Kamal (director)

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Kamal
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Born Kamaluddin Mohammed Majeed
(1957-11-28) 28 November 1957 (age 57)
Mathilakam, Kodungallur, Thrissur, Kerala
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1981 - present
Spouse(s) Saburabi
Children Januse, Hanna
Parents K. M. Abdul Majeed and Sulaikhabhi [1]

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.

Early life[edit]

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.

Career[edit]

He started his career by scripting the film Thraasa,[2] directed by Padiyan in 1981. He also worked as an associate director in the film.[3]

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).[4]

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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

Awards[edit]

National Film Awards

Kerala State Film Awards

Filmography[edit]

As Producer[edit]

Film Director Year
Celluloid Himself 2013

As Associate Director[edit]

Film Director Year
Chillu Lenin Rajendran 1982
Oru Kochu Swapnam Vipin Das 1984
Aa Neram Alpadooram Thampi Kannanthanam 1985
Aviduthe pole Ivideyum K. S. Sethumadhavan 1985
Ayanam Harikumar 1985

Dialogues[edit]

Film Director Year
Aa Neram Alpadooram Thampi Kannanthanam 1985
Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu Himself 1997
Meghamalhar Himself 2001
Swapnakkoodu Himself 2003
Karutha Pakshikal Himself 2006
Minnaminnikoottam Himself 2008
Celluloid Himself 2013

Story[edit]

Film Director Year
Kadamba P. N. Menon 1983
Aarorumariyathe K. S. Sethumadhavan 1984
Unnikale Oru Kadha Parayam Himself 1987
Ee Puzhayum Kadannu Himself 1996
Gramaphone Himself 2002
Swapnakkoodu Himself 2003
Karutha Pakshikal Himself 2006
Minnaminnikoottam Himself 2008
Aagathan Himself 2010

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As Director[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 John Paul
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 nathan
1991 Pookkalam Varavayi Malayalam Jayaram, Murali, Shyamili, Sunitha, 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 Kamal
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 Madhuranombarakkattu Malayalam Biju Menon, Samyuktha Varma, Kavya Madhavan, Nedumudi Venu Raghunath Paleri
2001 Meghamalhar Malayalam Biju Menon, Samyuktha Varma, Siddique, Sreenath Kamal
2002 Piriyadha Varam Vendum Tamil Prashanth, Shalini Kamal
2002 Nammal Malayalam Jishnu, Siddharth, Bhavana, Renuka Menon, Suhasini, Innocent Kalavoor Ravikumar
2003 Gramaphone Malayalam Dileep, Meera Jasmin, Navya Nair, Murali, Salim Kumar Iqbal Kuttippuram
2003 Swapnakoodu Malayalam Kunchacko Boban, Prithviraj, Meera Jasmin, Bhavana, Jayasurya, Iqbal Kuttippuram
2004 Manjupole Oru Penkutty Malayalam Amritha Prakash, Jayakrishnan, Bhanupriya, Suresh Krishna Lalu Alex Kalavoor Ravikumar
2004 Perumazhakkalam Malayalam Dileep, Meera Jasmin, Kavya Madhavan, Vineeth, Biju Menon, Mamukkoya T.A Razzak
2005 Zameer: The Fire Within Hindi Ajay Devgan, Mahima Chaudhry, Amisha Patel Sreenivasan / Sanjay Masoom
2005 Rappakal Malayalam Mammootty, Nayanthara, Balachandra Menon, Geethu Mohandas, Vijayaraghavan T.A Razzak
2006 Pachakkuthira Malayalam Dileep, Gopika, Siddique, Salim Kumar T.A Shahid
2006 Karutha Pakshikal Malayalam Mammootty, Padmapriya, MeenaJagathy Kamal
2007 Goal Malayalam Renjit Menon, Aksha, Mukesh, Rahman, Muktha Kalavoor Ravikumar
2008 Minnaminnikoottam Malayalam Jayasurya, Narain, Indrajith, Meera Jasmin, Roma Kamal
2010 Aagathan Malayalam Dileep, Sathyaraj, Charmy KaurBiju Menon Kalavoor Ravikumar
2011 Gaddama Malayalam Sreenivasan, Kavya Madhavan, Murali Gopy, Suraj Venjaramoodu Kamal/K Gireesh Kumar
2011 Swapna Sanchari Malayalam Jayaram, Samvrutha Sunil K. Gireesh Kumar
2013 Celluloid Malayalam Prithviraj, Mamta Mohandas, Chandni Kamal
2013 Nadan Malayalam Jayaram, Remya Nambeeshan S. Sureshbabu

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.m3db.com/artists/20916
  2. ^ "Thraasam (1981)". malayalachalachithram.com. 2007-05-12. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0436382/bio
  4. ^ "Kamal elected FEFKA president". newindianexpress.com. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  5. ^ http://www.mathrubhumi.com/movies/interview/382161/
  6. ^ "Malayalam films have become commercial products: Kamal". Monsters and Critics. 2007-05-12. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  7. ^ "Celluloid Movie Review - Don't miss this one". entertainment.oneindia.in. February 17, 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  8. ^ http://www.m3db.com/artists/20916

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