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12 April 1978
Edapally, Kochi, India
|Years active||2009 – present|
|Spouse(s)||Rima Kallingal (2013 - present)|
|Awards||Kerala State Film Awards : Kerala State Film Award for Best Popular Film for Salt N' Pepper (2011)|
Aashiq Abu was born in Edappally, Kerala  to C. M. Abu, and Jameela Abu. Aashiq Abu completed his school education from SRV High School, Kochi. As a pre-degree student at Maharajas College, he was elected to the Students' Union, and was a union member for four consecutive years. Aashiq married actress Rima Kallingal on Nov 1st 2013, in a simple function held in Kakkand Registration office, Kochi.
After working as an assistant Director to Malayalam Film director Kamal  for about five years, Aashiq Abu made his directorial debut with Daddy Cool in the year 2009. Salt N' Pepper was Aashiq Abu's second directorial effort. Salt N' Pepper’s Tamil, Telugu and Hindi remake rights have been bought by actor-director Prakash Raj. In 2012, he directed 22 Female Kottayam which was followed by Da Thadiya.Aashiq Abu has been criticized for copying scenes and ideas from foreign and other Indian language films for almost all of his films. A review on 'Idukki Gold' that appeared on 'The Hindu' stated that "Aashiq Abu seems to have borrowed heavily from Quentin Tarantino for the titling, segmenting and visual effects, but hasn’t quite managed to get right the punch that characterises the master filmmaker’s movies". Aashiq Abu has also done a short film, 'Lost in Bangalore' for Mathrubhumi.
Aashiq Abu has done ad films for Joyalukkas group, Mathrubhumi, Panasonic, Lulu Group, Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group, Media One TV and Club 7. OPM (OPen your Mouth) Cinemas led by Aashiq Abu is a production house launched in October 2012.
Awards and recognitions
Salt N' Pepper, won him the Best Director and/or Popular Director awards on various stages. Apart from these, the film also received awards in various other categories at the 2011 Asianet, Surya, Vanita, Mathrubhumi and Asia Vision Film Awards, and made the top notch news in many media and press reviews. It also won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Popular Film. He won the Mohan Raghavan Award for Best Director in 2012 for 22 Female Kottayam.
|2009||Daddy Cool||ഡാഡി കൂള്||Mammootty, Richa Pallod||Director|
|2011||Salt N' Pepper||സോള്ട്ട് ആന്ഡ് പെപ്പെര്||Lal, Shweta Menon, Asif Ali, Mythili||Director||Kerala State Film Award for Best Popular Film
Asiavision Movie Award for Best Family Movie
Mathrubhumi Film Award for Best Path Breaking Movie of the Year
Amrita Film Award for Best Film
|2011||Lost In Bangalore||Dr. Roy (New Faces)||Director||Short film for Mathrubhumi newspaper|
|2012||22 Female Kottayam||22 ഫിമെല് കോട്ടയം||Fahadh Faasil, Rima Kallingal||Director||Mohan Raghavan Award for Best Director
Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Director
Pending—Filmfare Award for Best Director
|2012||Da Thadiya||ടാ തടിയാ||Shekhar Menon, Ann Augustine, Nivin Pauly||Director, Producer||Released on 21 December 2012|
|2013||Annayum Rasoolum||അന്നയും റസൂലും||Fahadh Faasil, Andrea Jeremiah||Actor||Directed by Rajeev Ravi
Released on 4 January 2013
|2013||Anchu Sundharikal||അഞ്ചു സുന്ദരികള്||Kavya Madhavan, Biju Menon||Director||Released on 20 June 2013|
|2013||Idukki Gold||ഇടുക്കി ഗോള്ഡ്||Lal, Maniyanpilla Raju, Prathap Pothan, Babu Antony, Raveendran||Director||Released on 11 October 2013|
|2013||The Gangster||ദി ഗാങ്ങ്സ്റ്റെര്||Mammootty, Meera Jasmine, Fahadh Faasil, Shekhar Menon||Director||Announced, Shooting postponed to the end of 2013 due to clash of dates of Fahadh and Mammootty|
- "Bold and TRENDY"
- "Raju is the hero in Idukki Gold". indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
- http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/cinema-reviews/idukki-outing-fails-to-strike-gold/article5229495.ece(" Aashiq Abu seems to have borrowed heavily from Quentin Tarantino for the titling, segmenting and visual effects, but hasn’t quite managed to get right the punch that characterises the master filmmaker’s movies".)
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http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/cinema-reviews/idukki-outing-fails-to-strike-gold/article5229495.ece(" Aashiq Abu seems to have borrowed heavily from Quentin Tarantino for the titling, segmenting and visual effects, but hasn’t quite managed to get right the punch that characterises the master filmmaker’s movies".)