Top 30 Malayalam Directors

by vishalissac | created - 11 Jul 2011 | updated - 24 Nov 2011 | Public

Top 30 popular Malayalam film director who haver made a landmark in Malayalam Cinema

1. Kunchacko

Producer | Unniyarcha

He established the first film studio in Kerala, Udaya Studio, in Alappuzha.

Film producer and director who heavily influenced the Malayalam film industry by redefining the commercial film scenario

2. Ramu Kariat

Director | Chemmeen

Ramu Kariat was born on February 1, 1928 in Engandiyur, Kerala, India. He was a director and writer, known for Chemmeen (1965), Minnaminungu (1957) and Nellu (1974). He died on February 10, 1979 in Trivandrum, Kerala.

One of the pioneers of new age Malayalam cinema

A notable new wave Malayalam film maker

4. Adoor Gopalakrishnan

Director | Mathilukal

Adoor Gopalakrishnan is India's most acclaimed contemporary filmmaker. Born in 1941 in Kerala, a state in south India, he belongs to a family with strong links to the performing arts, especially Kathakali, a highly-stylised form of dance drama. From the age of eight Adoor began acting for the stage...

India's most acclaimed contemporary filmmaker

5. John Abraham

Director | Agraharathil Kazhuthai

Malayalam director who studied economics at a college near Kottayam. His grandfather educated him and gave him his first camera. He worked as an insurance salesman in Bellary. Then he went to FTII (Film and Television Institute of India) and studied under Bengali director Ritwik Kumar Ghatak. He ...

A master of new wave Malayalam Cinema

6. Sreenivasan

Actor | Nadodikkattu

Sreenivasan is an actor and writer, known for Nadodikkattu (1987), Njan Prakashan (2018) and Udayananu Tharam (2005).

Know for his brilliant screenplay and direction

A film maker who gave priority to serious cinema

8. Shaji N. Karun

Director | Piravi

Shaji Neelakantan Karun was born on new years day 1950 as the eldest son of Mr. N. Karunakaran and Mrs. Chandramati in Kollam district of the state of Kerala, India. The family moved to Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the state in 1963. He did his schooling in Palkkulangara H.S., and took a ...

National Award-winning Indian film director and cinematographer

9. P. Padmarajan

Writer | Oridathoru Phayalwan

P. Padmarajan was an Indian author, screenwriter, and film director who was known for his landmark works in Malayalam literature and Malayalam cinema. Padmarajan was the founder of a new school of film making in Malayalam, along with Bharathan, in the 1980s, which created films that were widely ...

One of pioneers of matured Malayalam cinema

10. Bharathan

Director | Prayanam

Bharathan was born on November 14, 1947 in Vadakkancheri, Trichur, Kerala, British India. He was a director and art director, known for Prayanam (1975), Thevar Magan (1992) and Thakara (1980). He was married to K.P.A.C. Lalitha. He died on July 29, 1998 in Madras, Tamil Nadu, India.

One of the most influential and prolific filmmakers of Malayalam cinema

11. T.V. Chandran

Director | Dany

T.V. Chandran was born on November 23, 1950 in Thalassery, Kerala, India. He is a director and writer, known for Dany (2002), Ponthan Mada (1994) and Alicinte Anweshanam (1989).

Best know for his art-house films which have references to history and undertones of politics and feminism

12. I.V. Sasi

Director | Eeta

I.V. Sasi was born in 1946 in Kerala, British India as Irruppam Veedu Sasidaran. He was a director and producer, known for Eeta (1978), Itha Ivide Vare (1977) and Karimpin Poovinakkare (1985). He was married to Seema. He died on October 24, 2017 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

A film maker who is known for his films of the 1970s, 80s and early 90s super hit movies

13. Fazil

Writer | Poove Poochudava

Fazil was born in 1953 in Alleppey, Kerala, India. He is a writer and director, known for Poove Poochudava (1985), Manichitrathazhu (1993) and Killer (1992).

