Mukesh at Mazhavil Manorama 2013
5 March 1957 [page needed]
Pattathanam, Kollam, Kerala, India
|Spouse(s)||Saritha (m.1988–2007) (divorced)
Methil Devika (m.2013–present)
|Parent(s)||O. Madhavan, Vijayakumari|
Mukesh made his debut in the film Baloon (1982). He gained prominence for both his comedy and drama centred roles, in films such as Odaruthammava Aalariyam (1984), Boeing Boeing (1985), Shyama (1986), Adiverukal (1986), Thaniyavarthanam (1987), Sangam (1988) and Vandanam (1989). 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), Poochakkaru Mani Kettum (1994), Malappuram Haji Mahanaya Joji (1994), Sipayi Lahala (1995), and Sundari Neeyum Sundaran Njanum (1995).
By the late 1990s, Mukesh continued his roles in comedy B movies. With films such as Mr. Clean (1996), Oru Mutham Mani Mutham (1997), Kalyana Kacheri (1997), Mattupetti Machan (1998), and Aakasha Ganga (1999). His more prominent roles would be in Siddique's Hitler (1996) and Friends (1999). He had a re-union with Priyadarshan with Kakkakuyil (2001). Post 2000, 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), Innathe Chintha Vishayam (2008), and Mummy & Me (2010).
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 2014, he won the Kerala film critcs award for his performance in English.
Mukesh was born to theater artist and writer 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.
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. Later, Mukesh married dancer Methil Devika on 24 October 2013. She worked as lecturer in the Department of Post-graduate Studies (Mohiniyattam/Kathakali/Koodiyattam) and at the Research Department, Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University, Kerala.
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.
His roles as a supporting actor with Mammootty were acclaimed in hit movies such as Thaniyavarthanam, Dinarathrangal, Mahayanam, Hitler, Chronic Bachelor, Nair Saab, Sainyam and Sangham. He portrayed the CBI officer Chacko in the four movies of the CBI series directed by K. Madhu. He reportedly maintains a close friendship with Mohanlal and has acted with him in movies 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.
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 NoDeal, 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. This book, in the Malayalam language, is titled Mukesh Kathakal – Jeevithathiley Nerum Narmavum. 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.
Awards, honours and recognitions
- 2007 : Asianet Film Award for Best Film (Producer) – Kadha Parayumbol
- 2007 : Filmfare Award for Best Film – Malayalam (Producer) – Kadha Parayumbol
- 2011 : ISC Award
- 2013 : Kerala Film Critics Association Awards - Second Best Actor - English, Vasanthathinte Kanalvazhikal
- Thooval Sparsam (1990)
- Ottayal Pattalam (1990)
- Nanma Niranjavan Srinivasan (1990)
- Gajakesariyogam (1990) ..... Vinayachandran(Actress Sunitha)
- 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)
- 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)(Actress Chithra)
- Irrikku M. D. Akathudu (1991)(Actress Sunitha),
- Godfather (1991) . Ramabhadran(Actress Kanaka)
- Ganamela (1991) ..... Venugopal(Actress Geetha Vijayan)
- Ezhunnallathu (1991)
- Onnaam Muhoortham (1991) .... Vishwanathan
- Ennathe Programme (1991) ..... Unnikrishnan Nair
- Cheppu Kilukkunna Changathi (1991) ..... Nandakumaran Thampi
- Bhoomika (1991)
- Manyanmaar (1992)
- Makkal Maahathmiam (1992)
- Kaazhchakkppuram (1992) ..... A. Viswanathan
- Ennodishtam Koodamo (1992) ..... Ramanunni
