Sathyan Anthikad

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Sathyan Anthikad
Born Anthikad, Thrissur, Kerala, India
Occupation Film director
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Nimmi Sathyan
Children 3

Sathyan Anthikad is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and lyricist best known for his family based Malayalam films.

Sathyan has created many critical and commercially successful films, especially when working with Sreenivasan as the scriptwriter. His popular films include T. P. Balagopalan M.A. (1986), Gandhinagar 2nd Street (1986), Nadodikkattu (1987), Varavelpu (1989), Mazhavilkavadi (1989), Sasneham (1990), Sandesam (1991), Santhanagopalam (1994), Thooval Kottaram (1996), Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal (1999), Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal (2000), Manassinakkare (2003), and Rasatanthram (2006). Actors Mohanlal and Jayaram embodied the typical Sathyan Anthikkad protagonist in most of the films. On the other hand, Sathyan Anthikad had tried making movies in different genres as well but because of their lower success rate at the box-office he hasn't pursued to make more of them. Some of his such films include Pappan Priyappetta Pappan (1986), Artham (1989), and Pingami (1994).[1]

Personal life[edit]

Satyan was born to M.V. Krishnan and M.K. Kalyani at Anthikad in Thrissur district of Kerala,.[2] He is married to Nimmi Sathyan and has three sons.[3]


In 1973, Sathyan debuted as an assistant director to Dr. Balakrishnan in Rekha Cine Arts.He was the Associate Director Of director P. Chandrakumar for more than twenty films till 1982.He also assisted director Jeassy in few films. Sathyan kickstarted his film direction with Kurukkante Kalyanam in 1982.[4] The legend has it that he started shooting his first film in 1981, named Chamayam.[5] Due to some unfortunate series of events this movie was never completed. He teamed up with Sreenivasan and made some of the most memorable films in Malayalam film history, with Sreenivasan as the screenwriter. Thalayanamanthram, Nadodikkattu and Sandesam are some of the films born from this team, covering socially relevant matters with a comic touch. Sathyan made two novels into films: Appunni starring Mohanlal (a film adaptation of V. K. N.'s novel) and Irattakkuttikalude Achan starring Jayaram and Manju Warrier (an adaptation of C. V. Balakrishnan's novel).[6] Of late, he has ventured into screenwriting and made films like Rasathanthram, Vinodayathra, Innathe Chintha Vishayam and Bhagyadevatha, with credits of story, dialogues and screenplay.

He is a favourite of family filmgoers because of his selection of plots in family-life backgrounds with social relevance and because of his comedic tastes.[4]

Recurring collaborators[edit]

Sathyan Anthikad often includes certain actors and technicians more than once in his films. Innocent holds the record of working in maximum films with Sathyan Anthikad. He rarely makes movies without Innocent in the cast. Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Mamukkoya, Nedumudi Venu and K. P. A. C. Lalitha are common cast in his films. His association with screenwriter and actor Sreenivasan's is one of the most successful combinations in Malayalam cinema. Among the lead actors, he has worked with Mohanlal the most, closely followed by Jayaram. The trio of Sathyan, Mohanlal and Sreenivasan have produced some of the most memorable hits in Malayalam cinema.

Either Vipin Mohan or Venu has served as cinematographer for almost all of Anthikkad's films. Johnson has provided music for most all his films till Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal. Their combination is said to be one of the most successful in Malayalam film history. Many memorable songs and film scores of nineties emerged from this combo. In Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal, Anthikkad roped in one of his favourite composers Ilaiyaraaja to compose music. However, he returned to Johnson himself for his next films Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka and Yathrakarude Sradhakku. He again brought back Ilaiyaraja in Manassinakkare, as Johnson took a sabattical from film scoring.



