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Born Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan Pillai
(1968-10-27) 27 October 1968 (age 49)
Edavanakad, Kerala, India
Residence Aluva, Kerala
Alma mater Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala
Occupation Actor, producer, businessman
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) (m. 1998; div. 2015)
(m. 2016)
Children 1
Awards Kerala State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South

Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan Pillai (born 27 October 1967), best known by his stage name, Dileep, is an Indian film actor, mimicry artist, producer, assistant director, and businessman. He is known as Janapriyanayakan (People's Hero).

Dileep began his film career as an assistant director in Kamal's 1991 film,Vishnulokam. He attained popularity through his mimicry acts in stage shows and on a television comedy series called Comicola that 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. Films such as Sallapam (1996), Ee Puzhayum Kadannu (1996), Punjabi House (1998), and Chandranudikkunna Dikhil (1999) established his status as a prominent actor during the late-1990s. After delivering a string of hits in the early-2000s with films such as Thenkasipattanam (2000), Joker (2000), Ee Parakkum Thalika (2001), Ishtam (2001), Mazhathullikkilukkam (2002) and Kalyanaraman (2002), Dileep established himself as a bankable lead star in the Malayalam film industry. The blockbuster success of Meesa Madhavan (2002)[1] cemented his status. 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 as Vimal Kumar (Kunjan) in Kunjikoonan (2002) and later won the Best Actor Award for his performance as Mukkom Shajahan in the film Vellaripravinte Changathi (2011). Dileep's 2015 film, Two Countries, and 2017 film, Ramleela, went on to make more than 50 crores, making them two of the top 10 highest-grossing Malayalam films.[2]

Dileep produced and starred in C.I.D. Moosa (2003) under the banner Grand Production.[3] Kathavasheshan (2004) won Dileep the Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Film as a producer. In 2008, Dileep and Grand Production produced Twenty:20 and cast most of the mainstream actors of Malayalam cinema. Dileep produced Twenty:20 in order to raise funds for the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA). It went on to become the highest grossing movie at the time. Grand Production later produced films such as Malarvaadi Arts Club (2010) and The Metro (2011).

On 10 July 2017, Dileep was arrested by the Kerala Police and was subsequently remanded for conspiracy to kidnap and attempted rape of an Indian film actress.[4] Dileep was later denied bail by a magistrate court and the Kerala High Court.[5] On 4 October 2017, Dileep was released on bail by the High Court with certain conditions.[6]

Early life[edit]

Dileep was born Gopalakrishnan as the eldest among three children to Padmanabhan Pillai and Sarojam on 27 October 1967 in Edavanakad, Ernakulam district, Kerala.[7] He has a younger brother, Anoop and a younger sister, Sabitha.[8] He studied in VVBHS high school, where he passed 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.[9][10] Dileep started to take [[Im pressionist (entertainment)|mimicry]] seriously at Maharaja's.[9] Dileep rendered his voice in Onam-based comic albums "De Maveli Kombathu", with his friends Nadirshah 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 the 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 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), Viji Thampi'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 recognizable figure in the movie industry. He played a supporting role in I. V. Sasi's Varnapakittu in 1997. Punjabi House (1998) was another 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 Mister 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 disasters. He ended the year with Kunjikoonan (2002). He won the Kerala State Film Special Jury Award for playing Kunjan in Kunjikoonan. The movie was also a considerable box-office 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 music 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 box office 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 box-office. Chanthupottu (2005) saw his reunion with Lal Jose. The movie was commercially and critically well received. He also 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 broke several box-office 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 were Chess (2006) and Don (2006). The former was a below average grosser while the Shaji Kailas directed Don despite its huge initial pull bombed at the box-office. 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.[11] 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, Moz & Cat directed by director Fazil. The former under performed at the box office 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 super hit 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 1,000,000,000 mark. 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 movie Toofan was released in 2010, which is a children's film, directed by Major Ravi.[13] In 2010, he also starred in his 100th movie Kaaryasthan. Despite mixed reports from critics, the movie was a blockbuster. In 2011, he starred in Marykkundoru Kunjaadu was a mega hit. He also appeared in multi starrer Christian Brothers and China 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.[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, it went on to become one of the highest grosser in the history of Mollywood. 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. Despite poor reviews, the star power of the leads (another 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 box office once again proving Janapriyanayakan Dileep's stronghold as the box office king. Nadodimannan and Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal failed considerably at the box office despite huge initial pull. In 2014 was he appeared in another hit Raffi's Ring Master that grossed over 100,000,000. 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 Maryada Ramanna. The producers recovered its costs within the first week of 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 star Shivrajkumar 's Vajrakaya. He was last seen playing the title character in Jeethu Joseph's Life of Josutty. Despite their previous collaboration My Boss was a huge blockbuster, this movie becomes an above average grosser. "Two Countries" released on Christmas 2015 directed by Shafi became one of the biggest blockbuster hit in Dileep's career and the film received mostly positive review all over and became the highest-grossing film in his career. Two countries enters 50,000,000 and currently next to "Drishyam", "Pulimurugan", "oppam" and "Premam". In 2016 his first film was "King Liar" that entered the 20,000,000. Later he starred in Welcome to Central Jail, a commercial failuire and Pinneyum with veteran director Adoor Gopalakrishnan. His next movie Georgettans Pooram was an average hit. His latest film Rama Leela which came with his bail and release from Jail in actress abusing case was a runaway hit. After the long run of 90 day it crossed 80 cr from worldwide.It is now ranked 2nd in the list of all time malayalam box office collection After Pulimurugan, His last movie was Kammarasmbhavam in which he will shared screen space with notable South Indian actor Siddharth. His upcoming movies are "Professor Dinkan" and Kesu ee veedinte Naathan.

