Aashiq Abu

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Aashiq Abu
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Asiq Punnakkaparambil Aboo[1]

(1978-04-12) 12 April 1978 (age 40)
OccupationFilm director, producer
Years active2009 – present
Spouse(s)Rima Kallingal (2013 - present)
AwardsKerala State Film Awards: Best Popular Film for Salt N' Pepper (2011)

Aashiq Abu (born 12 April 1978) is an Indian film director, producer, actor, and distributor, who works in Malayalam cinema.

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).[2] 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.

Personal life[edit]

Aashiq Abu was born in Edappally, Kerala[3] 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.[4]

Film career[edit]

After working as an assistant director to Malayalam film director Kamal [3] 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.[5]

Ad films[edit]

Aashiq Abu has done ad films for Joyalukkas group, Mathrubhumi, Panasonic, Lulu Group, Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group, Media One TV[6] 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[edit]

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.


As director[edit]

Year Film Actors Notes
2009 Daddy Cool Mammootty
2011 Salt N' Pepper Lal, Shweta Menon, Asif Ali (actor) Kerala State Film Award for Best Popular Film
Asiavision Movie Award for Best Family Movie
Mathrubhumi Film Award for Best Path Breaking Movie of the Year
Amrita Film Award for Best Film
2012 22 Female Kottayam Fahad Fasil, Rima Kallingal Mohan Raghavan Award for Best Director
Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Director
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Director
2012 Da Thadiya Nivin Pauly, Sreenath Bhasi
2013 Anchu Sundharikal Kavya Madhavan Segment: Gauri
2013 Idukki Gold Maniyanpilla Raju, Babu Antony, Pratap K. Pothen, Vijayaraghavan
2014 Gangster Mammootty Under his own production house OPM Media Mill.
2015 Rani Padmini Manju Warrier, Rima Kallingal Under the production fort entertainment.
2017 Mayaanadhi Tovino Thomas, Aiswarya Co-producing with Amal Neerad
2019 Virus Revathi, Asif Ali, Rima Kallingal, Tovino Thomas, Parvathy Thiruvoth, Kalidas Jayaram, Remya Nambeeshan, Soubin Shahir, Dileesh Pothan, Chemban Vinod Announced [7]

As producer[edit]

Year Film Director
2014 Gangster Himself
2016 Maheshinte Prathikaaram Dileesh Pothan

As actor[edit]

Year Film Director Notes
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
2017 Parava Soubin Shahir S.I.


  1. ^ "ASIQ PUNNAKKAPARAMBIL ABOO Director Profile". Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2013-12-12.
  3. ^ a b "Bold and TRENDY"
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-15. Retrieved 2013-12-14.
  5. ^ "Magic of love, life, and all in between". The Hindu. 24 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Aashiq Abu". www.facebook.com.
  7. ^ "Aashiq Abu announces his new movie named Virus, indicates a story about Nipah Virus in Kerala". malayalam.indianexpress.com.

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