Year Title Cast Screenplay Music Composer
1982 Kurukkante Kalyanam Sukumaran, Jagathi Sreekumar, Madhavi, Mohanlal P. Balakrishnan Guna Singh
1983 Kinnaram Sukumaran, Nedumudi Venu, Poornima Jayaram, Mammootty P. Balakrishnan Kannur Rajan
1983 Mandanmar Londonil Sukumaran, Nedumudi Venu, Jalaja, Jagathi Sreekumar Dr Balakrishnan Shyam
1984 Veruthe Oru Pinakkam Nedumudi Venu, Poornima Jayaram Dr Balakrishnan Raveendran
1984 Appunni Nedumudi Venu, Bharath Gopi, Mohanlal, Menaka, Sukumari V. K. N. Kannur Rajan
1984 Kaliyil Alpam Karyam Mohanlal, Neelima, Nedumudi Venu, Rahman, Jagathi Sreekumar, Lizy Dr Balakrishnan Raveendran
1984 Aduthaduthu Thilakan, Karamana Janardanan Nair, Sukumari, Mohanlal, Rahman John Paul Raveendran
1985 Adhyayam Onnu Muthal Mohanlal, Madhavi John Paul Jerry Amaldev
Kannur Rajan
1985 Gaayathridevi Ente Amma Bharath Gopi, Mohanlal, Rahman, Seema Venu Nagavally Shyam
1986 Pappan Priyappetta Pappan Mohanlal, Rahman, Lizy, Nedumudi Venu Siddique-Lal Alleppey Ranganath
1986 T. P. Balagopalan M.A. Mohanlal, Shobana, Sreenivasan, Kuthiravattom Pappu Sreenivasan A. T. Ummer
1986 Revathikkoru Pavakkutty Bharath Gopi, Mohanlal, Radha, Menaka, Lizy John Paul Shyam
1986 Gandhinagar 2nd Street Mohanlal, Karthika, Sreenivasan, Mammootty, Seema, Janardhanan, Thilakan, KPAC Lalitha Sreenivasan Shyam
1986 Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam Mohanlal, Karthika, Sreenivasan, M.G. Soman, KPAC Lalitha, Thilakan Sreenivasan Jerry Amaldev
1987 Sreedharante Onnam Thirumurivu Mammootty, Sreenivasan, Neena Kurup, Innocent, Suresh Gopi, Sankaradi Sreenivasan Shyam
1987 Nadodikkattu Mohanlal, Sreenivasan, Thilakan, Shobhana, Innocent, Mamukkoya, Captain Raju Sreenivasan Shyam
1988 Kudumbapuranam Balachandra Menon, Thilakan, Ambika, Sreenivasan, Parvathy A. K. Lohithadas Mohan Sitara
1988 Pattanapravesham Mohanlal, Sreenivasan, Karamana Janardanan Nair, Thilakan, Ambika, Innocent, KPAC Lalitha Sreenivasan Shyam
1988 Ponmuttayidunna Tharavu Sreenivasan, Jayaram, Urvashi, Innocent, Karamana Janardanan Nair, KPAC Lalitha, Parvathy Raghunath Paleri Johnson
1989 Lal Americayil Mohanlal, Prem Nazir, Cochin Haneefa Cochin Haneefa Johnson
1989 Varavelpu Mohanlal, Revathi, Murali, Sreenivasan, Mamukkoya, Innocent, Jagadeesh, Oduvil Unnikrishnan Sreenivasan Johnson
1989 Artham Mammootty, Saranya Ponvannan, Jayaram, Murali, Sreenivasan, Parvathy Venu Nagavally Johnson
1989 Mazhavilkavadi Jayaram, Sithara, Urvashi, Innocent Raghunath Paleri Johnson
1990 Sasneham Balachandra Menon, Shobana, Innocent, KPAC Lalitha A. K. Lohithadas Johnson
1990 Kalikkalam Mammootty, Murali, Sreenivasan, Shobhana, Innocent, Lalu Alex, Philomina S. N. Swamy Johnson
1990 Thalayanamanthram Sreenivasan, Jayaram, Urvashi, Parvathy, Innocent, Mamukkoya, KPAC Lalitha, Sukumari Sreenivasan Johnson
1991 Ennum Nanmakal Sreenivasan, Jayaram, Shanthi Krishna, Innocent, Jagadish, Mamukkoya, Oduvil Unnikrishnan Raghunath Paleri Johnson
1991 Kanalkkattu Mammootty, Urvashi, Murali, Jayaram, Innocent, Mamukkoya, K. P. A. C. Lalitha A. K. Lohithadas Johnson
1991 Sandhesam Thilakan, Kaviyoor Ponnamma, Sreenivasan, Jayaram, Innocent, Mamukkoya, K. P. A. C. Lalitha, Siddique Sreenivasan Johnson
1992 My Dear Muthachan Thilakan, Jayaram, Murali, Sreenivasan, Innocent, K. P. A. C. Lalitha Sreenivasan Johnson
1992 Snehasagaram Murali, Manoj K Jayan, Sunitha, Urvashi, Innocent J. Pallassery Johnson
