Malekudy Joseph Antony, better known as Antony Perumbavoor is an Indian film producer, distributor, cinema exhibitor and actor, who works in Malayalam film industry. He began his career as a chauffeur to Mohanlal in 1987 and started appearing in brief roles in Malayalam films in 1990s. In 2000, he established the film production house Aashirvad Cinemas, which exclusively produces Mohanlal films. Antony owns the multiplex theatre chain Aashirvad Cineplexx and co-owns the film distribution company Maxlab Cinemas and Entertainments. He is the president of Film Exhibitors United Organisation of Kerala (FEUOK).
Malekudy Joseph Antony
25 May 1968
Early life and familyEdit
Malekudy Joseph Antony was born as the son of Joseph and Elamma. He hails from Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district, Kerala and studied in a government upper primary school in Iringole, Perumbavoor and MGM Higher Secondary School in Kuruppampady. Antony is married to Shanti and the couple have two children—Anisha and Ashish Joe Antony. He resides in Aimury, Perumbavoor.
During the filming of Mohanlal-starrer Pattanapravesham in 1988, Antony joined the film crew as a temporary driver in the filming location, during which he worked as a chauffeur to Mohanlal in its 22 days long shooting schedule before departing back to his hometown. Later, when Antony was a spectator during the filming of Mohanlal's Moonnam Mura (1988) in Ambalamugal, Kerala, he was recognised by Mohanlal from the crowd and invited to join again as chauffeur. At some point later during this time, Mohanlal invited him to join as his permanent chauffeur, which he accepted.
In 2000, he established the film production company Aashirvad Cinemas, debuting with Mohanlal-starring action drama Narasimham, which became the highest-grossing Malayalam film to that date. Until 2009, the films of Aarshirvad Cinemas were distributed by Swargachitra and later by Central Pictures. In 2009, Antony along with Mohanlal and industrialist K. C. Babu established the film distribution company Maxlab Cinemas and Entertainments, debuting with Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded.
In 2016, Antony established his first multiplex theater, Aashirvad Cineplexx in Perumbavoor and later opened its chain in other regions in the state. In 2017, Antony was elected the vice-president of the newly formed Film Exhibitors United Organisation of Kerala (FEUOK), an organisation comprising producers, distributors, and exhibitors in Malayalam film industry. Since July 2017, he is the president of FEUOK. in 2019, Aashirvad Cinemas opened office in Hong Kong under the name Feitian Aashirvad Cinemas.
|1991||Uncle Bun||School bus driver|
|1993||Gandharvam||Thief in motorcycle|
|1994||Thenmavin Kombath||Festival committee member|
|1994||Minnaram||Man at Squash Club|
|1995||Thacholi Varghese Chekavar||Man at kalari|
|1997||Varnapakittu||Man in the store|
|1997||Iruvar||Man sitting near the body of Anandan during the funeral parade|
|2007||Ali Bhai||Bus driver|
|2009||Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded||Thawb clad man||In the song "Sagar Alias Jackie"|
|2017||Velipadinte Pusthakam||Man at wedding||In the song "Mele Arimulla"|
|2019||Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu||Antony Bavoor|
|2019||Lucifer||mumbai don||In the song "Raftaara"|
|2019||Ittymaani: Made in China||De-addiction centre attender|
|2021||Drishyam 2||SI Antony||In an investigation scene|
|2021||Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham||Shopkeeper|
|2022||Bro Daddy||SI Antony Joseph|
|2022||Aarattu||Guest in Stage|
- 2012: Best Film on Other Social Issues – Spirit
- 2019: Best Feature Film – Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham
- 2001: Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value – Raavanaprabhu
- 2008: Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value – Innathe Chintha Vishayam
- 2009: Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value – Evidam Swargamanu
- 2013: Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value – Drishyam
- 2013: Best Film in Malayalam – Drishyam
- 2000: Best Film – Narasimham
- 2012: Most Popular Film – Spirit
- 2013: Best Film – Drishyam
- 2013: Most Popular Film – Drishyam
- 2016: Best Film – Oppam
- Kairali TV – World Malayali Council Film Award
- 2009: Best Film – Evidam Swargamanu
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