Major Ravi

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Major Ravi
Native name എ. കെ. രവീന്ദ്രൻ
Born A. K. Raveendran
(1958-06-13) 13 June 1958 (age 59)
Pattambi, Palakkad, Kerala
Occupation Director, actor, Indian Army Major (retd.)

A. K. Ravindran,[1] is a Indian filmmaker and actor in Malayalam cinema. He also served as a [Major]] in Indian Army.

Personal life[edit]

Ravi was born to Sri. Perumbara Kuttisankaran Nair and Smt. A. T. Satyabhama in Pattambi, Palakkad district on 13 June 1958.

Military career[edit]

He joined the army as a cadet after his schooling and later pursued his studies within the army and graduated from the Army College to become a major in the year 1985. He was head of the commando team of the mission code named Operation One Eyed Jack to capture suspects of the Rajiv Gandhi murder case. During his commando tenure of four years in the National Security Guard. The experiences of which inspired him to direct Keerthi Chakra (2006) and Mission 90 Days (2007).[2]

Film career[edit]

After serving for around two decades in the Indian Army, he became a military consultant for Indian films. He has worked with Priyadarshan, Rajkumar Santhoshi, Kamal Haasan, and Mani Ratnam.[3] He has earlier made a children's film, Toofan in Hindi in the year 1999, starring Dileep and Saba Khan,[4] which had a delayed release in 2010, due to censoring issues. It was dubbed into Malayalam as Oru Avadhikaalam. His first feature film was Keerti Chakra, a film on Kashmir militancy.[5]

His second movie Mission 90 Days was his own experience of the Rajiv Gandhi Assassination case. His third project Kurukshetra based on the Kargil war starring Mohanlal was a sequel to Keerthi Chakra.[6] The 2010 film Kandahar was a third installment to the Major Mahadevan film series.

In 2012, he directed Karma Yodha with Mohanlal. In 2015, Picket 43, starring Prithviraj and Javed Jaffery was made. It turned out to be a hit. He is now heading towards a fourth installment in the Major Mahadevan series. About the film he quoted: "The focus will be on the individuals rather than the war, and will portray the relationships that are forged during the war."[7]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Writer Actor
2017 1971: Beyond Borders Yes Yes
2016 Action Hero Biju Yes
2015 Anarkali Yes
2015 Picket 43 Yes Yes
2013 Oru Yathrayil Yes Yes Segments Amma and I Love My Appa
2012 Karma Yodha Yes Yes
2010 Kandahar Yes Yes Yes
2010 Toofan Yes Yes Yes
2008 Kurukshetra Yes Yes
2007 Mission 90 Days Yes Yes Yes
2006 Keerthi Chakra Yes Yes
2003 Pattalam Yes
2002 Punarjani Yes Yes
2002 Onnaman Yes
2001 Aalavandhan Yes
2000 Raakilipattu Yes
1999 Olympiyan Anthony Adam Yes
1999 Megham Yes

Awards[edit]

Kerala State Film Awards
Asianet Film Awards

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The untold story of a commando operation". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 2007-07-17. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
  2. ^ "The untold story of a commando operation". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 2007-07-17. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
  3. ^ "Straight from a soldier's heart". The Hindu. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
  4. ^ http://www.metromatinee.com/movies/index.php?FilmID=3176-Toofan#Synopsis
  5. ^ http://www.mathrubhumi.com/movies/interview/158506/
  6. ^ "Now showing". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 2008-10-11. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
  7. ^ Mohanlal in Major Ravi’s next!