1993 Samooham Suhasini, Suresh Gopi, Sunitha, Manoj K Jayan, Sreenivasan, Nedumudi Venu, Mamukkoya, Vineeth J. Pallassery Johnson
1993 Golanthara Vartha Mammootty, Shobhana, Kanaka, Sreenivasan, Nedumudi Venu, Mamukkoya, Oduvil Unnikrishnan Sreenivasan Johnson
1994 Pingami Mohanlal, Sukumaran, Kanaka, Jagathi Sreekumar, Innocent, Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Devan Raghunath Paleri Johnson
1994 Santhanagopalam Balachandra Menon, Jagathi Sreekumar, jagadeesh, Thilakan, Kaviyoor Ponnamma Raghunath Paleri Johnson
1995 No. 1 Snehatheeram Banglore North Mammootty, Thilakan, Priya Raman, Innocent, Janardhanan Fazil Jerry Amaldev
1996 Thooval Kottaram Jayaram, Manju Warrier, Sukanya, Murali, Dileep, Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Mamukkoya A. K. Lohithadas Johnson
1997 Irattakuttikalude Achan Jayaram, Manju Warrier, Murali, Sreenivasan, Kavya Madhavan, Lalu Alex, Mamukkoya Sreenivasan Johnson
1997 Oral Mathram Mammootty, Shruti, Sreenivasan, Thilakan, Lalu Alex, Kavya Madhavan, Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Mamukkoya S. N. Swamy Johnson
1999 Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal Jayaram, Samyuktha Varma, Thilakan, K. P. A. C. Lalitha, Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Mamukkoya, Siddique A. K. Lohithadas Johnson
2000 Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal Jayaram, Lakshmi Gopalaswamy, Kavya Madhavan, Innocent, Oduvil Unnikrishnan, K. P. A. C. Lalitha, Siddique C.V.Balakrishnan Ilaiyaraaja
2001 Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka Kunchacko Boban, Samyuktha Varma, Asin, Sreenivasan, Innocent, Oduvil Unnikrishnan, K. P. A. C. Lalitha, Parthiban Sreenivasan Johnson
2002 Yathrakarude Sradhakku Jayaram, Soundarya, Sreenivasan, Innocent, Mamukkoya, Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Siddique, Nedumudi Venu Sreenivasan Johnson
2003 Manassinakkare Jayaram, Sheela, Nayanthara, Innocent, Mamukkoya, Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Nedumudi Venu, K. P. A. C. Lalitha Ranjan Pramod Ilaiyaraaja
2005 Achuvinte Amma Narain, Urvashi, Meera Jasmine, Innocent, Oduvil Unnikrishnan, K. P. A. C. Lalitha Ranjan Pramod Ilaiyaraaja
2006 Rasathanthram Mohanlal, Meera Jasmine, Bharath Gopi, Mukesh, Jagathi Sreekumar, Innocent, Mamukkoya, Oduvil Unnikrishnan, K. P. A. C. Lalitha Sathyan Anthikkad Ilaiyaraaja
2007 Vinodayathra Dileep, Meera Jasmine, Mukesh, Murali, Innocent, Mamukkoya, Nedumudi Venu, K. P. A. C. Lalitha Sathyan Anthikkad Ilaiyaraaja
2008 Innathe Chintha Vishayam Mohanlal, Meera Jasmine, Mukesh, Ashokan, Vijayaraghavan, Sukanya, Mohini, Innocent, Mamukkoya Sathyan Anthikkad Ilaiyaraaja
2009 Bhagyadevatha Jayaram, Kaniha, Narain, Innocent, Mamukkoya, Nedumudi Venu, K. P. A. C. Lalitha, Venu Nagavalli Sathyan Anthikkad Ilaiyaraaja
2010 Kadha Thudarunnu Jayaram, Asif Ali, Mamta Mohandas, Mamukkoya, Innocent, K. P. A. C. Lalitha Sathyan Anthikkad Ilaiyaraaja
2011 Snehaveedu Mohanlal, Sheela, Padmapriya, Innocent, Biju Menon Sathyan Anthikkad Ilaiyaraaja
2012 Puthiya Theerangal Nivin Pauly, Nedumudi Venu, Namitha Pramod, Innocent Benny P Nayarambalam Ilaiyaraaja
2013 Oru Indian Pranayakatha Fahadh Faasil, Amala Paul, Innocent, Prakash Bare, MG Sasi, Lakshmi Gopalaswami Ikbal Kuttipuram Vidyasagar
2015 Ennum Eppozhum Mohanlal, Manju Warrier, Innocent, Lena, Reenu Mathews Ranjan Pramod Vidyasagar


