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Priyadharshan
Priyadharshan
Priyadarshan (Malayalam, Hindi: प्रियदर्शन) is an Indian film director and screenwriter. He directed numerous commercially successful movies in Malayalam cinema in the 1980s and 1990s. He is one of the directors who brought attractive cinematography and rich background music to Malayalam movies. In Bollywood, he is known for making remakes of Malayalam films, which include Gardish  (1993)(Kireedam), Hera Pheri (2000)(Ramjirao Speaking), Hulchul (2004)(Godfather),"Kyunki" (Thalavattam)and Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007)(Manichithrathazhu). His trade mark signature is the David Lean-like shots and sequences he puts in most of his films such as Abhimanyu  (1991), Thenmavin Kombath (1994), Kala Pani (1996), and Kanchivaram  (2008).

Priyadarshan hails from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala where his father Poojappura Soman Nair, a dramatist of repute in Malayalam, worked as a librarian in a college affiliated to the University of Kerala. Greatly influenced by his father, Priyadarshan developed a reading habit, which he maintained all through his college life. He had read almost all the works of great writers by the time he completed his college studies. His fascination for comics and fairy tales reflects in his movies. As a child, Priyadarshan aspired to be a cricketer. However, his hopes of a career in cricket were cut short following an injury to his left eye by a cricket ball. He would later wear dark glasses when appearing in public.

Priyadarshan met his wife, Malayalam actress Lizy; who is the daughter of pookkatupadu Ealiyamma, on the sets of his second film. They worked together in twelve movies. He has two children, daughter Kalyani and son Sidharth. Megastar of the Malayalam industry Mohanlal is one of Priyadarshan's closest friends. Priyadarshan was Mohanlal's friend and senior in college in Thiruvananthapuram. Priyadarshan was a member of Kerala Students Union while Mohanlal was a member of Students' Federation of India. Currently he endorses Indian National Congress channel Jai Hind alongside Mohanlal, Jagathy Sreekumar, Asokan, and Meera Jasmin.

Around the same period many of his friends from Thiruvananthapuram joined the film industry including the superstar Mohanlal, Maniyanpilla Raju, singer M. G. Sreekumar, producer Suresh Kumar are a few among them. Priyadarshan is said to have ventured into films by chance. His first movie Poochakkoru Mookkuthi in Malayalam was a block buster. The film started a long association between Mohanlal and Priyadarshan, which resulted in a number of now-classic comedies in Malayalam, including Kilukkam, Chithram, Vellanakalude Nadu,Poochakkoru Mookkuthi and Boeing Boeing. His success is generally attributed to the new outlook, particularly slapstick comedy which is extensively used in his films. Mohanlal played the lead character in some of his most successful films. Their best work till date has been considered to be Chithram (Malayalam, 1988). Another movie Kilukkam was one of the biggest hits in the history of Malayalam cinema. In 1992, Priyadarshan remade the film in Hindi, as Muskurahat, starring Jay Mehta, Annu Kapoor, Revathi, Amrish Puri etc.
Foray into Hindi remakes

Apart from Malayalam films Priyadarshan has also directed a slew of Hindi language films, concentrating on remakes of Tamil and Malayalam films. His foray into Bollywood was with the movie Muskurahat (1992) remake of Malayalam film Kilukkam. This was a failure at the box office and it went largely unnoticed. his second unsuccessful Hindi film was Gardish, a remake of the Malayalam film Kireedam (1989).

He made his second foray into Hindi films with the remake of the acclaimed Kamal Haasan starrer Thevar Magan (Tamil) in Hindi. The film was titled Virasat and was made with the help of writer Vinay Shukla. The success of the film established Priyadarshan as a sought-after director in Bollywood along with the cast and crew of the film including Tabu, Ravi K. Chandran (cinemotography) and Anu Malik (music).

He later came up with a string of remakes including Hera Pheri (2000) (remake of Ramji Rao Speaking), Hungama (2003) (remake of Poochakkoru Mookkuthi), Hulchul (2004) (remake of Godfather), Garam Masala (2005) (remake of Boeing Boeing), Chup Chup Ke (2006) (remake of Punjabi House),Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007) (Remake of Manichitrathazhu), Bhagam Bhag (2008) (Remake of Mannar Mathai Speaking) and Billu (2009) (Remake of Kadha Parayumbol).
Priyadarshan has won awards both from the State and Central government for his movies, His off beat film "Kanchivaram" was adjudged the best feature film in National film Awards - 2008. He made a mulitilingual Sirai Chaalai, KalaPani (originally made in malayalam), which told the story of freedom fighters in the jail at Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which starred Mohanlal, Tabu, Prabhu Ganesan and Amrish Puri, received four National Film Awards including awards for Santosh Sivan (cinematography) and Sabu Cyril (art direction). Ilaiyaraaja's score in the movie was grand and symphonic, and was compared to the best of John Williams, Richard Strauss and Max Steiner.

