Mukesh (actor)

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Mukesh at Mazhavil Manorama 2013
Member of the Legislative Assembly for Kollam
Assumed office
Preceded by P. K. Gurudasan
Constituency Kollam
Personal details
Born Mukesh Babu
Born 5.3.1959 (Age 58)
Pattathanam, Kollam,
Kerala, India
Political party Communist Party of India (Marxist)- CPI(M)
Spouse(s) Saritha (m.1988–2011) <Methil Devika (m.2013–present)
Children Shravan, Tejas
Parents O. Madhavan, Vijayakumari
Occupation Film actor & Member of legislative assembly(MLA), Film Actor, Producer, Television host, Politician

Mukesh (born Mukesh Babu, 5th March 1959 in Pattathanam, Kollam) is an Indian actor and politician known for his work in Malayalam cinema. He's best known for his comic-oriented roles.[1] Mukesh is the current Member of the Legislative Assembly (M.L.A.) representing the Kollam constituency of Kerala state.

Mukesh made his debut in the film Balloon (1982). He gained prominence for both his comedy and drama centred roles. Mukesh's role as Gopalakrishnan in Ramji Rav Speaking (1989) saw a rebirth in his career, a new type of stock character emerged based on Mukesh's stardom. A youthful, funny, and fraudulent young man who had to go against the law due to life's pressures and circumstances. This period saw the shift of Mukesh as a bankable lead actor, especially due to the box-office success of In Harihar Nagar (1990) and Godfather (1991). This led to a series of low-budget comedy films such as Innathe Programme (1991), Ennodishtam Koodamo (1992), Ammayane Sathyam (1993), Poochakkaru Mani Kettum (1994), Malappuram Haji Mahanaya Joji (1994), and Sipayi Lahala (1995).

Post-2000s, Mukesh went into another shift of his career. He started doing more character roles. Some of them being Chronic Bachelor (2003), Sethurama Iyer CBI (2004), Udayananu Tharam (2005), Rasathanthram (2006), Vinodayathra (2007), Naalu Pennungal (2007), and Innathe Chintha Vishayam (2008). In 2007, Mukesh turned to production as well. He formed Lumiere Film Company along with Sreenivasan. Their first venture Katha Parayumpol (2007) was a commercial success. Their second film Thattathin Marayathu (2012) was a huge success as well. In 2009, he made a massive comeback through To Harihar Nagar in his evergreen role Mahadevan and it is the highest-grossing film in his career till date. This comeback lead to many other commercial and critical successes such as In Ghost House Inn (2010), Mummy & Me (2010), Oru Marubhoomikkadha (2011), Sound Thoma (2013), English (2013), Lucky Star (2013), Adi Kapyare Kootamani (2015), and Two Countries (2015). In 2014, he won the Kerala Film Critics Award for his performance in English.

Personal life[edit]

Mukesh in 2011

Mukesh was born to theater artist and actor O. Madhavan and Vijayakumari, who is also an actress, at Kollam, Kerala. He has two sisters, Sandya Rajendran and Jayasree. Sandhya's husband, E.A. Rajendran is also a film actor. He had his primary education from Infant Jesus School Kollam and pursued B.Sc from Sree Narayana College, Kollam. He holds LLB from Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram. He acted in dramas before entering movie industry.[2]

He was married to South Indian film actress Saritha and they have two sons Shravan, Tejas. Sravan is pursuing M.B.B.S at Ras Al Khaima University Dubai and Thejas is pursuing his undergraduate degree from Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand.[3] Later, Mukesh married dancer Methil Devika on 24 October 2013.[4] She worked as lecturer in the Department of Post-graduate Studies (Mohiniyattam/Kathakali/Koodiyattam) and at the Research Department, Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University, Kerala.[5]

He was elected to Kerala Legislative Assembly from Kollam constituency in Kerala assembly election 2016

Acting career[edit]