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]

Legal History[edit]

Actress Molestation Case[edit]

On 10 July 2017, Dileep was arrested by the Kerala Police and subsequently remanded for conspiracy of kidnapping and attempted rape of an Indian film actress.[4] On 4 October 2017, Dileep was released on bail by the High Court with certain conditions.[6]


Dileep and Nadirshah were initially questioned by the Kerala Police for 13 hours and subsequently for ten hours in connection with an abduction and sexual assault of a popular Indian actress on 17 February 2017. She was kidnapped and then molested while traveling for work.[18] According to the FIR, a seven-member gang, with prime suspect (a.k.a Pulsar Suni), molested the actress for almost two-and-half hours inside the moving vehicle.[19][20][21]

The actress finally took refuge at actor Lal's house and informed the police. The gang escaped in the van but was later arrested by the police.[22] The police registered an FIR with sections of rape, criminal intimidation, criminal conspiracy and relevant sections of the IT Act. The police said the victim's medical examination has confirmed rape.[23][24] The actress said that she is contemplating suing Dileep after he alleged that the actress was 'good friends with the accused Pulsar Suni'.

Case investigation[edit]

Dileep and his close friends were accused of masterminding the attack. The investigation suggests that the prime accused Sunil Kumar had contacted Dileep’s manager Appunni, whose anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the high court,[25] through various mobile numbers several times between November 2016 and February 2017.

The police searched an online dress showroom called "Laksyah" owned by Dileep's present wife Kavya Madhavan in search of a memory card in connection with the case investigation.[26] On 25 July 2017, Kavya Madhavan was questioned by a special investigation team from kerala police for six hours probing the case.[27] The police also questioned singer Rimi Tomy and actor Siddique, both close friends of Dileep and his wife Kavya Madhavan, as part of the ongoing investigation.[28][29]


Following his arrest, Dileep's membership was revoked by film organisations, such as the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA), Film Exhibitors United Organisation of Kerala (FEUOK), Kerala Film Producers Association (KFPA), and Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA).[30] Several political parties protested against Dileep; his effigy was burned and business firms were vandalised, including Dhe Puttu restaurant, and marched to his multiplex theatre D Cinemaas.[31] It was reported that Dileep's arrest had caused a 50–60 crore loss in Malayalam film industry. His then ongoing projects Kammara Sambhavam and Professor Dinkan was indefinitely delayed and Ramaleela, which was supposed to be released on 21 July 2017 was postponed in view of the arrest.[32]


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
  • 2010 – Most Popular Actor Award
  • 2011 – Chalachitra Pratibha award
  • 2012 – Best Actor – Mayamohini Arike
  • 2013 – Most Popular Actor Award
  • 2014 – Most Popular Actor Award
  • 2008 – Best Film – Twenty:20
  • 2010 – Most Popular Actor Award


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