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BornGopalakrishnan Padmanabhan Pillai
(1967-10-27) 27 October 1967 (age 51)
Edavanakad, Kerala, India
ResidenceAluva, Kerala
Alma materMahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala
OccupationActor, producer, businessman
Years active1991–present

Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan Pillai, best known by his stage name, Dileep, is an Indian film actor, mimicry artist, producer, assistant director, and businessman.[1]

Dileep attained popularity through his mimicry acts in stage shows and on a television comedy series named Comicola which aired on Asianet. He made his acting debut with a small role in Kamal's 1992 film, Ennodu Ishtam Koodamo. His role as Dileep in the 1994 film, Manathe Kottaram, paved the way to his acting career, and he established himself as a prominent actor during the late 1990s. His films Two Countries (2015) and Ramaleela (2017) each grossed over 50 crores (500 million rupees), placing them among the top 10 highest-grossing Malayalam films.[2] He won a Filmfare Award for Best Actor and two Kerala State Film Awards for acting.

As a film producer, Dileep won the Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Film. In 2008, Dileep and Grand Production produced Twenty:20 in order to raise funds for the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA), and it became the highest-grossing movie at the time.[not verified in body]

On 10 July 2017, Dileep was arrested by the Kerala Police and was subsequently remanded for conspiracy to kidnap and attempted rape of actress Bhavana.[3] Dileep was later denied bail by a magistrate court and the Kerala High Court.[4] On 4 October 2017, Dileep was released on bail by the High Court with conditions.[5]

Early life[edit]

Dileep was born in Edavanakad, Ernakulam district, to Padmanabha Pillai and his wife Sarojam. He was the eldest among the couple's three children.[6] He has a brother, Anoop, and a sister, Sabitha.[7] He studied in VVBHS[expand acronym] high school, where he passed the 10th Standard in 1985, and joined Union Christian College, Aluva (pre-degree, 3rd group, 1985–1987) and pursued a degree in history from Ernakulam Maharaja's College.[8][9] Dileep started to take mimicry seriously at Maharaja's.[8] Dileep rendered his voice in Onam-based comic albums "De Maveli Kombathu", with his friends Nadirshah and Abi.[citation needed]



Dileep started his career at Kalabhavan, working as a mimicry artist. He also performed in Asianet's comedy show Comicola. Later, he served as the assistant director to the Indian film director, Kamal. While being an assistant director, Dileep acted in a few small roles, debuting with a small scene in Kamal's Ennodu Ishtam Koodamo (1992). Kamal recommended his name to many directors. The film Manathe Kottaram (1994), directed by Sunil, gave him his first break in the role of Dileep, through which he gained his screen name. Other minor roles during this time included Joshi's Sainyam (1993), Sibi Malayil's Sindoora Rekha (1995), Viji Thampi's Pidakozhi Koovunna Nootand (1994), Kamal's Ulladakkam (1993) and Sudhinam (1994), Thooval Kottaram (1996), Swapna Lokathe Balabhaskaran (1996), and Ee Puzhayum Kadannu (1996). He played a supporting role in I. V. Sasi's Varnapakittu (1997). Punjabi House (1998) led to the beginning of the popular Dileep-Harishri Asokan combo.[citation needed] His other films, Meenathil Thalikettu (1998) and Chandranudikkunna Dikhil (1999), also fared well.[citation needed]


In 2000, Dileep starred in the films Mister Butler (2000), Darling Darling (2000) and Joker (2000). He played a supporting role in the blockbuster Thenkasipattanam (2000).[10] Ee Parakkum Thalika (2001) was considered a success.[citation needed] Ishtam (2001), and Mazhathullikkilukkam (2002) were not considered successful.[citation needed] He ended the year with Kunjikoonan (2002), and won the Kerala State Film Special Jury Award for playing the role of Kunjan in the film. The movie was also a considerable box-office success.[citation needed] With Lal Jose's Meesa Madhavan (2002), Dileep turned into a superstar overnight. He played the role of the thief Madhavan. The movie was the year's highest grosser.[citation needed] Kalyanaraman (2003), Jayaraj's Thilakkam (2003), and Johny Antony's C.I.D. Moosa (2003) continued the actor's successful box office run. He also produced and starred in T. V. Chandran's Kadhavaseshan (2004). In 2004, he starred in Priyadarshan's Vettam. Chanthupottu (2005) saw his reunion with Lal Jose. He won a Special Mention at the Kerala State Film Awards for his performance in the movie.[citation needed] He ventured into action with Joshy's Runway (2004). The movie gave Dileep the tag of Popular Actor.[citation needed] Kochi Rajavu (2005), his next release, was an above average-grosser. His next releases were Chess (2006) and Don (2006). He played the athlete Arjun in Speed Track, the debut of director Jayasurya. His second film with the director Sathyan Anthikad, Vinodayathra, was released in April 2007. He appeared in Blessy's Calcutta News (2008). In 2006 he lent his voice to the character played by Shahid Kapoor in Priyadarshan's Hindi film Chup Chup Ke.[11] The story of the 2006 movie Pachakuthira was written by Dileep.[12]

Dileep produced Joshiy's Twenty:20 (2008). In 2009, his films included Crazy Gopalan and Moz & Cat directed by director Fazil. The 2009 movie Passenger was a sleeper hit and Dileep's performance was well received. He ended the decade with critically acclaimed Swantham Lekhakan which saw him team up with Indian actress Gopika.


