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Dileep in 2016
Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan [1]

(1967-10-27) 27 October 1967 (age 56)
Edavanakad, Ernakulam, Kerala, India [2]
EducationBA, Mahatma Gandhi University
  • Film actor
  • film producer
  • businessman
Years active1991–present
(m. 1998; div. 2015)
(m. 2016)

Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan, better known by his stage name Dileep, is an Indian actor, producer, and businessman who predominantly works in the Malayalam film industry. He has acted in and Tamil, Hindi, films lead roles. One more Kannada film cameo role acted. and has won several awards, including four Kerala State Film Awards and one Filmfare Awards South.[3]

Beginning as an impressionist in stage shows, Dileep obtained recognition after being cast in the television comedy series Comicola on Asianet and its successor Cinemala. He then produced and performed in the audio cassette series De Maveli Kombathu with Nadirshah, a successful sketch comedy, which was later turned into a television series on Asianet.

He began his film career as an assistant director and worked under director Kamal in nine films, beginning with Vishnulokam in 1991, and made his acting debut with a minor role in Kamal's Ennodu Ishtam Koodamo (1992). He acted in a principal role in the 1994 film Manathe Kottaram taking the screen name Dileep. He established himself as a successful actor during the late 1990s, mostly playing comedic roles. In 2003, Dileep founded the film production company Graand Production, its debut film was C.I.D. Moosa.

Outside of films, Dileep also owns the multiplex theatre D Cinemaas, and the restaurant chain Dhe Puttu. Dileep was married to actress Manju Warrier from 1998 to 2015. He married actress Kavya Madhavan in 2016.

Early life and education[edit]

Dileep was born in Edavanakad, in Ernakulam district of Kerala, India to Padmanabhan Pillai and Sarojam on 27 October 1967.[4][5] He is the eldest among three children.[6] He has a brother, Anoop, and a sister, Sabitha.[7]

Dileep studied at Vidyadhiraja Vidya Bhavan Higher Secondary School in Aluva, where he passed the tenth standard in 1985, and joined the Union Christian College, Aluva for pre-degree third group, during 1985–1987. Later, he pursued a degree in history at Maharaja's College, Ernakulam.[8][9]

It was during his time in Maharaja's College that he began taking impressionist acts seriously.[8] Dileep along with his friend Nadirshah produced and performed in the Onam-based audio cassette titled De Maveli Kombathu, which helped his entry into the film industry.[10]


1991–1999: early years[edit]

Dileep started his career at Kalabhavan, working as a mimicry artist in the 1980s.[11] He also performed in Asianet's comedy show Comicola. Later, while working as the assistant director to Kamal, he acted in a few small roles, starting with a small scene in Kamal's Ennodu Ishtam Koodamo (1992). Kamal recommended his name to many directors. He started using the name of the role Dileep in Manathe Kottaram (1994), as his screen name. Success of two 1996 films, Kamal's Ee Puzhayum Kadannu and Sundar Das' Sallapam, anchored his place in the Malayalam film industry.[12] He played a supporting role in I. V. Sasi's Varnapakittu (1997). Punjabi House in 1998 marked the beginning of the successful Dileep-Harishree Ashokan combo.[13]

2000–2009: stardom[edit]

Dileep in 2008

Ee Parakkum Thalika (2001) and Kuberan (2002) were a major success at box office and are considered two of the best movies in his career.[14]

In 2002 he won the Kerala State Film Special Jury Award for playing the role of Kunjan in the film Kunjikoonan. In Lal Jose's Meesa Madhavan (2002), Dileep played the role of the thief Madhavan. This movie, which eventually developed a cult following was a major breakthrough in his career as it increased Dileep's stardom to a new level in Malayalam cinema.[15] The same year he also debuted in Tamil cinema with Raajjiyam.[16] C.I.D. Moosa (2003), a slapstick comedy by Johny Anthony is considered one of Dileep's career best movies by many fans.[17] In 2004, he produced and starred in T. V. Chandran's Kadhavaseshan. He won a Special Mention for his performance in Chanthupottu (2005).[18]

