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Dileep in 2008.
Born Padmanabhan Gopalakrishnan
27 October 1968 (1968-10-27) (age 41)
Aluva, Kerala, India
Occupation Actor, Film Producer,Business (D'lip Group & G.P Charitable Trust)
Years active 1992 - present
Spouse(s) Manju Warrier

Dileep(Malayalam: ദിലീപ്) (born Padmanabhan Gopalakrishnan on 27 October 1968) is an Indian film actor and producer who works mainly in Malayalam cinema. He started his film career as an assistant director to Kamal. He rose into prominence as a lead actor during the early 2000s. Dileep, who began his career as a mimicry artist, excels in films particularly of the comedy genre. He went on to produce the highest grossing film in Malayalam cinema, next to Pazhassi Raja and Joshi's Twenty:20 (2008).


Early life

Dileep was born on 27 October 1968 in Edavanakkad, Aluva, Ernakulam district, Kerala to Padmanabha Pillai and Sarojam.[1] He studied in S.N.V Sadanam School & Vidyadhiraja Vidya Bhavan High School, then joined Aluva U.C. College, and then transferred to Maharajas College, Ernakulam. His talent for acting was not known in school and college where he rarely won any accolades or merits. During 1985–1987 he tried to perform as a mimicry artist in UC College but was not successful. On joining Maharajas College for a B.A. in Economics in 1989, Gopalakrisnan started to take mimicry seriously. Mimicry was only getting its roots in Kerala at the time. He later went on for a M.A. in History.




Dileep started his career in a troupe called Kalabavan, working as a mimicry artist. Later he got a chance to be the assistant director to Kamal. While being an assistant director, Dileep did some small roles, debuting with just a small scene in Kamal's Ennodu Ishtam Koodaamo (1992). He was then brought up by actor Jayaram. He recommended his name to many directors. The film Manathe Kottaram (1994) gave him the first break and his screen name Dileep came into place through the character of the same name that he played. Other minor roles during this time includes Joshi's Sainyam (1993) and Sibi Malayil's Sindoora Rekha (1995).

By the mid-90s he started getting more prominent roles. He played a supporting role in Sathyan Anthikkad's Thooval Kottaram (1996) starring Jayaram and Manju Warrier in the lead. He also did another supporting role in the Jayaram starred film Swapna Lokathe Balabhaskaran (1996). The film Sallapam (1996) was a turning point in his career, with the commercial success of the film he started becoming noted as an actor. He plays the lead role in Kamal's Ee Puzhayum Kadannu (1996). In both Sallapam and Ee Puzhayum Kadannu he had co-star Manju Warrier whom he later married. He did a supporting role in I.V. Sasi's Varnapakittu (1997). It was playing Unnikrishnan in Raffi-Meccartin's Punjabi House (1998) that made him popular as a comic actor. Another interesting role of that time was Ommanakuttan in Meenathil Thalikettu (1998). His first Priyadarshan film was Megham (1999) starring Mammootty. A noted film by the end of the decade is Lal Jose's Chandranudikkunna Dikhil (1999) where he co-starred with Kavya Madhavan.[2]

2000s: Rise to stardom

Some of his interesting comedy films in the early 2000s include Mr. Butler (2000), Darling Darling (2000), and Ee Parakkum Thalika (2001). A major commercial success was Rafi-Meccartin's Thenkasipattanam (2000), where he co-stars with Suresh Gopi and Lal. A. K. Lohithadas's Joker (2000) did very well as well, Dileep was noted for playing Babu. With the commercial success of such comedy-melodramas, Sibi Malayil's Ishtam (2001), Aku Akbar and Aby Jose's Mazhathullikkilukkam (2002), and Sasi Shankar's Kunjikkoonan (2002), Dileep had established himself as a commercially viable actor. He won the Kerala State Film Special Jury Award for playing Kunjan in Kunjikkoonan. It was playing Madhavan in Lal Jose's Meesha Madhavan (2002) that made a star out of Dileep. It was quite different from his usual slapstick roles. He later went on to play in Shafi's Kalyanaraman (2002), Jayaraj's Thilakkam (2003), and Johny Antony's C.I.D. Moosa (2003) (which he produced himself). He also produced and starred in T. V. Chandran's critically acclaimed Kadhavaseshan (2004). His comic timing and dialogue delivery in films made him popular among the Malayali audience. Though there is criticism from certain quarters that he has been typecast in slapstick comic roles. In 2004, he starred in Priyadarshan's Vettom.

