Mani C. Kappan is a Malayalam film actor, producer, and director. He was born on May 30, 1956, in Palai, Kerala in India. In 1977, he worked as a volleyball team captain at the Calicut University before working as a sports assistant at KSEB. The following year, he moved to Abu Dhabi Sports Club. Back home, he started a real estate business before entering the cinema world. Later, Mani has been in the Nationalist Congress Party as the State Treasure and the Convener of its Overseas Cell. Recently, he contests against KM Mani at the Assembly election.
This is the third time he pitted against the Pala seat, starting in the year 2006. He started his career as a producer in the 1993 Malayalam film, Janam, helmed by
. In the same year, he produced Rajasenan’s Malayalam musical-romantic comedy film, Meleparambil Aanveedu, which became one of the highest-grossing films in the 90’s and was included in Manorama News’ 14 Greatest Malayalam Movies Ever. The following year, he worked in the production of Rajasenan’s C.I.D. Unnikrishnan B.A., B.Ed; an homage to the 1971 film, C.I.D. Nazir.
In 1995, Mani produced Kusruthikaatu, where he also acted as the father of Ganga (played by Chippy). In the same year, he was credited as the producer and director of the comedy film, Mannar Mathai Speaking. Siddique-Lal originally directed this film, but he suggested crediting Mani as the director of the film. Also in 1995, he acted as Govindankutty in Mangalam Veettil Manaseswari Gupta, with Jayaram and
in the lead roles. Mani also acted as DGP Abdul Rahman and co-produced the 1996 Malayalam film, Man of the Match.
Since then, he focused on his acting career and performed in Yuvathurki, The Good Boys, Aalibaabayum Aarara Kallanmaarum, and Friends. He returned to film production in the 2001 film, Nagaravadhu, where he also acted as Tripathi. In 2004, he acted and produced P Anil and Babu Narayanan’s, Kusruthi. After a year, he was seen in Kunchacko Boban- starrer film, Iruvattam Manavaatti (2005). Mani was last seen in the 2012 bilingual Assamese-Bengali romantic comedy film, Borolar Ghor; a film that he acted, produced, and directed.
This is the first Assamese film that was produced by a South Indian production house (Okay Productions). He dedicated it to the late Assamese musician,
. Aside from working on the big screen, he also worked in the television serial, Dathuputhri (Mazhavil Manorama).