Dileep produced Joshiy-directed Twenty:20 (2008) to raise funds for the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA). The film became the highest-grossing Malayalam film ( 31.4 crore) until that time.[19]


He ventured into production with Malarvaadi Arts Club. Kaaryasthan (2010) was his 100th movie,[20] For his role in Vellaripravinte Changathi (2011) he won a Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor.[21] "Two Countries" released on Christmas Day 2015, directed by Shafi, became the highest-grossing film in his career.[22] His 2017 film, Ramaleela, became one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of all time.[23]

After a break, in the movie Keshu Ee Veedinte Nadhan (transl. Keshu is the lord of this house) Dileep comes to the screen in the title role along with Urvashi. The film was originally scheduled for a theatrical release but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India. [24]

Personal life[edit]

Dileep with Manju Warrier attending a function

Dileep married actress Manju Warrier on 20 October 1998.[25] The couple had a daughter born in 2000.[26] In July 2014, the couple filed for divorce which was granted on 31 January 2015.[27] On 25 November 2016, Dileep married actress Kavya Madhavan.[28][29][26] The couple have a daughter born in 2018.[30]

Off-screen work[edit]

Besides acting and film production, Dileep is also involved in film distribution (through Graand Production) and exhibition.[citation needed] He owns the multiplex theater complex D Cinemaas situated in Chalakudy.[citation needed] He along with his friend Nadirshah founded the restaurant chain Dhe Puttu, they have restaurants in Kochi, Kozhikode, Qatar and Dubai.[31]

Media Image[edit]

He is one of the most popular actors in Malayalam cinema, arguably considered next to Mammootty and Mohanlal. He is popularly called 'Janapriya Nayakan' by delivering consecutive hits which entertained the audience of all ages.[32]

2019 film Shibu starring Karthik directed by Arjun and Gokul is a film made on Dileep, and is based on an ardent fan of Dileep who wants to make a movie with him.[33][34]

Sexual assault case[edit]

On 28 June 2017, Dileep was interrogated by the Kerala Police in connection with the abduction and sexual assault of actress Bhavana on 17 February 2017.[35] On 10 July 2017, Dileep was arrested by the Kerala Police for alleged conspiracy, and was remanded by the court.[36] Following his arrest, Dileep's membership was revoked by various film organisations.[37] Several political parties protested against Dileep and his business firms were vandalized, including Dhe Puttu restaurant and the multiplex theatre D Cinemaas.[38] On 3 October 2017, he was released on conditional bail by the Kerala High Court.[39] In June 2018, he filed a petition in the Kerala High Court charging the Kerala Police of deliberately framing him. He requested the case be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation.[40]

Dileep filed an additional plea for accessing video footage of the incident. The plea was denied by both the Angamaly Magistrate Court and the Kerala High Court. Mukul Rohatgi represented him in the case. In October 2018, Dileep was granted bail by the Kerala High Court.[41] In April 2019, the Government of Kerala froze charges against him until the court has given an independent verdict on the case.[42] In May 2019, the Supreme Court stayed his trial until his plea for footage is considered.[43] On 30 November, the court turned down his plea, rather allowed to inspect its content, or have a second opinion as to whether the video is genuine.[44]

In December 2021, film director Balachandra Kumar gave an interview to a news channel where he alleged that he was witness to discussions among people including Dileep, regarding turning witnesses hostile, attacking police officers leading the investigation and being in illegal possession of the assault video. He also claimed he had audio recordings of these conversations.[45][46] Based on these claims, Kerala police registered a new case against Dileep for conspiracy to assault investigating officers.[47] On 7 February 2022, he and others were granted anticipatory bail by Kerala High Court in conspiracy case.[48] Case against him is put on hold.

