Afzal Yusuf

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Afzal Yusuff
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Background information
Genres Film score, world music
Occupation(s) Composer, music director, keyboardist
Instruments Keyboard
Years active 2008–present

Afzal Yusuf is an Indian film composer who mainly works in Malayalam Film industry. Afzal is a visually challenged man. His former works include Chandranilekkoru Vazhi (2008), Calendar (2009 film), Orange (2010 Malayalam film), among which Chandranilekkoru Vazhi being his debut film as a music director.[1] He already has K.J. Yesudas, P. Jayachandran, Sadhana Sargam, Usha Uthup, Sonu Nigam, Kailash Kher and Shreya Ghosal crooning to his tunes.[2]


Afzal was a former associate of Malayalam music composer Bijibal. He made his entry into the music arena as a keyboard player. His debut film as a music director was Biju Varkey’s ‘Chandranilekkulla Vazhi’. The title song that he composed for the SRVC (Society for Rehabilitation of the Visually Challenged) campaign, put him into the lime light.[3] His most recent work is for the Mammootty starrer Emmanuel (film). Popular Indian singer Sonu Nigam rendered his first ever song in Malayalam language for this film. Kailash Kher, Usha Uthup, Sadhana Sargam and Mahesh Somasundaram have also lent their voices to the songs of the film. Presently he is composing music for Director Lal Jose, Director Padmakumar and many other directors. He is the first visually challenged music director to compose background score for a Malayalam movie. The movies are Immanuel and God for Sale.[4] Now, his music for Parankimala, the remake of the Bharathan hit, especially the Najim Arshad-Mridula Warrier duet, Mazhayil nirayum puzhapole… has gone viral.[5] Afzal Yusuf is steadily establishing his reputation in Malayalam cinema.[6] His upcoming works are Cartoon and Ee yathrayil.Now he is doing a Tamil movie (Title not yet conformed) Direct by Benny Thomas And Scprit and lyrics by Nagamaneci and produced by Asrif Perungadi.Shooting Now Progress in Coimbatore.He is currently working on a Malayalam movie named Theeram.


  • 2014 - Kerala State Special Jury Award 2013 for Music Direction (Movies : Immanuel & God for Sale)
  • 2014 - CERA BIG Malayalam Music Awards (92.7 BIG FM) - Best contribution in Music Direction (Movies : Immanuel & Pathiramanal)
  • 2014 - Thikkurushi Foundation Award - Popular Music Director (Movie : Immanuel)


Year Film Lyrics Other Note(s)
2008 Chandranilekkoru Vazhi Engandiyoor Chandrasekharan Debut film as music director
2009 Calendar Anil Panachooran
2010 Orange C. R. Menon Only one song, titled Vaanam Thanna sung by Cicily.
2011 1993 Bombay, March 12 Rafeeq Ahammed,Ragesh Thivari Mammootty Starrer film
2013 Ithu paathiramanal Sarath Vayalar A padmakumar film
2013 Emmanuel (film) Rafeeq Ahammed A Lal Jose - Mammootty Starrer film
2013 God for Sale Rafeeq Ahammed, Sarath Vayalar, MT Babu Janardhanan Film
2013 Parankimala Murugan Kattakada Senan Pallassery Film
2013 Call Me At Beeyar Prasad, Francis T with Tej Mervin
2014 Mylanchi Monchulla Veedu Rafeeq Ahammed Benny Thomas film
2016 Theeram Hari Narayanan, Aji Kaattur Saheed Arafath Film
2016 Ee Yathrayil Yusuff Ali Kechery Prasanth P Nair Film
2017 Engeyum Naan Eruppen (Tamil) Nakamaneci Debut Film in Tamil, Director Benny Thomas


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