Aashiq Abu (born 12 April 1978) is an Indian film director, producer, actor, and distributor, who works in Malayalam cinema. He is best known for his films such as Daddy Cool (2009), Salt N' Pepper (2011), 22 Female Kottayam (2012), Idukki Gold (2013), Mayaanadhi (2017) and Virus (2019).[2] Abu is often known for his collaboration with screenwriters Syam Pushkaran and Dileesh Nair.

Aashiq Abu
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Asiq Punnakkaparambil Aboo[1]

(1978-04-12) 12 April 1978 (age 44)
OccupationFilm director and producer
Years active2009–present
(m. 2013)

Abu produces and distributes under the banner OPM and OPM Dream Mill Cinemas. 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]

Aashiq Abu has been part of Anbodu Kochi, a Facebook-based group which works with the local administration, collecting and distributing relief materials in the aftermath of natural disasters.[5] In 2019 November, Kochi Music Foundation of which Aashiq Abu is a part of organised a musical event 'Karuna' in Kochi promising that the proceedings from the event will be donated to the Chief Minister's Disaster Relief Fund (CMDRF) to help flood victims. There was delay in Chief Minister's office receiving the funds, sparking a controversy.[6]

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 was Mayaanadhi.[7] 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.

Ad filmsEdit

Aashiq Abu has done ad films for Joyalukkas group, Mathrubhumi, Panasonic, Lulu Group, Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group, Media One TV 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.


Year Film Director Producer Notes
2009 Daddy Cool Yes
2011 Salt N' Pepper Yes
2012 22 Female Kottayam Yes
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 Directed by Dileesh Pothan
2017 Mayaanadhi Yes Yes
2018 Ee.Ma.Yau Yes Directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery
2019 Virus Yes Yes
2020 Halal Love Story Yes Directed by Zakariya Mohammed
2021 Aarkkariyam[8] Yes Directorial debut of Sanu Varghese
Aanum Pennum[9] Yes Anthology film,
(Segment: Rani)
Bheemante Vazhi[10] Yes Directed by Ashraf Hamza
2022 Naaradan[11] Yes Yes
TBA Haagar[12] Yes Also Cinematographer;
Directed by Harshad
Party[13] Yes Directorial debut of Vinayakan
Neelavelicham[14] Yes Yes Adaptation of Vaikom Muhammad Basheer's story

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 Sub inspector


Year Film Award Category Notes
2012 22 Female Kottayam Mohan Raghavan Award[15] Best Director
2016 Maheshinte Prathikaaram 64th National Film Awards[16] Best Feature Film in Malayalam Award shared with Dileesh Pothan
Kerala State Film Awards[17] Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value Award shared with Dileesh Pothan
Filmfare Award for Best Film – Malayalam[18] Best Film
CPC Cine Awards[19] Best Film
Vanitha Film Awards[20] Best Film Award shared with Dileesh Pothan
Asianet Film Awards Critics Award for Best Film
2017 Mayanadi Padmarajan Award[21] Best Film Award shared with Syam Pushkaran and Dileesh Nair
2019 Virus Jagaran Film Festival[22] Best Indian Feature Film
Critic's Choice Film Awards[23] Best Director
CPC Cine Awards[24] Best Director


  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.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b "Bold and TRENDY". The Hindu. 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.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Anbodu Kochi: Malayalam actors, youngsters in Kerala unite to help Chennai". International Business Times. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
  6. ^ "Kochi Music Foundation controversy intensifies as more fingers point right at Aashiq Abu and team". The New Indian Express.
  7. ^ "Magic of love, life, and all in between". The Hindu. 24 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Parvathy and Biju Menon in Aashiq Abu's next production". 23 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Rajeev Ravi, Aashiq Abu, Jay K and Venu prepping anthology project- The New Indian Express".
  10. ^ "ചെമ്പൻ വിനോദിന്റെ തിരക്കഥയിൽ കുഞ്ചാക്കോ ബോബൻ; കൗതുകമുണര്‍ത്തി 'ഭീമന്റെ വഴി' ഫസ്റ്റ് ലുക്ക്".
  11. ^ "Tovino Thomas, Anna Ben roped in for Aashiq Abu's Naradan".
  12. ^ "Aashiq Abu reveals why he has turned cinematographer for Hagar - Times of India". The Times of India.
  13. ^ "Vinayakan to turn director with 'Party'". 20 September 2020.
  14. ^ "ബഷീറിന്റെ 'നീലവെളിച്ച'വുമായി ആഷിക്ക് അബു; പൃഥ്വിയും ചാക്കോച്ചനും വീണ്ടും".
  15. ^ http://kaumudiglobal.com/innerpage1.php?newsid=27338
  16. ^ Express Web Desk (3 May 2017). "National Film Awards 2017: Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor felicitated by Pranab Mukherjee". The Indian Express. Archived from the original on 11 October 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  17. ^ "Kerala State Film Awards 2016: Complete winners' list". The Times of India. 7 March 2017. Archived from the original on 11 October 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  18. ^ "Winners of the 64th Jio Filmfare Awards (South)".
  19. ^ "CPC cine awards 2016: Vinayakan, Sai Pallavi & Rajisha win top honors". OnManorama. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  20. ^ James, Anu (8 February 2017). "Vanitha Film Awards 2017: Mohanlal, Manju Warrier win top honours; netizens question if they deserve to be in winners' list". International Business Times. Archived from the original on 11 October 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  21. ^ "Ashiq Abu's 'Mayanadi', N Prabhakaran's 'Kulipathalam' win Padmarajan awards- The New Indian Express".
  22. ^ "Aashiq Abu's Virus wins Best Indian Feature Film Award!". 30 September 2019.
  23. ^ "Critics' Choice Film Awards 2020: Complete winners list". 28 March 2020.
  24. ^ "CPC Cine Awards 2019: Virus and Kumabalangi Nights Bag Top Honours!". 30 January 2020.

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