Playback singing[edit]

Playback singing

Song Film Year Lyrics Composer
"Theme Music" Chandranudikkunna Dikhil 1999 S. Ramesan Nair Vidyasagar
"Onnaam Malakerii" Kalyanaraman 2002 Kaithapram Damodaran Berny-Ignatius
"Saare Saare" Thilakkam 2003 Kaithapram Damodaran Kaithapram Damodaran
"Manmadanalle" "Inspector Garud" 2007 Alex Paul
"Kandaal Njaanoru" Sound Thoma 2013 Nadirshah Gopi Sunder
"Ashakoshale Pennundo" Sringaravelan 2013 Nadirshah Berny-Ignatius
"Naranga Mittayi" Keshu Ee Veedinte Nadhan 2022 Sajesh Hari Nadirshah


Year Film Role
1992 Ennodishtam Koodamo Dileep
1994 Sainyam Cadet 'Kokku' Thomas
Manathe Kottaram Dileep
Sudhinam Raghu
Sagaram Sakshi Driver
Pidakkozhi Koovunna Noottandu Kishore
1995 Thirumanassu Kuttan
Vrudhanmare Sookshikkuka Sathyaraj / K G Nair
Three Men Army Muthukulam Madhukumar
Ezharakkootam Ara
Alanchery Thambrakal Unni
Kakkakkum Poochakkum Kalyanam Kunjananthan
Kokkarakko Prakashan
Sindoora Rekha Ambujakshan
1996 Kalyana Sowgandhikam Jayadeva Sharma
Kudumbakkodathi Rameshan Nair
Malayala Masam Chingam Onnu Preman
Manthrika Kuthira Premgandhi (Josekutty)
Saamoohyapadam Vishnu
Swapna Lokathe Balabhaskaran Kesavankutty
Thooval Kottaram Rameshchandra Pothuval
Sallaapam Sasikumar
Kokilam Unreleased
Ee Puzhayum Kadannu Gopi
1997 Varnappakittu Pullankunnel Paulachan
Kaliyoonjal Venu
Kalyanapittannu E.Rajeev
Kudamaattam Appukuttan
Maanasam Solomon / Appu
Manthramothiram Kumaran
Maayapponman Prasad
Nee Varuvolam Hari
Ullasappoonkattu Unni
1998 Anuragakottaram Charles Jr
Kaikkudanna Nilavu Kichamani
Manthri Maalikayil Manasammatham Alex
Meenathil Thalikettu Omanakkuttan
Ormacheppu Radhakrishnan
Punjabi House Unnikrishnan
Sundarakilladi Premachandran / Sundarakilladi
Vismayam Dinakaran
Kallu Kondoru Pennu Venu
1999 Udayapuram Sulthan Sulaiman
Deepasthambham Mahascharyam Mundoor Ramanandan Nambyar
Chandranudikkunna Dikhil Mukundan
Megham Manikantan
Pranaya Nilavu Kannan
2000 Mister Butler Gopalakrishnan
Varnakkazhchakal Kunju
Darling Darling Karthik
Joker Babu
Thenkasipattanam Shathrughnan
2001 Dhosth Ajith
Ee Parakkum Thalika Unnikrishnan
Rakshasa Rajavu Appu
Ishtam Pavan K. Menon
Soothradharan Rameshan
2002 Mazhathullikkilukkam Solomon
Kuberan Siddharthan
Meesa Madhavan Madhavan Nair
Kunjikoonan Vimal Kumar (Kunjan) and Prasad Dual role
Kalyanaraman Ramankutty
Raajjiyam Surya Tamil Film
2003 Thilakkam Unni / Vishnu
Sadanandante Samayam Sadanandan
Gramaphone Sachidanandan
C.I.D. Moosa Moolamkuzhiyil Sahadevan / CID Moosa
Mizhi Randilum Krishnakumar
War and Love Captain Gopinath
Pattanathil Sundaran Sundareshan
2004 Runway Unni Damodar / Valayar Paramashivam
Thekkekkara Superfast Benny Pukkattuparambil
Vettam Gopalakrishnan
Kathavasheshan Gopinath
Perumazhakkalam Akbar
Rasikan Shivankutty
2005 Kochi Rajavu Unni / Surya Narayana Varma
Pandippada Bhuvanachandran
Chanthupottu Radhakrishnan
2006 Lion B.Krishnakumar
Pachakuthira Anandakuttan Menon alias Anand and Akash Menon Dual role
Chess Vijayakrishnan
Chup Chup Ke Jeetu Prasad Sharma (Voice for dumb portion) Hindi film
