Manoj Kadampoothramadam Jayan is a South-Indian actor, born on 15 March 1966 in an Ezhava family. His father, Sruthiyil K.G. Jayan, is a famous Carnatic musician, whereas his mother works as a teacher. He completed his schooling from the Government College, Nattika. It is known that since childhood, he was much of an introvert. He made up his mind on pursuing acting as a career. His parents encouraged him by sending him to the Southern Film Institute, Trivandrum to learn to act. His professor at the Institute, Adam Ayub, later directed his debut on television in ‘Kumilakal’, a television serial airing on Doordarshan in 1988.
Manoj debuted with ‘Mamalakalkkappurathu,’ a film by
, who also belongs to the Southern Film Institute. Unfortunately, the film wasn’t released for unknown reasons. His official debut was in the film titled ‘Perumthachan’. A film by Ajayan based on a carpenter’s relationship with his son. He has been highly acknowledged with back-to-back awards for his work in the film industry. In 1993, he was awarded four awards (Kerala State Film Award, Film Critics Award, Film Chamber Award and Madras Lion's Club Award) for his work in Hariharan’s ‘
’. Some other films that gave him recognitions were Santosh Sivan’s horror-cum-thriller film titled ‘
’ and Santhosh Souparnika’s ‘
’ in which Manoj plays a transgender.
Apart from this, his 2009 hit film ‘Pazhassi Raja’ won him a total of ten awards (Kerala State Film Award, Film Fare Award, Ujala Asianet Award, Exo Mathrubhumi Amrita Film Award, SathyanSmaraka Award, Amma Award Dubai, Mumbai Malayalam Film Award, JaiHind TV Award, South Scope Cine Award, and the Bharath Murali Award). In his career, the forty-nine-year-old actor has acted in four television serials, more than hundred Malayalam films, about twenty Tamil films, five Telugu films, and one film each in Hindi and Kannada. Interestingly, he has also done playback singing for five films/albums, the first one being ‘Ayyappatheertham’. He has also been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his over twenty-five years of contribution to the film fraternity.
He tied the knot with actress Urvashi in the year 2000 and had their first daughter named Tejalakshmi in 2001. However, the marriage was terminated by a divorce in 2008. Manoj has a son named Amrit from his second marriage with Asha, whom he married in 2009.