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Alphonse Puthren is an Indian film director, producer, actor, editor, writer, and commercial ad maker. He made his directional debut with the critically acclaimed Malayalam - Tamil bilingual suspense-thriller Neram (2013). His second film was the blockbuster coming-of-age romantic film Premam (2015).[1]

Alphonse Puthren
OccupationFilm director, actor, editor, screenwriter
Years active2011 – present
Home townAluva, Kochi
Spouse(s)Aleena Mary Antony (m.2015)

Early and personal lifeEdit

Alphonse Puthren was born in Aluva, Kerala, to Daisy Chacko and Puthren Paul. He attended schools including Mount Tabor School Kalamassery, Lena School Lovedale, Lawrence School Lovedale, Rajagiri Public School, Kalamassery, St. Aloysius High School Paravur and higher secondary from Amrita Vidyalayam. He did his Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) from MES College Marampally, Aluva and later moved on to Chennai, earning a diploma in film making from S. A. E. College, Chennai.

Alphonse is married to Aleena Mary Anthony since 26 August 2015. She is the daughter of popular film producer Alwyn Anthony, who is the owner of Ananya Films. They have a son Ethan (born 2016) and daughter Aina (born 2018).


After graduating, Alphonse started making short films and music videos. Arkan and Sutrum Vizhi were his earliest works, completed in college. In 2008, he made the short film Cling Cling. His next work was Neram, a short film which featured Vijay Sethupathi playing a pivotal character. Alphonse later made the music video Flavours, the video of which was shot using stop motion technique. His next short film was The Angel, employing actors Vijay Sethupathi and Bobby Simha in lead roles. Puthren directed the Malayalam music video Dhaaham, with music by Rajesh Murugesan. Puthren directed the music video Nenjodu Cherthu from the album Yuvvh, with music by Saachin-Sreejith. The video starring Nivin Pauly and Nazriya Nazim became "hugely popular".[2] His next short film was Eli - a sexy tale which had Bobby Simha, Nivin Pauly and Rajeev Pillai as part of the cast and was produced by actor/director/singer Vineeth Sreenivasan.

Puthren made his entry into the field of advertising by directing the commercial for Bangs Fried Chicken, a fast food chain.

He made his debut in feature films in 2013 with Neram, the full-length feature film version of his short film. The film is bilingual in Tamil and Malayalam and starred Nivin Pauly, Nazriya Nazim and Bobby Simha in lead roles.[3] He wrote the screenplay and also edited the film.[4] He directed the film Premam in 2015 which starred Nivin Pauly, while also writing the screenplay, editing and acting in a cameo role in the film. The film went on to become a blockbuster at the box office and became one of the highest grossing Malayalam films of all time. In April 2017, Alphonse issued a statement in his social media saying that his third directorial film would be a Tamil language film.[5]

Alphonse Puthren edited the trailers of Thattathin Marayathu (directed by Vineeth Sreenivasan) & Oppam (directed by Priyadarsan). He also edited the "Ding Dong Promo Cut" for the film Super Deluxe.


Year Film Cast Language
2013 Neram Nivin Pauly, Nazriya Nazim, Siju Wilson Malayalam
2015 Premam Nivin Pauly, Sai Pallavi, Anupama Parameswaran, Madonna Sebastian Malayalam

As actorEdit

Year Title Role Language
2015 Premam Roney Varghese Malayalam
2015 Chennai Ungalai Anbudan Varaverkirathu Dilli Tamil
2019 Trance NA Malayalam

As producerEdit

Year Title Language Cast
2018 Thobama Malayalam Sharaf U Dheen, Krishna Shankar, Siju Wilson

Short filmsEdit

Film Notes Language
Neram Director Tamil
The Angel Director & Editor Tamil
Eli - a sexy tale Director & Editor Tamil
Reg: We Editor Silent
Black & White Editor Tamil


  1. ^ "Nazriya and Nivin to do a comedy-thriller". The Times of India. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  2. ^ "And also..." The Hindu. Chennai, India. 13 October 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Nazriya has her hands full". 27 February 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  4. ^ "The Pistah song is a tribute to Jagathy Sreekumar". Times of India. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  5. ^ "'Premam' director's official word on Tamil project". Top 10 Cinema. 17 April 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2017.

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