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Shyamaprasad during the filming of his latest feature 'A Sunday'
Born (1960-11-07) 7 November 1960 (age 58)[1]
ResidenceKuravankonam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
  • Director
  • actor
  • screenwriter
Years active1998 – present
Parent(s)O. Rajagopal
Shantha Kumari
AwardsGollapudi Srinivas Award
National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South

Shyamaprasad (born 7 November 1960) is an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter, and actor from Kerala. He is best known for directing artistic and meaningful films which have earned appreciation from both the critics and general viewers alike in Malayalam cinema.[2]


Shyamaprasad was born on 7 November 1960 at Palakkad, as the younger son of the veteran BJP politician O. Rajagopal and late Dr. Santhakumari. He has an elder brother named Vivekanand. He was named after Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, the founder of Bharatiya Jan Sangh After completing his degree in Theatre Arts from the School of Drama and Fine Arts, Thrissur, Calicut University, Shyamaprasad received the Commonwealth Scholarship in 1989 and did his Master in Media Production at the Hull University, England.[3] He worked as an intern at the BBC and Channel 4, to Indian television and redefined the parameters of telefilms and documentaries in Malayalam Television with Doordarshan.[4] He continues to push the frontiers of television in his creative role currently serves as the President (Programming), Amrita TV.[5]

His features for TV and cinema have won him several national and state awards namely Agnisakshi and Akale, produced by Tom George Kolath, had been adjudged the best regional cinema films of the nation in 1998 and 2004.[6] These films also swept as many as nine state awards in all major technical categories including the award for Best Director.

For television, he has adapted the works of Anton Chekhov (Vivahalochana); Albert Camus (The Just); Vaikom Muhammad Basheer (Viswavikhyathamaya Mookku); Madhavikkutty (Venalinte Ozhivu); N Mohanan (Peruvazhiyile Kariyilakal); Sarah Joseph (Nilavariyunnu), N. P. Mohammed (Ullurukkam) and K. Radhakrishnan (Shamanathalam). He was awarded the Best Television Director prize for the year 1993, 1994, and 1996.

As a mark of the respect for his talent and experience in the visual media Shyamaprasad had been invited to serve twice as the jury of the National Film Awards. His 2007 production Ore Kadal, based on a Bengali novel by Sunil Gangopadhyay, had an enthusiastic reception by the popular audience in Kerala and was chosen as the inaugural film of the Indian Panorama at the International Film Festival of India 2007.

His film Ritu (Seasons) released in early August 2009 and was received well by mainstream audiences as well as lovers of middle cinema. Film critics have rated it highly for its novel concept, excellent music and direction.

He the winner of Best Director prize of the fiercely contested Kerala State Film Awards 5 times- namely for his films Agnisakshi, Akale, Elektra, Artist and Oru Njayarazhcha.

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of politician, former Union Minister and MLA, O. Rajagopal and doctor Shantha Kumari. He is married to Sheeba and has two children—Vishnu and Shivakamy. He is currently residing in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.[7]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Directorial films
Year Title Notes
1998 Kallu Kondoru Pennu
1999 Agnisakshi Also writer
2002 Bokshu, the Myth Also co-writer
English film, Indo-American co-production
2004 Akale Also writer
2007 Ore Kadal Also writer
2009 Ritu Screened at the Valladolid International Film Festival
2010 Kerala Cafe Segment: Off Season
2010 Elektra
2012 Arike Also writer
2013 English: An Autumn in London
2013 Artist Also writer
2015 Ivide
2018 Hey Jude [8]

2019 A Sunday Writer & Director

Films acted
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Pattam Pole Himself Cameo appearance
2014 1 by Two Dr. Cheriyan
2015 Loham Rajeev Sathyamoorthy Cameo appearance
2015 Anarkali Madhavan Nair
2016 Karinkunnam 6'S Mukul Kesavan
2018 Abrahaminte Santhathikal Issac Cameo appearance
2018 Hey Jude Interview Board Member Cameo appearance
2018 Drama Dr. Mukundhanunni
2018 Ranam Chandran


National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards
Other awards


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  2. ^ Metromatinee, Shyamaprasad Profile
  3. ^, Life Etc
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  8. ^ "Hey Jude was the right choice for my foray into Malayalam industry: Trisha". 30 June 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017.

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