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Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan (born 27 October 1967), better known by his stage name Dileep, is an Indian actor, film producer and businessman, who predominantly works in the Malayalam film industry.[1] He has acted in more than 150 films and has won four Kerala State Film Awards, a Filmfare Awards South and several other awards.

Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan

(1967-10-27) 27 October 1967 (age 51)
ResidenceAluva, Kerala
Alma materMahatma Gandhi University
  • Actor
  • producer
  • businessman
Years active1991–present

Beginning as an impressionist in stage shows, Dileep attained popularity after being cast on the television comedy series Comicola on Asianet and its successor Cinemala. Dileep with Nadirshah produced and performed in the audio cassette series named De Maveli Kombathu, a successful sketch comedy, which later turned into a television series on Asianet. He began his film career as an assistant director and worked under director Kamal in nine films, beginning with Vishnulokam in 1991, and made his acting debut with a minor role in Kamal's Ennodu Ishtam Koodamo (1992). He acted in a principal role in the 1994 film Manathe Kottaram taking the screen name Dileep. He established himself as a leading actor during the late 1990s, mostly doing comedic roles.

The box office success of the 2002 film Meesa Madhavan significantly raised his stardom in Malayalam cinema, the film also won him the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Malayalam. In the same year, he won the Kerala State Film Award - Special Jury Award for his performance in Kunjikoonan, and three years later, he received a Special Mention for his role in Chanthupottu (2005). In 2011, his role in Vellaripravinte Changathi won him his first Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor. Two of his films, Two Countries (2015) and Ramaleela (2017), grossed over 50 crore (500 million) and were ranked among the top ten highest-grossing Malayalam films.[2]

In 2003, Dileep ventured into film production and founded the company Graand Production, its debut production was C.I.D. Moosa. He won the Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Film for his production Kathavasheshan in 2004. In 2008, he produced Twenty:20 in order to raise funds for the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA). The film starred almost all actors in the guild and became the highest-grossing Malayalam film up until then. He owns the multiplex theatre D Cinemaas in Chalakudy and the restaurant chain Dhe Puttu. Dileep married actress Manju Warrier in 1998 and legally separated in 2015. He married actress Kavya Madhavan in 2016.


Early lifeEdit

Dileep was born in Edavanakad, in Ernakulam district of Kerala, India to Padmanabhan Pillai and Sarojam. He is the eldest among three children.[3] He has a brother, Anoop, and a sister, Sabitha.[4] He studied at Vidyadhiraja Vidya Bhavan Higher Secondary School in Aluva, where he passed the tenth standard in 1985, and joined Union Christian College, Aluva for pre-degree (higher secondary) third group, during 1985–1987. Later, he pursued a degree in history from Maharaja's College, Ernakulam.[5][6] It was during his time in Maharaja's College that he began taking impressionist acts (mimicry) seriously.[5] Dileep along with his friend Nadirshah produced and performed (voice) in the Onam-based audio cassette (album) titled De Maveli Kombathu, which helped his entry into the film industry.[7]


1991–1999: Early yearsEdit

Dileep started his career at Kalabhavan, working as a mimicry artist in the 1980s.[8] He also performed in Asianet's comedy show Comicola. Later, he served as the assistant director to the Indian film director, Kamal. While being an assistant director, Dileep acted in a few small roles, debuting with a small scene in Kamal's Ennodu Ishtam Koodamo (1992). Kamal recommended his name to many directors. The film Manathe Kottaram (1994), directed by Sunil, gave him his first break in the role of Dileep, through which he gained his screen name. Other minor roles during this time included Joshi's Sainyam (1993), Sibi Malayil's Sindoora Rekha (1995), Viji Thampi's Pidakozhi Koovunna Nootand (1994), Kamal's Ulladakkam (1993) and Sudhinam (1994), Thooval Kottaram (1996), Swapna Lokathe Balabhaskaran (1996), and Ee Puzhayum Kadannu (1996). He played a supporting role in I. V. Sasi's Varnapakittu (1997). Punjabi House (1998) led to the beginning of the popular Dileep-Harishri Asokan combo.[citation needed]

2000–2009: StardomEdit

In 2000, Dileep starred in the films Mister Butler (2000), Darling Darling (2000) and Joker (2000). He played a supporting role in Thenkasipattanam in 2000,[9] and also appeared in Ee Parakkum Thalika (2001) , Ishtam (2001), and Mazhathullikkilukkam (2002).

In 2002 he won the Kerala State Film Special Jury Award for playing the role of Kunjan in the film Kunjikoonan. In Lal Jose's Meesa Madhavan (2002), Dileep played the role of the thief Madhavan.[citation needed] His next appearances were in the films Kalyanaraman (2003), Jayaraj's Thilakkam (2003), and Johny Antony's C.I.D. Moosa (2003) He also produced and starred in T. V. Chandran's Kadhavaseshan (2004). In 2004, he starred in Priyadarshan's Vettam. Chanthupottu (2005) saw his reunion with Lal Jose. He won a Special Mention at the Kerala State Film Awards for his performance in the movie. [10][citation needed] He ventured into action with Joshy's Runway (2004). Kochi Rajavu (2005), was his next release. His next releases were Chess (2006) and Don (2006). Also in 2006, he lent his voice to the character played by Shahid Kapoor in Priyadarshan's Hindi film Chup Chup Ke.[11] The story of the 2006 movie Pachakuthira was written by Dileep.[12] His second film with the director Sathyan Anthikad, Vinodayathra, was released in April 2007. The same year, he played the athlete Arjun in Speed Track, the debut of director Jayasurya. He then appeared in Blessy's Calcutta News (2008).

