December 30, 1958 |
Alleppey, Kerala, India
|Other names||Sab John|
|Occupation||Screenwriter, Film Maker, Actor|
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John E (born 30 December 1958) is an Indian screenwriter and filmmaker. John E aka Sab John has penned scripts for some very critically acclaimed films in Malayalam and Tamil. Presently a resident of Chennai, India, John renders his guidance to aspiring script writers.
John was born in Allepey, in the southern Indian state of Kerala to Simon Antony and Marykutty Antony. Though graduated in commerce, his accounting career did not last long. Very early in his career he discovered his interest in screenwriting and authored the script for the notable Malayalam film, Chanakyan, a Kamal Hassan starrer.
During a professional screenwriting career spanning over 2 decades, John has written about 30 filmed screenplays. To name a few of his very successful films are: Guna, Vyooham, Gandhari (film), Soorya Manasam, Highway (1995 film), Sillunu Oru Kadhal, Mayilpeelikkavu, Priyam, Kuruthipunal and Chanakyan (film). Guna starring Kamal Hassan is about a mentally affected person’s unadulterated love for a fictitious character named Abirami. The film was not only successful commercially, but also had an excellent blend of Kamal’s acting, Ilayaraja’s music and John’s screenplay. It surely became a milestone project for everyone involved.
In addition to being a screenwriter John has also donned other roles in film making like acting, directing and production management. He was cast in a pivotal role in the much-acclaimed film “Kuruthippunal” as “Narasimhan” and won critical appreciation. The film was produced by Kamal Hassan and directed by P. C. Sreeram. He worked as the Executive Producer for Kamal’s Hindi feature film “Chachi 420”.
John has written and directed documentaries for ROTARY CENTRAL VHS-TTK BLOOD BANK (2006), VCRC and Dengue fever (1995). “SMOKELESS HOMES” (Tamil) - promoting smokeless burners in the villages of Tamil Nadu for British Petroleum and “THE WAR” (English) for Vector Control Research Centre (VCRC), a unit of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India were docu-dramas, both written and directed by him.
John wrote the teleplay “Venalinte Ozhivu” for the National Doordarshan directed by Shyama Prasad. The teleplay bagged the best short feature for the year in 1989. He also wrote and produced “DECEMBERILE ATHITHI” for Asianet TV (2001) directed by Roshaan Andrrews. “NAKSHTRAKKANNU” a 52 episode weekly serial (2002) was also written by him for Asianet TV. He was also seen in a very popular TV series, “Shamanathalam” in Asianet TV, directed by the National Award Winning Director, Shyamaprasad, as “George Panicker” (2001).
John has worked on a wide range of television commercials as a director and producer. Some of them include Gold Winner Oil, Save Tamils in Sri Lanka Campaign, Sreerosh Builders (English), Sunidra Mattress (Malayalam), Eastern Sambar (Malayalam), Eastern Appam [concept – Malayalam], Eastern Rasam [concept – Malayalam], Eastern Masala, Sheenlac Wood Polish [Malayalam], Alukkas Jewelers, Kaveri Fairness Cream, Pankajkasturi, Malabar Gold, Produced/Directed 40 sec spot Jokes Biscuit.
|Film Name||Year of Release||Starring||Screenplay by||Directed by|
|Chanakyan||1989||Kamalhassan||John E||T.K. Rajeevkumar|
|Vyooham||1990||Raghuvaran, Sukumaran, Captain Raju, Rajan P. Dev||John E||Sangeeth Sivan|
|Kshanakath||1990||Niyas, Athira||John E||T.K. Rajeevkumar|
|Guna||1991||Kamal Hassan||John E||Santhana Bharathi|
|Suryamanasam||1993||Mammootty, Raghuvaran, Vinodini||John E||Viji Thampi|
|Gandhari||1993||Babu Antony, Rajan P. Dev, Madhavi||John E||Sunil|
|Nepoleon||1994||Babu Antony, Vijayaraghavan, Mathu||John E||T.S.Saji|
|Bharanakoodam||1994||Babu Antony, Geetha||John E||Sunil|
|Dada||1994||Babu Antony, Narendra Prasad, Rajan P. Dev||John E||P.G.Vishwambharan|
|High Way||1995||Suresh Gopi, Vijayaraghavan, Janardhanan||John E||Jayaraj|
|Kuruthipunal||1996||Kamal Hassan||John E||P.C.Sreeram|
|Mayilpeelikkavu||1998||Kunchacko Boban, Jomol, Madupal||John E||Anil Babu|
|Priyam||1999||Kunchacko Boban, Jagathi Sreekumar||John E||Sanal|
|Sillunu Oru Kaadhal||2006||Surya Sivakumar, Jyothika, Bhoomika||John E||N. Krishna|
|Washinston Report||2007||Pre Production||John E||Senthyl Parthasarathy|
|Nair-San||2007||Screenplay Doctoring Indo-Japanese Production||John E|
|Sale||2008||Pre Production||John E||John E|
|Pulivaal (Tamil)||2009||Pre Production||John E||John E|
|Osho||2010||Screenplay Doctoring English Indo-Italian Production||John E|
|Jai Ho-Man (Hindi)||2010||-||John E|
|Sivappu Mazhai (Tamil)||2010||Meera Jasmine, Vivek||John E||V. Krishnamoorthy|
|Snake||2011||Docu-drama Animation||John E||John E|
|Raksha (Malayalam)||2012||John E|
|Yakshi (Hindi)||2013||John E|
|GM (Tamil)||2013||John E|
|Kadivalam (Tamil)||2013||Screenplay Doctoring||Raffi|
|WorkingTitle (Malayalam)||2013||Screenplay Doctoring||Pradeep|
|Jeevatma||Created Teleplay-1-Hr-22 Episodes||2013||John E||Bala Kailasam|
Apart from mainstream filmmaking, he has organized a curriculum, class models and assessment criteria for the Screenwriting Course for the film school SAE, and Manipal University in addition to conducting many classes and crash courses for aspiring screenwriters.
John is the Founder Chairman and Mentor at Cheeseflicks Pvt Ltd, an organized production house for feature movies and shorts.
Also mentors aspiring screenwriters the professional skills of writing a script for the screen through a brand — ScreenWrite.In — India’s only Screenwriters’ Studio.
John was Jury Member for the FICCI BAF Awards 2008,2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013 Mumbai.
Chief Mentor for IIT Workshop (2012 )on screenwriting.
John shares his knowledge with second year direction students and heads the screenwriting program at L V Prasad Film and Television Academy, Chennai on a regular basis.
He volunteers in “Transactional Analysis” propagation group, conducts opening level classes for school and college students.