T. Damodaran

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T. Damodaran
ടി. ദാമോദരൻ
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Born c. 1935
Calicut, Kerala, India
Died 28 March 2012 (aged 77)
Calicut, Kerala, India
Occupation screenwriter
Years active 1975–2012
Spouse(s) Pushpa
Children Deedi, Simna, Reshmi

T. Damodaran (Malayalam: ടി. ദാമോദരൻ; c. 1935 – 28 March 2012[1]) was a screenwriter of Malayalam cinema. He scripted some of the biggest blockbusters in Malayalam cinema.[2] Damodaran and director I. V. Sasi teamed up to produce many hit movies,[3] including Angadi, Eee Nadu, Vartha, Avanazhi, Inspector Balram, 1921, Adimakal Udamakal, and Balram vs. Taradas. He also teamed up with director Priyadarshan to produce many hit movies including Aryan, Advaitham, Abhimanyu, and Kala Pani.

His daughter, Deedi Damodaran, is also a screenwriter of Malayalam cinema.[4] She made her debut with the film Gulmohar.[5]


Popularly known as Damodaran Master, T. Damodaran began his career in cinema as script writer in early 70s. A physical education teacher in a school at Kozhikode by profession, Damodaran became active in theatre by late sixties and got into the company of several theatre and cinema artists of the era including Thikkodiyan, Kuthiravattom Pappu, Hariharan and Kunjandi. He was part of Slapstick Theatre, in which Kuthiravattom Pappu was a leading actor. He wrote and acted in several comedies and satires. His dramas were mainly packed with social issues and this was noticed by Hariharan, who forced Damodaran to enter into cinema making. Though, made his debut in 1973, Damodaran became active in cinema by late 70s, after joining with Sasi with whom, he later made around fifty films. It was the huge success of Angaadi in 1980, that formed a turning point in the career of Damodaran. Directed by I. V. Sasi, Angadi has Jayan and Seema in leading roles and broke several collection records. This was followed by Meen, Kanthavalayam, Karimbana, all super hits.

In the 80s, the scripts of Damodaran created sensation and furore at theatres. The scripts were mainly socio-dramas, which often criticised the establishments and were packed with heavy punch dialogues. Mostly directed by Sasi, these films were well received by general public. Thadakam, Thushaaram, Ee Nadu, Innalenkil Naale, Iniyenkilum, Vartha, Angadikappurathu, Avanazhi, all were huge hits at box office. Apart from I. V. Sasi, T. Damodaran, also wrote scripts for directors like Priyadarshan, Anil and Bharathan. Mani Ratnam's first and only film in Malayalam Unaru was based on the script by Damodaran in 1985. In the year 1988, Sasi directed a periodic drama based on the script by T. Damodaran, 1921, which was then the most expensive film in Malayalam. T. Damodaran has called this film as his dream project. Appearing Mammootty in leading, 1921 revolved around the Moppillai mutiny in Malabar in 1921 against British. This film was a huge hit at box office.

Though, in 90s, Damodaran reduced the number of films, several hits were born from his pen. Inspector Balram, Abhimanyu, Advaitham, Kala Pani were some among them. His last release was Yes Your Honour, directed by V. M. Vinu, starring Sreenivasan, Padmapriya, Innocent, and Saikumar, which was a hit.