Mukesh began his career through the movie Balloon in 1982. In 1985, he acted in Mutharamkunnu P. O. directed by Sibi Malayil, with a script by Sreenivasan and story by Jagadeesh. Then came a series of slapstick comedies, often with Priyadarshan, like Ponnum Kudathinu Pottu, Akkare Ninnoru Maran, Boeing Boeing and Odaruthammava Aalariyaam. His breakthrough came in 1989 with the movie Ramji Rao Speaking directed by Siddique-Lal. Thereafter he established himself as a leading actor in the Malayalam film industry. In the early nineties Mukesh acted alongside Jayaram, Jagadeesh and Siddique in a number of low-budget comedy movies. His major hits were directed by duo Siddique-Lal. Apart from Ramji Rao Speaking, they worked together in In Harihar Nagar, Godfather, Hitler, Chronic Bachelor and Friends. The characters he played were usually of a young man doing something fraudulent under the pressure of circumstances. The best example of a film with such a character is Sipayi Lahala (1995) by Vinayan and written by Sreenivasan.

He portrayed the CBI officer Chacko in the four movies of the CBI series directed by K. Madhu. His supporting roles with Mammootty received popularity. He maintains a close friendship with Mohanlal and has acted with him in films such as Hello My Dear Wrong Number, Thalavattam, Vandanam, Akkare Akkare Akkare, Kakkakuyil and Boeing Boeing. In the 2000s, he struggled a bit to escape an image trap. He has come back strongly with interesting supporting roles in Udayananu Tharam, Goal, Vinodayathra, Boy Friend, Kaiyoppu, Naalu Pennungal and Katha Parayumbol. He has been a part of many of Mohanlal's comedies, most of them directed by Priyadarshan.

Mukesh at Kollam, during the election campaign in 2016

Apart from acting, he also ventured into production with Sreenivasan. Their first movie, Katha Parayumbol, featured a cameo by Mammootty and was the biggest hit of the year. Mukesh was the host of Deal or No Deal, a Malayalam television program along the lines of Deal or No Deal which was aired on Surya TV and was a big success. Mukesh authored and published a book on his reminiscences and anecdotes from life.[6] This book, in the Malayalam language, is titled Mukesh Kathakal – Jeevithathiley Nerum Narmavum.[7] It is a collection of Mukesh's humorous experiences while he was a student at S. N. College, Kollam, and also contains some tales from his life as a movie actor. The book was a big hit.[8]

Awards, honours and recognitions[edit]


Malayalam films[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
2017 Jomonte Suvisheshangal Vincent
2016 Angane Thanne Nethave Anjettennam Pinnale Paala Thankachan
2016 Shikhamani
2016 Kattumakkan Madhavan
2015 Two Countries Simon
2015 Adi Kapyare Kootamani Father Alfred Kattuvilayil Nominated - Asianet Film Awards for Best Comedian
2015 John Honayi
2015 Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam Himself
2015 Chandrettan Evideya Sekharan
2015 Elanjikkavu P.O
2015 Kalyanism
2015 1000 – Oru Note Paranja Katha
2014 To Let Ambadi Talkies Circle Inspector Jayashankar  
2014 karanavar
2014 Mathai Kuzhappakaranalla
2014 Ormayundo Ee Mukham Doctor
2014 Pershyakkaran
2014 Peruchazhi Francis Kunjappan  
2014 To Noora With Love Special Appearance
2014 Praise The Lord Sunny
2014 Vasnthathinte Kanalvazhikal
2014 London Bridge Francis
2014 Mannar Mathai Speaking 2 Gopalakrishnan 3rd Part of RamjiRao speaking
2013 Escape From Uganda Firoz
2013 Philips and the Monkeypen Principal
2013 Ithu Manthramo Thanthramo Kuthanthramo Sadanantha Bhoopathi Swami  
2013 For Sale Prathapan Guruji  
2013 Sound Thoma Plapparambil Mathai/Musthafa
2013 English Joy 2nd Best Actor-Film critics award
2013 Lucky Star Dr. John Chitillapally
2012 Hide N' Seek Solomon / Niranjan
2012 916 Dr. Ramesh
2012 Red Alert
2012 Navagatharkku Swagatham Rajasekharan aka Appettan
2012 Masters SP Ravi Shanker
2012 Gruhanathan Vishvanathan/ GV
2011 Natakame Ulakam Omanakuttan
2011 Ninnishtam Ennishtam 2
2011 Pachuvum Kovalanum Pachu
2011 Manikiakkallu
2011 Maharaja Talkies
2011 Oru Marubhoomikkadha Abdu Kupleri
2011 Sarkar Colony
2011 Adaminte Makan Abu Ashraf
2011 Killadi Raman
2011 Happy Durbar CID Ananthan
2011 Kottarathil Kutty Bhootham
2010 Mummy & Me Joseph
2010 Swantham Bharya Zindabad Himself
2010 Pulliman
2010 Cheriya Kallanum Valiya Policum Sadasivan
2010 In Ghost House Inn Mahadevan Sequel to 2 Harihar Nagar (2009)
2010 Advocate Lakshmanan Ladies Only Lakshmanan
2010 Pathinonnil Vyazham Appu