Filmography

Name     Year of release     Language     Cast     Notes
Aakrosh     2010     Hindi     Ajay Devgan, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu, Paresh Rawal     
Bumm Bumm Bole     2010     Hindi     Darsheel Safary, Atul Kulkarni, Rituparna Sengupta     Remake of Children of Heaven(Iranian)
Khatta Meeta     2010     Hindi     Akshay Kumar, Trisha     Remake of Vellanakalude Nadu(Malayalam)
De Dana Dan     2009     Hindi     Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Katrina Kaif, Sameera Reddy     Remake of Vettam(Malayalam)
Billu     2009     Hindi     Shah Rukh Khan, Irfan Khan, Lara Dutta, Kareena Kapoor(Guest Role), Priyanka Chopra(Guest Role), Deepika Padukone(Guest Role)     Remake of Kadha Parayumbol (Malayalam)
Kanchivaram     2008     Tamil     Prakash Raj     National Award for Best Film.
Mere Baap Pehle Aap     2008     Hindi     Akshaye Khanna, Genelia D'souza, Paresh Rawal, Shobhana     Remake of Ishtam (Malayalam)
Bhool Bhulaiyaa     2007     Hindi     Akshay Kumar, Amisha Patel, Vidya Balan, Shiny Ahuja, Paresh Rawal, Rajpal Yadav, Manoj Joshi, Vineeth, Asrani, Tareena Patel, Rasika Joshi, Vikram Gokhale, Kaveri Jha     Remake of Manichitrathazhu (Malayalam)
Dhol     2007     Hindi     Sharman Joshi, Tusshar Kapoor, Kunal Khemu, Rajpal Yadav, Payal Rohatgi, Tanushree Dutta, Om Puri, Arbaaz Khan, Murli Sharma, Tiku Talsania, Asrani     Remake of In Harihar nagar (Malayalam)
Chup Chup Ke     2006     Hindi     Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Neha Dhupia, Rajpal Yadav, Sunil Shetty, Paresh Rawal, Sushma Reddy, Shakti Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Om Puri, Asrani, Manoj Joshi     Remake of Punjabi House (Malayalam)
Malamaal Weekly     2006     Hindi     Rasika Joshi, Om Puri, Ritesh Deshmukh, Innocent Vincent, Reema Sen, Shakti Kapoor, Arbaaz Khan, Sudha Chandran, Rakhi Sawant, Rajpal Yadav     Remake of Waking Ned
Bhagam Bhag     2006     Hindi     Akshay Kumar, Govinda, Paresh Rawal, Lara Dutta, Tanushree Dutta, Arbaaz Khan, Jackie Shroff, Sharat Saxena, Rajpal Yadav, Shakti Kapoor, Maushmi Udeshi, Rudra V Kapila, Manoj Joshi, Razak Khan, Sahil Chandra, Gurvinderbhai Singh     Remake of Mannar Mathai Speaking (Malayalam)
Kyon Ki...     2005     Hindi     Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Om Puri, Jackie Shroff, Sunil Shetty, Rimi Sen     Remake of Thalavattam
Garam Masala     2005     Hindi     Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Rimi Sen, Rajpal Yadav, Paresh Rawal, Neha Dhupia, Daisy Bopanna, Nargis Bhageri, Neetu Chandra     Remake of Boeing Boeing (Malayalam)
Vettam     2004     Malayalam     Dileep, Bhavana Puri, Kalabhavan Mani, Radha Ravi, Jagathy, Innocent     Remake of The French Kiss, Pyar To Hona Hi Tha
Hulchul     2004     Hindi     Akshaye Khanna, Kareena Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Sunil Shetty, Paresh Rawal, Arbaaz Khan, Jackie Shroff, Amrish Puri, Laxmi, Farah Naz, Shakti Kapoor, Manoj Joshi, Asrani     Remake of Godfather (Malayalam)
Hungama     2003     Hindi     Akshaye Khanna, Aftab Shivdasani, Rimi Sen, Paresh Rawal, Rajpal Yadav, Shoma Anand, Manoj Joshi     Remake of Poochakkoru Mookkuthi (Malayalam)
Kilichundan Mampazham     2003     Malayalam     Mohanlal, Soundarya, Sreenivasan, Salim Kumar
Satyaghath: Crime Never Pays     2003     Hindi         
