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Sreenivasan (born April 4, 1955) is a popular Malayali Indian script writer, actor, film director, and producer. He is well known for his satirical screwball and black comedy screenplays. As an actor he is famous for his comic performances.

He is most popular for scripting T.P. Balagopalan M.A., Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam, Gandhinagar 2nd Street, Nadodikkattu, Mukunthetta Sumitra Vilikkunnu, Varavelppu, Thalayanamanthram, Sandesham, Midhunam, and Azhakiya Ravanan.

As a filmmaker, he has made and scripted Vadakku Nooki Yanthram and Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala.


Early life

Sreenivasan was born in a small village of Patyam, to the east of Thalassery in Kannur, northern Kerala on April 4, 1953. His father Unni was a school teacher, an active Communist, and his mother Lakshmi, a homemaker. He completed his formal education in Government High School, Kathiroor and Pazhassi Raja N.S.S. College Mattannur. He did a diploma in film acting from the Film Chamber Institute, Madras in 1977 where Rajinikanth was his senior by a year.


Sreenivasan entered film industry in the 1977 P. A. Backer movie Manimuzhakam after finishing a course in acting from the Film Chamber Institute. In the film institute he was coached by the then vice principal A.Prabhakaran and later gave him a role in his movie Mela. A few movie roles later, he wrote his first film Oodarathuammava Aalariyam in 1984. His most famous movies as actor-writer include Varavelppu, Gandhinagar 2nd Street, Nadodikkattu and its two sequels, Pattanapravesham and Akkare Akkare Akkare. He also made his mark as a director with his two award winning movies - Vadakku Nokki Yanthram and Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala.

Much of Sreenivasan's movies depict problems affecting society, although these are portrayed in a comical manner. Some of his successful films includes Sandesham, Vellanakaludey Naadu, and Varavelpu. Mostly satirical in nature, his acrimonious and humorous lines are directed against matters as diverse as Police Brutality, Pulp magazines and unproductive Labour Unions. Excellent characterization, witty (often deadpan) dialogues and self-deprecating humour are trademarks of Sreenivasan movies. His writing very often pokes fun at himself, mostly at his own unglamourous appearances, and have become commonplace in scenes with costar Mohanlal. Some of his popular movies such as Vadakku Nokki Yanthram and Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala not only are thought-provoking but also are fine depictions of human character which elicited critical and public applause. His comedies earned popularity, some of them such as Aram + Aram = Kinnaram and chitram have been successes commercially and have left a big picture in the minds of the people. Sreenivasan is the only Malayalam screenplay and dialogue writer who portrayed North-Keralite slang especially that of Tellicherry, which are usually unique and at times 'wacky' apart from being incomprehensible to South- Keralites.

He appeared in a popular weekly TV show in Kairali TV called Valiya Lokavum Cheriya Sreeniyum (translation: The Big World and the Little Sreeni). His son Vineeth Sreenivasan is a playback singer and actor.


Sreenivasan has won the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues - Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala (1999)

Sreenivasan has won several Kerala State Film Awards.

Selected Filmography

  1. Short Kut: The Con is On (2009) [HINDI] Story (Uncredited)
  2. Passenger (2009) [MALAYALAM] Lead role
  3. Rettai Suzhi (2009) [TAMIL] Lead role Filming
  4. Kadha Samvidhanam Kunjako (2009) [MALAYALAM] Lead role
  5. Makante achan (2009) [MALAYALAM] Lead role
  6. Pachamarathanalil (2008)Lead role
  7. Billu (2009) [HINDI] Story
  8. Kuselan(2008) [TAMIL] Story
  9. Kadha Parayumbol (2007) story/screenplay/dialogs/lead role/producer
  10. Arabikatha (2007)Lead role
  11. Velli Thirai (2007) [TAMIL] Story
  12. Udayananu Tharam (2005)Screenplay/Supporting cast
  13. Zameer - The Fire Within(2005) [HINDI] Story/Screenplay
  14. Megham (1999)Supporting cast
  15. Ayal Kadha Ezhuthukayanu (1998) Screenplay/Supporting cast
  16. Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala' (1998) Story/Screenplay/Direction/Lead role
  17. Azhakiya Ravanan (1996) Story/Screenplay/Supporting cast
  18. Kala Pani (1996 film) (1996) Supporting cast
  19. Mazhayethum Munpe (1995) Story/Screenplay/Supporting cast
  20. Midhunam - movie (1993) Story/Screenplay/Supporting cast
  21. Sandhesam (1991) Story/Screenplay/Lead role
  22. Akkare Akkare Akkare (1990) Story/Screenplay/Supporting cast
  23. Thalayanamanthram (1990) Story/Screenplay/Lead role
  24. Aanaval Mothiram (1990) Lead role
  25. Vadakku Nooki Yanthram (1989) Story/Screenplay/Direction/Lead role
  26. Varavelpu (1989) Story/Screenplay/Supporting cast
  27. Chithram (1988) Supporting cast
  28. Mukunthetta Sumitra Vilikkunnu (1988)Story/Screenplay/Supporting cast
  29. Pattana Pravesham (1988) Story/Screenplay/Supporting cast
  30. Vellanakalude Naadu (1988)Story/Screenplay/Supporting cast
  31. Nadodikkattu (1987) Story/Screenplay/Supporting cast
  32. Gandhinagar 2nd Street (1986) Story/Screenplay/Supporting cast
  33. Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam (1986) Story/Screenplay/Supporting cast
  34. T.P. Balagopalan M.A. (1986)Story/Screenplay/Supporting cast
  35. Paavam Paavam Rajakumaran (1990)

See also

  • Malayalam Cinema



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