Asiq Punnakkaparambil Aboo
12 April 1978
|Occupation||Film director, producer|
|Years active||2009 – present|
|Spouse(s)||Rima Kallingal (2013 - present)|
|Awards||Kerala State Film Awards: Best Popular Film for Salt N' Pepper (2011)|
Aashiq Abu started as an ad filmmaker. He made his directional debut with Daddy Cool (2009). He is best known for his films Salt N' Pepper (2011), 22 Female Kottayam (2012), and Mayaanadhi (2017). Aashiq is known for his collaboration with screenwriters Syam Pushkaran and Dileesh Nair.
Aashiq Abu produces and distributes under the banner OPM and OPM Dream Mill Cinemas. He is the director of Papaya Media Designs Pvt Ltd and Dream Mill Cinemas and Entertainment Pvt Ltd. OPM produced Dileesh Pothan's directional debut Maheshinte Prathikaaram (2016), which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam.
Aashiq Abu was born in Edappally, Kerala to C. M. Abu, and Jameela Abu. Aashiq Abu completed his school education from SRV High School, Kochi. As a pre-degree student at Maharajas College, he was elected to the Students' Union, and was a union member for four consecutive years. Aashiq married actress Rima Kallingal on 1 November 2013, in a simple function held in Kakkanad Registration office, Kochi.
After working as an assistant director to Malayalam film director Kamal  for about five years, Aashiq made his directorial debut with Daddy Cool in 2009 starring Mammootty. Salt N' Pepper was his second directorial effort. Salt N' Pepper’s Tamil, Telugu and Hindi remake rights was bought by actor-director Prakash Raj. In 2012, he directed 22 Female Kottayam which was followed by Da Thadiya, Gangster and Rani Padmini. Aashiq Abu has also done a short film, Lost in Bangalore for Mathrubhumi. His latest film Mayaanadhi (2017) released to widespread acclaim and has been described as his best film yet.
Aashiq Abu has done ad films for Joyalukkas group, Mathrubhumi, Panasonic, Lulu Group, Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group, Media One TV and Club 7. OPM (Original Pixels in Motion) Cinemas led by Aashiq Abu is a production house launched in October 2012. In 2015, Aashiq Abu had been hired by UAE exchange group to direct their ad campaign starring Malayalam actors Jayasurya and Fahad Fasil.
Awards and recognitions
Salt N' Pepper, won him the Best Director and/or Popular Director awards on various stages. Apart from these, the film also received awards in various other categories at the 2011 Asianet, Surya, Vanita, Mathrubhumi and Asia Vision Film Awards, and made the top notch news in many media and press reviews. It also won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Popular Film. He won the Mohan Raghavan Award for Best Director in 2012 for 22 Female Kottayam.His latest movie is Mayaanadhi. For producing Maheshinte Prathikaaram, he also won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value. He also won a Special Award at the Asianet Film Awards.
|2016||Maheshinte Prathikaaram||Dileesh Pothan|
|2006||Rappakal||Kamal||As a 'Photographer'|
|2012||Theevram||Roopesh Peethambaran||Cameo as himself|
|2013||Annayum Rasoolum||Rajeev Ravi||Rasool's brother Hyder|
|2014||Iyobinte Pusthakam||Amal Neerad||P. J. Antony|
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