His real life role as a transvestite man from the family of fishermen in Lal Jose's Chanthupottu (2005) won him many accolades, including the Special Jury Award of the Kerala State Film Awards. He fared as an action hero in Runway (2004), Kochirajavu (2005), Lion (2006), Chess (2006), and Don (2006). Critics and audiences alike have responded badly to his performance in Shaji Kailas's Don.[3] He played the athlete Arjun in The Speed Track the debut of director Jayasurya. His second film with the acclaimed director Sathyan Anthikkad, Vinodayathra, was released in April 2007. It is one of the appreciated Malayalam movies of the year 2007. He also had the chance to play in Blessy's Calcutta News (2008), though this film wasn't as well received compared to Blessy's previous films.

Dileep produced Joshi's Twenty:20 (2008), which is considered to be the highest-grossing film in Malayalam cinema. In the year 2009, he had a good start. His film, Crazy Gopalan performed very well at the box-office compared to his other movie Colours which only did an average performance. Although the much awaited Moss N Cat directed by veteran director Fazil didn't perform that well at the box-office, his other film Passenger directed by debutant Ranjith Shankar, where he starred along with Mamta Mohandas and Sreenivasan, was a runaway success.His next film Swantham Lekhakan didan above average performance. His next film Body Guard directed by Siddique was a big critical and commercial success.He was well praised for his role of Jayakrishnan.His next film Aagathan directed by Kamal was also a critical and commercial success which made him to get two consecutive hits..[1] After Agathan [4] Pappi Appacha is the next movie [5]

Personal life

Dileep is married to actress Manju Warrier. Their marriage created a controversy on whether married heroines have to leave the field or not as Manju Warrier was the leading female actor in the Malayalam cinema during the late 90s. She chose not to act after marriage. They got married on 20 October 1998 at the Aluva Srikrishna Temple. The couple have one daughter - Meenakshi.

Dileep also owns a restaurant named "Twenty:20 Food Mall" in Padma Cinemas at Kochi (MG Road)[6] He lives at Deshom in Aluva.


Kerala State Film Awards:

Filmfare Awards:

Asianet Film Awards

Other Awards:

  • Kerala Film Critics Association Best Actor 2004 Kathavaseshan
  • Critics Award Best Actor 2002 Kunjikoonan
  • Mathrubhumi Medimix Best Actor Award 2002 Kunjikoonan
  • Mathrubhumi Popular Actor Award 2001 Joker
  • Atlas Best Supporting Actor Award 2000 Joker
  • Jessy Award
  • Sathyan Smaraka Award


In Production

Year Film Co-stars Director Notes
2010 Brothers Mammootty Anwar Rasheed Announced
2010 CID Moosa From Scotland Harisree Ashokan,Jagathy Johny Antony Sequel of CID Moosa
2010 Film Star Kalabhavan Mani, Rambha Sanjeev Raj Filming
2010 Walayar Paramasivam Kavya Madhavan,Harisree Ashokan Joshy Sequal of Runway
2010 Chiristian Brothers Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi ,Sarath Kumar Joshy Filming
2010 Paapy Appachaa Innocent, Kavya Madhavan Mammas Chandran post production
2010 Njan Busiya Mukesh, Suraj Rajasenan Announced


