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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 (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).
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 November 1, 2013, in a simple function held in Kakkanad 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 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.
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||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
|2013||Idukki Gold||Lal, Maniyanpilla Raju, Prathap Pothan, Babu Antony, Raveendran||Released on 11 October 2013|
|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
|2013||Annayum Rasoolum||അന്നയും റസൂലും||Hyder||Rajeev Ravi||Acting debut|
|2014||Iyobinte Pusthakam||ഇയോബിന്റെ പുസ്തകം||Comrade P.J.Antony||Amal Neerad||Cameo|