Dileesh Pothan

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Dileesh Pothan
Born (1980-02-19) 19 February 1980 (age 41)[1]
Alma materMG University (M.Phil.)
Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit (M.A.)
OccupationFilm director, Film Producer, Actor
Years active2008–present
OrganisationWorking Class Hero, Bhavana Studios
Known forMaheshinte Prathikaaram, Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum and Joji
Spouse(s)
Jimsy (Jacklin)
(m. 2013)
Children2
Parent(s)Philip Kollamparambil & Chinnamma Philip

Dileesh Pothan is an Indian producer, film actor and director, who works in Malayalam cinema.[2]

Pothan began his career as an associate 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. The movie 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.[3][4][5] His second directional was Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum (2017), which was also a critical and commercial hit.[6] Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum won the Best Feature Film in Malayalam Award as well at the 65th National Film Awards. His third and latest movie Joji, also starring Fahadh Faasil, released to generally positive reviews on the OTT platform of Amazon Prime Video in April 2021.[7][8]

Personal life[edit]

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 BSc 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 married Jimsy on December 2012 at St. Thomas Church, Kuruppanthara. They have a daughter and a son.[9][10]

Film career[edit]

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).[11] 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.[12]

His first appearance infront of a movie camera was as a junior artist in the movie Chandranudikunna Dikkil (1999) directed by Lal Jose. Later his first proper role as an actor was in Salt N' Pepper.

Film Production Venture[edit]

Pothan ventured into film production by forming the film production company Working Class Hero in 2018, partnered by Syam Pushkaran. The firms first movie was Kumbalangi Nights.[13]

Filmography[edit]

As director[edit]

Year Title Production company
2016 Maheshinte Prathikaaram
(Mahesh's revenge)
OPM Dream Mill Cinemas
2017 Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum
(The mainour and the witness)
Urvasi Theatres Release
2021 Joji[14][15] Working Class Hero,
Fahadh Faasil and Friends,
Bhavana Studios

As Producer[edit]

Year Film Director Cast Notes
2019 Kumbalangi Nights Madhu C. Narayanan Fahadh Faasil, Soubin Shahir, Sreenath Bhasi, Shane Nigam, Anna Ben, Mathew Thomas Co-produced with Fahadh Faasil and Friends
2021 Joji[14][15] Himself Fahadh Faasil, Baburaj, Unnimaya Prasad, Shammi Thilakan, Basil Joseph Produced by Bhavana Studios in association with Fahadh Faasil and Friends & Working Class Hero
2022 Thankam[16] Saheed Arafath Fahadh Faasil, Joju George, Dileesh Pothan, Aparna Balamurali, Girish Kulkarni Co-produced with Fahadh Faasil and Friends

As actor[edit]


Year Film Role Notes
2011 Salt N' Pepper Movie director
2012 22 Female Kottayam Advocate Uncredited
Da Thadiya
2013 5 Sundarikal Security Segment: Kullante Bharya
Idukki Gold Employee at 'Mathrubhumi'
2014 Gangster DYSP Vithura Chengalath
Hangover Krishna Kumar
Tamaar Padaar Sibi Karimannur
Iyobinte Pusthakam Tea shop owner
2015 Chandrettan Evideya Naadi Jyothishi
Ennum Eppozhum Deepa's client's Son
Rani Padmini Ullas Menon
2016 Guppy Krishnan
Maheshinte Prathikaaram Eldho Also director
2017 Aby CI George
Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu George Cameo appearance
Comrade in America Hari
Role Models Gautam's boss
Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela Varkichan
Pullikkaran Staraa Kuriachan / "Stephen"
Tharangam God
Pokkiri Simon CI Alex
Honey Bee 2.5
2018 Carbon Thamban
Ee.Ma.Yau Vikariyachan
Rosapoo Kuttan
Kadha Paranja Kadha
Neerali Rajan
Ente Mezhuthiri Athazhangal Sony George
Padayottam Senan
Varathan Benny
Drama Dixon Lopez
Oru Kuprasidha Payyan Dr. P. Suresh Babu
Ladoo Suresh
Joseph Peter
Ente Ummante Peru Shivankutty
Ennalum Sarath Doctor
Samaksham
2019 Neeyum Njnanum
Lonappante Mamodeesa Kunjuoottan
Kumbalangi Nights Circle Inspector Raju Unni Cameo appearance
Vaarikkuzhiyile Kolapathakam Joy
Oru Yamandan Premakadha Abhilash Karikkan
Thottappan Jonappan
Virus Prakashan
Unda C. I. K. Mathukutty
Pranaya Meenukalude Kadal
Moothon Moosa Bilingual (Hindi, Malayalam)
Sidharthan Enna Njan
Thakkol Filming
Kolaambi Post Production
Arakkallan Mukkakallan Filming
2020 Trance Avarachan
2021 JOJI Dr Roy
Malik P. A. Aboobacker
Djibouti Thomachan
Pada
Prakashan Parakkatte
Bheeshmaparvam
Thankam Pre Production
Shalamon
Kallan D'Souza
9MM
Kaduva Adv. Paulson Behanan

As associate director[edit]

Awards[edit]

Year Film Award Category Notes
2016 Maheshinte Prathikaaram 64th National Film Awards[17] Best Feature Film in Malayalam Shared with Aashiq Abu
47th Kerala State Film Awards[18] Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value Shared with Aashiq Abu
64th Filmfare Awards South[19] Best Director
Best Film – Malayalam
Padmarajan Award[20]
CPC Cine Awards[21] Best Director
North American Film Awards[22] Best Debut Director
Best Movie
Vanitha Film Awards[23] Best Movie Shared with Aashiq Abu
Asianet Film Awards[24] Critic's Awards for Best Film
2017 Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum 65th National Film Awards[25] Best Feature Film in Malayalam Shared with SandeepSenan and Anish M. Thomas
International Film Festival of Kerala[26] NETPAC Award
65th Filmfare Awards South[27] Best Director
Best Film
7th South Indian International Movie Awards[28] Best Film
Movie Street Film Awards[29] Best Movie
CPC Cine Awards[30] Best Movie
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards[31] Best Director
Vanitha Film Awards[32] Best Director
Asianet Film Awards[33] Best Film
Asiavision Awards[34] Best Film
North American Film Awards[35] Best Film

Filmmaking style[edit]

Pothen’s filmmaking style―flirting with molecule level details, imbuing vibrance; one of its kind and stamping touches of sensationalism, is from the KG George school. But Pothen is also singularly distinctive in his approach, which is a delectable medley of native roots (classy old-school) and modern kerala. In Maheshinte Prathikaram, Pothen charts a butterfly effect idiom through remarkable attention for detail and sensational film language, using every medium―song, sky, rain, space, place and drama with consummated precision.[36]

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