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|Born||Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan Pillai
27 October 1968
Aluva, Kerala, India
|Alma mater||Maharajas College, Ernakulam (B.A.)|
|Occupation||Actor, film producer, singer, impressionist|
|Spouse(s)||Manju Warrier (m. 1998–2014)|
Dileep started his film career as an assistant director to Kamal in 1992. He became popular for his impressionist stage shows and the Comicola television comedy series on Asianet. His role as Dileep in Manathe Kottaram (1994) paved way to his acting career. Films such as Sallapam (1996), Ee Puzhayum Kadannu (1997), Punjabi House (1998) and Udayapuram Sulthan (1999) established Dileep's status as a prominent actor during the late-1990s.
Joker (2000), Meesa Madhavan (2002),Runway and Chanthupottu (2005) were some of the most significant films in Dileep's career. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his role as Madhavan in Meesa Madhavan. He won his first Kerala State Film Award (Special Jury) for his performance in Kunjikoonan (2002) and later won the Best Actor Award for the film Vellaripravinte Changathi.
He ventured into production, and produced and starred in C.I.D. Moosa (2003) under the banner Graand Production. Kathavasheshan (2004) won Dileep the Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Film as a producer. In 2008, under the banner of Graand Production, Dileep produced Twenty:20 by casting most of the mainstream actors of Malayalam cinema, which had become the highest grossing Malayalam film at that time. He produced the multi-starrer in order to raise funds for the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA).
Dileep was born on 27 October 1968 in Aluva, Ernakulam district, Kerala to Padmanabhan Pillai and Sarojam. He studied in VVBHS high school (passed 10th Standard in 1985) and joined Aluva U.C. College (pre-degree, 3rd group, 1985-1987) and then moved on to Ernakulam Maharajas College. Dileep started to take mimicry seriously. Dileep rendered his voice in Onam-based comic albums De Maveli Kombathu, with his friends Nadir Shah and Abi.
Dileep started his career at Kalabhavan, working as a mimicry artist. He also performed in Asianet's comedy show Comicola. Later he got a chance to be the assistant director to Kamal. While being an assistant director, Dileep did some small roles, debuting with just a small scene in Kamaluddin Mohammed's Ennodu Ishtam Koodamo (1992). He recommended his name to many directors. The film Manathe Kottaram (1994), directed by Sunil, gave him the first break and his screen name Dileep came into place through the character of the same name that he played. Other minor roles during this time included Joshi's Sainyam (1993), Sibi Malayil's Sindoora Rekha (1995), Urvashi's Pidakozhi Koovunna Nootand (1994), Kamal's Ulladakkam (1993) and Sudhinam (1994). Thooval Kottaram (1996), Swapna Lokathe Balabhaskaran (1996), Sallapam (1996), Ee Puzhayum Kadannu in 1996. He played a supporting role in I. V. Sasi's Varnapakittu in 1997, Punjabi House (1998), Meenathil Thalikettu (1998), Megham (1999), and Chandranudikkunna Dikhil (1999).
Dileep started with Mr. Butler (2000), Darling Darling (2000), and Ee Parakkum Thalika (2001), Thenkasipattanam (2000), Joker (2000),Ishtam (2001), Mazhathullikkilukkam (2002), Kunjikkoonan (2002),. He won the Kerala State Film Special Jury Award for playing Kunjan in Kunjikkoonan. It was playing Madhavan in Lal Jose's Meesa Madhavan (2002),Kalyanaraman (2003), Jayaraj's Thilakkam (2003), and Johny Antony's C.I.D. Moosa (2003) (which he produced himself). He also produced and starred in T. V. Chandran's Kadhavaseshan (2004). In 2004, he starred in Priyadarshan's Vettam, Chanthupottu (2005) won him the Special Jury Award at the Kerala State Film Awards. He played an action hero in Runway (2004), Kochirajavu (2005), Lion (2006), Chess (2006), and Don (2006). He appeared in Shaji Kailas's Don. He played the athlete Arjun in Speed Track, the debut of director Jayasurya. His second film with the director Sathyan Anthikkad, Vinodayathra, was released in April 2007. He also had the chance to play in Blessy's Calcutta News (2008). In 2006 he lent his voice to the dumb character played by Sunil Shetty in Priyadarshan's Hindi film 'Gujarathi house' which is the remake of Malayalam movie Punjabi House. Story of the 2006 movie Pachakuthira is by Dileep himself.
Dileep produced Joshi's Twenty:20 (2008). In the year 2009, his films included Crazy Gopalan, Moss & Cat directed by director Fazil and Passenger, directed by debutant Ranjith Shankar. His other two films were Swantham Lekhakan and Colours.
In the beginning of the 2010s, Dileep starred in Bodyguard, Aagathan and Pappy Appacha. His production venture Malarvadi Arts Club was directed by Vineeth Sreenivasan. The Hindi movie Toofan was released in 2010, which is a children's film, directed by Major Ravi. In 2010, he also starred in Kaaryasthan. In 2011, he starred in Marykkundoru Kunjaadu, Christian Brothers, China Town. In 2011, he also starred in Orma Mathram, The Filmstaar and Vellaripravinte Changathi for which he won a Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor.
His first release in 2012 was Spanish Masala directed by Lal Jose his next movies in 2012 were Mayamohini, Arike, Mr. Marumakan and My Boss. His first release in 2013 was Kammath & Kammath. He played the lead role in Vyshakh's Sound Thoma and later starred in Sringaravelan, Nadodimannan and Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal'. In 2014 was he appeared in Raffi's Ring Master.
- 2011 - Best Actor for Vellaripravinte Changathi
- 2005 - Special Jury Award for Chanthupottu
- 2002 - Special Jury Award for Kunjikoonan
- 2013 - Asianet Film Award - Award of Excellence for completing 20 years in Malayalam film industry 
- Other awards
- 2013 - TTK Prestige-Vanitha Film Awards - Most Popular Actor - Sound Thoma, Sringaravelan
- 2010 - Amrita-FEFKA Film Award for Most Popular Actor
As an actor
- Manthramothiram (1997)
- Mazhayethum Munpe (1995)
- Champakulam Thachan (1992)
- Ennodishtam Koodamo (1992)
- Ulladakkam (1991)
- Vishnu Lokam (1992)
- The Metro (2011)
- Malarvadi Arts Club (2010)
- Twenty:20 (2008)
- Pandippada (2005)
- Kathavasheshan (2004)
- C.I.D. Moosa (2003)
|Theme Music||Chandranudikkunna Dikkil||1999||Sruthi||S Ramesan Nair|
|Onnaam Malakeri||Kalyaanaraaman||2002||Innocent, Lal, Kalabhavan Narayanankutty, Kochu Preman, Lalu Alex, Salim Kumar||Kaithapram|
|Saare saare||Thilakkam||2003||Sujatha Mohan, Dileep, Chorus||Kaithapram|
|Kandaal Njaanoru||Sound Thoma||2012||Solo||Nadirsha|
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