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Fazil (director)

A. M. Fazil
Born A.M. Fazil
Alleppey, Kerala, India
Occupation Film director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1980 – present
Children Fahadh Faasil
Farhaan Faasil[1]
Relatives Nazriya Nazim (daughter-in-law)

A. M. Fazil (Malayalam: ഫാസില്‍; born 1953 in Alleppey, Kerala) is an Indian film director, producer, and screenwriter best known for his work in Malayalam cinema. He made his directional debut with the 1980 film Manjil Virinja Pookkal. His popular films include Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku (1983), Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu (1984), Poovinu Puthiya Poonthennal (1986), Manivathoorile Aayiram Sivarathrikal (1987), Ente Sooryaputhrikku (1991), Pappayude Swantham Appoos (1992), Manichitrathazhu (1993), Aniyathipraavu (1997) and Harikrishnans (1998). His 1993 film Manichitrathazhu won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.

Early life

His father wanted him to be a doctor, but in school and college, extra curricular activities dominated his time.[2] He wrote plays and staged them with his friends; Nedumudi Venu was his college mate while he was in S.D. College Alleppey, and this group was perhaps the first mimicry team that entertained crowds.[2] "I used to mimic stars like Sathyan, Sivaji Ganesan and Govindankutty."[2] He completed his post-graduation in economics with a high second class.[2]

Film career

Since the early 1990s Fazil has directed 31 movies. His freshman film was Malayalam filmdom with Manjil Virinja Pookkal, produced by Navodaya Appachan which was also Mohanlal's first movie. Fazil has a knack for spotting talent. He introduced some of the biggest names in films in south India: Mohanlal in Manjil Virinja Pookkal, Nadia Moidu in Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu, Baby Shalini in Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku, and Kunchacko Boban, all had their first acting stints under Fazil's direction. Nagma was introduced to the south in Fazil's Killer (Telugu) while Khushboo started her southbound journey with his Varusham 16.[2] Fazil has been noted for his subtle style of directing and many of his films have been critically lauded.

With numerous Malayalam films, as well as several Tamil films and one Telugu film under his belt, Fazil has managed to win the most number of State awards for the best film with popular appeal and aesthetic value.[2]

Personal life

Fazil is married to Rosina. The couple have two sons, Fahadh Faasil and Farhaan Faasil and two daughters, Ahameda and Fathima. His son Fahadh Faasil is a well-known actor in Malayalam cinema. Fahadh is married to Nazriya Nazim, an actress in Malayalam and Tamil industry.[1]


Directed films

Year Film Language Cast
2011 Living Together Malayalam Hemanth, Jinoop Krishnan, Sreelekha, Sreejith Vijay
2009 Moss & Cat Malayalam Dileep, Baby Niveditha, Ashwathi Ashok, Rahman
2005 Oru Naal Oru Kanavu Tamil Srikanth, Sonia Agarwal
2004 Vismayathumbathu Malayalam Mohanlal, Nayanthara, Mukesh
2002 Kaiyethum Doorath Malayalam Fahadh Faasil, Nikita, Mammootty
2000 Kannukkul Nilavu Tamil Vijay, Shalini, Kaveri
2000 Life Is Beautiful Malayalam Mohanlal, Samyuktha Varma, Geetu Mohandas
1998 Harikrishnans Malayalam Mammootty, Mohanlal, Juhi Chawla
1997 Kadhalukku Mariyadhai Tamil Vijay, Shalini
1997 Aniathipravu Malayalam Kunchacko Boban, Shalini
1994 Manathe Vellitheru Malayalam Shobana, Vineeth, Mukesh
1993 Kilipetchu Ketkava Tamil Mammootty, Kanaka
1993 Manichitrathazhu Malayalam Shobana, Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi
1992 Pappayude Swantham Appoos Malayalam Mammootty, Master Badusha, Shobana,
Seena Dadi, Suresh Gopi
1991 Karpoora Mullai Tamil Amala, Srividya, Raja
1991 Ente Sooryaputhrikku Malayalam Amala, Srividya, Suresh Gopi
1991 Killer Telugu Nagarjuna
1990 Arangetra Velai Tamil Janagaraj, Prabhu, Revathi
1989 Varusham Padhinaaru Tamil Karthik, Khushboo
1989 En Bommukutty Ammavukku Tamil Sathyaraj, Suhasini, Baby Geethu Mohandas
1987 Manivathoorile Aayiram Sivarathrikal Malayalam Mammootty, Suhasini
1987 Poovizhi Vasalile Tamil Raghuvaran, Sathyaraj, Karthika, Baby Sujita
1986 Poovinu Puthiya Poonthennal Malayalam Mammootty, Nadia Moidu, Baby Sujita
1986 Ennennum Kannettante Malayalam Sonia G. Nair, Sangeeth, Nedumudi Venu, Srividya
1985 Poove Poochooda Vaa Tamil Padmini, Nadhiya, Jaishankar
1984 Nokketha Dhoorathu Kannum Nattu Malayalam Padmini, Nadia Moidu, Mohanlal
1983 Eettillam Malayalam Mammootty
1983 Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku Malayalam Baby Shalini, Bharath Gopi, Sangeeta Naik
Mohanlal, Poornima Jayaram
1983 Marakkillorikkalum Malayalam Prem Nazir, Mohanlal, Shankar
1981 Dhanya Malayalam Mohanlal, Master Kunchacko Boban
1980 Manjil Virinja Pookkal Malayalam Shankar, Poornima Jayaram, Mohanlal

Produced films

Year Film Language Cast
2004 Vismayathumbathu Malayalam Mohanlal, Nayantara, Mukesh
2003 Chronic Bachelor Malayalam Mammootty, Rambha, Mukesh, Bhavana
1998 Sundarakkilladi Malayalam Dileep, Shalini
1997 Chandralekha Malayalam Mohanlal, Sukanya, Pooja Batra
1995 No. 1 Snehatheeram Banglore North Malayalam Mammootty, Priya Raman
1989 Ramji Rao Speaking Malayalam Mukesh, Sai Kumar, Innocent


National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South

See also


  1. ^ a b "Malayalam Actor Fahad Fazil (Fahadh Faasil) Family Pics - MERE PIX". Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Prema Manmadhan (23 December 2005). "His experiments with cinema". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Kerala State Film Awards: 1993". Kerala State Chalachitra Academy. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d "State Film Awards: 1969 – 2008". Information and Public Relations Department of Kerala. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Collections. Update Video Publication. 1991. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 

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