Laysa Laysa     2003     Tamil         Remake of Summer in Bethlehem (Malayalam)
Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar     2001     Hindi     Sunil Shetty, Mahima Chaudhry     Remake of Sanmanssulavarkku Samadhanam (Malayalam)
Kakkakuyil     2001     Malayalam (Mohanlal)     Mukesh, Mohanlal, Nedumudi Venu, Jagathy, Innocent     Partial Remake of A Fish Called Wanda
Snegithiye     2000     Tamil         
Hera Pheri     2000     Hindi     Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Paresh Rawal, Tabu, Gulshan Grover, Khulbhushan Kharbanda, Om Puri, Dinesh Hingoo, Namrata Shirodhkar (Special Appearance     Remake of Ramjirao Speaking (Malayalam)
Megham     1999     Malayalam     Mammootty, Pooja Batra, Dileep, Nedumudi Venu, Sreenivasan, Cochin Haneefa     
Doli Saja Ke Rakhna     1998     Hindi     Akshaye Khanna, Jyotika Saravanan, Anupam Kher, Moushumi Chatterjee, Aruna Irani, Paresh Rawal, Mohnish Behl, Innocent Vincent     Remake of Aniyathipravu (Malayalam)
Kabhi na Kabhi     1998     Hindi     Jackie Shroff, Amrish Puri, Aishwarya Rai, Farida Jalal, Dimple Kapadia, Asrani, Mukesh Rishi, Raj Babbar, Paresh Rawal     
Saat Rang Ke Sapne     1998     Hindi     Arvind Swamy, Juhi Chawla     Remake of Thenmavin Kombathu (Malayalam)
Chandralekha     1997     Malayalam     Mohanlal, Pooja Batra, Sukanya, Nedumudi Venu, Sreenivasan, Innocent     Remake of While you were sleeping
Virasat     1997     Hindi     Anil Kapoor, Pooja Batra, Tabu     Remake of Thevar Magan(Tamil)
Kala Pani     1996     Malayalam [Also dubbed to Tamil and Hindi]     Mohanlal, Tabu, Prabhu Ganesan, Amrish Puri, Annu Kapoor, Sreenivasan, Nedumudi Venu
Minnaram     1994     Malayalam (Mohanlal)     Mohanlal, Shobana, Thilakan, Jagathy, Lalu Alex     
Thenmavin Kombath     1994     Malayalam     Mohanlal, Shobana, Nedumudi Venu, Sreenivasan, Kaviyoor Ponnamma     
Gandeevam     1994     Telugu     Mohanlal, Balakrishna     
Gardish     1993     Hindi         Remake of Kireedom (Malayalam)
Midhunam     1993     Malayalam     Mohanlal, Urvashi, Sreenivasan, Innocent, Jagathy     
Muskurahat     1992     Hindi         Remake of Kilukkam (Malayalam)
Adwaitham     1992     Malayalam     Mohanlal, Revathi, Jayaram, Innocent, M. G. Soman, Srividya     
Abhimanyu     1991     Malayalam     Mohanlal, Geetha, Shankar, Cochin Haneefa, Ganesh Kumar, Jagadish     
Kilukkam     1991     Malayalam     Mohanlal, Revathi, Jagathy, Thilakan, Murali, Innocent     
Nirnayam     1991     Telugu     Mukesh, Nagarjuna Akkineni, Amala     Remake of Vandanam
Gopura Vasalile     1991     Tamil     Karthik Muthuraman     Remake of Pavam Pavam Rajakumaran
Akkare Akkare Akkare     1990     Malayalam     Mohanlal, Sreenivasan, Parvathy, Mukesh, Nedumudi Venu, K. P. A. C. Lalitha, M. G. Soman, Maniyanpilla Raju, Jagadish     
Kadathanadan Ambadi     1990     Malayalam     Prem Nazir, Mohanlal, Cochin Haneefa     
Vandanam     1989     Malayalam     Mohanlal, Girija, Mukesh, Nedumudi Venu, M. G. Soman, Ganesh Kumar, Cochin Haneefa, Jagadish     Remake of Stakeout
Chithram     1988     Malayalam     Mohanlal, Ranjini, Lizy, Sreenivasan, Nedumudi Venu, Poornam Vishwanathan, Jagadish, Base line from GuruDutt's Hindi Movie Mr & Mrs 55     
Aryan     1988     Malayalam     Mohanlal, Ramya Krishnan, Shobana, Sreenivasan, Maniyanpilla Raju, M. G. Soman     