In the beginning of the 2010s, Dileep starred in Bodyguard directed by Siddique. The film was a moderate success while its remakes Kaavalan starring Vijay, and Bodyguard, starring Salman Khan became hits. Aagathan and Paappi Appacha were his next films. The former under performed while the latter fared well at the box office. His production venture Malarvaadi Arts Club was directed by Vineeth Sreenivasan which was also the debut vehicle of Nivin Pauly. The Hindi children's movie Toofan was released in 2010, directed by Major Ravi.[13] In 2010, he also starred in his 100th movie, Kaaryasthan. In 2011, he starred in Marykkundoru Kunjaadu. He also appeared in Christian Brothers and China Town. 2011 he also starred in Orma Mathram, The Filmstaar and Vellaripravinte Changathi, for which he won a Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor.[14]

His first release in 2012 was Spanish Masala directed by Lal Jose. The movie under performed at the box office. His next movie in 2012 Mayamohini swept the box office by storm. With Mr. Marumakan and My Boss he continued his dream box office run. His first release in 2013 was the multi-starer Proprietors: Kammath & Kammath. It received poor reviews. He played the lead role in Vysakh's Sound Thoma and later starred in Sringaravelan. In 2014 was he appeared in Raffi's Ring Master. He also appeared in Avatharam and Villali Veeran. In 2015 he starred in Ivan Maryadaraman, a remake of Maryada Ramanna. He also did a guest appearance in a song in Kannada star Shivrajkumar 'sVajrakaya. He played the title character in Jeethu Joseph's Life of Josutty. "Two Countries" released on Christmas day 2015, directed by Shafi, became the highest-grossing film in his career.[citation needed] In 2016, his first film was "King Liar". Later he starred in Welcome to Central Jail, and Pinneyum, with veteran director Adoor Gopalakrishnan. His next movie was Georgettans Pooram. His next film, Ramaleela, came out after his release from jail. It became one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of all time. His last movie was Kammarasmbhavam in which he co-starred with notable South Indian actor Siddharth. His upcoming movies are Professor Dinkan and Kesu ee veedinte Naathan.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Dileep married actress Manju Warrier on 20 October 1998.[15] The couple has one daughter, Meenakshi (born in 2000). In July 2014, Dileep filed for divorce which was granted on 31 January 2015.[16] Dileep married actress Kavya Madhavan on 25 November 2016 at Vedanta Hotel, Kochi.[15][17][18] As of November 2018, they are expecting their first child.[19]

Legal issues[edit]

On 28 June 2017, Dileep was interrogated by the Kerala Police in connection with the abduction and sexual assault of actress Bhavana, who was allegedly kidnapped and molested by a gang while traveling from work on 17 February 2017.[20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31] On 10 July 2017, Dileep was arrested by Kerala Police for alleged conspiracy, and was remanded by the court.[3] On 3 October 2017, he was released on conditional bail by the Kerala High Court.[5] In June 2018, he filed a petition in the Kerala High Court stating the Kerala Police is deliberately framing him, he requested to handover the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation.[32][33] His arrest has caused protests by Women in Cinema Collective (WCC).

Following his arrest, Dileep's membership was revoked by various film organisations.[34] Several political parties protested against Dileep and his business firms were vandalised, including Dhe Puttu restaurant and the multiplex theatre D Cinemaas.[35] Reportedly, his arrest caused a loss of 50–60 crore (500–600 million) to the Malayalam film industry.[36]


Playback singing[edit]

Song Film Year Lyrics
"Theme Music" Chandranudikkunna Dikhil 1999 S. Ramesan Nair
"Onnaam Malakeri" Kalyanaraman 2002 Kaithapram Damodaran
"Saare Saare" Thilakkam 2003 Kaithapram Damodaran
"Kandaal Njaanoru" Sound Thoma 2013 Nadirshah
"Ashakoshale Pennundo" Sringaravelan 2013 Nadirshah


Kerala State Film Award
Filmfare Awards
Asianet Film Awards
Vanitha Film Awards
  • 2013 – Best popular Actor –
Kerala Film Critics Awards
  • Best Actor – Chanthupottu
Jaihind Film Awards
  • 2010 – Most Popular Actor Award
  • 2011 – Chalachitra Pratibha award
  • 2012 – Best Actor – Mayamohini Arike
  • 2013 – Most Popular Actor Award
  • 2014 – Most Popular Actor Award
Siima Awards
Amrita Film Awards
  • 2008 – Best Film – Twenty:20
  • 2010 – Most Popular Actor Award


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