Amal Neerad

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Amal Neerad
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Amal Neerad
Born (1976-10-07) 7 October 1976 (age 42)
Kollam, Kerala, India
Alma materSatyajit Ray Film And Television Institute of India
OccupationCinematographer, Film director, Film producer
Years active2004–present
OrganizationAmal Neerad Productions
Spouse(s)Jyothirmayi (2015–present)

Amal Neerad (born 7 October 1976 to C. R. Omanakuttan in Kollam, Kerala, India) is an Indian cinematographer, film director, and producer. He is well known for his stylish cinematography. He attended the Satyajit Ray Film And Television Institute of India, Kolkata (first batch) and went on to film and direct several movies in India. He was awarded National Award in 2001 for best cinematography for the diploma film Meena Jha during graduation (short feature section).

Early life and family[edit]

Amal Neerad born in Kollam, moved to Kottayam and then settled in Ernakulam due to his father’s and mother’s profession. He attended school and college in Ernakulam.[1] At Maharaja's College, Ernakulam, he was the college union chairman (1992–93 and 1993–94) twice.[2] He won the first prize in photography in the Mahatma Gandhi University Youth Festival for three consecutive years.

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


In 1995 he joined Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute.[4] He was awarded with both National Award and Ajaykar Award for his work as a cinematographer. While a student in the institute, he won a scholarship to do a course in at the Babel Berg studio in Berlin. While there he shot a 35mm film called "Fourth World", which he wrote and filmed himself. This film was exhibited in India at the German Festival.

He worked as a cinematographer with Ram Gopal Varma's production company, where he did the cinematography for James, Darna Zaroori Hai and Shiva. After that he did the Malayalam film, Black.

In 2007, he made his directorial debut with the Malayalam film, Big B starring Mammootty and Nafisa Ali. His next film was Sagar Alias Jacky starring Mohanlal. The film saw the return of the iconic character Jacky from the 1987 film Irupatham Noottandu. The film had Shobhana and Bhavana as the female leads. In 2010, Amal worked with Prithviraj and Prakash Raj for the thriller Anwar.

Neerad launched his production company Amal Neerad Productions, in 2012. The company’s first production was the 2012 film Bachelor Party, which was directed by Amal Neerad himself. This was followed by an anthology film, 5 Sundarikal, with 5 different directors. Amal Neerad Productions, along with Fahad Faasil and Friends Pvt. Ltd., produced the period thriller Iyobinte Pustakam, starring Fahadh Faasil, Lal, Isha Sharvani, Jayasurya and Padmapriya, which was released in November 2014.

On 5 May 2017, Amal Neerad Productions has released CIA:Comrade In America directed by Amal Neerad, starring Dulquer Salmaan in the lead.


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 No 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 Received Kerala state award for best cinematography
2017 Comrade in America Malayalam Yes No Yes [5][6]
Mayanadhi Malayalam No No Yes Co-produced with Aashiq Abu
2018 Varathan Malayalam Yes No Yes Co-producing with Nazriya Nazim
2019 Trance Malayalam No Yes No
Bilal Malayalam Yes Sequel to Big B

Awards and recognitions[edit]

His film Iyobinte Pustakam bagged best film in 2014 Asianet Film Awards. [9]

2014 Kerala State Film Awards[10]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Aswin J Kumar (2011-04-11). "The 'Maharaja' is poor at maths". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2013-08-29.
  3. ^ "Amal Neerad marries Jyotirmayi". Rediff. 6 April 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Nagarajan, Saraswathy (2017-05-05). "The crossing". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  6. ^ "Dulquer Salmaan's connection to Che Guevara in Comrade in America revealed - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  7. ^ "Fahadh Faasil-Amal Neerad-Anwar Rasheed's film Trance's poster is here - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  8. ^ "Amal Neerad to plunge into Bilal after Trance". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  9. ^ 17th Asianet Film Awards
  10. ^ "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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