Aashiq Abu

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Aashiq Abu
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Born Aashiq Abu
(1978-04-12) 12 April 1978 (age 37)
Edapally, Kochi, India
Occupation Film director
Years active 2009 – present
Religion Muslim
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 (born April 12, 1978) is an Indian film director and producer best known for his work in Malayalam cinema. He started out as an ad filmmaker. He made his directional debut with Daddy Cool (2009). He's best known for his films Salt N' Pepper (2011) and 22 Female Kottayam (2012).[1]

Personal life[edit]

Aashiq Abu was born in Edappally, Kerala [2] 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 November 1, 2013, in a simple function held in Kakkanad Registration office, Kochi.[3]

Film career[edit]

After working as an assistant Director to Malayalam Film director Kamal [2] 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 also done a short film, 'Lost in Bangalore' for Mathrubhumi. His latest film is 'Rani Padmini' featuring Manju and Rima. The film is produced by Fort Entertainement a venture of Fort Group who among other activities owns Wyte Fort Hotel in Ernakulam, Kerala. The film is rumoured to be female centric with no leading male actors involved.

Ad films[edit]

Aashiq Abu has done ad films for Joyalukkas group, Mathrubhumi, Panasonic, Lulu Group, Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group, Media One TV[4] and Club 7. OPM (OPen your Mouth) Cinemas led by Aashiq Abu is a production house launched in October 2012.

Awards and recognitions[edit]

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.


As Director[edit]

Year Film Cast Notes
2009 Daddy Cool Mammootty, Richa Pallod Debut Movie
2011 Salt N' Pepper Lal, Shweta Menon, Asif Ali, Mythili 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
2012 22 Female Kottayam Fahadh Faasil, Rima Kallingal Mohan Raghavan Award for Best Director
Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Director
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Director
2012 Da Thadiya Shekhar Menon, Ann Augustine, Nivin Pauly Released on 21 December 2012
2013 Anchu Sundharikal Kavya Madhavan, Biju Menon Released on 20 June 2013
Segment: Gauri
2013 Idukki Gold Lal, Maniyanpilla Raju, Prathap Pothan, Babu Antony, Raveendran Released on 11 October 2013[5]
2014 Gangster Mammootty, Nyla Usha, Aparna Gopinath Release on April 11, 2014. Under his own production house OPM Media Mill.
2015 Rani Padmini Manju Warrier, Rima Kallingal Under the production house Fort Entertainment.

As an Actor[edit]

Year Film Malayalam title Cast Director Notes
2013 Annayum Rasoolum അന്നയും റസൂലും Hyder Rajeev Ravi Acting debut
2014 Iyobinte Pusthakam ഇയോബിന്റെ പുസ്തകം Comrade P.J.Antony Amal Neerad Cameo


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