Mukesh (actor)

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Mukesh DSW.jpg
Mukesh in 2013
Member of the Legislative Assembly for Kollam
Assumed office
Preceded by P. K. Gurudasan
Constituency Kollam
Personal details
Born Mukesh Madhavan
(1957-03-05) 5 March 1957 (age 61)
Pattathanam, Kollam, Kerala, India
Political party Communist Party of India (Marxist)
(m. 1988; div. 2011)

Methil Devika (m. 2013)
Children 2
Parents O. Madhavan and Vijayakumari
Occupation Actor, film producer, TV host, politician

Mukesh (born Mukesh Madhavan on 5 March 1957) is an Indian film actor, producer, television presenter, and politician known for his work in Malayalam cinema. He is best known for his comedic roles in films.[1] He was the chairman of Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi. Mukesh is the current Member of the Legislative Assembly (M.L.A.) representing the Kollam constituency of Kerala state.

Personal life[edit]

Mukesh in 2011

Mukesh was born to actors O. Madhavan and Vijayakumari, in Kollam, Kerala on the 5 March 1957.[2] He has two sisters, Sandhya Rajendran and Jayasree. Sandhya and her husband, E.A. Rajendran are also actors (stage and film). He attended Infant Jesus School and pursued a bachelor's degree in science (B.Sc) from Sree Narayana College in Kollam. He holds a second bachelor's degree in law (LLB) from Law Academy, in Thiruvananthapuram. He acted in dramas before entering the movie industry.[3]

He was married to South Indian film actress Saritha in 1988, and they have two sons Shravan and Tejas.[4][5]

Mukesh married dance scholar Methil Devika on 24 October 2013.[6][7]

He was elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly from Kollam constituency in the election of 2016.[8]

Acting career[edit]


Mukesh began his career in 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, such as Ponnum Kudathinu Pottu, Akkare Ninnoru Maran, Boeing Boeing and Odaruthammava Aalariyaam.

He portrayed the CBI officer Chacko in the four movies of the CBI series directed by K. Madhu. His supporting roles with Mohanlal and Mamooty received popularity between 1985 to 2000. He maintains a close friendship with Mohanlal and has acted with him in films in supporting roles such as Hello My Dear Wrong Number, Thalavattam, Vandanam, Akkare Akkare Akkare, Kakkakuyil and Boeing Boeing.

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 actors Innocent, Jagathy Sreekumar, Jayaram, Jagadeesh and Siddique in a number of comedy movies that met with critical acclaim. His most popular films were directed by the duo Siddique-Lal. Apart from Ramji Rao Speaking, they worked together in In Harihar Nagar, Godfather. Later director Siddique directed him in Hitler, Chronic Bachelor and Friends. Even director Lal repeated him in Harihar Nagar 2 and In Ghost Inn.

The characters he played between 1989 and 1999 were usually of a young man behaving, or thought to be behaving fraudulently under pressure, such as a bribe taking policeman, a thief on the run, or someone lying to impress his parents, or to get a job. The media labelled him as Comedy Hero. His role as serial womaniser in the 1990 Kouthugal Vaartakal boosted his popularity as a lead actor. His major leading roles included Marupuram (1990), Malayogam, Thooval Sparsham, Gajakesariyogam, Cheriya Lokavum Valiya Manushyarum, Sohrudam, Bandhukkal Shatrugal, Aayushyakalam, Ellarum Chollanu, Ennodu Ishtam Koodamo, Customs Diary, Sohrudam, Ootayal Pattalam, Cheppukilukkana Changathi, Kallanum Polissum, Makkal Rajyam and Tom & Jerry. His collaboration with director P. G. Viswambharan resulted in hits like Innathe Program and Irrikku M. D. Akathundu. The best example of a film with his character being forced by circumstances to lie is Sipayi Lahala (1995), by Vinayan and written by Sreenivasan. He paired with Sreenivasan in films like Varaphalam, Kinnaripozhayorum, Manathe Velitheru, Oodaruthamava Alariyam, Angene Oru Avadhikalathu and Mr. Clean. The cast of 1989 Ramji Rao Speaking came together for its sequel Mannar Mathai Speaking in 1995. He acted with both Thilakan and Jagathy Sreekumar together in Mookila Rajyathu, Cheriya Lokavum Veliya Manushyarum, Champion Thomas and Varaphalam.

It was in late 2008 that media felt his career would get over but he bagged projects with Satyan Anthikad, director Siddique, Lal and other than these had hits like Cheriya Kallanum Valiya Policum, Kancheepurathe Kalyanam, Vinodayatra, Pathinonnil Vyazham, Innathe Chintha Vishayam and Bharya Swantham Suhruthu.

Later career[edit]

In the early 2010s, he struggled to escape an image trap. Regardless, he came back 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

He also ventured into production with Sreenivasan,their first movie, Katha Parayumbol, featured a cameo by Mammootty.

Mukesh was the host of a Malayalam version of Deal or No Deal, which was aired on Surya TV.

