Dileesh Pothan

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Dileesh Pothan
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Born Manjoor, Kerala, India
Residence Kochi, Kerala
Alma mater MG University (M.Phil)
Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit (M.A.)
Occupation Film director, actor
Years active 2008–present
Spouse(s)
Jimsy (Jacklin) (m. 2013)
Children 2

Dileesh Pothan is an Indian film director and actor, who works in Malayalam cinema.[1]

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.[2][3][4] His second directional was Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum (2017), which was also a critical and commercial hit.[5] Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum won the Best Feature Film in Malayalam Award as well at the 65th National Film Awards.

Personal life[edit]

Pothan was born in Kuruppanthara 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.[6][7]

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).[8] 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.[9]

Filmography[edit]

As director[edit]

Year Title Production company Awards
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[10] for Best Director

As actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2011 Salt N' Pepper Movie director
2012 22 Female Kottayam Uncredited
Da Thadiya
2013 5 Sundarikal Security Segment: Kullante Bharya
Idukki Gold
2014 Gangster DYSP Vithura Chengalath
hangover Krishna Kumar
Iyobinte Pusthakam Tea shop owner
2015 Chandrettan Evideya Nadi Jyothishi
Ennum Eppozhum Deepa's client's Son
Rani Padmini Ullas Menon
2016 Guppy Krishnan
Maheshinte Prathikaaram Eldho
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 Kuryachan
Tharangam God
Pokkiri Simon CI Alex
2018 Carbon Thamban
Ee.Ma.Yau Vikariyachan
Rosapoo Kuttan
Kadha Paranja Kadha
Neerali Rajan
Ente Mezhuthiri Athazhangal Post Production
Padayottam Post Production
Drama Filming
Moothon Mullakoya Filming
Oru Kuprasidha Payyan Post Production
Varikuzhiyile Kolapathakam Post Production
Thakkol Filming

As associate director[edit]

As Producer[edit]

  • Kumbalangi Night's(2018)

Awards and nomination[edit]

For Maheshinte Prathikaaram (2016)

For Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum (2017)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nair, Sree Prasad (February 20, 2018). "Cinema Paradiso Awards 2018: Fahadh Faasil, Parvathy win 'best actor' trophies, legendary filmmaker KG George honored with 'special award'". CatchNews. www.catchnews.com. Retrieved February 21, 2018. Versatile actor Fahadh Faasil bags the best actor award for portraying the titular role of a thief, Prasad in Dileesh Pothan's Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum. 
  2. ^ "Director of Maheshinte prathikaram". 
  3. ^ "Fahadh Faasil in Maheshinte prathikaram". 
  4. ^ "Anusree in Maheshinte prathikaram". 
  5. ^ "Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum scores big at multiplexes". 
  6. ^ "അഭിനയമല്ല, സത്യമായും സംവിധായകനാണ്". Malayala Manorama. 20 Jan 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "സന്ദേശം നൽകാനല്ല ഞാൻ സിനിമ ചെയ്യുന്നത്". Madhyamam. 25 Jul 2017. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  8. ^ "Aashiq Abu and Dileesh Pothan". 
  9. ^ "Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum review: magically realistic". OnManorama. Retrieved 2017-07-01. 
  10. ^ "Vanitha Film Awards". Wikipedia. 2018-03-28. 

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