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Bharya Swantham Suhruthu
2009 Calendar
2009 Chemistry
2009 Decent Parties Himself
2009 Kappal Muthalaali Venkitt Raman
2009 Shudharil Shudhan Mohanachandran Pilla
2009 Bharya Onnu Makkal Moonnu
2009 Currency Danny D'Souza Aka Sayippu
2009 Dr.Patient
2009 2 Harihar Nagar Mahadevan Sequel to In Harihar Nagar
2009 Kanchipurathe Kalyanam
2008 S M S
2008 Gopalapuranam
2008 Parthan Kanda Paralokam Madhavan
2008 Innathe Chintha Vishayam Dr .Murali Krishanan
2008 Kabadi Kabadi
2008 Twenty 20
2007 Best Friend
2007 Goal
2007 Vinodayathra Shaji Raghavan Mukesh 1st film with Sathyan Anthikad
2007 Ayurrekha
2007 Rock N Roll Vishal
2007 Naalu Pennungal Nara Pillai
2007 Katha Parayumbol Venu Produced by Mukesh and Sreenivasan
2007 Khaki Ramakrishnan
2006 Rasathanthram Shivan
2006 Balram vs Tharadas Inspector Varma
2005 Junior Senior
2005 Chiratta Kalipaattangal
2005 Nerariyan C B I
2005 Boy Friend Minister Nateshan, Dineshan (double role)
2005 Soumyam
2005 Udayananu Tharam Babykuttan
2004 Thekkekkara Superfast Ulahannan
2004 Vismayathumbathu Govindan Kutty
2004 Sethurama Iyer CBI Chacko
2003 Thillana Thillana
2003 Chronic Bachelor Srikumar
2003 Sahodaran Sahadevan Aravindan,Mukundan
2003 Vasanthamalika Balakrishnan
2002 Pakalpooram