In 2007, Mukesh authored a book based on experiences while he was a student at college, and tales from his life as a movie actor.[9] titled Mukesh Kathakal – Jeevithathiley Nerum Narmavum.[10] It proved very successful.[11]

He is now acting in Badai bungalow, a comedy and celebrity talk show hosted by Ramesh Pisharody, launched on Asianet from 2013[12]



Malayalam films[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
2018 Kalyanam
2017 Masterpiece Vice principal Cherian Joseph 250th film
2017 Ramaleela Paulson Devassy, DYSP
2017 Jomonte Suvisheshangal Vincent
2017 The Great Father S.I Vinod Bhaskar
2016 Angane Thanne Nethave Anjettennam Pinnale Paala Thankachan
2016 Neeranjana Pookal
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 Kuzhappakkaranalla
2014 Ormayundo Ee Mukham Doctor
2014 Persiakaran
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: An Autumn in London 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 200th film
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 SMS
2008 Gopalapuranam
2008 Parthan Kanda Paralokam Madhavan
2008 Innathe Chintha Vishayam Dr .Murali Krishanan
2008 Kabadi Kabadi
2008 Twenty 20 CI Jayachandran
2007 Best Friends
2007 Goal
2007 Vinodayathra Shaji Raghavan Mukesh 1st film with Sathyan Anthikad
2007 Ayur Rekha
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 Kalippattangal
2005 Nerariyan CBI
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 Sahodharan Sahadevan Aravindan,Mukundan
2003 Vasanthamalika Balakrishnan
2002 Pakalppooram


Title Year Role
Tokyo Nagarathile Viseshangal 1999 Chandrappan
Swastham Grihabharanam 1999 Unni
Friends 1999 Chandu
English Medium 1999
Aakasha Ganga 1998
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
Manthrikumaran 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 Checkan 1997 Sethuraman
Kalyanappittannu 1997
Kalyana Kacheri 1997
Nandagopaalante Kusruthikal 1996
Mr. Clean 1994 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 Rajavu Appan Jethavu 1995
Shudhamaddalam 1994
Poochakkaru Mani Kettum 1993 .. 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 1994
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 Benny
Kakkathollayiram 1991
Irrikku M.D. Akathundu 1991
Godfather 1991 Ramabhadran
Ganamela 1991 Venugopal
Ezhunnallathu 1991
Onnaam Muhoortham 1991 Vishwanathan
Ennathe Programme 1991 Unnikrishnan Nair
Cheppukilukkana Changathi 1991 Nandakumaran Thampi
Bhoomika 1991
Thooval Sparsam 1990 Boney
Ottayal Pattalam 1990
Nanma Niranjavan Srinivasan 1990
Gajakesariyogam 1990 Vinayachandran
Minda Poochakku Kalyanam 1990
Marupuram 1990
Champion Thomas 1990
Maalayogam 1990
Kouthuka Varthakal 1990
In Harihar Nagar 1990 Mahadevan
Cheriya Lokavum Valiya Manushyarum 1990
Akkare Akkare Akkare 1990
Ee Thanutha Veluppan Kalathu 1990


Title Year Role
Varnam 1989
Mudra 1989
Ammavanu Pattiya Amali 1989
Vandanam 1989
Ramji Rao Speaking 1989 Gopalakrishnan
Oru Sayahnathinte Swapnam 1989
Muthukkudayum Choodi 1989
Aksharathettu 1989
Jagratha 1989
Varnatheru 1989
Nair Saab 1989
Mahayanam 1989
Dinarathrangal 1988
Sangham 1988
Moonnam Mura 1988
Aparan 1988
Vicharana 1988
Oru CBI Diary Kurippu 1988
1921 1988
P.C. 369 1987
Neeyethra Dhanya 1987
Naradhan Keralathil 1987
Manja Manthrangal 1987
Adimakal Udamakal 1987
Athinumappuram 1987
Sruthi 1987 Pradeep
Kalam Mari Katha Mari 1987 Yusaf
Kottum Kuravayum 1987
Kurukkan Rajavayi 1987
Thaniyavarthanam 1987
Yagagni 1987 Chinkan
Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu 1986
Thalavattam 1986 Hari
Ponnum Kudthinu Pottu 1986
Onnu Muthal Poojaym Vare 1986 Man at icecream parlour
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 Chithira Chothy 1986 Rajan
Aalorungi Arangorungi 1986
Koodanayum Kattu 1986
Adiverukal 1986
Katturumbinum Kathu Kuthu 1986 Soman
Naale Njangalude Vivaham 1986
Ninnishtam Ennishtam 1986
Mutharamkunnu P.O. 1985 Dilip Kumar
Kaiyum Thalayum Purathidaruthu 1985
Boeing Boeing 1985
Akalathe Ambili 1985 Ashokan
Akkare Ninnoru Maran 1985 Pavitran
Odaruthammava Aalariyam 1984 Gopan
Pinnilavu 1983 Sabu
Ithu Njangalude Katha 1982
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
2013–2018 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
Asianet Television Awards 2018- golden star of television
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
2018 Bigg Boss Malayalam 1 Asianet Himself(role-Investigator) Episode - 54

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 Chayamukhi was in 2008 with Mohanlal and was written and directed by Prasanth Narayanan.[15] He also appeared with his sister, Sandhya Rajendan and his wife Methil in the 2015 adaptation of Naaga, directed by Suveeran[16]


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  12. ^ "'Badai Bungalow' - Inciting a Laugh Riot". The New Indian Express. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Mukesh got ISC Award".
  14. ^ "'Drishyam' Bags Kerala Film Critics Association Awards". The New Indian Express. 2014-01-30. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
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2016 Kerala Election Affidavit - Mukesh Age Sorce.

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