6 April 1956|
Pattayam, Thalassery, Madras State, India
|Alma mater||Pazhassi Raja N. S. S. College, Mattanur
Madras Film Institute
|Occupation||Actor, Screenwriter, Film director, Film producer, farmer|
|Years active||1977 - present|
|Notable work||Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala, Mazhayethum Munpe, Thakarachenda, Sandesam, Udayananu Tharam, Katha Parayumbol, Vadakkunokkiyantram|
|Children||Vineeth Sreenivasan, Dhyan Sreenivasan|
|Parent(s)||Thalassheri Paadiyathu Unni, Lakshmi|
|Awards||National Film Awards:
Best Film on Other Social Issues (1998)
Sreenivasan has starred in over 200 films. He is most popular for his comedy oriented performances. Sreenivasan wrote the screenplay for films such as Odaruthammava Aalariyam (1984), Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam (1986), Gandhinagar 2nd Street (1986), Nadodikkattu (1987), Pattanapravesham (1988), Varavelpu (1989), Thalayanamanthram (1990), Sandesam (1991), Midhunam (1993), Mazhayethum Munpe (1995), Azhakiya Ravanan (1996), Ayal Kadha Ezhuthukayanu (1998), Udayananu Tharam (2005), and Katha Parayumpol (2007) among others. He has won two Kerala State Film Awards for Best Screenplay, for Sandesam and Mazhayethum Munpe.
As a writer and actor he has frequently collaborated with directors such as Priyadarshan, Sathyan Anthikad and Kamal. As a filmmaker, he scripted and directed Vadakkunokkiyanthram (1989) and Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala (1998). While Vadakkunokkiyanthram won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Film, Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala won the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues and Best Popular Film Award at the 29th Kerala State Film Awards. He co-produced Katha Parayumpol (2007) and Thattathin Marayathu (2012) under the banner Lumiere Film Company, along with actor Mukesh.
Early and personal life
Sreenivasan was born in Patyam, a village near Thalassery in Kannur, North Malabar region of Kerala State in India. He has a sister and two brothers. His mother was a homemaker and his father a school teacher.
Sreenivasan completed his formal education at Koothuparamb middle school and Government High School, Kathiroor. He received a bachelor's degree in economics from Pazhassi Raja N. S. S. College, Mattanur. In 1977, Sreenivasan studied at the Film and Television Institute of Tamil Nadu, Chennai.
Sreenivasan is married to a school teacher (retired). His elder son, Vineeth Sreenivasan, is a director, lyricist, singer, dubbing artist and actor. His younger son, Dhyan Sreenivasan, made his debut in Thira, a thriller movie directed by his brother.
In January 2018, Sreenivasan was hospitalised due to variation in Blood Sugar and Blood Preassure. His condition is reported to be stable.
In 1984, Sreenivasan wrote his first film, Odaruthammava Aalariyam. He both wrote and acted in Varavelpu, Gandhinagar 2nd Street, Nadodikkattu and its two sequels, Pattanapravesham and Akkare Akkare Akkare.
Sreenivasan’s scripts in 1980’s and 90’s brilliantly portrayed the amusing part of people who were obsessed with pulp fiction stories that appeared in substandard Malayalam magazines while not to mention about his subtle approach in explaining the negative influence of such contents to the society of which majority were jobless due to the rise of communism in the state. Through sagacious humor, he was, on the other hand, pretty successful in providing incredible insights into anarchy caused by the militant labor unions that are largely responsible for the closure of industries in Kerala.
In another context, Sreenivasn’s scripts mostly reflect the typical characters of the majority less-educated Keralites who are generally shrewd and handy with their sneaky tricks to succeed in their lives.
Sreenivasan has created a new dimension for Malayalam cinema by way of humor to tell stories in the simplest manner.
- 2007– Best Popular Film – Katha Parayumbol (produced and written by Sreenivasan)
- 2006 – Special Mention (Acting) – Thakarachenda
- 1998 – Best Popular Film – Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala (written and directed by Sreenivasan)
- 1995 – Best Screen Play – Mazhayethum Munpe
- 1995 – Best Popular Film – Mazhayethum Munpe (screenplay by Sreenivasan)
- 1991 – Best Screen Play – Sandesam
- 1989 – Best Film – Vadakkunokkiyantram
- 2009 – Supporting Actor Award – Makante Achan, Passenger
- 2007 – Best Film Award – Kadha Parayumbol
- 2005 – Best Script Writer Award – Udayananu Tharam
- 2005 – Best Actor Award – Udayananu Tharam
- 1998 – Best Film Award – Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala
- 1998 – Best Director Award – Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala
- 2010 – Asiavision Movie Award for Lifetime Achievement
- 2008 – Bahadoor Award for his contributions to Malayalam cinema
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