Year Film Co-stars Director Notes
2010 Aagathan Satyaraj, Charmi Kamal
2010 Bodyguard Nayanthara Siddique
2009 Swantham Lekhakan Gopika P. Sukumar
2009 Kerala Cafe Navya Nair, Suresh Krishna M Padmakumar
2009 Passenger Sreenivasan, Mamta Mohandas Ranjith Sankar
2009 Moss & Cat Rahman, Aswathy Fazil
2009 Colors Vinu Mohan, Roma, Bhama RajBabu
2008 Crazy Gopalan Radha Varma, Salim Kumar, Harisree Ashokan, Jagathy Deepu Karunakaran
2008 Twenty:20 Bhavana, Mohanlal, Mammootty, Suresh Gopi Joshy
2008 Mulla Meera Nandan, Biju Menon, Lal Jose
2008 Calcutta News Meera Jasmine, Vimala Raman Blessey
2007 Romeo Vimala Raman, Samvrutha Sunil, Shruthi Lakshmi Rajasenan
2007 4 July Roma Joshy
2007 Speed Track Gajala, Riyas Khan Jayasurya
2007 Vinodayathra Meera Jasmine, Parvathi Menon, Mukesh Sathyan Anthikkad
2007 Inspector Garud Kavya Madhavan, Cochin Haneefa Jhony Antony
2006 Chakkaramuthu Kavya Madhavan, Jishnu Lohitadas
2006 The Don Gopika, Lal Shaji Kailas
2006 Chess (2006 film) Bhavana, Salim Kumar Raj Babu
2006 Pachakkuthira Gopika, Salim Kumar Kamal
2006 Lion Kavya Madhavan, Karthika Joshi
2005 Chanthupottu Gopika, Biju Menon, Bhavana Lal Jose
2005 Pandippada Navya Nair, Prakash Raj Rafi Mecartin
2005 Kochi Rajavu Kavya Madhavan, Rambha Jhony Antony
2004 Rasikan Siddarth, Samvrutha Sunil, Haripriya Laljose
2004 Perumazhakkalam Meera Jasmine, Kavya Madhavan Kamal
2004 Kadhavaseshan Jyothirmayi T V Chandran
2004 Thekkekkara Super Fast Mukesh, Jagathy Sreekumar Thaha
2004 Vettam Jagathy, Innocent Priyadarshan
2004 Runway Kavya Madhavan, Indrajith Joshi
2003 Pattanathil Sundaran Navya Nair Vipin Mohan
2003 War and Love Laila, Prabhu Vinayan
2003 Mizhi Randilum Kavya Madhavan, Indrajith Ranjith
2003 C.I.D. Moosa Bhavana, Ashish Vidyarthi Jhony Antony
2003 Gramaphone Meera Jasmine, Navya Nair Kamal
2003 Sadanandante Samayam Kavya Madhavan Akbar Jose
2003 Thilakkam Kavya Madhavan, Bhavana, Nedumudi Venu Jayaraj
2002 Kunjikkoonan Navya Nair, Manya, Nithya Das Sashi shankar
2002 Kalyanaraman Kunchacko Boban Navya Nair, Lal Shafi
2002 Meesha Madhavan Kavya Madhavan, Jyothirmayi, Jagathy Lal Jose
2002 Raajyam (Tamil) Vijayakanth, Shamita Shetty, Priyanka Trivedi Manojkumar
2002 Kuberan Samyuktha Varma, Uma Shankari, Harisree Ashokan Sunder Das
2002 Mazhathullikkilukkam Navya Nair, Sharada, Bharathi Akbar Jose
2001 Ishtam Navya Nair, Nedumudi Venu Sibi Malayil
2001 Ee Parakkum Thalika Nithya Das, Harisree Ashokan Thaha
2001 Soothradharan Meera Jasmine, Cochin Haneefa Lohitadas
2001 Dosth Kunchacko Boban, Kavya Madhavan Thulasi Das
2001 Rakshasa Rajavu Mammootty, Kavya Madhavan, Meena, Manya Vinayan
2000 Joker Manya, Nishanth Sagar Lohithadas
2000 Thenkasipattanam Kavya Madhavan, Suresh Gopi, Samyuktha Varma, Geethu Mohandas Rafi Mecartin
2000 Darling Darling Vineeth, Kavya Madhavan Rajesenan
2000 Mr. Butler Innocent, Jagathy
2000 Varnnakkazhchakal Poornima Indrajith, Rasika Sunder Das


