|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 (1998–present)|
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 Dilip 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.
The blockbusters Meesa Madhavan (2002) and Chanthupottu (2005) were two of the most significant films in Dileep's career. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his role as Madhavan in the former. He won his first Kerala State Film Award (Special Jury) for his performance in Kunjikoonan (2002). His film Bodyguard (2010) was remade into four different Indian languages. Other major films in the actor's career include Joker (2000), Thenkasipattanam (2000), Ishtam (2001), Perumazhakkalam (2004), Runway (2004), Lion (2006), Vinodayathra (2007), Calcutta News (2008), Passenger (2009), Mayamohini (2012), My Boss (2012) and Sound Thoma (2013).
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, along 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 Kamal'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), starring Mammootty, 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 (2002), 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).
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 2010s, Dileep starred in Bodyguard, Aagathan and Pappy Appacha. Bodyguard was later remade into Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada languages. His production venture Malarvadi Arts Club, directed by Vineeth Sreenivasan. In 2010, he also starred in Kaaryasthan. In 2011, he starred in Marykkundoru Kunjaadu, Christian Brothers, China Town. In 2011, he also starredOrma Mathram, The Filmstaar and Vellaripravinte Changathi for which he won his first Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor.
His first release in 2013 was Kammath & Kammath. He played the lead role in Vyshakh's Sound Thoma which released on April 5. He also has another few projects lined up, including Viji Thampi's Nadodimannan and Kodi Ramakrishna's Telugu biopic Baba Sathya Sai , an untitled Anwar Rasheed movie which will be produced under Amal Neerad productions , Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal which will be directing by Lal Jose and scripted by James Albert , an untitled movie directing by Boban Samuel which will be shoot in Kashmir this year end and Saddam Sivan directing by veteran director Joshiy.
- 2011 - Best Actor for Vellaripravinte Changathi
- 2005 - Special Jury Award for Chanthupottu
- 2004 - Second Best Film (Producer) for Kathavasheshan
- 2002 - Special Jury Award for Kunjikoonan
- 2004 - Best Actor Award for Kathavasheshan
- 2002 - Best Actor Award for Kunjikoonan
- 2000 - Best Supporting Actor Award for Joker
Mathrubhumi Film Awards
- 2010 - Most Popular Actor Award for "Paappi Appacha, Kaaryasthan, Marykkundoru Kunjaadu"
- 2002 - Best Actor Award for Kunjikoonan
- 2001 - Best Popular Actor Award for Joker
- 2010 - Most Popular Actor Award for Kaaryasthan, Bodyguard, Pappy Appacha and Marykkundoru Kunjaadu
- 2008 - Best Film Award (Producer) for Twenty:20
- 2002 - Best Actor Award for Kunjikoonan
- 2002 - Best Star Pair Award for Meesa Madhavan
- 2011 - Best Actor Award for Orma Mathram
- 2013 - P Bhaskaran Foundation Award for Best Actor
- 2012 - Amritha Film Award For Most Popular Actor
- 2010 - Amrita-FEFKA Film Award for Most Popular Actor
- 2013 - Jaihind TV Film Award's "Best Actor" For "Arike" & "Mayamohini"
- 2013 - Bharath Murali Foundation Film Award's "Best Actor" For "Arike" & "Mayamohini"
- 2010 - Jaihind TV Film Award's Chalachithra Prathibha Puraskaram
- 2006 - JC Foundation Special Jury Award for Chanthupottu
- Sathyan Memorial Award
|2013||Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal||Laljose||Eby|
|2013||Kadal Kadannoru Mathukkutty||Ranjith||Cameo as Himself|
|2013||Sound Thoma||Vyshakh||Plapparambil Thoma|
|2013||Kammath & Kammath||Thomson K.Thomas||Deva Raja Kammath|
|2012||My Boss||Jeethu Joseph||Manu Varma|
|2012||Mr. Marumakan||Sandhya Mohan||Ashok Raj/Ashok Chakravarthy|
|2012||Spanish Masala||Lal Jose||Charlie|
|2011||Vellaripravinte Changathi||Akku Akbar||Mukkom Shajahan/ Ravi|
|2011||Orma Mathram||Madhu Kaithapram||Ajayan|
|2011||The Filmstaar||Sanjeev Raj||Nandagopan|
|2011||China Town||Rafi Mecartin||Binoy|
|2011||Christian Brothers||Joshi||Joji Vargheese Mapilla|
|2011||The Metro||Bipin Prabhakar||As the Narrator|
|2010||Marykkundoru Kunjaadu||Shafi||Kunjaadu Solomon|
|2010||Kaaryasthan||Thomson K. Thomas||Krishnanunni|
|2010||Paappi Appacha||Mammas Chandran||Nirappel Pappy|
|2009||Moz & Cat||Fazil||Moz.D.Samuel|
|2009||Passenger||Ranjith Sankar||Adv. Nandan Menon|
|2009||Kerala Cafe||M Padmakumar||Johnykutty|
|2009||Swantham Lekhakan||P. Sukumar||Unni Madhavan|
|2008||Calcutta News||Blessy||Ajith Thomas|
|2008||Crazy Gopalan||Deepu Karunakaran kannur||Gopalan|
|2007||Inspector Garud||Johny Antony||Madhavankutty|
|2007||July 4||Joshi||Gokul Das|
|2006||Chakkara Muthu||A. K. Lohithadas||Aravindan|
|2006||The Don||Shaji Kailas||Unnikrishnan/Salaam|
|2005||Kochi Rajavu||Johny Antony||Unni/Surya Narayana Varma|
|2004||Runway||Joshiy||Unni Damodar/Valayar Paramashivam|
|2004||Thekkekara Super Fast||Thaha||Benny Pukkattuparambil|
|2004||Kathavasheshan||T V Chandran||Gopinath|
|2003||Sadanandante Samayam||Akbar Jose||Sadanandan|
|2003||C.I.D. Moosa||Johny Antony||Sahadevan/ CID Moosa|
|2003||War and Love||Vinayan||Gopi|
|2003||Pattanathil Sundaran||Vipin Mohan||Sundareshan|
|2002||Meesa Madhavan||Lal Jose||Madhavan Nair|
|2001||Soothradharan||A. K. Lohithadas||Rameshan|
|2001||Ee Parakkum Thalika||Thaha||Unnikrishnan|
|2001||Ishtam||Sibi Malayil||Pavan K. Menon|
|2000||Mister Butler||Sasi Shankar||Gopalakrishnan|
Films in other languages
- 2002 Raajjiyam, as Manojkumar
- Ee Puzhayum Kadannu (1997)
- Manthramothiram (1997)
- Mazhayethum Munpe (1995)
- Champakulam Thachan (1992)
- Ennodishtam Koodamo (1992)
- Ulladakkam (1991)
- Vishnu Lokam (1991)
- Valayar Paramasivam (2014)
- The Metro (2011)
- Malarvadi Arts Club (2010)
- Twenty:20 (2008)
- Pandippada (2005)
- Kathavasheshan (2004)
- C.I.D. Moosa (2003)
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