Geetu Mohandas

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Geetu Mohandas
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Born Gayathri Mohandas
(1981-02-14) 14 February 1981 (age 36)
Kannur, India
Other names Geetu
Occupation Film director, actress
Years active 1986 – present
Spouse(s) Rajeev Ravi (2009 – present)
Children Aradhana
Awards Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist (1986), Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress (2004)

Gayathri Mohandas (born 14 February 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 has been chosen as India's entry for the U.S. 87th Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars.[4]

Career[edit]

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 first 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. Geetu's second directorial venture Liar's Dice 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]

Personal life[edit]

She was born as Gayathri to Mohandas and Sudha on February 14, 1981 at Kannur. Her mother belongs to Tamil community. She has a brother, Arjun.[9] On 14 November 2009, she married cinematographer Rajeev Ravi.[10] The wedding took place at night in Kochi, Kerala, India.

The couple have a daughter, Aradhana.

Awards[edit]

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 awards
  • 2004: Best character Actress – Akale

Filmography[edit]

As Actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1986 Onnu Muthal Poojaym Vare Deepa 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
2002 Valkannadi Devu
2002 Sesham Meera
2002 Pakalppooram Seemandini / Ghost
2002 Krishna Gopalakrishna Gayathri
2002 Kannaki Kumudam
2002 Kakke Kakke Koodevide Sudharma
2003 Sahodharan Sahadevan Arathi
2003 Mullavalliyum Thenmavum Eva Cherian
2003 Shingari Bolona Maya
2003 Choonda Mohini Varma/Archana
2003 Nala Damayanthi Damayanthi Tamil film
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 Rappakal Malavika Varma
2005 Pauran Annie
2006 Kisan Ammu/Ambili Varma
2006 Poi Ramya Tamil film
2006 Arunam Seetha
2007 Bharathan Effect Geetha
2007 Thakarachenda Latha
2007 Naalu Pennungal The Virgin aka Four Women (Canada: English title: festival title)
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
2018 Moothon Malayalam Global filmmaking award for story in Sundance film festival 2016

References[edit]

  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". Rediff.com. 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 Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  9. ^ http://cinidiary.com/people.php?pigsection=Actor&picata=2&no_of_displayed_rows=8&no_of_rows_page=10&sletter= Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  10. ^ "ഗീതു മോഹന്‍ദാസ്‌ വിവാഹിതയായി" Retrieved 18 April 2011.

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