Pattyam, Tellicherry, Madras State, India
(now Thalassery, Kerala, India)
|Alma mater||Pazhassi Raja N. S. S. College, Mattanur
Madras Film Institute
|Occupation||Actor, scriptwriter, director, producer, farmer|
|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 is an Indian film actor and screenwriter known for his work in Malayalam cinema. He has written for over 50 films and has acted in over 200 films. He has also directed and produced two films each.
Sreenivasan has written the screenplays 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), and Ayal Kadha Ezhuthukayanu (1998) among others. As a writer and actor he has frequently collaborated with directors such as Priyadarshan, Sathyan Anthikad and Kamal. As an actor he has collaborated numerous times with Mohanlal. As a filmmaker, he has scripted and directed Vadakkunokkiyanthram (1989) and Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala (1998).
Sreenivasan’s scripts in the eighties and nineties brilliantly portrayed backstory of pulp fiction stories appeared in majority substandard Malayalam magazines and the negative influence of such contents to the society. Through his subtle humour he was, on the other hand, pretty successful in providing incredible insights into the communist backed militant labour unions that are largely responsible for the closure of many industries in Kerala.
Sreenivasan has created a new dimension for Malayalam cinema by way of humour to tell stories in the simplest manner that was otherwise notorious for vulgarity and obscenity. His screenplays served as a training material for many popular directors today.
Early and personal life
Sreenivasan was born to Unni and Lakshmi in a small village of Patyam, to the east of Thalassery in Kannur, North Malabar region of Kerala State. He has two brothers, Raveendran, Rajagopal and a sister Vanaja. He completed his formal education in Koothuparamb High School, Government High School, Kathiroor and Bachelors in Economics from Pazhassi Raja N.S.S. College Mattannur. He got a diploma in film acting from the Madras Film Institute, Chennai in 1977.
Sreenivasan is married to Vimala and they have two sons. His elder son, Vineeth Sreenivasan, is a director, lyricist, singer, director, dubbing artist and actor. His younger son, Dhyan Sreenivasan, made his debut in Thira, a thriller movie directed by Vineeth Sreenivasan.
Sreenivasan entered the film industry in the 1977 P. A. Backer movie Manimuzhakkam after finishing a course in acting from the Film Chamber Institute. At the film institute he was coached by the then vice principal A. Prabhakaran, who later gave him a role in his movie Mela. A few movie roles later, he wrote his first film, Odaruthammava Aalariyam, in 1984. 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. Of late, he was more praised as an actor for his roles in 'Athmakadha'(as Kochubaby,a blind man working in a candle manufacturing unit) and 'Outsider'(as boat driver Sivankutty).
His films include Sandesam, Vellanakalude Nadu, and Varavelpu. His films like Sandesham and Varavelppu criticized the activities of Kerala's major political parties and unions. Arabikatha depicts the fight of a true communist in the party. Some of his movies include Vadakku Nooki Yanthram and Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala. His comedies include Aram + Aram = Kinnaram, Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu, Ponmuttayidunna Tharavu, Nagarangalil Chennu Raparkam and Chithram
He appeared in a weekly TV show on Kairali TV called Valiya Lokavum Cheriya Sreeniyum (translation: The Big World and the Little Sreeni)..
- 2007 – Best Popular Film – Katha Parayumbol (produced and written by Sreenivasan)
- 2006 – Special Jury Award – 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
- The Hindu: Interview with Sreenivasan. Hindu.com (2005-04-17). Retrieved on 2012-06-01.
- Sreenivasan's Chintavishtayaya Shyamala. Entertainment.oneindia.in (2008-12-04). Retrieved on 2012-06-01.
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