Title Year Role
Tokyo Nagarathile Viseshangal 1999 Chandrappan
Swastham Grihabaranam 1999 Unni
Friends 1999 Chandu
English Medium 1999
Aakasha Ganga 1999
Sreekrishnapurathe Nakshathrathilakkam 1998 Himself
Oro Viliyum Kathorthu 1998 Sreedharan
Meenakshi Kalyanam 1998 Earali Balan
Mayajalam 1998 Valiyachunkatharayil Babu Narayanan Thampi
Mattupetti Machan 1998 Mattupetti Machan
Mantrikumaran 1998
Chenapparambile Aanakkariyam 1998
Amma Ammaayiyamma 1998 Shekharankutty
Vamsam 1997
Suvarna Simhaasanam 1997 Vasudevan
Oru Mutham Mani Mutham 1997
Newspaper Boy 1997 Krishnankutty
Mannadiar Penninu Chenkotta Chekan 1997 Sethuraman
Kalyanappittannu 1997
Kalyana Kacheri 1997
Nandagopalnte Kusruthikal 1996
Mr. Clean 1996 Rajagopal
Mookkilla Rajyathu Murimookkan Rajavu 1996
Kanakkinavu 1996
Hitler 1996 Balakrishnan
Tom & Jerry 1995 Balagopalan
Sundari Neeyum Sundaran Njanum 1995
Sipayi Lahala 1995 Rajendran
Parvathy Parinayam 1995
Mannar Mathai Speaking 1995 Gopalakrishnan
Manikya Chempazhukka 1995 Ashokan Nair
Keerthanam 1995
Kalyanji Anandji 1995
Kalamasseriyil Kalyanayogam 1995 Balachandran
Achan Rajav Appan Jethavu 1995
Shudha Madhalam 1994
Poochakkaru Mani Kettum 1994 .. Kochukrishnan
Manathe Vellitheru 1994 Babukuttan
Malappuram Haji Mahanaya Joji 1994 Jitendra Varma
Kinnaripuzhayoram 1994
Varam 1993 Actress Mohini
Pravachakan 1993 Balagopalan
Ente Sreekuttikku 1993
Dollar 1993 .... Alex
Customs Diary 1993 Rony Vincent
Bandhukkal Sathrukkal 1993
Ammayane Sathyam 1993 Omanakuttan
Sainyam 1993
Manyanmaar 1992
Makkal Maahathmiam 1992
Kaazhchakkppuram 1992 A. Viswanathan
Ennodishtam Koodamo 1992 Ramanunni
Ellarum Chollanu 1992
Aayushkalam 1992 Balakrishnan
Souhrudam 1991
Ragam Anuragam 1991 Dr. Rajeev
Post Box No. 27 1991
Parallel College 1991
Nattu Vishesham 1991 Vinod Kumar
Mookilla Rajyathu 1991
Kakkathollayiram 1991
Irrikku M.D. Akathudu 1991
Godfather 1991
Ganamela 1991 Venugopal
Ezhunnallathu 1991
Onnaam Muhoortham 1991 Vishwanathan
Ennathe Programme 1991 Unnikrishnan Nair
Cheppu Kilukkunna Changathi 1991 Nandakumaran Thampi
Bhoomika 1991
Thooval Sparsam 1990
Ottayal Pattalam 1990
Nanma Niranjavan Srinivasan 1990
Gajakesariyogam 1990 Vinayachandran
Minda Poochakku Kalyanam 1990
Marupuram 1990
Champion Thomas 1990
Maala Yogam 1990
Kouthuka Varthakal 1990
In Harihar Nagar 1990
Cheriya Lokavum Valiya Manushyarum 1990
Akkare Akkare Akkare 1990
Ee Thanutha Veluppan Kalathu 1990


  1. Varnam (1989)
  2. Mudra (1989)
  3. Ammavanu pattiya Amali (1989)
  4. Vandanam (1989)
  5. Ramji Rao Speaking (1989)
  6. Oru Sayahnathinte Swapnam (1989)
  7. Mathu Kudayum Choodi (1989)
  8. Aksharathettu (1989)
  9. Jagratha (1989)
  10. Varnatheru (1989)
  11. Nair Saab (1989)
  12. Mahayanam (1989)
  13. Dinarathrangal (1988)
  14. Sangam (1988)
  15. Moonnam Mura (1988)
  16. Aparan (1988)
  17. Vicharana (1988)
  18. Oru CBI Diary Kurippu (1988)
  19. 1921 (1988)
  20. P.C. 369 (1987)
  21. Neeyethra Dhanya (1987)
  22. Naradhan Keralathil (1987)
  23. Manja Manthrangal (1987)
  24. Adimakal Udamakal (1987)
  25. Athinumappuram (1987)
  26. Sruthi (1987) .... Pradeep
  27. Kalam Mari Katha Mari (1987) .... Yusaf
  28. Kottum Kuravayum (1987)
  29. Kurukkan Rajavayi (1987)
  30. Thaniyavarthanam (1987)
  31. Yagagni(1987) .... Chinkan
  32. Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu (1986)
  33. Thalavattam (1986)...Hari
  34. Ponnum Kudthinu Pottu (1986)
  35. Onnu Muthal Poojaym Vare (1986)
  36. Hello My Dear Wrong Number (1986)
  37. Ayalvasi Oru Daridravasi (1986)
  38. Shyama (1986)
  39. Dheem Tharikida Thom (1986)
  40. Ithile Iniyum Varu (1986) ... Ramu
  41. Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku (1986)
  42. Prathyekam Sradhikuka (1986)...Raju
  43. Snehamulla Simham (1986)
  44. Ilanjipookal (1986).... Rajendran
  45. Atham Chithira Chothy (1986).... Rajan
  46. Aalorungi Arangorungi (1986)
  47. Koodanayum Kattu (1986)
  48. Adiverukal (1986)
  49. Katturubinu Kathukuttu (1986)... Soman
  50. Naale Njangalude Vivaham (1986)
  51. Ninnishttam Ennishttam (1986)
  52. Mutharamkunnu P.O. (1985)...DILIP KUMAR
  53. Kaiyum Thalayum Purathidaruthu (1985)
  54. Boeing Boeing (1985)
  55. Akalathe Ambili (1985) .... Ashokan
  56. Akkare Ninnoru Maran (1985).... Pavitran..
  57. Odaruthammava Aalariyam (1984)...... Gopan
  58. Pinnilavu (1983)....Sabu
  59. Ithu Njangalude Katha (1982)
  60. Balloon (1982)

