Ashokan (actor)

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Not to be confused with the Tamil actor Asokan.
Born Ashokan A. E.
Haripad, Kerala, India
Residence Chennai
Years active 1978–present
Spouse(s) Sreeja
Children Karthiyayani
Parent(s) Samudayathil N.P.Unnithan , Azhakath Savithri

Ashokan is Malayalam actor who is best known for his roles in Peruvazhiyambalam, In Harihar Nagar and Amaram.[1]


He made his debut in 1979 in Peruvazhiyambalam, directed by Padmarajan, where he played a 15-year-old boy who becomes a fugitive after killing a bully. This was followed by star turns in Padmarajan's films Arappatta Kettiya Gramathil (1986), Thoovanathumbikal (1987) and Moonnam Pakkam (1988).He did the main role in Anantaram a film by Adoor Gopalakrishnan.[2] He acted in the NFDC film Parinamam (The Change) (2003), directed by P. Venu that won the Best Screenplay Award in the Ashdod International Film Festival held in Israel. In his early career he aspired to be a playback singer.[3] With a clear talent for singing, he has hosted various film-song-based programs on television.

Personal life[edit]

Ashokan is born as last among the four children to Samudayathil N. P. Unnithan Nair and Azhakath Savithri on 23rd May 1967 at Cheppad, Alappuzha.[4] His father was a public prosecutor at CBI and his mother was a housewife. He has three brothers, Radhakrishnan Unnithan, Prasanna Kumar and Hari Kumar.[5] Ashokan completed his basic education at Chingoli L.P. School, Chingoli and High School education at St.Thomas H. S. Karthikapally. He graduated in Arts from T.K. Madhava Memorial (TKMM) College, Nangiarkulangara, Haripad. He was studying for pre degree first year when he was offered role a in Peruvazhiyambalam.[6]

He is married to Sreeja and has a daughter, Karthiyayani.[7] They currently reside in Chennai.



  • Chalanam (Vijay TV)
  • Sangeethika (Doordarshan)
  • Mahathmagandi colony (surya tv)
  • samayam(asianet)
  • sathi(Dooradarshan)


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