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|Born||Kamaluddin Mohammed Majeed
28 November 1957
Mathilakam, Kodungallur, Thrissur, Kerala
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter|
|Years active||1981 - present|
Kamaluddin Mohammed Majeed, usually credited as Kamal, is an Indian film director, writer and producer who mainly works in Malayalam cinema. Having made films in every genre including comedy, romance, period and drama, he is arguably one of the most versatile filmmaker within the Malayalam film industry.
He was born on November 28, 1957 in Mathilakam, Kodungallur in Thrissur district of Kerala state. He started his career after his studies from Christ College Irinjalakuda and Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur.
His first film was Mizhineer Pookkal in 1986 and to date, he has directed more than 43 movies, among which include two non-Malayalam movies, one each in Tamil and Hindi. Apart from his role as a director, Kamal has held several prestigious administrative posts within the Malayalm film industry. He had previously acted as the general secretary of MACTA (Malayalam Cine Technicians Association) and has been an executive member of the Kerala Chalachitra Academy. He is currently the President of the Kerala Director’s Union (FEFKA).
Kamal is arguably the most versatile filmmaker within the Malayalam film industry, having made films in every genre including comedy, romance, period, with drama his forte. His celebrated career has seen many critically and commercially acclaimed films, usually on social and real issues. Another facet to note in his films, is the use of music, often classical Indian music, including ghazals and Hindustani.
His prominent movies include acclaimed films like Unnikale Oru Katha Parayam, Kakkothikavile Appooppan Thadikal, Thoovalsparsham, Ghazal, Ulladakam, Ee Puzhayam Kadannu Azhagiya Ravanan, Mazhayethum Munpe, Meghamalhar, Madhuranombarakaattu, Perumazhakkalam, Karutha Pakshikal, Khaddama and Celluloid. His interest in film-making led him to enroll at the Kalabharathi Film Institute in Thrissur.
Kamal’s latest film Celluloid (2013) is the biopic of J.C Daniel, the father of Malayalam cinema. Celluloid has been received with great critical and commercial acclaim in Kerala, cementing Kamal’s place as a stalwart in the industry. Critics have unanimously stated that the film is one of the best films made in recent times from Indian cinema.
- 2006 - National Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare : Karutha Pakshikal
- 2004 - National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues : Perumazhakkalam
- 2012 - National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam: Celluloid'
- 2012 - Kerala State Film Award for Best Film: Celluloid
- 2000 - Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Film: Madhuranombarakattu
- 2001 - Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Film: Meghamalhar'
- 1995 - Kerala State Film Award for Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value : Mazhayethum Munpe
- 2002 - Kerala State Film Award for Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value : Nammal
- 1991 - Kerala State Film Award for Best Director : Ulladakkam
- 2001 - Kerala State Film Award for Best Screenplay : Meghamalhar'
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- "Celluloid Movie Review - Don't miss this one". entertainment.oneindia.in. February 17, 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-18.
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