Dileep produced Joshiy-directed Twenty:20 (2008) in order to raise funds for the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA). The film starred became the highest-grossing Malayalam film (31.4 crore) until that time.[13] In 2009, his films included Crazy Gopalan and Moz & Cat directed by director Fazil. Dileep's performance in the 2009 movie Passenger was well received.[citation needed] He ended the decade with Swantham Lekhakan which saw him team up with Indian actress Gopika.


In the beginning of the 2010s, Dileep starred in Bodyguard directed by Siddique. The film had multiple remakes including Kaavalan starring Vijay, and Bodyguard, starring Salman Khan. Aagathan and Paappi Appacha were his next films. His production venture Malarvaadi Arts Club was directed by Vineeth Sreenivasan which was also the debut vehicle of Nivin Pauly. The Hindi children's movie Toofan was released in 2010, directed by Major Ravi.[14] In 2010, he also starred in his 100th movie[citation needed], Kaaryasthan. In 2011, he appeared in Christian Brothers, China Town, Orma Mathram, The Filmstaar and Vellaripravinte Changathi, for which he won a Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor.[15]

His first release in 2012 was Spanish Masala directed by Lal Jose. His next movie in 2012 was Mayamohini. His first release in 2013 was Proprietors: Kammath & Kammath. He played the lead role in Vysakh's Sound Thoma and later starred in Sringaravelan. In 2014 was he appeared in Rafi's Ring Master. He also appeared in Avatharam and Villali Veeran. In 2015 he starred in Ivan Maryadaraman, a remake of Maryada Ramanna. He also did a guest appearance in Shivrajkumar 'sVajrakaya. He played the title character in Jeethu Joseph's Life of Josutty. "Two Countries" released on Christmas Day 2015, directed by Shafi, became the highest-grossing film in his career.[citation needed] In 2016, his first film was "King Liar". Later he starred in Welcome to Central Jail, and Pinneyum, with veteran director Adoor Gopalakrishnan. His 2017 film, Ramaleela, became one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of all time.[citation needed] His first movie release of 2018 was Kammarasmbhavam, in which he co-starred with South Indian actor Siddharth. His upcoming movies are Professor Dinkan and Jack Daniel.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Dileep married actress Manju Warrier on 20 October 1998.[16] They had a daughter ,Meenakshi on 12 April 2000. In July 2014, the couple filed for divorce which was granted on 31 January 2015.[17] Dileep married actress Kavya Madhavan on 25 November 2016 at Vedanta Hotel, Kochi.[16][18][19] The couple have a daughter named Mahalakshmi born on 19 October 2018.[20]

Off-screen workEdit

Besides acting and film production, Dileep is also involved in film distribution (through Graand Production) and exhibition.[citation needed] He owns the multiplex theater complex D Cinemaas situated in Chalakudy.[citation needed] He along with his friend Nadirshah founded the restaurant chain Dhe Puttu, they have restaurants in Kochi, Kozhikode, Qatar and Dubai, as of 2019.[21]

Legal troubleEdit

On 28 June 2017, Dileep was interrogated by the Kerala Police in connection with the abduction and sexual assault of actress Bhavana, who was allegedly kidnapped and molested by a gang while traveling from work on 17 February 2017.[22][23][24][25] On 10 July 2017, Dileep was arrested by Kerala Police for alleged conspiracy, and was remanded by the court.[26] On 3 October 2017, he was released on conditional bail by the Kerala High Court.[27] In June 2018, he filed a petition in the Kerala High Court charging the Kerala Police of deliberately framing him. He requested the case be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation.[28][29]

Following his arrest, Dileep's membership was revoked by various film organisations.[30] Several political parties protested against Dileep and his business firms were vandalised, including Dhe Puttu restaurant and the multiplex theatre D Cinemaas.[31] Reportedly, his arrest caused a loss of 50–60 crore (500–600 million) to the Malayalam film industry.[32] Dileep in the major prosecution process has filed a additional plea for accessing video footage of the incident, which he believes to have doctored to frame him and can be crucial to prove his innocence in the Supreme Court of India. Though both the Angamaly Magistrate Court and Kerala High Court denied the plea. Mukul Rohatgi, a former Attorney General of India represented him in the case. In April 2019, the Government of Kerala froze charges against him until the court has given a independent verdict on the case.[33][34] Mukul Rhotagi was able to get him him a stay on the trial from Supreme Court thus making the case inactive until Dileep gets access to the video.[35]


Playback singingEdit

Song Film Year Lyrics
"Theme Music" Chandranudikkunna Dikhil 1999 S. Ramesan Nair
"Onnaam Malakeri" Kalyanaraman 2002 Kaithapram Damodaran
"Saare Saare" Thilakkam 2003 Kaithapram Damodaran
"Manmadanalle" "Inspector Garud" 2007
"Kandaal Njaanoru" Sound Thoma 2013 Nadirshah
"Ashakoshale Pennundo" Sringaravelan 2013 Nadirshah


Kerala State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Asianet Film Awards
  • 2002: Best Actor – Kunjikoonan
  • 2004: Special Jury Award – Kathavasheshan
  • 2008: Best Film – Twenty:20
  • 2010: Most Popular Actor – Body Guard
  • 2013: Award of Excellence for completing 20 years in Malayalam film industry[38]
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards
  • 2001: Best Supporting Actor-Joker
  • 2004: Best Actor - Kadhavaseshan
  • 2005: Best Actor – Chanthupottu
South Indian International Movie Awards
Vanitha Film Awards
  • 2013: Best Popular Actor
Jaihind Film Awards
  • 2010: Most Popular Actor Award
  • 2011: Chalachitra Pratibha Award
  • 2012: Best Actor – Mayamohini, Arike
  • 2013: Most Popular Actor Award
  • 2014: Most Popular Actor Award
Amrita Film Awards
  • 2008: Best Film – Twenty:20
  • 2010: Most Popular Actor Award


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