K. Madhu

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K. Madhu
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Haripad, Kerala, India
OccupationFilm director, producer
RelativesNavya Nair (niece)

K. Madhu is an Indian film director and producer who works predominantly in the Malayalam film industry. He made his debut with Malarum Kiliyum[1] and has directed over 30 popular and financially successful feature films in various languages (Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu & Kannada).


K Madhu began his career, working as an assistant director under eminent film director M. Krishnan Nair, who was also a recipient of the prestigious J.C. Daniel Award.

He directed over 30 outstanding feature films in various languages including Irupatham Noottandu, Mounam Sammadham, Crime File, Nadiya Kollappetta Rathri, Moonam Mura and the CBI Series. He went on to make his debut as a director in 1986, with Malarum Kiliyum, starring Mammootty. He succeeded in getting a career break in 1987 with Irupatham Noottandu starring Mohanlal which broke all the records in collection & popularity.  

It was followed by Oru CBI Diary Kurippu in 1988. The highest-grossing Malayalam film at that time. Considered one of the best crime thrillers in Malayalam, it eventually developed a cult following. The movie ran for a whole year (365 days) in Safire Theatre, Madras (India's first largest multi-theatre complex) at a time when Malayalam films didn't find much of an audience in the neighbouring states. Oru CBI Diary Kurippu was later remade in Hindi (as ‘Police Public’ with Rajkumar and Kabir Bedi) and in Telugu (as ‘Nyayam Kosam’ with Rajsekhar).

Though he has worked with several scriptwriters, most of his successful films were with S N Swamy. Writer Swamy and Madhu have collaborated for many films, debuting with Irupatham Noottandu and later in Oru CBI Diary Kurippu, Moonnam Mura, Nariman and Sethurama Iyer CBI among others. Most of them were in the legal, crime, thriller genres. He introduced Mammootty into Tamil films through the hit film 'Mounam Sammadham’. He also introduced the popular Tamil hero Sarathkumar through his Telugu film in which Dr Rajasekhar was the hero.

In 2017, he announced a multilingual historical film titled ‘Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma’ based on Kerala History which will be produced in five languages - Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kanada & Hindi, followed by a sequel. The series of movies depict the life stories of two eminent kings of erstwhile Travancore.

Mammootty starring the fifth sequel of the CBI series written by SN Swamy is the forthcoming directorial this year (2021).


  • Member Jury of Indian Official Entry to Oscar Award
  • Member Jury of Kerala State Film Award Committee
  • Member Jury of the Sathyan Award Committee
  • Former member of the Board of Directors of KSFDC
  • Former General Secretary of MACTA
  • Former Chairman of MACTA
  • Former Exe. Member in Malayala Chalachitra Parishath
  • Former President of Directors Union of Kerala.
  • Founder Treasurer of Upasana Film Society, Haripad
  • Member of FEFKA
  • Member of Kerala Film Producers Association
  • Associated with Film Societies since 1977

FEFKA: Film Employees Federation of Kerala

KSFDC: Kerala State Film Development Corporation

MACTA: Malayalam Cine Technicians Association


Year Title Language Screenwriter
2022 The CBI Diary black investigators (CBI part 5) Malayalam S. N. Swamy
2012 Banking Hours 10 to 4 Malayalam Sumesh-Amal
2009 Rahasya Police Malayalam S. N. Swamy
2007 Nadiya Kollappetta Rathri Malayalam A. K. Sajan
2006 Pathaaka Malayalam Robin Thirumala
2005 Nerariyan CBI Malayalam S. N. Swamy
2004 Sethurama Iyer CBI Malayalam S. N. Swamy
2002 Chathurangam Malayalam Babu Janardanan
2001 Nariman Malayalam S. N. Swamy
1999 Crime File Malayalam A. K. Sajan, A. K. Santhosh
1999 The Godman Malayalam Sathish Pathissery
1999 Underworld Kannada Chinni Krishna
1997 Janadhipathyam Malayalam A. K. Sajan
1995 Oru Abhibhashakante Case Diary Malayalam S. N. Swamy
1993 Thalamura Malayalam A R Mukhesh
1992 Kavacham Malayalam Sab John
1991 Adayalam Malayalam S. N. Swamy
1990 Orukkam Malayalam Balachandran Chullikkad, John Paul
1990 Mounam Sammadham Tamil S. N. Swamy
1990 Randam Varavu Malayalam John Paul
1989 Adikkurippu Malayalam S. N. Swamy
1989 Jagratha Malayalam S. N. Swamy
1989 Adhipan Malayalam Jagadeesh
1989 Magadu Telugu S. N. Swamy
1989 Thalaippu Seithigal Tamil
1988 Moonnam Mura Malayalam S. N. Swamy
1988 Oohakachavadam Malayalam S. N. Swamy
1988 Oru CBI Diary Kurippu Malayalam S. N. Swamy
1987 Irupatham Noottandu Malayalam S. N. Swamy
1986 Ee Kaikalil Malayalam Kaloor Dennis
1986 Malarum Kiliyum Malayalam


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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