Shyamaprasad is an eminent screenwriter, director, and actor in Malayalam cinema. Although he had made a very few films, his art and meaningful cinema has always had a sweet flavor. His notable films include ‘ Agnisakshi’, ‘ Akale’, ‘Arike’ and ‘ Ore Kadal’. He always made his movies based on some novels. Novels had inspired him a lot, and he tried to create a literary masterpiece in celluloid.

Since film and novels are two different media, hence he always had urged people not to compare his films with the novel as he had tried to be as close in spirit to the work which inspired him a lot. For instance, ‘Agnisakshi’ had released on 1999, but he wanted to make the films ten years ago. That was his spirit. ‘Agnisakshi’ was a critically acclaimed film on the acclaimed novel of the same name by Lalithambika Antharjanam.

The film received many awards and was showcased in many international film festivals. Agnisakshi won the National Film Award for Best feature film in Malayalam. ‘Agnisakshi’ was his debut film, and it also won the State award for best film of 1998. Also, he had been even named the best director of the year by Kerala government.

Way back in the 1980s, he joined Doordarshan in Thiruvananthapuram. He is a student of School of Drama and is the son of a BJP leader, O. Rajagopal. Earlier, he made a telefilm ‘Nilaavu Ariyunnu’ which fetched him an award in Germany. After finishing his course in School of Drama, he had gone to England to study cinematography in the University of Hull and then made a dozen of telefilms such as Venalinte Ozhivu,

Peruvazhiyile Kariyila, Viswavikhyathamaya Mooku, Uyirthezhunelppu, Niramillatha Chitrangal to name a few. His telefilms were also the adaptation of literary works and he won the best Television Director prize for the year 1993, 1994, and 1996. In 2004, he directed a Malayalam film ’Akale’ which was produced by Tom George Kolath. The film starred Prithviraj Sukumaran, Sheela, Geetu Mohandas along with Tom George.

This film was based on the American classic play ’The Glass Menagerie’ by Tennessee Williams. This film fetched Tom the National Award from The President of India as it was judged as the best film in Malayalam in national level. Even Sheela received National Film Award for best-supporting actress. In 2007, he directed a film ‘Ore Kadal’ which was based on a Bengali novel Hirak Deepthi written by Sunil Gangopadhyay.

The film starred Mammootty and Meera Jasmine in the lead roles. ‘Ore kadal’ received the National Film Award for the best feature film in Malayalam and even won National Film Award for best music direction award for Ouseppachan. In 2009, he made the most iconic film ‘ Ritu’. If all his previous films were the adaptation of published novels or plays, ‘Ritu’ was based on the original screenplay written by Joshua Newtonn.

The film represented the changing face of Malayalam cinema. In 2010, he made ‘Elektra’ and had cast Nayantara and Manishak Koirala in the lead roles. This film fetched him the best director from Kerala State. Shyamaprasad had adapted several classics on celluloid so far. ‘Arike’ (2012) was based on a Bengali short story by Sunil Gangopadhyay.

Another film ‘Artist’ was the latest in the list of his novel adaptation, and it was based on the English novel ‘Dreams in Prussian Blue’ which was written in Malayalam by a Paritosh Uttam, a techie- turned-writer. In 2015, he directed ‘ Ivide’ which was not a best cinematic effort at all. He is married to Sheeba and has two children Vishnu and Sivakami. His films had always been screened in various international film festivals and even Indian Panorama film festivals.

