Dileep (actor)

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Born Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan Pillai
(1968-10-27) 27 October 1968 (age 47)
Desam, Aluva, Kerala, India [2]
Residence Thottakkattukara, Kerala, India[2]
Other names Janapriya Nayakan
Alma mater Maharajas College, Ernakulam (B.A.)
Occupation Film Actor, film producer, Playback singer,Impressionist, Entrepreneur
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Manju Warrier (m. 1998–2014)
Children Meenakshi Pillai
Website www.dileeponline.com

Dileep (born Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan Pillai on 27 October 1968) is an Indian film actor, singer, impressionist, producer and entrepreneur. He has been featured in more than 127 Malayalam films.

Dileep started his film career as an assistant director to Kamal in 1992. He became popular for his impressionist stage shows and the Comicola television comedy series on Asianet. His role as Dileep in Manathe Kottaram (1994) paved way to his acting career. Films such as Sallapam (1996), Ee Puzhayum Kadannu (1997), Punjabi House (1998) and Udayapuram Sulthan (1999) established Dileep's status as a prominent actor during the late 1990s.

Films such as Joker (2000), Ee Parakkum Thalika (2001), Ishtam (2001), Meesa Madhavan (2002), Kunjikoonan (2002), Kalyanaraman (2002),C.I.D. Moosa (2003), Runway (2004) and Chanthupottu (2005) established Dileep's status as a lead star in Malayalam cinema. Hence, he has been referred to as Janapriya Nayakan.[3] He won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his role as Madhavan in Meesa Madhavan. He won his first Kerala State Film Award (Special Jury) for his performance in Kunjikoonan (2002) and later won the Best Actor Award for the film Vellaripravinte Changathi.

He ventured into production, and produced and starred in C.I.D. Moosa (2003) under the banner Graand Production.[4] Kathavasheshan (2004) won Dileep the Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Film as a producer. In 2008, under the banner of Graand Production, Dileep produced Twenty:20 by casting most of the mainstream actors of Malayalam cinema, which had become the highest grossing Malayalam film at that time. He produced the multi-starrer in order to raise funds for the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA).

Early life[edit]

Dileep was born on 27 October 1968 in Aluva, Ernakulam district, Kerala to Padmanabhan Pillai and Sarojam.[5] He studied in VVBHS high school (passed 10th Standard in 1985) and joined Union Christian College, Aluva (pre-degree, 3rd group, 1985-1987) and pursued degree in History from Ernakulam Maharaja's College.[6][7] Dileep started to take mimicry seriously.[6] Dileep rendered his voice in Onam-based comic albums De Maveli Kombathu, with his friends Nadir Shah and Abi.



Dileep started his career at Kalabhavan, working as a mimicry artist. He also performed in Asianet's comedy show Comicola. Later he got a chance to be the assistant director to Kamal. While being an assistant director, Dileep did some small roles, debuting with just a small scene in Kamal's Ennodu Ishtam Koodamo (1992). He recommended his name to many directors. The film Manathe Kottaram (1994), directed by Sunil, gave him the first break and his screen name Dileep came into place through the character of the same name that he played. Other minor roles during this time included Joshi's Sainyam (1993), Sibi Malayil's Sindoora Rekha (1995), Urvashi's Pidakozhi Koovunna Nootand (1994), Kamal's Ulladakkam (1993) and Sudhinam (1994),Thooval Kottaram (1996), Swapna Lokathe Balabhaskaran (1996), Ee Puzhayum Kadannu in 1996. Sallapam (1996) gave him the much needed break and he became a recognisable figure in the movie industry.. He played a supporting role in I. V. Sasi's Varnapakittu in 1997.Punjabi House (1998) was a major success for the actor and it saw the beginning of the popular Dileep-Harishri Asokan combo.His other films Meenathil Thalikettu (1998) and Chandranudikkunna Dikhil (1999) also fared well.


Dileep started the millennium with hits like Mr. Butler (2000) and Darling Darling (2000).He played a supporting role in the blockbusterThenkasipattanam (2000).He ended the year with Joker (2000).The movie depicting the hardship of circus artists was a critical and commercial success.Ee Parakkum Thalika (2001) was also a major success.Ishtam (2001), Mazhathullikkilukkam (2002) were above average grossers.He ended the year with Kunjikkoonan (2002). He won the Kerala State Film Special Jury Award for playing Kunjan in Kunjikkoonan.The movie was also a considerable boxoffice success.With Lal Jose's Meesa Madhavan (2002) dileep turned an overnight superstar.He played to perfection the role of the thief Madhavan.The movie was the year's highest grosser and his chemistry with Kavya Madhavan was wooed.The movie's musics was composed by Vidyasagar and the movie achieved cult status in the state.Kalyanaraman (2003), Jayaraj's Thilakkam (2003), and Johny Antony's C.I.D. Moosa (2003) (which he produced himself) continued the actor's dream boxoffice run. He also produced and starred in T. V. Chandran's Kadhavaseshan (2004). In 2004, he starred in Priyadarshan's Vettam.Despite the initial hype the movie tanked at the boxoffice. Chanthupottu (2005) saw his reunion with Lal Jose.The movie was commercially and critically well received.He also won the Special Jury Award 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 broke several boxoffice records and gave Dileep the tag of Popular Actor.Kochirajavu (2005) his next release was an above average grosser. Lion (2006) a political thriller was another blockbuster for the actor.His next releases wereChess (2006), and Don (2006).The former was an below average grosser while the Shaji Kailas directed Don despite its huge initial pull bombed at the boxoffice. 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. The movie gave Dileep his first success after several duds. He appeared in Blessy's Calcutta News (2008).The movie failed critically and commercially. In 2006 he lent his voice to the dumb character played by Shahid Kapoor in Priyadarshan's Hindi film Chup Chup Ke.[8] Story of the 2006 movie Pachakuthira was written by Dileep.[9]