- Ellarum Chollanu (1992)
- Aayushkalam (1992) ..... Balakrishnan
- Varam (1993)(Actress Mohini)
- Pravachakan (1993) ..... Balagopalan
- Ente Sreekuttikku (1993)
- Dollar (1993) .... Alex
- Customs Diary (1993) ..... Rony Vincent
- Bandhukkal Sathrukkal (1993)(Actress Roopini)
- Ammayane Sathyam (1993) ..... Omanakuttan (Actress Aani)
- Sainyam (1993)
- Shudha Madhalam (1994)
- Poochakkaru Mani Kettum(1994) .. Kochukrishnan (Actress Sunitha)
- Manathe Vellitheru (1994) ..... Babukuttan
- Malappuram Haji Mahanaya Joji (1994) ..... Jitendra Varma
- Kinnaripuzhayoram (1994)
- Tom & Jerry (1995) ..... Balagopalan (Actress Aaani)
- Sundari Neeyum Sundaran Njanum (1995)
- Sipayi Lahala (1995) ..... Rajendran (Actress Vani Viswanath)
- 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)
- Nandagopalnte Kusruthikal (1996)
- Mr. Clean (1996) ..... Rajagopal
- Mookkilla Rajathu Murimookkan Rajavu (1996)
- Kanakkinavu (1996)
- Hitler (1996) ..... Balakrishnan
- 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)
- Sreekrishnapurathe Nakshathrathilakkam (1998)
- 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 Ammayiamma (1998) ..... Shekharankutty
- Tokyo Nagarathile Viseshangal (1999).....Chandrappan
- Swastham Grihabaranam (1999) ..... Unni
- Friends (1999) ..... Chandu
- English Medium (1999)
- Aakasha Ganga (1999)
- Ithu Njangalude Katha (1982)
- Balloon (1982)
- Pinnilavu (1983)....Sabu
- Odaruthammava Aalariyam (1984)...... Gopan
- Mutharamkunnu P.O. (1985)...DILIP KUMAR
- Kaiyum Thalayum Purathidaruthu (1985)
- Boeing Boeing (1985)
- Akalathe Ambili (1985) .... Ashokan
- Akkare Ninnoru Maran (1985).... Pavitran..
- Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu (1986)
- Thalavattam (1986)...Hari
- Ponnum Kudthinu Pottu (1986)
- Onnu Muthal Poojaym Vare (1986)
- Hello My Dear Wrong Number (1986)
- Ayalvasi Oru Daridravasi (1986)
- Shyama (1986)
- Dheem Tharikida Thom (1986)
- Ithile Iniyum Varu (1986) ... Ramu
- Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku (1986)
- Prathyekam Sradhikuka (1986)...Raju
- Snehamulla Simham (1986)
- Ilanjipookal (1986).... Rajendran
- Atham Chittira Choti (1986).... Rajan
- Alorungi Arangorungi (1986)
- Koodanayum Kattu (1986)
- Adiverukal (1986)
- Katturubinu Kathukuttu (1986)... Soman
- Naale Njangalude Vivaham (1986)
- Ninnishttam Ennishttam (1986)
- Sruthi (1987) .... Pradeep
- P.C. 369 (1987)
- Neeyethra Dhanya (1987)
- Naradhan Keralathil (1987)
- Manja Manthrangal (1987)
- Adimakal Udamakal (1987)
- Athinumappuram (1987)
- Kalam Mari Katha Mari (1987) .... Yusaf
- Kottum Kuravayum (1987)
- Kurukkan Rajavayi (1987)
- Thaniyavarthanam (1987)
- Yagagni(1987) .... Chinkan
- Dinarathrangal (1988)
- Sangam (1988)
- Moonnam Mura (1988)
- Aparan (1988)
- Vicharana (1988)
- Oru CBI Diary Kurippu (1988)
- 1921 (1988)
- Varnam (1989)
- Mudra (1989)
- Ammavanu pattiya Amali (1989)
- Vandanam (1989)
- Ramji Rao Speaking (1989)
- Oru Sayahnathinte Swapnam (1989)
- Mathu Kudayum Choodi (1989)
- Aksharathettu (1989)
- Jagratha (1989)
- Varnatheru (1989)
- Nair Saab (1989)
- Mahayanam (1989)
- One Man Show (2001)
- SreekrishnaPurathu NakshathraThilakkam'
- Kodeeswaran (2000) (Reality show)
- Super Talent (2009) (Reality show)
- Deal or No Deal (2009) (Reality show)
- Badai Bungalow (2014) (Comedy show)
- Laksham Laksham Pinnale (2013) (Reality show-Super 94.7 fm)
- 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.  In the play, Mukesh played the role of Keechaka and Lal played Bheema.
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