Ashokan (actor)

Ashokan is an Indian actor known for his roles in Malayalam films. He made his film debut with Peruvazhiyambalam as the main hero;[1] the film won the 1979 National film award for best feature film. He's best known for his roles in Yavanika (1982), Yuvajanotsavam (1986), Thoovanathumbikal (1987), Moonnam Pakkam (1988), In Harihar Nagar (1990), Amaram (1990) and 2 Harihar Nagar (2009).[2]

Ashokan AE Malayalam Film Actor.jpg
Born (1961-05-23) 23 May 1961 (age 60)
OccupationFilm actor
Years active1978–present
Parent(s)Samudayathil N. P. Unnithan
Azhakath Savithri


He made his debut in 1979 in Peruvazhiyambalam, directed by Padmarajan, where he played a 15-year-old boy who becomes a fugitive after killing a bully.[1] This was followed by star turns in Padmarajan's films Arappatta Kettiya Gramathil (1986), Thoovanathumbikal (1987) and Moonnam Pakkam (1988). He did the main role in Anantaram, a film by Adoor Gopalakrishnan.[3] He acted in the NFDC film Parinamam (The Change) (2003), directed by P. Venu, that won the Best Screenplay Award in the Ashdod International Film Festival held in Israel. In his early career, he aspired to be a playback singer.[4] With a clear talent for singing, he has hosted various film-song-based programs on television.

Personal lifeEdit

Ashokan was born as youngest among the four children to (both late) Samudayathil N. P. Unnithan and Azhakath Savithri on 23 May 1961 at Cheppad, Alappuzha.[5] His father was a public prosecutor at CBI and his mother was a housewife. He has three brothers, Radhakrishnan Unnithan, Prasanna Kumar and Hari Kumar.[6] He lost his father when he was young and was brought up by his mother. Ashokan completed his basic education at Chingoli L.P. School, Chingoli, Upper Primary Education completed in PMDUPS, Cheppad and High School education at St. Thomas H. S. Karthikapally. He graduated in Arts from T. K. Madhava Memorial College, Nangiarkulangara, Haripad. He was studying for pre-degree first year when he was offered a role in Peruvazhiyambalam.[7]

He is married to Sreeja and has a daughter, Karthiyayani.[8] They currently reside in Chennai.[1]





Reality Shows as JudgeEdit

  • Comedy Utsavam
  • Urvasi Theaters


  1. ^ a b c Ians (16 January 2018). "Four decades in Malayalam filmdom, Ashokan going strong as ever".
  2. ^ "Onam Special:Onam Special: Interview with Actor Ashokan". Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "I Personally-Kappatv". Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  5. ^ "അഭിമാനം വിറ്റ്‌ ജീവിക്കാറില്ല". 28 September 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  6. ^ "The Largest Malayalam Online News Portal". Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Ashokan. A.E". Chennai Malayali Directory. 23 May 1967. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Mangalam Varika 27-Aug-2012".

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