|Other names||Mahesh Narayan|
After completing his graduation from University College Thiruvananthapuram he joined at M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute in Tamil Nadu, Mahesh started working as an advert editor. He subsequently progressed to edit documentaries, short films and entered the film industry with Rathri Mazha a Malayalam film award, which won five Kerala State Awards.
A few of his most popular films as an editor includes Beautiful, Traffic, Kanyaka Talkies, Viswaroopam, and Ennu Ninte Moideen. After establishing himself as an accomplished and successful editor, Mahesh ventured into writing and made his debut as a writer with Mili, a Malayalam film, which opened to rave reviews in Kerala.
In 2017 Mahesh Narayan progressed into film-making directing his debut feature Take Off a 2017 Indian drama thriller film, based on the ordeal of Indian nurses in the city of Tikrit, Iraq, in 2014 with Parvathy , Kunchacko Boban and Fahadh Faasil starring in the lead roles. It is written by Mahesh Narayan and P. V. Shajikumar. The film was shot in various parts of Dubai and Kerala. Take Off was released on 24 March 2017. The film was a blockbuster at the box office.
Celebrities praised the movie, including actor Kamal Haasan. The film was in competition section at various international festivals, including International Film Festival of India and International Film Festival of Kerala.
The film grossed ₹40 crore at the box office. The film collected $853,101 from UAE box office in its three weekends,$21,248 from UK box office and $9,918 from New Zealand box office. The film ran for over 125 days in theaters.
The film won a Special Jury Award at the 48th International Film Festival of India and Parvathy won the award for Best Female Actor, becoming the first ever Indian film actor to win the award. The film won five Kerala State Awards including the Best Debut Director's Award for Mahesh Narayan. For her most notable performance as Sameera, Parvathy also received her second Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress, a second Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam and her first Special Jury Mention at the National Film Awards.
- Special Jury, Silver Peacock Award at IFFI 2017 
- 65th National Film Awards, Special Mention for Take Off (2017 film) 
- Kerala State Film Award for Best Debut Director
- Best Screenplay Award at SCO Film Festival, Qingdao, China
- Audience Choice Award at IFFLA,Los Angeles, 2018
- Vanitha Film Awards 2018 - Best Movie - Take Off (2017 film)
- Asiavision Award 2017 for the Best Director - Take Off (2017 film)
- Asianet Film Award 2018 for Best Director - Take Off (2017 film)
- Asianet Film Awards 2015 for Best Editor - Ennu Ninte Moideen
|2017||Take Off (2017 film)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Malayalam|
|2016||Traffic (2016 film)||Yes||No||No||Hindi|
|2015||Ennu Ninte Moideen||Yes||No||No||Malayalam|
|2015||Mili (2015 film)||Yes||No||Yes||Malayalam|
|2014||Cousins (2014 film)||Yes||No||No||Malayalam|
|2014||How Old Are You? (film)||Yes||No||No||Malayalam|
|2013||Mumbai Police (film)||Yes||No||No||Malayalam|
|2013||Chennaiyil Oru Naal||Yes||No||No||Tamil|
|2013||Natholi Oru Cheriya Meenalla||Yes||No||No||Malayalam|
|2011||Beautiful (2011 film)||Yes||No||No||Malayalam|
|2011||Karayilekku Oru Kadal Dooram||Yes||No||No||Malayalam|
|2011||Three Kings (2011 film)||Yes||No||No||Malayalam|
|2011||The Metro (film)||Yes||No||No||Malayalam|
|2011||A Pestering Journey||Yes||No||No||English|
|2009||16mm: Memories, Movement and a Machine||Yes||No||No||English||Documentary Short|
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