Amal Neerad

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Amal Neerad
Amal neerad.jpg
Amal in 2009
Born (1976-10-07) 7 October 1976 (age 46)
Kollam, Kerala, India
Alma mater
Years active2004–present
OrganizationAmal Neerad Productions
(m. 2015)
Parent(s)C. R. Omanakuttan (father)
S Hemalatha (mother)

Amal Neerad (born on 7 October 1976) is an Indian film director, cinematographer and producer who mainly works in Malayalam Cinema. He attended the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata (first batch). He was awarded the National Film Award for Best Cinematography (special mention) in 2001 for his diploma film Meena Jha (short feature section).

He started his career shooting music videos, documentaries and ads. It was his Diploma film that brought him to the attention of Ram Gopal Verma and his team. Neerad moved into Hindi Cinema with three back to back films; James (2004), Darna Zaroori Hai (2006) and Shiva (2006). In 2004, he also shot the Malayalam Film 'Black'.

Back in Malayalam Cinema, paths were being opened for new filmmakers collaborating with superstars like Mammootty whom he had met during the shoot of 'Black'. That fateful meeting resulted in his debut directorial venture, the now Cult Classic movie Big B (2007). The stylish narrative and technical brilliance also brought together a team of fresh technicians and minds on board, like writer Unni R., music director Gopi Sundar, cinematographer Sameer Thahir, asst. cinematographers Jomon T. John and Shyju Khalid, editor Vivek Harshan etc. revolutionising Malayalam Cinema of the new decade. He has since then gone on to direct and shoot and produce and distribute many critically and commercially successful Malayalam movies.

Early and personal life[edit]

Amal Neerad born in Kollam, Kerala. He attended school and college in Kochi.[1] He was the college union chairman of Maharaja's College, Ernakulam in two consecutive terms (1992–93 and 1993–94). [2]

He married actress Jyothirmayi on 4 April 2015.[3]


Amal joined Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute in 1995.[4] He is a winner of National Film Awards for best cinematography. After his graduation from the institute he worked as a cinematographer with Ram Gopal Varma's production company for the films such as James, Darna Zaroori Hai and Shiva. His debut movie in Malayalam as cinematographer was Black, directed by Ranjith.

In 2007, he made his directorial debut Big B starring Mammootty and Shereveer Vakil. Even though the movie was an average grosser at the box office, the stylish narrative and technical brilliance that the film possessed apparently gave the movie an iconic stature and cult following.[5][6][7][8][9] His next film was Sagar Alias Jacky starring Mohanlal, a sequel of 1987 film Irupatham Noottandu. In 2010, He directed Anwar with Prithviraj and Prakash Raj in lead roles.

Amal Neerad launched his production company Amal Neerad Productions through the 2012 film Bachelor Party directed by himself. In 2013, he produced the anthology film, 5 Sundarikal. Amal directed the segment Kullante Bharya starred Dulquer Salmaan and handled camera for the segment Aami, directed by Anwar Rasheed. He directed and co-produced (with Fahad Faasil) the period thriller Iyobinte Pustakam starring Fahadh Faasil, Lal, and Jayasurya in 2014. In 2017, he produced and directed Comrade In America starring Dulquer Salmaan. He later directed Fahadh Faasil starred Varathan in 2018. The movie was jointly produced by Neerad and Fahadh Faasil. Amal joined hands with Anwar Rasheed again as a cinematographer for the movie Trance, starring Fahadh Faasil.[10] Later, he joined Mammootty again after 15 years for the movie Bheeshma Parvam which emerged as one of the biggest hits in Mollywood industry.


Year Title Language Director Cinematographer Producer Notes
2004 Black Malayalam No Yes No
2005 James Hindi No Yes No
2006 Shiva Hindi No Yes No
2006 Darna Zaroori Hai Hindi No Yes No
2007 Big B Malayalam Yes Yes No
2009 Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded Malayalam Yes Yes No
2010 Anwar Malayalam Yes No No
2010 Tournament Malayalam No Yes No A song only (Nila Nila).
2012 Bachelor Party Malayalam Yes Yes Yes
2013 5 Sundarikal Malayalam Yes Yes Yes Anthology film.
Director of "Kullante Bharya".
Cinematographer of "Aami"
2014 Iyobinte Pustakam Malayalam Yes Yes Yes Winner: Kerala state film award for best cinematography
2017 Comrade in America Malayalam Yes No Yes [11][12]
2018 Varathan Malayalam Yes No Yes Co-produced with Nazriya Nazim
2020 Trance Malayalam No Yes No
2022 Bheeshma Parvam Malayalam Yes No Yes Also co-writer
2023 Bilal Malayalam Yes No Yes [13][14]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

His film Iyobinte Pustakam bagged best film in 2014 Asianet Film Awards. [15]

2014 Kerala State Film Awards[16]


  1. ^ "യഥാര്‍ഥ ചിത്രങ്ങള്‍ , Interview - Mathrubhumi Movies". Archived from the original on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  2. ^ Aswin J Kumar (11 April 2011). "The 'Maharaja' is poor at maths". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Amal Neerad marries Jyotirmayi". Rediff. 6 April 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  4. ^ "പാപം ചെയ്യാത്തവരുടെ കല്ലെറിയല്‍ , Interview - Mathrubhumi Movies". Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Mammootty's 'Big B': Revisiting Malayalam cinema's cult action film". 3 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Mammootty's Bilal: Here's an Exciting Update on the Star Cast of the Project!". 13 February 2020.
  7. ^ "10 years of Big B: "Mammootty changed our lives" says Amal Neerad". 13 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Big-B". Archived from the original on 27 February 2020.
  9. ^ "10 Years of Mammootty's Big B: Here Are the Film's Big Contributions to the Industry!". 13 April 2017.
  10. ^ Kumar, P. k Ajith (12 September 2019). "High expectations over 'Trance'". The Hindu.
  11. ^ Nagarajan, Saraswathy (5 May 2017). "The crossing". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  12. ^ "Dulquer Salmaan's connection to Che Guevara in Comrade in America revealed – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Fahadh Faasil-Amal Neerad-Anwar Rasheed's film Trance's poster is here – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  14. ^ "Amal Neerad to plunge into Bilal after Trance". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  15. ^ 17th Asianet Film Awards
  16. ^ "State Film Awards: Nazriya, Nivin, Sudhev bag top honours". Malayala Manorama. 10 August 2015. Archived from the original on 11 August 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015.

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