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Views: 38733 Description: Dileep (born Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan Pillai, on 27 October 1968) is an Indian film actor, singer, impressionist, producer, and businessman. He works predominantly in Malayalam film industry. In a career spanning over two decades, he has starred in more than 130 films.
Dileep began his film career in 1991 by assisting director Kamal. He attained popularity through his impressionist acts in stage shows and Comicola, a television comedy series aired on Asianet. His role as Dileep in Manathe Kottaram (1994) paved way to his acting career. Films such as Sallapam (1996), Ee Puzhayum Kadannu (1997), Punjabi House (1998), Udayapuram Sulthan (1999), and Chandranudikkunna Dikhil (1999) established his status as a prominent actor during the late-1990s.
After delivering back-to-back hits in the early-2000s with films such as Thenkasipattanam (2000), Joker (2000), Ee Parakkum Thalika (2001), Ishtam (2001), Mazhathullikkilukkam (2002) and Kalyanaraman (2002), Dileep established himself as a bankable lead star in Malayalam cinema industry, especially with the blockbuster success of Meesa Madhavan (2002). He won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his role as Madhavan in Meesa Madhavan. He won his first Kerala State Film Award (Special Jury) for his performance as Kunjan in Kunjikoonan (2002) and later won the Best Actor Award for his performance as Mukkom Shajahan in the film Vellaripravinte Changathi (2011).
Dileep ventured into production, and produced and starred in C.I.D. Moosa (2003) under the banner Graand Production. Kathavasheshan (2004) won Dileep the Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Film as a producer. In 2008, under the banner of Graand Production, Dileep produced Twenty:20 by casting most of the mainstream actors of Malayalam cinema, which had become the highest grossing Malayalam film at that time. He produced the multi-starrer in order to raise funds for the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA). He is celebrating 25 years on Indian film industry.
Dileep was born Gopalakrishnan as eldest among three children to on 27 October 1968 in Aluva, Ernakulam district, Kerala to Padmanabhan Pillai and Sarojam. He has a younger brother, Anoop and a younger sister, Sabitha. He studied in VVBHS high school (passed 10th Standard in 1985) and joined Union Christian College, Aluva (pre-degree, 3rd group, 1985–1987) and pursued degree in History from Ernakulam Maharaja's College. Dileep started to take mimicry seriously. Dileep rendered his voice in Onam-based comic albums "De Maveli Kombathu", with his friends Nadir Shah and Abi.
Dileep started his career at Kalabhavan, working as a mimicry artist. He also performed in Asianet's comedy show Comicola. 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 Koodamo (1992). He recommended his name to many directors. The film Manathe Kottaram (1994), directed by Sunil, 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 included Joshi's Sainyam (1993), Sibi Malayil's Sindoora Rekha (1995), Viji Thampi's Pidakozhi Koovunna Nootand (1994), Kamal's Ulladakkam (1993) and Sudhinam (1994),Thooval Kottaram (1996), Swapna Lokathe Balabhaskaran (1996), Ee Puzhayum Kadannu in 1996. Sallapam (1996) gave him the much needed break and he became a recognisable figure in the movie industry.. He played a supporting role in I. V. Sasi's Varnapakittu in 1997.Punjabi House (1998) was a major success for the actor and it saw the beginning of the popular Dileep-Harishri Asokan combo. His other films Meenathil Thalikettu (1998) and Chandranudikkunna Dikhil (1999) also fared well.....
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