One of the pioneers of of modern Malayalam cinema

14. T. Hariharan

Director | Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja

Hariharan entered the Malayalam film industry in 1965, and has so far directed more than 60 films, many of which were highly successful both commercially and critically. His movies have mostly explored the complexities of social issues and human relationships, set in the backdrop of Kerala's rich ...

Know for his periodic movies

15. Joshiy

Director | Lion

A notable commercial film maker

16. Jijo Punnoose

Producer | Theekkadal

Brother of Jose Punnoose.

Son of veteran director Appachan, founder of Navodaya Studio and the director of India's first 3D movie.

17. Sathyan Anthikad

Director | Njan Prakashan

Sathyan Anthikad is known for his work on Njan Prakashan (2018), Ennum Eppozhum (2015) and Vinodayathra (2007).

Best known for his family genre films

18. Prathap Pothen

Director | Rithubhedam

Born into a well to do business family of Thiruvananthapuram in 1952, He went to a boarding school in Ooty at the age of five, where he took up painting. Pratap gained admission to Madras Christian College.His father died when he was 15

Pratap remained friends with those he went to school with at ...

A notable film maker of 80s

19. Sibi Malayil

Director | Ente Veedu Appuvinteyum

Normally uses a formula of family stories with emotional twists in his movies.

One of the Pioneers of new age Malayalam Cinema

20. Bhadran

Director | Spatikam

Bhadran is a director and writer, known for Spatikam (1995), Yuvathurki (1996) and Vellithira (2003).

Known for his super hits in 90s

21. Priyadarshan

Director | Kanchivaram

Priyadarshan was born as Priyadarshan Nair. He is a director and writer, known for Kanchivaram (2008), Hera Pheri (2000) and Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007). He is married to Lizy. They have two children.

Known for his commercial super hits and also for the award winning realistic movies

22. Kamal

Director | Celluloid

Kamal was born on November 28, 1957 in Thrissur, Kerala, India as Kamaluddin. He is a director and writer, known for Celluloid (2013), Megamalhar (2001) and Ulladakkam (1991). He is married to Saburabi. They have two children.

A notable Film director and Script writer

23. Rajeev Kumar

Director | Sesham

Rajeev Kumar is a director and writer, known for Sesham (2002), Raja Ko Rani Se Pyar Ho Gaya (2000) and Up & Down: Mukalil Oralundu! (2013).

A notable award winning film maker

24. Blessy

Director | Thanmathra

Blessy is an assistant director and director, known for Thanmathra (2005), Pranayam (2011) and Kaazhcha (2004).

A critically acclaimed film maker

25. A.K. Lohithadas

Writer | Thaniyavartanam

A.K. Lohithadas was born on May 10, 1955 in Chalakudy, Kerala, India as Ambazhathil Karunakaran Lohithadas. He was a writer and director, known for Thaniyavartanam (1987), Kasthuriman (2003) and Chakram (2003). He died on June 28, 2009 in Kochi, Kerala.

A brilliant script writer and director

One of the trend setters in Malayalam cinema

27. Jayaraaj

Director | Karunam

A notable film maker

28. Santosh Sivan

Cinematographer | Asoka

Santosh Sivan is a cinematographer and director, known for Ashoka the Great (2001), The Terrorist (1998) and Halo (1996).

A notable cinematographer, director and producer

29. Lal Jose

Director | Kerala Cafe

Lal Jose, a proficient Indian film maker, was born in Valapad in Thrissur district, Kerala to Jose and Lilly. Later the family moved to Ottapalam owing to personal commitments. Lal Jose did his schooling at NSS KPT School and NSS College Ottapalam. He is married to Leena. The couple has two ...

A directed who is appreciated by critics and also mass audience

30. Shyamaprasad

Director | Ore Kadal

Shyamaprasad was born in 1960 in Kerala, India. He is a director and actor, known for The Sea Within (2007), Elektra (2010) and Akale (2004). He is married to Sheeba. They have two children.

Know for his critically acclaimed films

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