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Born (1956-04-06) 6 April 1956 (age 65)
Other namesSreeni
Alma mater
Years active1977—present
Notable work
Spouse(s)Vimala Sreenivasan
  • Thalassery Paadiyathu Unni
  • Lakshmi
AwardsNational Film Awards:
Best Film on Other Social Issues (1998)

Sreenivasan (born 6 April 1956) is an Indian actor, screenwriter, director , dubbing artist and producer who predominantly works in Malayalam cinema.[1] Sreenivasan has starred in over 200 films. Considered among the best screenwriters of Malayalam cinema, he is known for his rich and detailed screenplays based on the social and political scenario of Kerala. Sreenivasan wrote the screenplays of 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), Oru Maravathoor Kanavu (1998), Udayananu Tharam (2005), Katha Parayumpol (2007), and Njan Prakashan (2018) among which the latter is one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of all time. 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 (1989) won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Film, Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala (1998) won the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues and Best Popular Film Award at the 29th Kerala State Film Awards.[2] He co-produced Katha Parayumpol (2007) and Thattathin Marayathu (2012) under the banner Lumiere Film Company, along with actor Mukesh.

Early life[edit]

Sreenivasan was born in Patyam, a village near Thalassery in Kannur, North Malabar region of Kerala. He has a sister and two brothers.[3] His mother was a homemaker and his father a school teacher.[4] Sreenivasan completed his formal education at Kuthuparamba Middle School and Government High School, Kadirur. He received a bachelor's degree in economics from PRNSS College, Mattanur. In 1977, Sreenivasan studied at the Film and Television Institute of Tamil Nadu, Chennai.[5]



Sreenivasan debuted in the 1977 P. A. Backer movie Manimuzhakkam. At film school, he was enrolled by Aniyeri Prabhakaran, who later cast him in Mela (1980). 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. As a director he filmed Vadakkunokkiyanthram and Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala. His comedies include Aram + Aram = Kinnaram, Kinnaripuzhayoram, Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu, Ponmuttayidunna Tharavu, Artham, Azhakiya Ravanan, Chithram etc.[6]

Sreenivasan's scripts in the 1980s 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 his subtle approach in explaining the negative influence of such contents to the society of which the majority were jobless. 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. Sreenivasan has created a new dimension for Malayalam cinema by way of humor to tell stories in the simplest manner.

Personal life[edit]

Sreenivasan is married to Vimala, a school teacher (retired). His elder son, Vineeth Sreenivasan, is a director, lyricist, playback singer, dubbing artist and actor. His younger son, Dhyan Sreenivasan, made his debut in Thira, a thriller movie directed by his brother.[7] Dhyan's directorial debut Love Action Drama was a romantic comedy genre movie starring Nivin Pauly and Nayanthara.

Awards and honours[edit]

Year Award Award Category & Work
1989 Kerala State Film Awards Best FilmVadakkunokkiyantram
1991 Kerala State Film Award for Best StorySandhesam
1995 Best Screen Play & Best Popular Film – Mazhayethum Munpe (screenplay by Sreenivasan)
1998 National Film Awards Best Film on Other Social IssuesChinthavishtayaya Shyamala
1998 Kerala State Film Awards Best Popular Film – Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala (written and directed by Sreenivasan)
1998 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Director – MalayalamChinthavishtayaya Shyamala
1998 Asianet Film Awards Best Film Award – Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala
1998 Best Director AwardChinthavishtayaya Shyamala
2005 Best Actor AwardUdayananu Tharam
2005 Best Script Writer AwardUdayananu Tharam
2006 Kerala State Film Awards Special Mention (Acting) – Thakarachenda
2007 Best Popular FilmKatha Parayumpol (producer and Story and scriptwriter)
2007 Asianet Film Awards Asianet Film Award for Lifetime Achievement for various films
2007 Best Film AwardKatha Parayumpol
2007 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Director – MalayalamKatha Parayumpol
2009 Asianet Film Awards Asianet Film Honour Special Jury Award for various films & Asianet Film Award for Best Supporting ActorMakante Achan, Passenger



  1. ^ Sreenivasan Archived 5 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine The Hindu 17 April 2005. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Sreenivasan's Chintavishtayaya Shyamala". 4 December 2008. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012..
  3. ^ "Sreenivasan Interview". Mathrubhumi website. 19 December 2013. Archived from the original on 19 December 2013.
  4. ^ Sreenivasan Archived 20 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine MSIDB
  5. ^ Actor Archived 19 June 2015 at the Wayback Machine Cinidiary.
  6. ^ Lifestyle Archived 3 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine Mangalam.
  7. ^ "Interview". Mathrubhumi. 19 August 2013. Archived from the original on 19 August 2013.

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