Mukundetta Sumithra Vilikkunnu     1988     Malayalam     Mohanlal, Sreenivasan, Nedumudi Venu, Ranjini     Remake of Katha
Mazha Paiyunnu Madhallum Kottunnu     1988     Malayalam     Mohanlal, Sreenivasan     It was scripted by Sreenivasan
Vellanakalude Nadu     1988     Malayalam     Mohanlal, Shobana, Lizy, Sreenivasan, Maniyanpilla Raju, M. G. Soman, Jagadish, Story line from R K Narayan's The Engine Trouble.     
Oru Muthassi Katha     1988     Malayalam     Vineeth, Ganesh Kumar, Nirosha, Thyagarajan, M. G. Soman, Jagathy     
Cheppu     1987     Malayalam     Mohanlal, Lizy, Sulakshana, Ganesh Kumar     
Hello, My Dear Wrong Number     1986     Malayalam     Mohanlal, Lizy, Mukesh, Maniyanpilla Raju, Jagathy     
Thalavattam     1986     Malayalam     Mohanlal, Mukesh, Karthika, Lizy, M. G. Soman, Nedumudi Venu, Jagathy     Remake of One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
Dheem Thariktia Thom     1986     Malayalam     Mukesh, Lizy, Shankar, Nedumudi Venu, Sreenivasan, Jagathy     
Ayalvasi Oru Daridravasi     1986     Malayalam     Mukesh, Prem Nazir, Nedumudi Venu, Shankar, Menaka, Seema, Sukumari     
Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu     1986     Malayalam     Mohanlal, Mukesh, Sreenivasan, Lizy, Mammootty (guest), Jagathy     
Rakkuyilin Rajassadasil     1986     Malayalam     Mammootty, Suhasini, Adoor Bhasi     
Aram + Aram = Kinnaram     1985     Malayalam     Mohanlal, Shankar, Sreenivasan, Maniyanpilla Raju, Lizy, Thilakan     
Boeing Boeing     1985     Malayalam     Mohanlal, Mukesh, Menaka, M. G. Soman, Jagathy     Remake of Boeing boeing
Punnaram Cholli Cholli     1985     Malayalam     Mukesh, Shankar, Zarina Wahab, Bharath Gopi     
Parayanumvayya Parayathirikkanumvayya     1985     Malayalam     Mammootty, Mohanlal, Shankar, Menaka, Lizy     
Onnanam Kunnil Oradi Kunnil     1985     Malayalam     Mohanlal, Shankar, Sreenivasan, Lizy, Sukumari     
Odaruthammava Aalariyam     1984     Malayalam     Mukesh, Sreenivasan, Jagadish, Lizy     Inspired from Chashme buddoor
Poochakkoru Mookkuthi     1984     Malayalam     Mohanlal, Shankar, Nedumudi Venu, M. G. Soman, Menaka, Jagathy


Awards

Priyadarshan has won awards both from the State and Central government for his movies, His off beat film "Kanchivaram" was adjudged the best feature film in National film Awards - 2008. He made a mulitilingual Sirai Chaalai, KalaPani (originally made in malayalam), which told the story of freedom fighters in the jail at Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which starred Mohanlal, Tabu, Prabhu Ganesan and Amrish Puri, received four National Film Awards including awards for Santosh Sivan (cinematography) and Sabu Cyril (art direction). Ilaiyaraaja's score in the movie was grand and symphonic, and was compared to the best of John Williams, Richard Strauss and Max Steiner.

National Film Awards:

    * 2008 - Best Film - Kanchivaram

Kerala State Film Awards:

    * 1995 - Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Film - Kala Pani
    * 1994 - Kerala State Film Award for Best film with popular appeal and aesthetic value - Thenmavin Kombathu

Asianet Film Awards:

    * 2008 - Special Honour Jury Award for Outstanding Contribution to Indian cinema



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