Fazil (director)

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Aleksa Muhammed Fazil

OccupationFilm Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Actor.
Years active1980 – 2011
ChildrenFahadh Faasil
Ahmeda Faasil
Farhaan Faasil
Fathima Fazil
RelativesNazriya Nazim (Daughter-in-law)

Aleksa Muhammed Fazil (Malayalam: ഫാസിൽ; born 1949 in Alappuzha, Kerala is an Indian film director, producer, and screenwriter who works in Malayalam cinema. He made his directional debut with the 1980 film Manjil Virinja Pookkal. His popular films include Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku (1983), Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu (1984), Poovinu Puthiya Poonthennal (1986), Manivathoorile Aayiram Sivarathrikal (1987), Ente Sooryaputhrikku (1991), Pappayude Swantham Appoos (1992), Manichitrathazhu (1993), Aniyathipraavu (1997) and Harikrishnans (1998). His 1993 film Manichitrathazhu won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.

Early life[edit]

His father wanted him to be a doctor, but in school and college, extra curricular activities dominated his time.[2] He wrote plays and staged them with his friends; Nedumudi Venu was his college mate while he was in S.D. College, Alleppey, and this group was perhaps the first mimicry team that entertained crowds.[2] "I used to mimic stars like Sathyan, Prem Nasir, Sivaji Ganesan and Govindankutty."[2] He completed his post-graduation in Economics.[2]

Film career[edit]

Since the early 1990s, Fazil has directed 31 movies. His freshman film was in the Malayalam filmdom with Manjil Virinja Pookkal, produced by Navodaya Appachan, which was also Mohanlal's first movie. Fazil has a knack for spotting talent. He introduced some of the biggest names in films in south India:

[2] Fazil has been noted for his subtle style of directing and many of his films have been critically lauded.

With numerous Malayalam films, as well as several Tamil films and one Telugu film, Fazil has won the most number of State awards for the best film with popular appeal and aesthetic value.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Fazil has two sons, Fahadh Faasil and Farhaan Faasil and two daughters. Fahadh Faasil, an actor in the Malayalam film industry is married to Nazriya Nazim, an actress in the Malayalam and Tamil industry. Farhaan Faasil is also an actor working in Malayalam film industry. He debuted in 2014 with Njan Steve Lopez, directed by Rajeev Ravi.[3]


Directed films[edit]

No. Year Film Language
1 2011 Living Together Malayalam
2 2009 Moss & Cat Malayalam
3 2005 Oru Naal Oru Kanavu Tamil
4 2004 Vismayathumbathu Malayalam
5 2002 Kaiyethum Doorath Malayalam
6 2000 Kannukkul Nilavu Tamil
7 2000 Life Is Beautiful Malayalam
8 1998 Harikrishnans Malayalam
9 1997 Kadhalukku Mariyadhai Tamil
10 1997 Aniathipravu Malayalam
11 1994 Manathe Vellitheru Malayalam
12 1993 Kilipetchu Ketkava Tamil
13 1993 Manichitrathazhu Malayalam
14 1992 Pappayude Swantham Appoos Malayalam
15 1991 Karpoora Mullai Tamil
16 1991 Ente Sooryaputhrikku Malayalam
17 1991 Killer Telugu
18 1990 Arangetra Velai Tamil
19 1989 Varusham Padhinaaru Tamil
20 1988 En Bommukutty Ammavukku Tamil
21 1987 Manivathoorile Aayiram Sivarathrikal Malayalam
22 1987 Poovizhi Vasalile Tamil
23 1986 Poovinu Puthiya Poonthennal Malayalam
24 1986 Ennennum Kannettante Malayalam
25 1985 Poove Poochooda Vaa Tamil
26 1984 Nokketha Dhoorathu Kannum Nattu Malayalam
27 1983 Eettillam Malayalam
28 1983 Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku Malayalam
29 1983 Marakkillorikkalum Malayalam
30 1981 Dhanya Malayalam
31 1980 Manjil Virinja Pookkal Malayalam

Produced films[edit]

Year Film Language
2004 Vismayathumbathu Malayalam
2003 Chronic Bachelor Malayalam
1998 Sundarakilladi Malayalam
1997 Chandralekha Malayalam
1995 No. 1 Snehatheeram Bangalore North Malayalam
1989 Ramji Rao Speaking Malayalam

As actor[edit]

Year Film Language role
1988 Isabella Malayalam Cameo appearance
1985 Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu Malayalam Alexi (Cameo appearance)
1993 Vatsalyam Malayalam Uncredited role
2019 Lucifer Malayalam Father Nedumbally
2020 Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham Malayalam Kuttiyali Marakkar


National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South

See also[edit]


  1. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0269778/
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Prema Manmadhan (23 December 2005). "His experiments with cinema". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Malayalam Actor Fahad Fazil (Ognjen Faasil) Family Pics - MERE PIX". merepix.com. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Kerala State Film Awards: 1993". Kerala State Chalachitra Academy. Archived from the original on 2 October 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d "State Film Awards: 1969 – 2008". Information and Public Relations Department of Kerala. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
  6. ^ Collections. Update Video Publication. 1991. Retrieved 14 December 2014.

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