Tamil films[edit]

  1. Naanum En Jamunavum (2012)
  2. Ainthaam Padai (2009)
  3. Jathi Malli (1992)
  4. Manaivi Oru Manickam (1985)

As producer[edit]

Television career[edit]

Year Title Channel Role Notes
2000 Kodeeswaran (2000) Surya TV Anchor
2001 Sambavami Yuge Yuge Surya TV Actor
2008 Super Talent Surya TV Anchor
2009-2012 Deal or No Deal Surya TV Anchor
2013 Abhinethri Surya TV Serial Producer
2013-Present Badai Bungalow Asianet Co-Host Won,Asianet Television award 2016-Golden Star of the Year
2nd Asianet Comedy awards -Evergreen hero
Asianet Film Awards -Multifaceted talents of the year's
2015 Sell me the answer Asianet Anchor
2016 Sell me the answer season 2 Asianet Anchor Won,Asiavision TV awards 2016 -Best game show anchor

Radio anchor[edit]

  • Laksham Laksham Pinnale (2013) (Reality show-Super 94.7 fm)

Theater performance[edit]

  • Mukesh started Kalidasa Visual Magic for play productions. His first play was with Mohanlal and was named Chayamukhi which was written and directed by Prasanth Narayanan.and Naga another drama with methil devika.[11] In the play, Mukesh played the role of Keechaka and Lal played Bheema.


  1. ^ "താരങ്ങളുടെ കിടപ്പറയില്‍ ഒളിഞ്ഞു നോക്കുന്നവരുണ്ട്‌". 2013-06-03. Retrieved 2014-03-19.  zero width joiner character in |title= at position 23 (help)
  2. ^ "Mukesh's profile". Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  3. ^ mangalam. "Mangalam - Varika 3-Feb-2014". Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  4. ^ "ഇത് ഞങ്ങള്‍ കാത്തിരുന്ന വിവാഹം - articles,infocus_interview - Mathrubhumi Eves". Retrieved 2014-03-19.  zero width joiner character in |title= at position 11 (help)
  5. ^ Radhika C. Pillai (9 November 2013). "My marriage with Mukesh is an arranged one: Methil Devika". Times of India. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "എന്നെ ഒതുക്കാന്‍ നോക്കേണ്ടാ.. , Interview - Mathrubhumi Movies". 2012-08-28. Retrieved 2014-03-19.  zero width joiner character in |title= at position 16 (help)
  7. ^ 'Indulekha books: Mukesh Kathakal'
  8. ^ 'His maiden work is a big hit '
  9. ^ "Mukesh got ISC Award". 
  10. ^ "'Drishyam' Bags Kerala Film Critics Association Awards". The New Indian Express. 2014-01-30. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  11. ^

2016 Kerala Election Affidavit - Mukesh Age Sorce.

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