Kamal (director)

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Kamal
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Born Kamaluddin Mohammed Majeed
(1957-11-28) 28 November 1957 (age 56)
Mathilakam, kodungallur, Thrissur, Kerala
Occupation Director, Screenwriter
Years active 1981 - present
Spouse(s) Saburabi
Children Januse, Hanna

Kamaluddin Mohammed Majeed, usually credited as Kamal, is an Indian film director, writer and producer. 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. He started his career with the film ‘Thraasam’,[1] directed by Padiyan in 1981 as the script writer/ associate director.[2]

His first film was Mizhineer Pookkal in 1986 and to date, he has directed more than 43 movies, among which include 2 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).[3]

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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

Awards[edit]

National Film Awards

Kerala State Film Awards

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Language Cast Script Writer
1986 Mizhineerppoovukal Malayalam Mohanlal, Urvashi, Nedumudi Venu, Lizy John Paul
1987 Unnikale Oru Kadha Parayam Malayalam Mohanlal, Karthika , Thilakan, Innocent John Paul
1987 Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thaadikal Malayalam Revathy, Ambika , Sreeraman Fazil
1988 Orkkapurathu Malayalam Mohanlal, Ramyakrishnan, Nedumudi Venu , Sankaradi Renjith
1988 Unnikrishnante Adyathe Christmas Malayalam Jayaram, Sumalatha, Suresh Gopi, Sukumaran, Lizy (actress) Kaloor Dennis
1989 Peruvannapurathe Visheshangal Malayalam Jayaram, Parvathy, Mohanlal, Jagathi Sreekumar, Mamukkoya Renjith
1989 Pradeshika Vaarthakal Malayalam Jayaram, Parvathy, Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Siddique, Innocent Renjith
1990 Pavam Pavam Rajakumaran Malayalam Sreenivasan, Jayaram, Rekha, Siddique, Jagadish, Innocent Sreenivasan
1990 Thooval Sparsam Malayalam Jayaram, Mukesh, Saikumar, Suresh Gopi, Innocent, Urvashi Kaloor Dennis
1990 Shubhayathra Malayalam Jayaram, Parvathy, Jagadeesh, Innocent Renjith
1991 Pookkalam Varavayi Malayalam Jayaram, Murali, Shyamili, Rekha, Geetha Innocent, Renjith
1991 Vishnulokam Malayalam Mohanlal, Shanthikrishna, Nedumudi Venu, Urvashi, Murali T.A.Razzak
1991 Ulladakkam Malayalam Mohanlal, Shobhana, Amala, Murali, Innocent Cheriyan Kalpakavadi / P. Balachandran
1992 Ennodu Ishtam Koodamo Malayalam Mukesh, Madhoo, Siddique, Dileep Raghunath Paleri
1992 Aayushkalam Malayalam Jayaram, Mukesh, Sreenivasan, Saikumar, Maathu, Innocent Rajan Kiriyath-Vinu Kiriyath
1992 Champakulam Thachan Malayalam Murali, Vineeth, Rambha, Sreenivasan, Nedumudi Venu, Monisha Sreenivasan
1993 Ghazal Malayalam Vineeth, Mohini, Nedumudi Venu, Manoj K. Jayan, Thilakan T.A Razakk
1993 Bhoomigeetham Malayalam Murali, Geetha T.A Razzak
1995 Mazhayethum Munpe Malayalam Mammootty, Shobhana, Annie, Sreenivasan, Sankaradi, N. F. Varghese Sreenivasan
1996 Azhakiya Ravanan Malayalam Mammootty, Bhanupriya, Sreenivasan, Biju Menon, Innocent, Rajan P. Dev Sreenivasan
1996 Ee Puzhayum Kadannu Malayalam Dileep, Manju Warrier, Mohini, Biju Menon, N. F. Varghese, Bindu Panicker Shatrughnan
1997 Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu Malayalam Jayaram, Manju Warrier, Biju Menon, Jagadeesh, Balachandra Menon, Siddique Renjith
1998 Kaikudanna Nilavu Malayalam Jayaram, Dileep, Ranjitha, Shalini, Murali Renjith
1998 Ayal Kadha Ezhuthukayanu Malayalam Mohanlal, Nandini, Sreenivasan, Innocent, Siddique Sreenivasan
1999 Niram Malayalam Kunchacko Boban, Shalini, Jomol, Lalu Alex, Devan Shatrughnan
2000 Madhuranombarakattu Malayalam Biju Menon,Samyuktha Varma,Sreenivasan,Oduvil Unnikrishnan,K. P. A. C. Lalitha Raghunath Paleri
2001 Meghamalhar Malayalam Biju Menon,Samyuktha Varma,Sreenath,Poornima Indrajith Kamal
2001 Piriyadha Varam Vendum Tamil Prashanth,Shalini,Jomol Kamal,Perarasu
2002 Nammal Malayalam Sidharth Bharathan,Jishnu,Bhavana,Suhasini,Renuka Menon,Balachandra Menon,Vijeesh Kalavoor Ravikumar
2003 Gramaphone Malayalam Dileep,Meera Jasmine,Oduvil Unnikrishnan,Janardhanan,Revathi,Navya Nair Iqbal Kuttippuram
2003 Swapnakoodu Malayalam Prithviraj Sukumaran,Kunchacko Boban,Meera Jasmine,Jayasurya,Bhavana,Cochin Haneefa,Kalaranjini,Vijeesh Iqbal Kuttippuram,Kamal
2004 Manjupoloru Penkutti Malayalam Amrita,Jayakrishnan,Lalu Alex,Bhanupriya,Suresh Krissna,Meera Krishna Kalavoor Ravikumar
2004 Perumazhakkalam Malayalam Meera Jasmine,Kavya Madhavan,Dileep,Biju Menon,Vineeth,Mamukoya,Babu Namboothiri T.A.Razaq

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thraasam (1981)". malayalachalachithram.com. 2007-05-12. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0436382/bio
  3. ^ "Kamal elected FEFKA president". newindianexpress.com. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  4. ^ http://www.mathrubhumi.com/movies/interview/382161/
  5. ^ "Malayalam films have become commercial products: Kamal". Monsters and Critics. 2007-05-12. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  6. ^ "Celluloid Movie Review - Don't miss this one". entertainment.oneindia.in. February 17, 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 

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