Shaji Kailas Malayalam Actor

Shaji Kailas

Shaji Kailas is an Indian film director who directs predominantly Malayalam movies and known for his commercially successful movies in Kerala circuit. He had a long association with screenwriters Renji Panicker and Ranjith. With his association with both the screenwriters, he directed most successful movies in Mollywood.    Shaji Kailas started ‘News’ simultaneously with ‘Sunday 7 PM’, but ‘News’ (1989) became his debut release followed by ‘Sunday 7 PM’. These films did not get wider acceptance. There was a magic touch in screenwriter Renji Panicker and as many as five films Shaji and Renji got associated together broke the box office records in the industry. In 1993, three films ‘Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans’, ‘Ekalavyan', ‘Mafia’ saw the collaborations of Shaji and Renji, which fetched gold and broke previous records in the box office collections. In 1994 and 1995, they repeated the same magic with the release of ‘Commissioner’ and ‘The King’. Later on, Shaji formed a new team with Ranjith and scored at the box office with the release of as ‘Aaraam Thampuran’ (1997), ‘Narasimham’ (2000), and ‘Valliettan’ (2000). Ranjith sketched tailor-made role for Mammootty in ‘Valliettan’ and the film was a huge hit. Similarly, Ranjith tried to satisfy Mohanlal’s fans and sketched another stereotype role for the actor in ‘Narasimham’, which brought out two huge hits in a row in 2000. Following the success of the two films, Shaji tried in hands in making Tamil film ‘Vaanchinathan‘(2001) but the film did not do well in box office. Shaji then faced a setback in his career as his films created a commercial fiasco, and many films were pulled out of theaters owing to poor response.    Shaji then took a sabbatical for few years. In 2004, he again started directing films In Tamil and made ‘Jana’ with Ajith Kumar in the title role; the film was a big flop at the box office. Later, he turned to Telugu debut with ‘Vishnu’ which was the launch pad of Vishnu Manchu. Even this film failed at the box office. He gave successive flops like ‘The Don’, ‘Drona 2010’, ‘Simhasanam’ and his attempts to bounce back to success did not yield any results. After giving a series of biggest flops, he turned to comedy genre films but even then he could not retain his Midas touch in the box office anymore. Many releases in 2014 and 2015 had only proved that his films do not have the same box office draw. He was born on 15 August 1965 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

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Rajesh Pillai

Rajesh Pillai is a Mollywood filmmaker who made his debut in the field of cinema in 2005. His first film was ‘Hridayathil Sookshikkan’ which had actors like Kunchacko Boban and Bhavana playing the main characters. The film was based on the American film ‘Meet the Parents’. After a gap of six years, he again made his second film ‘Traffic’ which was written by Bobby and Sanjay, who are screenwriters duo in Malayalam cinema. The film ‘Traffic’ is credited to have led to a new wave in Malayalam cinema.  The screenwriters’ duo worked for more than two years to complete the scripting of ‘Traffic’ (2011), which was inspired by true incidents. The film was very well received in Kerala and Rajesh Pillai’s efforts were acknowledged. This was also the last film of actor Jose Prakash. Due to Traffic’s success in Mollywood, the film was remade in Kannada and Tamil. But Malayalam version was said to be better than other remakes. In 2014, ‘Traffic’ was adapted into Hindi by Suresh Nair and music was composed by Mithoon. It has stars like Manoj Bajpayee, Jimmy Shergill, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Parambrata Chatterjee, Divya Dutta and Amol Parashar in the lead roles. The film was not a big success in Hindi.  In August 2012, he shelved his announced project titled ‘Motorcycle Diaries’ and went ahead with another movie titled ‘Mili.' ‘ Mili’ was a heroine-centric film which had Amala Paul in the title role along with Nivin Pauly as the male lead.  The shooting of the film ‘Mili’ was completed on 9 November 2014 and the film released on 23 January 2015 to positive reviews. Director Rajesh Pillai was a success in attempting a motivational film for the society; he showed an introvert girl Mili, who was depressed, rising above the challenges and take back the reins of her life. The subject of the film was appreciated, and it became one of the profitable Malayalam films in the first half of 2015.  On October 2015, Rajesh Pillai announced another film ‘Vettah’ with Kunchacko Boban and Manju Warrier as the lead actors. The principal photography of the film started on October 7, and the schedule finished on November 2015. The second schedule of the film started on December 7, 2015.

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Rajesh Pillai Malayalam Actor