Ashokan (actor)

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Born Ashokan A. E.
Haripad, Kerala, India
Residence Chennai
Nationality Indian
Occupation Film actor
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 , 2 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 was born as youngest among the four children to (both late) Samudayathil N. P. Unnithan and Azhakath Savithri on 23 May 1961 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] He lost his father when he was young, and was brought up by his mother. Ashokan completed his basic education at Chingoli L.P. School, Chingoli,Upper Primary Education completed in PMDUPS,Cheppad and High Schizo 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.



  • Sangeethika (Doordarshan)
  • Jwala (Doordarshan)
  • Samayam (asianet)
  • Valayam (Doordarshan)
  • Sathi (Doordarshan)
  • Kadamattathu Kathanar (Asianet)
  • Mahathma Gandhi colony (surya tv)
  • Sreeguruvayoorappan (Surya TV)
  • Devimahathmyam (Asianet)
  • CBI Diary (Mazhavil Manorama)


  1. ^ "Onam Special:Onam Special: Interview with Actor Ashokan". Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  3. ^ "I Personally-Kappatv". Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "അഭിമാനം വിറ്റ്‌ ജീവിക്കാറില്ല". 2015-09-28. Retrieved 2016-12-10. 
  5. ^ "The Largest Malayalam Online News Portal". Retrieved 2016-12-10. 
  6. ^ "Ashokan. A.E". Chennai Malayali Directory. 1967-05-23. Retrieved 2016-12-10. 
  7. ^ "Mangalam Varika 27-Aug-2012". 

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