Geetu Mohandas

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Geetu Mohandas
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Born Gayathri Mohandas
(1981-02-14) 14 February 1981 (age 33)
Kannur, India
Other names Geetu
Occupation Film director, actress
Years active 1986 – present
Spouse(s) Rajeev Ravi (2009 – present)
Children Aradhana
Awards Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist (1986), Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress (2004)

Geetu Mohandas (Malayalam: ഗീതു മോഹന്‍ദാസ്, born 14 February 1981) is an Indian film actress and director known for her works in Malayalam cinema and Bollywood.[1][2] In 2013, she directed the socio political film Liar's Dice which has received two National Film Awards, was premiered at Sundance Film Festival,[3] and has been chosen as India's entry for the U.S. 2015 Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars.[4]

Career[edit]

Geetu's actual name is Gayathri Mohandas.[5] Affectionately called Geetu by her family, the name was adopted as her screen name when she starred in her first movie Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare in 1986 with Mohanlal in the lead role. Geetu was five years old then and captured the hearts of Malayalam filmgoers as a fatherless child who discovers a father in an anonymous telephone caller.[6] She acted in the top grosser En Bommukutty Ammavukku as the title role, which was the Tamil remake of Fazil's Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku (Malayalam) done by Baby Shalini in the title role.[7] Geetu's first movie as an adult was Life is Beautiful starring Mohanlal in the lead. She went on to act in Thenkasi Pattanam, Valkannadi, Namma Thammil and several other Malayalam movies. The high point of her career was Akale directed by Shyamaprasad, and produced by Tom George Kolath which won her the Kerala State Award for Best Actress in 2004. Geetu also won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam, for her role as Rose, in Akale.

Her first directorial venture was Kelkkunnundo which won recognition at several film festivals. Geetu's second directorial venture Liar's Dice received its world premiere at 2013 Mumbai Film Festival and went on to screen at Sundance Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam. It won a special jury award at Sofia International Film Festival.[8]

Personal life[edit]

On 14 November 2009, she married cinematographer Rajeev Ravi.[9] The wedding took place at night in Kochi, in Kerala, India. The couple have a daughter, Aradhana.

Awards[edit]

Kerala State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards
  • 2001: Best Actress – Shesham
  • 2004: Special Jury Award – Akale
Mathrubhumi, Medimix film awards
  • 2004: Best character Actress – Akale

Filmography[edit]

As Actor[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
1986 Onnu Muthal Poojaym Vare Deepa Malayalam Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist
1986 Sayam Sandhya Vinu Mol Malayalam
1986 Veendum Anju Malayalam
1986 Rareeram Geethu Malayalam
1988 En Bommukutty Ammavukku Tinnu Tamil
2000 Life Is Beautiful Bala Malayalam
2000 Thenkasipattanam Sangeetha Malayalam
2002 Valkannadi Devu Malayalam
2002 Sesham Meera Malayalam
2002 Pakalpooram Ghost Malayalam
2002 Krishna Gopalakrishna Gayathri Malayalam
2002 Kannaki Kumudam Malayalam
2002 Kakke Kakke Koodevide Sudharma Malayalam
2003 Sahodaran Sahadevan Arathi Malayalam
2003 Mullavalliyum Thenmavum Eva Cherian Malayalam
2003 Shinkari Bolona Maya Malayalam
2003 Choonda Mohini Varma/Archana Malayalam
2003 Nala Damayanthi Damayanthi Tamil
2004 Oridam No name in the movie Malayalam
2004 Thudakkam Karthika Malayalam
2004 Akale Rose Malayalam Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam
2005 Ullam Radha Malayalam
2005 Rappakal Malavika Varma Malayalam
2005 Pauran Annie Malayalam
2006 Poi Ramya Tamil
2007 Bharathan Effect Geetha Malayalam
2007 Thakarachenda Latha Malayalam
2007 Naalu Pennungal The Virgin Malayalam aka Four Women (Canada: English title: festival title)
2008 Akasha Gopuram Catherine Malayalam
2009 Seetha Kalyanam Abhirami Malayalam
2009 Nammal Thammil Anu Malayalam

As Director[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
2009 Kelkkunnundo Malayalam Short Film
"Received the Golden Lamp Tree" award
Received the award for the Best Short Fiction[10]
2014 Liar's Dice Hindi Special Jury award at the 18th Sofia International Film Festival
Received two National Film Awards

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