Top 30 Malayalam Directorsby vishalissac | created - 11 Jul 2011 | updated - 24 Nov 2011 | Public
Top 30 popular Malayalam film director who haver made a landmark in Malayalam Cinema
Film producer and director who heavily influenced the Malayalam film industry by redefining the commercial film scenario
Director | Nizhalkkuthu
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
Actor | Nadodikkattu
Know for his brilliant screenplay and direction
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
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
Director | Thevar Magan
Won the Kerala State Award for Best Art Director in 1975, 1979-1982, and 1984. He won an award for Second Best Film for Chamaram (1980) and for Ormakkayi (1982), for which he also received the Best Director Award. He won the award for Best Film for Marmaram (1983), and directed the films _Oru ...
One of the most influential and prolific filmmakers of Malayalam cinema
11. T.V. Chandran
Director | Dany
Best know for his art-house films which have references to history and undertones of politics and feminism
12. I.V. Sasi
Director | Devasuram
I.V. Sasi was born in 1946 in Kerala, British India as Irruppam Veedu Sasidaran. He was a director and producer, known for Devasuram (1993), Varnapakittu (1997) 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
Director | Poove Poochudava
One of the pioneers of of modern Malayalam cinema
14. T. Hariharan
Director | Mayookham
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
Son of veteran director Appachan, founder of Navodaya Studio and the director of India's first 3D movie.
17. Sathyan Anthikad
Director | Ennum Eppozhum
Best known for his family genre films
18. Prathap Pothen
Actor | Meendumoru Kaadal Kathai
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
Director | Spadikam
Known for his super hits in 90s
Director | Kanchivaram
Known for his commercial super hits and also for the award winning realistic movies
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
A notable award winning film maker
Director | Pranayam
A critically acclaimed film maker
Writer | Thaniyavartanam
Ambazhathil Karunakaran Lohithadas was born on May 10, 1955 in Chalakudy, Kerala, India. He was a writer and director, known for Thaniyavartanam (1987), Kasthuriman (2003) and Joker (2000). He died on June 28, 2009 in Kochi, Kerala.
A brilliant script writer and director
Renjith is a writer and director, known for Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha (2009), Indian Rupee (2011) and Spirit (2012).
One of the trend setters in Malayalam cinema
28. Santosh Sivan
Cinematographer | Theeviravaathi: The Terrorist
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