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


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 huge hits. The latter also reached the coveted 100 crore mark.Aagathan and Paappi Appacha were his next films. The former underperformed 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 movie Toofan was released in 2010, which is a children's film, directed by Major Ravi.[10] In 2010, he also starred in his 100th movieKaaryasthan.Despite mixed reports from critics the movie managed to do well at the boxoffice. In 2011, he starred in Marykkundoru Kunjaadu which gave him his first Blockbuster in more than 4 years.He also appeared in multi starrer Christian Brothers andChina Town.Both went on to become huge hits. In 2011, he also starred in Orma Mathram, The Filmstaar and Vellaripravinte Changathi for which he won a Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor.[11]

His first release in 2012 was Spanish Masala directed by Lal Jose. Despite its initial pull the movie underperformed at the box office. His next movie in 2012 Mayamohini swept the box office by storm,it went on to become one of the highest grossers in the history of Mollywood. With Mr. Marumakan and My Boss he continued his dream boxoffice run.His first release in 2013 was the multistarrer Proprietors: Kammath & Kammath.Despite poor reviews the starpower of the leads (other being Mammootty) the movie became a big hit. He played the lead role in Vysakh's Sound Thoma and later starred in Sringaravelan. Both fared well at the boxoffice once again proving Dileep's stronghold as the boxoffice king.Nadodimannan and Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal failed considerably at the boxoffice despite huge initial pull. In 2014 was he appeared in another hit Raffi's Ring Master. He also appeared in Avatharam and Villali Veeran.The former was an above average grosser while the latter flopped. In 2015 he starred in Ivan Maryadaraman,the official remake of Son of Sardar. The producers recovered its costs within the first week ot the release but failed to become a hit.He followed it up with Chandrettan Evideya . The movie was critically and commercially successful.He also did a guest appearance in a song in Kannada Superstar Shivrajkumar 's Vajrakaya. He was last seen in playing the title character in Jeethu Joseph's Life of Josutty.Despite their previous collabaration My Boss becoming a huge success, the movie become an above average grosser.He will be next seen in Siddique's King Liar and 2 countries alongside Mamata Moahandas.

Personal life[edit]

Dileep married actress Manju Warrier on 20 October 1998. The couple has one daughter named Meenakshi Dileep. In July 2014, the couple filed for divorce which was granted on 31 January 2015.[12] Both were walking out to the crowd with tears.


Kerala State Film Awards
  • 2008 - Asianet Film Award - Best Film - Twenty 20
  • 2010 - Asianet FILM Award - Most Popular Actor
  • 2002 - Asianet Film Award - Best Actor - Kunjikoonan
  • 2013 - Asianet Film Award - Award of Excellence for completing 20 years in Malayalam film industry [15]
Filmfare Awards
2002 - Best Actor - Meesha Madhavan


  • 2010 - Most Popular Actor Award
  • 2011 - Chalachitra prathibha award
  • 2012 - Best Actor - Mayamohini Arike
  • 2014 - Most Popular Actor Award


  • 2014 - Best Actor - sound Thoma


  • 2008 - Best Film - Twenty 20
  • 2010 - Most Popular Actor Award



Main article: Dileep filmography

Assistant director[edit]


Playback singing[edit]

Song Film Year Co-Singers Lyrics
Theme Music Chandranudikkunna Dikkil 1999 Sruthi S Ramesan Nair
Onnaam Malakeri Kalyaanaraaman 2002 Innocent, Lal, Kalabhavan Narayanankutty, Kochu Preman, Lalu Alex, Salim Kumar Kaithapram
Saare saare Thilakkam 2003 Sujatha Mohan, Dileep, Chorus Kaithapram
Kandaal Njaanoru Sound Thoma 2012 Solo Nadirsha
Ashakoshale Pennundo Sringaaravelan 2013 Afsal Nadirsha
Ashakoshale Pennundo Sringaaravelan 2013 Nadirsha Nadirsha



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  5. ^ Dileep - Malayalam celebrities the stories and the gossips
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  8. ^ http://www.indiaglitz.com/dileep-is-also-a-dubbing-artist-malayalam-news-22346
  9. ^ http://en.msidb.org/displayProfile.php?category=story&artist=Dileep
  10. ^ http://www.metromatinee.com/movies/index.php?FilmID=3176-Toofan#Synopsis
  11. ^ Have portrayed role of ill-fated actor truthfully: Dileep[dead link]
  12. ^ [1][dead link]
  13. ^ Entertainment (2010-02-26). "Dileep: 'Chanthupottu' - Malayalam Actor of the Decade". Entertainment.in.msn.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  14. ^ Entertainment (2010-02-26). "Dileep: 'Kunjikoonan' - Malayalam Actor of the Decade". Entertainment.in.msn.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  15. ^ http://www.metromatinee.com/news-articles/16th-ujala-asianet-film-awards-2014-winners-list-7548

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