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|Alma mater||MG University (M.Phil)|
Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit (M.A.)
|Occupation||Film director, actor|
Jimsy (Jacklin) (m. 2013)
Pothan began his career as an assistant director to the 2010 film 9 KK Road. He served as an assistant director under Aashiq Abu, assisting in five of Aashiq's films. He made his acting debut as a movie director in one scene in Aashiq Abu's 2011 film Salt N' Pepper. He made his directorial debut with the 2016 comedy-drama film Maheshinte Prathikaaram, starring Fahadh Faasil. It received the Best Feature Film in Malayalam Award at the 64th National Film Awards. Pothan also won the Best Director Award at the 64th Filmfare Awards South. His second directional was Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum (2017), which was also a critical and commercial hit. Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum won the Best Feature Film in Malayalam Award as well at the 65th National Film Awards.
Pothan was born in Omalloor of Manjoor panchayat-village in northern Kottayam district, Kerala. Pothan did his schooling at Emmanuel's High School, Kothanalloor. After pre-degree from Kuriakose Elias College, Mannanam, he pursued a B.Sc. degree at St. Philomena's College, Mysore. Due to his keen interest in drama and cinema, he followed up with an M.A. in Theatre Arts at Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady and an M.Phil. in Theatre Arts from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. Pothan got married to Jimsy on December 2012 at St. Thomas Church, Kuruppanthara. They have a daughter and a son together.
Pothan started his film career as an assistant director to the film 9 KK Road (2010). Later on he became an associate director to Aashiq Abu. He assisted director Aashiq Abu in films like 22 Female Kottayam (2012), Da Thadiya (2012), and Gangster (2014). He has also acted in small roles mostly in Aashiq Abu's films, Salt N' Pepper (2011), 22 Female Kottayam (2012), Idukki Gold (2013), Gangster (2014), Iyobinte Pusthakam (2014), and Rani Padmini (2015). He was the chief associate director in Dileesh Nair's 2014 film Tamaar Padaar.
|2016||Maheshinte Prathikaaram||OPM Dream Mill Cinemas||Kerala State Film Award for Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value|
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam
NETPAC Best Malayalam Film, 22 International Film Festival of Kerala
|2017||Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum||Urvasi Theatres Release||National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam
Vanitha Film Award for Best Director
|2011||Salt N' Pepper||Movie director|
|2012||22 Female Kottayam||Uncredited|
|2013||5 Sundarikal||Security||Segment: Kullante Bharya|
|2014||Gangster||DYSP Vithura Chengalath|
|Iyobinte Pusthakam||Tea shop owner|
|2015||Chandrettan Evideya||Naadi Jyothishi|
|Ennum Eppozhum||Deepa's client's Son|
|Rani Padmini||Ullas Menon|
|Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu||George||Cameo appearance|
|Comrade in America||Hari|
|Role Models||Gautam's boss|
|Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela||Varkichan|
|Pokkiri Simon||CI Alex|
|Kadha Paranja Kadha|
|Ente Mezhuthiri Athazhangal|
|Oru Kuprasidha Payyan|
|Ente Ummante Peru||Shivankutty|
|Varikuzhiyile Kolapathakam||Post Production|
|Kumbalangi Night's||Pre Production|
As associate director
- 22 Female Kottayam (2012)
- Da Thadiya (2012)
- 5 Sundarikal (2013)
- Idukki Gold (2013)
- Gangster (2013)
- Tamaar Padaar (2013)
- Kumbalangi Night's(2018)
Awards and nomination
For Maheshinte Prathikaaram (2016)
- Won: National Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam
- Won: National Film Award for Best Screenplay
- Won: CPC Cine Awards for Best Director
- Won: Padmarajan Award
- Won:64th Filmfare Awards South :Best Film – Malayalam
- Won:Filmfare Award for Best Director – Malayalam
- Won:2nd IIFA Utsavam Best Director and Best film
- Won:Asianet Film Awards Best Director and Best film
For Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum (2017)
- Won: Vanitha Film Awards for Best Director
- Won: 65th National Film Awards for Best Feature Film in Malayalam.
- Won: Kerala State Film Award for Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value
- Won:65th Filmfare Awards South :Best Film – Malayalam
- Won:Filmfare Award for Best Director – Malayalam
- Won: Toronto international South Asian film awards - Best director
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Versatile actor Fahadh Faasil bags the best actor award for portraying the titular role of a thief, Prasad in Dileesh Pothan's Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum.
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