Year Film Co-Stars Director
1999 Chandranudikkunna Dikhil Kavya Madhavan, Samyuktha Varma, Lal Laljose
1999 Deepasthambham Mahascharyam Rasika, Jomol K.B.Madhu
1999 Megham Mammootty, Priya Gill, Pooja Batra Priyadarshan
1999 Pranaya Nilavu Mohini Vinayan
1999 Udayapuram Sulthan Preetha Vijayakumar, Captain Raju, Narendra Prasad Jose Thomas
1998 Anuragakottaram Suvalakshmi Vinayan superhit
1998 Kaikkudanna Nilavu Jayaram, Shalini, Ranjitha Kamal
1998 Kallu Kondoru Pennu Vijayashanti Shyamaprasad
1998 Manthri Maalikayil Manasammatham Vishnu Ansar Kalabhavan
1998 Meenathil Thalikettu Sulekha Rajan Shankaradi
1998 Ormacheppu Lal, Chanchal Lohithadas
1998 Punjabi House Mohini, Jomol Rafi-Mekartin
1998 Sundarakilladi Shalini Muraleekrishnan
1998 Vismayam Innocent, Nedumudi Venu Raghunath Paleri
1997 Varnappakittu Mohanlal, Divya Unni, Meena I. V. Sasi
1997 Kaliyoonjal Mammootty, Shalini Kumar, Shobhana Anil-Babu
1997 Kalyanapittennu Mukesh, Priya Raman, Anju Aravind K.K.Haridas
1997 Kudamaattam Manju Warrier Sundar Das
1997 Maanasam Biju Menon Sudheesh
1997 Manthramothiram Kalabhavan Mani Sasisankar
1997 Maayapponman Mohini Thulasidas
1997 Nee Varuvolam Divya Unni Sibi Malayil
1997 Ullasappoonkattu Mohini Vinayan
1996 Ee Puzhayum Kadannu Biju menon, Mohini Kamal
1996 Kalyana Sowgandhikam Divya Unni Vinayan
1996 Kudumbakkodathi Mohini, Innocent Viji Thamby
1996 Malayala Masam Chingam Onnu Premkumar,Biju Menon Nizar
1996 Manthrika Kuthira Manoj K Jayan, Mohini Viji Thampi
1996 Patanayakan Vijayaraghavan Nizar
1996 Saamoohyapadam Prem Kumar Kareem
1996 Sallapam Manju Warrier Sundardas
1996 Swapna Lokathe Balabhaskaran Jayaram, Annie Rajasenan
1996 Thooval Kottaram Jayaram, Manju Warrier, Sukanya Sathyan Anthikkad
1996 Kakkakkum Poochakkum Kalyanam Devayani, Sudhish, Chippi K.K. Haridas
1996 Kokkarakko Vijayakumar K.K.Haridas
1996 Sindoora Rekha Suresh Gopi Sibi Malayil
1995 Thirumanassu Sai Kumar
1995 Vrudhanmare Sookshikkuka Kushboo, Jayaram Sunil
1995 Three Men Army Devayani Nizar
1994 Pidakkozhi Koovunna Noottandu Urvasi Viji Thamby
1994 Sudhinam Jayaram, Madhavi Nizar
1994 Manathe Kottaram Kushboo Sunil
1993 Sainyam Mammootty, Mukesh, Vikram, Priya Raman Joshi
1992 Ennodishtam Koodamo Mukesh, Madhoo Kamal

Assistant director


  • Malarvadi Arts & Sports Club (2010)
  • Twenty:20 (2008)
  • Pandippada (2005)
  • Kadhavaseshan (2004)
  • C.I.D. Moosa (2003)


Pachakuthira (2006) (story)


  • Kalayanaraman (2002) (performer: "Onnam mala keri)
  • Thilakkam (2003) (performer: "Saare Saare Sambare")


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