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Aashiq Abu (born 12 April 1978) is an Indian film director, producer, actor, and distributor, who works in Malayalam cinema.

Aashiq Abu
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Asiq Punnakkaparambil Aboo[1]

(1978-04-12) 12 April 1978 (age 41)
OccupationFilm director, producer
Years active2009 – present
Spouse(s)Rima Kallingal (2013 - present)
AwardsKerala State Film Awards: Best Popular Film for Salt N' Pepper (2011)

Aashiq Abu started as an ad filmmaker. He made his directional debut with Daddy Cool (2009). He is best known for his films Salt N' Pepper (2011), 22 Female Kottayam (2012), Mayaanadhi (2017) and Virus (2019).[2] Abu is known for his collaboration with screenwriters Syam Pushkaran and Dileesh Nair.

Abu produces and distributes under the banner OPM and OPM Dream Mill Cinemas. He is the director of Papaya Media Designs Pvt Ltd and Dream Mill Cinemas and Entertainment Pvt Ltd. OPM produced Dileesh Pothan's directional debut Maheshinte Prathikaaram (2016), which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam.

Personal lifeEdit

Aashiq Abu was born in Edappally, Kerala[3] to C. M. Abu, and Jameela Abu. Aashiq Abu completed his school education from SRV High School, Kochi. As a pre-degree student at Maharajas College, he was elected to the Students' Union, and was a union member for four consecutive years. He married actress Rima Kallingal on 1 November 2013, in a simple function held in Kakkanad Registration office, Kochi.[4]

Film careerEdit

After working as an assistant director to Malayalam film director Kamal[3] for about five years, Abu made his directorial debut with Daddy Cool in 2009 starring Mammootty. Salt N' Pepper was his second directorial effort. Salt N' Pepper’s Tamil, Telugu and Hindi remake rights was bought by actor-director Prakash Raj. In 2012, he directed 22 Female Kottayam which was followed by Da Thadiya, Gangster and Rani Padmini. Aashiq Abu has also done a short film, Lost in Bangalore for Mathrubhumi. His 2017 release Mayaanadhi released to widespread acclaim and has been described as his best film yet.[5] On June 7th 2019, his latest movie Virus was released. The movie is based on the true events of the Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala in 2018. The movie released to both popular and critical acclaim.

Ad filmsEdit

Aashiq Abu has done ad films for Joyalukkas group, Mathrubhumi, Panasonic, Lulu Group, Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group, Media One TV[6] and Club 7. OPM (Original Pixels in Motion) Cinemas led by Aashiq Abu is a production house launched in October 2012. In 2015, Aashiq Abu had been hired by UAE Exchange to direct their ad campaign starring Malayalam actors Jayasurya and Fahadh Faasil.

Awards and recognitionsEdit

Salt N' Pepper, won him the Best Director and/or Popular Director awards on various stages. Apart from these, the film also received awards in various other categories at the 2011 Asianet, Surya, Vanita, Mathrubhumi and Asia Vision Film Awards, and made the top notch news in many media and press reviews. It also won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Popular Film. He won the Mohan Raghavan Award for Best Director in 2012 for 22 Female Kottayam. For producing Maheshinte Prathikaaram, he also won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value. He also won a Special Award at the Asianet Film Awards.


Year Film Director Producer Notes
2009 Daddy Cool Yes
2011 Salt N' Pepper Yes 2 Kerala State Film Awards
2012 22 Female Kottayam Yes 2 Filmfare Awards South
Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Director
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Director
Da Thadiya Yes
2013 Anchu Sundharikal Yes Anthology
(Segment: Gauri)
Idukki Gold Yes
2014 Gangster Yes Yes
2015 Rani Padmini Yes
2016 Maheshinte Prathikaaram Yes National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam,
Kerala State Film Award for Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value,
Filmfare Award for Best Film – Malayalam
2017 Mayaanadhi Yes Yes
2018 Ee.Ma.Yau Yes Kerala State Film Award for Best Director,
23rd International Film Festival of Kerala- Best Director
,4th annual Film Critics Circle of India-Best Indian Film of 2018[7]
2019 Virus Yes Yes
2020 Thallu Maala[8] Yes Announced
TBA Halal Love Story Yes Announced [9]

As actorEdit

Year Film Director Notes
2006 Rappakal Kamal As a 'Photographer'
2012 Theevram Roopesh Peethambaran Cameo as himself
2013 Annayum Rasoolum Rajeev Ravi Rasool's brother Hyder
2014 Iyobinte Pusthakam Amal Neerad P. J. Antony
2017 Parava Soubin Shahir S.I.


  1. ^ "ASIQ PUNNAKKAPARAMBIL ABOO Director Profile". Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b ""Bold and TRENDY"". Archived from the original on 18 December 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Magic of love, life, and all in between". The Hindu. 24 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Aashiq Abu".
  7. ^ "Ee.Ma.Yau wins critics' hearts". Deccan Chronicle. 19 February 2019. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
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