Sameer Thahir

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Sameer Thahir
Sameer C. Thahir

(1976-11-07) 7 November 1976 (age 43)
OccupationCinematographer and Director
Years active2007–present
Spouse(s)Neethu (2013–present)

Sameer C. Thahir (born 7 November 1976) is an Indian cinematographer, screenwriter and director, who works mainly in Malayalam cinema while also having worked in a few Tamil films.

Thahir made his debut with Big B, the first film directed by cinematographer Amal Neerad, in 2007. Later, he made his directorial and writing debut with Chaappa Kurishu (2011). His second feature film, Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi, was released in 2013.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Sameer C Thahir studied in the creative atmosphere of Maharajas College Eranakulam, and the friendships formed based on creative pursuits during that period is still the driving factor for him in film making.[2] Sameer's mentor Amal Neerad for whom he handled cinematography in "Big B", charismatic director Anwar Rasheed, Aashiq Abu for whom Sameer moved the camera in Daddy Cool, and nationally acclaimed cinematographer Rajeev Ravi for whom Sameer has assisted in films were just some of them from Maharajas friendship circle.

Sameer Thahir evolved from his passion for photography to wedding films to ad films to feature films through a period of time. He says the inspiration for making his own first film Chappakurish as he wanted to make a film which he would like to see that portrays the contrasts of real life. But the film went on to receive sheer criticism for being a mere copy of a Korean film, titled 'Hand Phone'.

Sameer's second film 'Neelaakaasam Pachakkadal Chuvanna Bhoomi' received generally favorable reviews.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Sameer married Neethu on 12 November 2013.[4]


Year Title Language Credits Notes
Director Producer Cinematographer Writer
2007 Big B Malayalam Yes Directed by Amal Neerad
2009 Daddy Cool Malayalam Yes Directed by Aashiq Abu
2011 Chaappa Kurish Malayalam Yes Yes Fahadh Faasil won Second Best Actor award in Kerala State Film Awards 2011
2012 Nidra Malayalam Yes Directed by Sidharth Bharathan
2012 Diamond Necklace Malayalam Yes Directed by Lal Jose
2013 5 Sundarikal Malayalam Yes Directed the segment "Isha"
2013 Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi Malayalam Yes
2014 Bangalore Days Malayalam Yes Directed by Anjali Menon
2015 Chandrettan Evideya Malayalam Yes Directed by Sidharth Bharathan
2016 Kali Malayalam Yes Yes


Velaiilla Pattadhari 2 Tamil Yes Directed by Soundarya Rajnikanth
2018 Sudani From Nigeria Malayalam Yes Directed by Zakariya Mohammed


Sometimes Tamil Yes Directed by Priyadarshan
2019 Thamaasha Malayalam Yes Yes Directed by Ashraf Hamza
2020 Minnal Murali Malayalam Yes Directed by Basil Joseph


  1. ^ "The filmmaker with a difference – Sameer Thahir". 2 December 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  4. ^ Soman, Deepa (12 November 2013). "Filmmaker Sameer Thahir got married". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 February 2019.

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