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Shyamaprasad snapped during a press meet
Born (1960-11-07) 7 November 1960 (age 61)[1]
  • Director
  • actor
  • screenwriter
Years active1998 – present
Parent(s)O. Rajagopal
Dr.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 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 Santhakumari. He has an elder brother named Vivekanand. He was named after Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, the founder of Bharatiya Jan Sangh.[3]

He did his schooling at Basel Evangelical Mission Higher Secondary School, Palakkad. 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.[4] 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.[5] He continues to push the frontiers of television in his creative role currently serves as the President (Programming), Amrita TV.[6]

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.[7] These films also received nine state awards in all major technical categories including 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. [8]

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. [9]

His film Ritu (Seasons) released in early August 2009 and was received well.[citation needed]

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. [10]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Sheeba And his children are Vishnu and Shivakamy. He currently resides in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.[11]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Directorial films
Year Title Notes Cast
1998 Kallu Kondoru Pennu Vijayashanthi, Suresh Gopi, Baby Ajai Pradeep, Dileep
1999 Agnisakshi Also writer Shobhana, Rajit Kapur, Srividya
2002 Bokshu, the Myth Also co-writer
English film, Indo-American co-production
Irrfan Khan, Nandana Sen
2004 Akale Also writer Prithviraj, Geethu Mohandas, Sheela
2007 Ore Kadal Also writer Mammootty, Meera Jasmine, Narrein, Ramya Krishnan
2009 Ritu Screened at the Valladolid International Film Festival Nishan, Rima Kallingal, Asif Ali
2010 Kerala Cafe Segment: Off Season Suraj Venjarammoodu
2010 Elektra Nayanthara, Manisha Koyrala, Prakash Raj, Biju Menon, Skanda
2012 Arike Also writer Dileep, Mamta Mohandas, Samvrutha Sunil
2013 English: An Autumn in London Mukesh, Jayasurya, Nadhiya Moidu, Nivin Pauly, Ramya Nambeeshan
2013 Artist Also writer Fahadh Fazil, Ann Augustin
2015 Ivide Prithviraj, Bhavana, Nivin Pauly
2018 Hey Jude [12] Nivin Pauly, Trisha, Siddique
2019 Oru Njayarazhcha Writer & Director Murali Chand, Sally Varma, Megha Thomas, Niranjan Kannan

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
2021 Chathurmukham Ramachandran


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


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