Sathyan Anthikad

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Sathyan Anthikad
Born Anthikad, Thrissur, Kerala, India
Occupation Film director
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Nimmi Sathyan
Children 3

Sathyan Anthikad is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and lyricist best known for his family based Malayalam films.

Sathyan has created many critical and commercially successful films, especially when working with Sreenivasan as the scriptwriter. His popular films include T. P. Balagopalan M.A. (1986), Gandhinagar 2nd Street (1986), Nadodikkattu (1987), Varavelpu (1989), Mazhavilkavadi (1989), Sasneham (1990), Sandesam (1991), Santhanagopalam (1994), Thooval Kottaram (1996), Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal (1999), Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal (2000), Manassinakkare (2003), and Rasatanthram (2006). Actors Mohanlal and Jayaram embodied the typical Sathyan Anthikkad protagonist in most of the films. On the other hand, Sathyan Anthikad had tried making movies in different genres as well but because of their lower success rate at the box-office he hasn't pursued to make more of them. Some of his such films include Pappan Priyappetta Pappan (1986), Artham (1989), and Pingami (1994).[1]

Personal life[edit]

Satyan was born to M.V. Krishnan and M.K. Kalyani at Anthikad in Thrissur district of Kerala.[2] He is married to Nimmi Sathyan and has three sons.[3]


In 1973, Sathyan debuted as an assistant director to Dr. Balakrishnan in Rekha Cine Arts. He was the Associate Director Of director P. Chandrakumar for more than twenty films till 1982.He also assisted director Jeassy in few films. Sathyan kickstarted his film direction with Kurukkante Kalyanam in 1982.[4] The legend has it that he started shooting his first film in 1981, named Chamayam.[5] Due to some unfortunate series of events this movie was never completed. He teamed up with Sreenivasan and made some of the most memorable films in Malayalam film history, with Sreenivasan as the screenwriter. Thalayanamanthram, Nadodikkattu and Sandesam are some of the films born from this team, covering socially relevant matters with a comic touch. Sathyan made two novels into films: Appunni starring Mohanlal (a film adaptation of V. K. N.'s novel) and Irattakkuttikalude Achan starring Jayaram and Manju Warrier (an adaptation of C. V. Balakrishnan's novel).[6] Of late, he has ventured into screenwriting and made films like Rasathanthram, Vinodayathra, Innathe Chintha Vishayam and Bhagyadevatha, with credits of story, dialogues and screenplay.

He is a favourite of family filmgoers because of his selection of plots in family-life backgrounds with social relevance and because of his comedic tastes.[4]

Recurring collaborators[edit]

Sathyan Anthikad often includes certain actors and technicians more than once in his films. Innocent holds the record of working in maximum films with Sathyan Anthikad. He rarely makes movies without Innocent in the cast. Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Mamukkoya, Nedumudi Venu and K. P. A. C. Lalitha are common cast in his films. His association with screenwriter and actor Sreenivasan's is one of the most successful combinations in Malayalam cinema. Among the lead actors, he has worked with Mohanlal the most, closely followed by Jayaram. The trio of Sathyan, Mohanlal and Sreenivasan have produced some of the most memorable hits in Malayalam cinema.

Either Vipin Mohan or Venu has served as cinematographer for almost all of Anthikkad's films. Johnson has provided music for most all his films till Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal. Their combination is said to be one of the most successful in Malayalam film history. Many memorable songs and film scores of nineties emerged from this combo. In Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal, Anthikkad roped in one of his favourite composers Ilaiyaraaja to compose music. However, he returned to Johnson himself for his next films Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka and Yathrakarude Sradhakku. He again brought back Ilaiyaraja in Manassinakkare, as Johnson took a sabattical from film scoring.



