Prem Nawaz aka Abdul Wahab is a Malayalam movie producer and Indian actor. He was born to his father Shahul Hamid and mother Asmabeevi at his hometown Chirayinkeezhu in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerela. His wife’s name is Sulochana Nawas. His brother
Prem Nazir was one of the timeless romantic heroes of Malayalam cinema. Nawaz has been an integral part of many successful Malayalam films and was one of the favorites of the audience.
Prem Nawaz and his elder brother has similar talent so he changed his name from Abdul to Prem so that his identity could be in synchronization with his brother’s. Prem Nawaz's son Prem Kishore has also been a part of the Malayalam acting community through movies like Thaskara Puthran and Vacation. His debut movie Koodapirappu directed by J.D. Thottan was released in the year 1956. Ambika played the lead role opposite to Prem Nawaz as his heroine in the film. The film was Ambika’s debut too. Since then he has acted in the lead role in many black and white Malayalam movies.
Although he was not as famous as his brother in Malayalam cinema, he has played many rememberable roles in movies and quite a few time-honoured songs have also been pictured on him. Prem Nawaz played the lead role in the first ever color Malayalam film named Kandam Becha kottu. The film concentrated on the theme – “The bad impacts of the dowry system”. T.R. Sundaram was the director and the producer of the movie. It was released on August 24, 1961. He also starred in Nellu released in 1974 under the direction of Ramu Kariyattu. Besides, he also appeared in the famous romantic song, Akkarayaanente Taamasam.
The song became quite popular among the audience. Some of his other movies include films like : Subaida released in 1965; Atom Bomb made public in 1964; Kalpadukal released in 1962; Arappavan broadcasted in 1961, etc. Prem Nawaz has also produced movies like Agniputhri, Keni, Neethi, Poojakkedukkaatha Pookkal, and Thulaavarsham. All of his productions have been successful films in the world of Malayalam cinema. Other films that Prem Nawaz has worked in includes movies like Ammu, Vrindavanam, Preethi, Kanyakumari, Manpeda, etc. The last movie in which he was seen was Prem Nazeerine Kaanmanilla directed by
Lenin Rajendran. Prem Nawaz's brother Prem Nazir played the lead role in this movie. The film was released in the year 1983.