As a lyricist, Sathyan has penned about 100 popular Malayalam film songs, including the following:

  • "Oru Nimisham Tharoo Ninnilaliyan" (Sindooram, 1976, Composer: A.T. Ummer)
  • "Pooveyil mayangum ponnushashin" (Saritha, 1977, Composer: Shyam)
  • "Yaminee Neeyunaroo" (Agni Vyooham, 1979, Composer: A.T. Ummer)
  • "Tharake Mizhiyithalil Kanneerumayi" (Choola, 1979, Composer: Raveendran)
  • "Manasa Devi" (Dhruvasangamam, 1981, Composer: Raveendran)
  • "Sharathkaala Megham" (Dhruvasangamam, 1981, Composer: Raveendran)
  • "O Mridule" (Njan Ekananu, 1982, Composer: M.G. Radhakrishnan)
  • "Pranaya Vasantham Thaliraniyumbol" (Njan Ekananu, 1982, Composer: M.G. Radhakrishnan)
  • "Kannodu Kannaya Swapnangal" (Kaliyil Alpam Karyam, 1984, Composer: Raveendran)
  • "Manatharil Ennum" (Kaliyil Alpam Karyam, 1984, Composer: Raveendran)
  • "Manasse Ninte Maninoopurangal" (Veruthe Oru Pinakkam, 1984, Composer: Raveendran)
  • "Aalolam Chanchadum" (Aduthaduthu, 1984, Composer: Raveendran)
  • "Illikkadum Chellakkattum" (Aduthaduthu, 1984, Composer: Raveendran)
  • "Thanka Noopuramo" (Thooval Kottaram, 1996, Composer: Johnson)
  • "Viswam Kakkunna Nadha" (Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal, 1999, Composer: Johnson)


  • TP Baalagopaalan MA (1986)[7]
  • Sanmanassullavarkku Samaadhaanam (1986)
  • Sreedharante Onnaam Thirumurivu (1987)
  • Rasathanthram (2006)
  • Vinodayaathra (2007)
  • Innathe Chinthavishayam (2008)
  • Bhaagyadevatha (2009)
  • Kadha Thudarunnu (2010)
  • Snehaveedu (2011)


  • Rasathanthram (2006)
  • Vinodayaathra (2007)
  • Innathe Chinthavishayam (2008)
  • Kadha Thudarunnu (2010)
  • Snehaveedu (2011)


  • Rasathanthram (2006)
  • Vinodayaathra (2007)
  • Innathe Chinthavishayam (2008)
  • Kadha Thudarunnu (2010)
  • Snehaveedu (2011)


National Film Awards[edit]

Kerala State Film Awards[edit]

Filmfare Awards[edit]

Asianet Film Awards[edit]

Mathrubhumi Film Awards[edit]


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