Geetu Mohandas

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Geetu Mohandas
Gayatri Das

(1981-06-08) 8 June 1981 (age 38)
Other namesGeetu
OccupationActress, Film director
Years active1986 – present
Spouse(s)Rajeev Ravi (2009 – present)
AwardsKerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist (1986)
Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress (2004)

Gayathri Mohandas (born 8 June 1981) known professionally as Geetu Mohandas is an Indian film actress and director known for her works in Malayalam cinema and Bollywood.[1][2] In 2013, she directed the socio political film Liar's Dice which has received two National Film Awards, was premiered at Sundance Film Festival,[3] and was chosen by the Government of India as India's entry for the U.S. 87th Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, but was not shortlisted or nominated.[4]


Geetu's actual name is Gayathri Mohandas.[5] Affectionately called Geetu by her family, the name was adopted as her screen name when she starred in her fourth movie Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare in 1986 with Mohanlal in the lead role. Geetu was five years old then and captured the hearts of Malayalam filmgoers as a fatherless child who discovers a father in an anonymous telephone caller.[6] She acted in the top grosser En Bommukutty Ammavukku as the title role, which was the Tamil remake of Fazil's Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku (Malayalam) done by Baby Shalini in the title role.[7] Geetu's first movie as an adult was Life is Beautiful starring Mohanlal in the lead. She went on to act in Thenkasi Pattanam, Valkannadi, Nammal Thammil and several other Malayalam movies. The high point of her career was Akale directed by Shyamaprasad, and produced by Tom George Kolath which won her the Kerala State Award for Best Actress in 2004. Geetu also won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam, for her role as Rose, in Akale.

Her first directorial venture was Kelkkunnundo which won recognition at several film festivals, including Best Child Actor at the National Awards. The film has been included as a chapter in the 12th standard Kerala state syllabus since 2014.

Geetu's second directorial venture Liar's Dice (film) received its world premiere at 2013 Mumbai Film Festival and went on to screen at Sundance Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam. It won a special jury award at Sofia International Film Festival.[8] Her latest film starring Nivil Pauly 'Moothon' was screened at TIFF 2019. "Definitely, Salaam Bombay is an influence. I cannot say it is not. When you have a location such as Kamathipura, that is a reference point for filmmakers. And, as cinema, I love that film. I’ve never seen Kamathipura portrayed so realistically in any other film or as well as Mira Nair did," she said in an interview to [9]

Geetu's next directorial venture and directorial debut Malayalam movie was the Nivin Pauly starrer Moothon which she also co-wrote with Anurag Kashyap.

Personal life[edit]

She was born as Gayathri to Mohandas and Latha on June 8, 1981 at kannur. She has a brother, Arjun.[10] On 14 November 2009, she married cinematographer Rajeev Ravi.[11] The wedding took place at night in Kochi, Kerala, India.

The couple have a daughter, Aradhana.


International Film Festival of India
  • 2009 – IFFI Golden Lamp Tree Award for Best Film and Director – Kelkkunnundo Film Chamber of Commerce
  • 1986 – Film Chamber of Commerce Award for Best Child Artist – Onnu Mudal Poojyam Vare
International Awards
  • 2014 - Special Jury award at the 18th Sofia International Film Festival - Liar's Dice
  • 2017 - Global filmmaking award for story in Sundance film festival 2016 - Moothon
Mumbai International Film Festival
  • 2010 – Jury Award – Kelkkunnundo
Ala Awards
  • Ala Award for Best Actress – Akale
  • 2002: Ala Award for Best Popular Actress – Valkannadi
Amrita Film Fraternity Awards
  • Amrita Film Fraternity Award for Best Actress – Akale
SICA Awards
  • 2002 – South Indian Cinematographers Association Award for Best Supporting Actress – Kannagi
Film Critics Awards
  • 2002 – Film Critics Award for Best Actress – Shesham
  • 2004 – Film Critics Award for Best Actress – Akale
  • 2010 – Film Critics Award for Best Short Film – Kelkkunnundo
Kerala State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Asianet Film Awards
  • 2004 – Special Jury Mention – Akale
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards
  • 2001: Best Actress – Shesham
  • 2004: Special Jury Award – Akale
Mathrubhumi, Medimix film
  • 2004: Best character Actress – Akale


As Actress[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1986 Onnu Muthal Poojaym Vare Deepa Mol Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist
1986 Sayam Sandhya Vinu Mol
1986 Veendum Anu
1986 Rareeram Geethu
1988 En Bommukutty Ammavukku Tinnu Tamil film
2000 Life Is Beautiful Bala
2000 Thenkasipattanam Sangeetha
2001 Kannaki Kumudam
2002 Kakke Kakke Koodevide Sudharma
2002 Pakalppooram Seemandini / Ghost
2002 Krishna Gopalakrishna Gayathri
2002 Sesham Meera
2002 Valkannadi Devu
2003 Sahodharan Sahadevan Arathi
2003 Shingari Bolona Maya
2003 Nala Damayanthi Damayanthi Tamil film
2003 Choonda Mohini Varma/Archana
2003 Mullavalliyum Thenmavum Eva Cherian
2004 Oridam No name in the movie
2004 Thudakkam Karthika
2004 Akale Rose Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam
2005 Ullam Radha
2005 Pauran Annie
2005 Rappakal Malavika Varma
2006 Kisan Ammu/Ambili Varma
2006 Poi Ramya Tamil film
2006 Arunam Seetha
2007 Bharathan Effect Geetha
2007 Thakarachenda Latha
2007 Naalu Pennungal Kumari
The Virgin
aka Four Women (Canada: English title: festival title)
2007 Best Friends
2008 Akasha Gopuram Catherine Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Malayalam
2009 Seetha Kalyanam Abhirami
2009 Nammal Thammil Anu

As Director[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
2009 Kelkkunnundo Malayalam Short Film
2014 Liar's Dice Hindi Special Jury award at the 18th Sofia International Film Festival
Received two National Film Awards
2019 Moothon Malayalam


Global filmmaking award for story in Sundance film festival 2016


  1. ^ Nala Damayandhi – Review Retrieved 13 April 2009.
  2. ^ Geetu Mohandas
  3. ^ "Nawazuddin's Liar's Dice in Sundance Film Festival". Starblockbuster. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  4. ^ Gitanjali Roy (23 September 2014). "India will send Hindi-language road film Liar's Dice to the Oscars next year, the Film Federation of India (FFI) announced today". Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  5. ^ "I, Me, Myself – Geethu Mohandas". The Hindu. 4 July 2003. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
  6. ^ Shobha Warrier (11 February 2003). "Geetu Mohandas is Damayanthi". Retrieved 13 April 2009.
  7. ^ "In the big league". The Hindu. 12 June 2003. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
  8. ^ Liar's Dice wins Special Jury award at Sofia International Film Festival Archived 21 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  9. ^ "'This Is The Bronze Age Of Malayalam Cinema. I Won't Call It The Golden Age. We Are Not There Yet': Geetu Mohandas". 18 September 2019. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  10. ^ Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  11. ^ "ഗീതു മോഹന്‍ദാസ്‌ വിവാഹിതയായി" Retrieved 18 April 2011.

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