Apart from being a writer Damodaran has acted in quite a few films, most noted roles being Hajiyar with Kalandan in Kilichundan Mampazham and as K P Hamsa in Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha (film) to name a few.These roles were given to him both as an appreciation to his action abilities as well as the respective directors respect to him.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Director Cast
2006 Yes Your Honour V.M. Vinu Sreenivasan, Padmapriya, Saikumar, Innocent
2006 Balram vs. Taradas I.V. Sasi Mammootty, Devan, Sreenivasan, Katrina Kaif, Siddique,
1999 Megham Priyadarshan Mammootty, Priya Gill, Dileep, Sreenivasan, Pooja Batra
1997 Stalin Shivadas T. S Suresh Babu Mammootty, Khushboo, Maniyan Pillai Raju, Captain Raju
1996 Mahathma Shaji Kailas Suresh Gopi, Ramyakrishnan, Biju Menon, Devan, N. F. Varghese
1996 Kalapani Priyadarshan Mohanlal, Prabhu, Tabu, Vineeth, Sreenivasan
1995 Kaattile Thadi Thevarude Aana Haridas Jagathi Sreekumar, Ilavarasi, Siddique
1994 The City I.V. Sasi Suresh Gopi, Urvashi, Lalu Alex, Ratheesh, Ahana
1993 Janam Viji Thampi Murali, Geetha, Siddique, Rajan P. Dev, Sukumaran, Jagadeesh
1993 Jackpot Joemon Mammootty, Rajan P. Dev, Gauthami, Jagadeesh, Aishwarya
1992 Advaitham Priyadarshan Mohanlal, Revathi, Jayaram, Narendra Prasad, M.G. Soman, Janardhanan
1991 Abhimanyu Priyadarshan Mohanlal, Geetha, Shankar, Manjula Vijayakumar, Jagadeesh, Ganeshan
1991 Inspector Balram I.V. Sasi Mammootty, Urvashi, Murali, Kiran Kumar, Manjula Vijayakumar, Jagadeesh
1990 Aanaval Mothiram G.S.Vijayan Sreenivasan, Suresh Gopi, Riza Bava, Saranya Ponvannan, Rajan P.Dev
1990 Arhatha I.V. Sasi Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Urvashi, Rekha
1988 Aryan Priyadarshan Mohanlal Ramya Krishnan, Shobhana, Monisha, Sreenivasan, Sukumari, M.G. Soman
1988 1921 I.V. Sasi Mammootty, Urvashi, Parvathi, Suresh Gopi, Janardhanan, M.G. Soman
1988 Abkari I.V. Sasi Mammootty, Ratheesh, M.G. Soman, Urvashi, Janardhanan, Parvathi, Thyagarajan
1987 Nalkavala I.V. Sasi Mammootty, Urvashi, Seema, Sreenivasan
1987 Ithrayum Kaalam I.V. Sasi Mammootty, Rahman, Shobhana, Maniyan Pillai Raju
1987 Vrutham I.V. Sasi Kamal Hassan, M.G. Soman, Suresh Gopi, Geetha
1987 Adimakal Udamakal I.V. Sasi Mohanlal, Mammootty, Lizzy, Captain Raju, Seema, Thilakan, Jagathi Sreekumar, Ratheesh
1986 Adiverukal' Anil Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Karthika, Mukesh, Thilakan
1986 Avanazhi I.V. Sasi Mammootty, Captain Raju, Seema, Geetha, Sukumaran
1986 Vaartha I.V. Sasi Mammootty, Mohanlal, Seema, Rahman
1985 Angadikkappurath I.V. Sasi Mammootty, Mohanlal, Lizzy, Balan K. Nair
1984 Ithiri Poove Chuvanna Poove Bharathan Mammootty, Madhu, Rahman, Shobhana
1984 Unaru Manirathnam Mohanlal, Ratheesh, Sukumaran, Balan K. Nair, Sabitha Anand, Unnimary
1983 Kattathe Kilikkoodu Bharathan Mohanlal, Bharath Gopi, Revathi, Srividya
1983 America America I.V. Sasi Mammootty, Ratheesh, M.G. Soman, Seema, Lalu Alex, Lakshmi
1983 Iniyenkilum I.V. Sasi Mammootty, Mohanlal, Seema, Lalu Alex
1983 Nanayam I.V. Sasi Mammootty, Mohanlal, Seema, K. P. Ummer
1982 Innallenkil Naale I.V. Sasi Mammootty, Lalu Alex, Seema, Unnimary
1982 Ee Nadu I.V. Sasi Mammootty, Sathar, Balan K. Nair, Lalu Alex, Surekha
1982 John Jaffer Janardhanan I.V. Sasi Mammootty, Ratheesh, Balan K. Nair, Raveendran
1981 Thusharam I.V. Sasi Ratheesh, Seema, Balan K. Nair, Lalu Alex
1981 Thadakam I.V. Sasi Mammootty, Seema, Balan K. Nair
1981 Ahimsa I.V. Sasi Mammootty, Sukumaran, Mohanlal, Sreenivasan, Ratheesh
1980 Kanthavalayam I.V. Sasi Jayan, Seema
1980 Meen I.V. Sasi Jayan, Seema, Ambika
1980 Angaadi I.V. Sasi Jayan, Seema, Sukumaran, Kuthiravattam Pappu, Ambika
1976 Aarattu I.V. Sasi Vincent, Seema, Jose, Kuthiravattam Pappu, Balan K. Nair
1976 Ammini Ammavan (dialogues) Hariharan Prem Nazir, Jayabharathi, Sankaradi, Bahadur
1975 Love Marriage Hariharan Prem Nazir, Jayabharathi, K. P. Ummer


  1. ^ http://www.mathrubhumi.com/story.php?id=262080
  2. ^ "Author of blockbusters". The Hindu. 23 February 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2009. 
  3. ^ Kasbekar, Asha (2006). Pop Culture India!. ABC-CLIO. p. 234. ISBN 978-1-85109-636-7. 
  4. ^ "Scripting her success". The Hindu. 23 October 2009. Retrieved 23 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Deedi damodaran". slideshare.net. Retrieved 23 October 2009. 

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