The Don Unnikrishnan (Salaam)
Chakkara Muthu Aravindan
2007 Inspector Garud Madhavankutty
Speed Track Arjun
Vinodayathra Vinod
July 4 Gokul Das
Romeoo Manukrishnan, Manual, Supramani
2008 Calcutta News Ajith Thomas
Mulla Mulla
Twenty:20 Karthik Varma
Crazy Gopalan Gopalan
2009 Colours Sanjay Nath
Moz & Cat Moz.D.Samuel
Passenger Nandan Menon
Kerala Cafe Johnykutty
Swantham Lekhakan Unni Madhavan
2010 Bodyguard Jayakrishnan
Aagathan Gautham Menon
Paappi Appacha Nirappel Paappi
Toofan Charan Laathi Hindi film
Released on YouTube as Mohili Gaav.
Kaaryasthan Krishnanunni
Marykkundoru Kunjaadu Kunjadu Solomon
2011 The Metro Himself Cameo (Narrator)
Christian Brothers Joji Varghese Mapilla
China Town Binoy
The Filmstaar Nandagopan
Orma Mathram Ajay
Vellaripravinte Changathi Mukkom Shajahan / Ravi Kerala state film award for the Best actor for the year 2011
2012 Spanish Masala Charlie
Mayamohini Mayamohini / Mohanakrishnan
Arike Shanthanu
Mr. Marumakan Ashok Raj / Ashok Chakravarthy
My Boss Manu Varma
2013 Proprietors: Kammath & Kammath Deva Raja Kammath
Sound Thoma Plapparambil Thoma
Kadal Kadannoru Mathukkutty Himself Cameo
Sringaravelan Kannan
Nadodimannan Padmanabhan
Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal Aby Mathews
2014 Ring Master Prince [49]
Avatharam Madhavan Mahadevan
Villali Veeran Sidharthan
2015 Ivan Maryadaraman Raman
Chandrettan Evideya Chandramohan
Love 24x7 Roopesh Nambiar
Life of Josutty Josutty
Vajrakaya Himself Kannada film (Cameo in the song "Vajrakaya")
Two Countries Ullas
2016 King Liar Sathyanarayanan
Pinneyum Purushothaman
Welcome to Central Jail Unnikuttan
2017 Georgettan's Pooram George
Ramaleela Ramanunni [50]
Aana Alaralodalaral Sekharankutty / Kunjikhadar voice-over
2018 Kammara Sambhavam Kammaran Nambiar and Himself
Savaari Himself Cameo
2019 Kodathi Samaksham Balan Vakeel Adv Balakrishnan
Subharathri Krishnan
Jack & Daniel Jack [51]
My Santa Santa Claus (Abel Abraham Thekkan) [52]
2021 Keshu Ee Veedinte Nadhan Keshavan (Keshu), himself and Keshavan (Keshu's father) Triple role Released on Disney+ Hotstar[53]
2022 Thattassery Koottam Iqbal Cameo[54]
2023 Voice Of Sathyanathan Sathyanathan
Bandra Alan "Ala" Alexander Dominic
2024 Thankamani Abel Joshua Maathan [55]
Pavi Caretaker Pavithran


Kerala State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Asianet Film Awards
  • 2002: Best Actor – Kunjikoonan
  • 2004: Special Jury Award – Kathavasheshan
  • 2008: Best Film – Twenty:20
  • 2010: Most Popular Actor – Body Guard
  • 2013: Award of Excellence for completing 20 years in Malayalam film industry[60]
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards
  • 2001: Best Supporting Actor-Joker
  • 2004: Best Actor – Kadhavaseshan
  • 2005: Best Actor – Chanthupottu
South Indian International Movie Awards
Vanitha Film Awards
  • 2013: Best Popular Actor
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
Amrita Film Awards
  • 2010: Most Popular Actor Award


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