Year Title Screenplay Music Composer
1982 Kurukkante Kalyanam P. Balakrishnan Guna Singh
1983 Kinnaram P. Balakrishnan Kannur Rajan
1983 Mandanmar Londonil Dr Balakrishnan Shyam
1984 Veruthe Oru Pinakkam Dr Balakrishnan Raveendran
1984 Appunni V. K. N. Kannur Rajan
1984 Kaliyil Alpam Karyam Dr Balakrishnan Raveendran
1984 Aduthaduthu John Paul Raveendran
1985 Adhyayam Onnu Muthal John Paul Jerry Amaldev
Kannur Rajan
1985 Gaayathridevi Ente Amma Venu Nagavally Shyam
1986 Pappan Priyappetta Pappan Siddique-Lal Alleppey Ranganath
1986 T. P. Balagopalan M.A. Sreenivasan A. T. Ummer
1986 Revathikkoru Pavakkutty John Paul Shyam
1986 Gandhinagar 2nd Street Sreenivasan Shyam
1986 Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam Sreenivasan Jerry Amaldev
1987 Sreedharante Onnam Thirumurivu Sreenivasan Shyam
1987 Nadodikkattu Sreenivasan Shyam
1988 Kudumbapuranam A. K. Lohithadas Mohan Sitara
1988 Pattanapravesham Sreenivasan Shyam
1988 Ponmuttayidunna Tharavu Raghunath Paleri Johnson
1989 Lal Americayil Cochin Haneefa Johnson
1989 Varavelpu Sreenivasan Johnson
1989 Artham Venu Nagavally Johnson
1989 Mazhavilkavadi Raghunath Paleri Johnson
1990 Sasneham A. K. Lohithadas Johnson
1990 Kalikkalam S. N. Swamy Johnson
1990 Thalayanamanthram Sreenivasan Johnson
1991 Ennum Nanmakal Raghunath Paleri Johnson
1991 Kanalkkattu A. K. Lohithadas Johnson
1991 Sandhesam Sreenivasan Johnson
1992 My Dear Muthachan Sreenivasan Johnson
1992 Snehasagaram J. Pallassery Johnson
1993 Samooham J. Pallassery Johnson
1993 Golanthara Vartha Sreenivasan Johnson
1994 Pingami Raghunath Paleri Johnson
1994 Santhanagopalam Raghunath Paleri Johnson
1995 No. 1 Snehatheeram Banglore North Fazil Jerry Amaldev
1996 Thooval Kottaram A. K. Lohithadas Johnson
1997 Irattakuttikalude Achan Sreenivasan Johnson
1997 Oral Mathram S. N. Swamy Johnson
1999 Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal A. K. Lohithadas Johnson
2000 Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal C.V.Balakrishnan Ilaiyaraaja
2001 Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka Sreenivasan Johnson
2002 Yathrakarude Sradhakku Sreenivasan Johnson
2003 Manassinakkare Ranjan Pramod Ilaiyaraaja
2005 Achuvinte Amma Ranjan Pramod Ilaiyaraaja
2006 Rasathanthram Sathyan Anthikkad Ilaiyaraaja
2007 Vinodayathra Sathyan Anthikkad Ilaiyaraaja
2008 Innathe Chintha Vishayam Sathyan Anthikkad Ilaiyaraaja
2009 Bhagyadevatha Sathyan Anthikkad Ilaiyaraaja
2010 Kadha Thudarunnu Sathyan Anthikkad Ilaiyaraaja
2011 Snehaveedu Sathyan Anthikkad Ilaiyaraaja
2012 Puthiya Theerangal Benny P Nayarambalam Ilaiyaraaja
2013 Oru Indian Pranayakatha Ikbal Kuttipuram Vidyasagar
2015 Ennum Eppozhum Ranjan Pramod Vidyasagar


As a lyricist, Sathyan has penned about 100 popular Malayalam film songs, including the following:

  • "Oru Nimisham Tharoo Ninnilaliyan" (Sindooram, 1976, Composer: A.T. Ummer)
  • "Pooveyil mayangum ponnushashin" (Saritha, 1977, Composer: Shyam)
  • "Yaminee Neeyunaroo" (Agni Vyooham, 1979, Composer: A.T. Ummer)
  • "Tharake Mizhiyithalil Kanneerumayi" (Choola, 1979, Composer: Raveendran)
  • "Manasa Devi" (Dhruvasangamam, 1981, Composer: Raveendran)
  • "Sharathkaala Megham" (Dhruvasangamam, 1981, Composer: Raveendran)
  • "O Mridule" (Njan Ekananu, 1982, Composer: M.G. Radhakrishnan)
  • "Pranaya Vasantham Thaliraniyumbol" (Njan Ekananu, 1982, Composer: M.G. Radhakrishnan)
  • "Kannodu Kannaya Swapnangal" (Kaliyil Alpam Karyam, 1984, Composer: Raveendran)
  • "Manatharil Ennum" (Kaliyil Alpam Karyam, 1984, Composer: Raveendran)
  • "Manasse Ninte Maninoopurangal" (Veruthe Oru Pinakkam, 1984, Composer: Raveendran)
  • "Aalolam Chanchadum" (Aduthaduthu, 1984, Composer: Raveendran)
  • "Illikkadum Chellakkattum" (Aduthaduthu, 1984, Composer: Raveendran)
  • "Thanka Noopuramo" (Thooval Kottaram, 1996, Composer: Johnson)
  • "Viswam Kakkunna Nadha" (Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal, 1999, Composer: Johnson)


  • TP Baalagopaalan MA (1986)[7]
  • Sanmanassullavarkku Samaadhaanam (1986)
  • Sreedharante Onnaam Thirumurivu (1987)
  • Rasathanthram (2006)
  • Vinodayaathra (2007)
  • Innathe Chinthavishayam (2008)
  • Bhaagyadevatha (2009)
  • Kadha Thudarunnu (2010)
  • Snehaveedu (2011)


  • Rasathanthram (2006)
  • Vinodayaathra (2007)
  • Innathe Chinthavishayam (2008)
  • Kadha Thudarunnu (2010)
  • Snehaveedu (2011)


  • Rasathanthram (2006)
  • Vinodayaathra (2007)
  • Innathe Chinthavishayam (2008)
  • Kadha Thudarunnu (2010)
  • Snehaveedu (2011)


National Film Awards[edit]

Kerala State Film Awards[edit]

Filmfare Awards[edit]

Asianet Film Awards[edit]

Mathrubhumi Film Awards[edit]


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