Sibi Malayil is an acclaimed director in Malayalam movies and known for his work which is pure melodrama. He has provided many popular melodramatic movies in the 1980s and 1990s. Sibi was a second unit director for director ‘
Fazil’ in a movie named ‘Virinja Pookkal' (1980) which had ‘
Shankar’ and Poornima Jayaram in the lead roles.
In the year 1982, he assisted in directing
Jijo Punnoose for a movie '
Padayottam' which had
Prem Nazir, ‘
Mohanlal’ and ‘Shankar’ in the lead roles. In 1983, he was an associate director for the movie 'Ente Mamattukkuttiyammakku'. It was baby ‘
Shalini’’s first hit movie. In the year 1984, he assisted director ‘
Priyadarshan’ for two movies.
In the year 1985, he credited himself as an independent director and directed ‘Mutharamkunnu P.O.’ (1985). This was his first film as an independent director in a full-fledged movie. Later, he directed 40 movies in Malayalam and has won many accolades such as the National Award, State Award, and Filmfare Awards.
His first family-drama film was 'Chekkaeran Oru Chilla’ where he directed a movie based on the topic of a football player. His film 'Doore Doore Oru Koodu Koottam' (1986) won the national award for the best film based on social issues. In the year 1987, he directed a movie 'Thaniyavarthanam' starring Mammootty and ‘
Saritha’ which was a blockbuster. Sibi directed a 1988 Malayalam movie ‘August 1’ which had Mammootty and ‘
Urvashi’ in lead roles and it was a blockbuster. The film was sold at a price of Rs 13 lakh in the territory of Tamil Nadu.
In 1989, he directed the evergreen Malayalam movie '
Kireedam' which is still ranked as one of the biggest blockbuster movies in the history of Malayalam cinema. Actor Mohanlal won the National Film Award (under the category of the Special Jury Award) for his portrayal of Sethumadhavan in this movie and it is considered to be one of Mohanlal’s best performances. In the next year,
Nedumudi Venu received the National Film Award for the Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the role of Maharaja in ‘His Highness Abdullah’ (1990).
In the same year, he directed 'Maalayogam' which is one of the biggest hits of the decade. Sibi surprised everyone by directing movies on classical music 'Bharatham' (1991)which was produced by actor Mohanlal and acted in also by Mohanlal himself. This film fetched Mohanlal a national award. In the year 1992, he came up with two gigantic movies such as ‘Sadayam’ and ‘
Kamaladalam’. The director was always associated with screenwriter and playwright A.K. Lohithadas for his movies.
Born on May 2, 1956, the director got married to ‘
Bala’ on March 27, 1999, at St. Mary’s Basilica Kochi. The couple has a daughter Zeba and a son Joe. Joe was born on December 27, 1990, and he is their first child. It is believed that Sibi met Bala in Chennai when she was working in a bank in Anna Nagar, Chennai. Bala developed a liking for Sibi, as did the film director for her, and it was a true marriage that has continued forever.