Antony Perumbavoor

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).

Antony Perumbavoor
Malekudy Joseph Antony

(1968-05-25) 25 May 1968 (age 54)
Years active1987–present

As a producer, he has received several awards, including two National Film Awards, four Kerala State Film Awards and a Filmfare Awards South among others.

Early life and familyEdit

Malekudy Joseph Antony[1] 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.[2] He resides in Aimury, Perumbavoor.[1]


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.[3][4][5]

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.[6][7]

In 2016, Antony established his first multiplex theater, Aashirvad Cineplexx in Perumbavoor and later opened its chain in other regions in the state.[8] 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.[9] Since July 2017, he is the president of FEUOK.[10] in 2019, Aashirvad Cinemas opened office in Hong Kong under the name Feitian Aashirvad Cinemas.[11]


Acting creditsEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1991 Kilukkam Driver Antony
1991 Uncle Bun School bus driver
1992 Adhwaytham Messenger
1992 Kamaladalam messenger
1993 Gandharvam Thief in motorcycle
1994 Thenmavin Kombath Festival committee member
1994 Minnaram Man at Squash Club
1994 Pingami Devasootty
1995 Thacholi Varghese Chekavar Man at kalari
1996 Kaalapani Mukundan's friend
1997 Varnapakittu Man in the store
1997 Chandralekha Company staff
1997 Iruvar Man sitting near the body of Anandan during the funeral parade
1998 Harikrishnans Antony
2007 Ali Bhai Bus driver
2009 Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded Thawb clad man In the song "Sagar Alias Jackie"
2013 Drishyam Constable Antony [12]
2016 Oppam Boat passenger [12]
2016 Pulimurugan Jeep driver [12]
2017 Velipadinte Pusthakam Man at wedding In the song "Mele Arimulla"
2017 Villain Police officer [13]
2018 Aadhi Himself
2018 Odiyan Electricity officer
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




National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
South Indian International Movie Awards
  • 2013: Best Film in Malayalam – Drishyam
Asianet Film Awards
Jaihind TV Awards
Kairali TV – World Malayali Council Film Award


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  2. ^ "Profile of Malayalam Producer Antony Perumbavoor" (in Malayalam). Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  3. ^ "അങ്ങനെ ആന്റണി പെരുമ്പാവൂര്‍ മോഹന്‍ലാലിന്റെ സന്തത സഹചാരിയായി". Mangalam Publications (in Malayalam). 24 November 2016. Archived from the original on 20 October 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  4. ^ Web Desk (23 November 2016). "മോഹന്‍‌ലാലിന്റെ വിശ്വസ്തനായി വളര്‍ന്ന ആന്റണി പെരുമ്പാവൂരിന്റെ കഥ". Asianet News (in Malayalam). Archived from the original on 20 October 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  5. ^ "മോഹൻലാൽ പറയുന്നു: ഈ ബന്ധത്തില്‍ സുചിത്രയ്ക്കും അസൂയയുണ്ട്". Mathrubhumi. 13 October 2017. Archived from the original on 20 October 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  6. ^ Moviebuzz (14 March 2009). "No MG for Mohanlal!". Sify. Archived from the original on 20 October 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Actor Mohanlal launches broking company". Business Standard. Press Trust of India. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Actor Mohanlal inaugurates Aashirvad cineplex in Thodupuzha". Malayala Manorama. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  9. ^ TNM staff (24 January 2017). "Dileep's new union- Film Exhibitors United Organisation of Kerala (FEUOK)". The News Minute. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Antony Perumbavoor replaces Dileep as FEUOK president". Mathrubhumi. 12 July 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Aashirvad Cinema opens office in Hong Kong, set to conquer Chinese movie market". Malayala Manorama. 31 August 2019. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
  12. ^ a b c Nair, Sree Prasad (3 April 2017). "Villain: After Drishyam, oppam and Pulimurugan, Antony Perumbavoor to star in Mohanlal's thriller". Catch News. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  13. ^ Jayaram, Deepika (2 April 2017). "Antony Perumbavoor to act again, this time in Villain". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  14. ^ Livemint (18 March 2013). "National Film Awards: 'Paan Singh Tomar', 'Vicky Donor' big winners". Mint. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  15. ^ "67th National Film Awards: Complete list (updating)". The Hindu. 22 March 2021.
  16. ^ Special correspondent (26 April 2002). "'Sesham' adjudged best feature film". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 20 October 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  17. ^ "'Prize for challenging established practices'". The Hindu. 4 June 2009. Archived from the original on 20 October 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  18. ^ Special correspondent (6 April 2010). "Mammootty, Shwetha Menon win best actor awards". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  19. ^ Seshagiri, Sangeetha (20 April 2014). "Kerala State Film Awards: Mohanlal's 'Drishyam', Fahadh, Lal and Suraj Bag Awards [Complete List of Winners]". International Business Times. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  20. ^ "Winners of 61st Idea Filmfare Awards South". Filmfare. 13 July 2014. Archived from the original on 20 October 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017.

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