more exciting to the people of Mollywood and the entire country. And after that project, Shafi may team up with the actor Dileep. They've teamed up already for a few projects like “Maryakondory Kunjadu,” “Kalyana Raman” and “
Two Countries.” All of them were massive hits. And now they are going to collaborate again. That movie will be on sets by 2018. He's the director who has 100 percent success rate with Dileep till date. Hope the same thing continues for the upcoming project too.