Don Max (film editor)

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Don Max is an Indian film director and editor, who works mainly in Malayalam cinema along with Tamil and Telugu language films. He is considered one of the leading contemporary film editors in the Malayalam film industry, and has introduced several new editing techniques into the regional films.[1]

Don Max
Born (1980-11-16) 16 November 1980 (age 40)
OccupationFilm editor, director

Early lifeEdit

Don Max was born on 16 November 1980 in Mundakayam, Kottayam District , Kerala , as the eldest child of K. L. Varghese, a former bank manager at SBT, and T. V. Chinamma, who was a teacher in Malayalam at St. Thomas High School in Anikkad. He was born on the same day the Malayalam action star Jayan died. After spending his first seven years in the Idukki district, his family shifted to Pallickathode, Anickad. He grew up in the town and studied at St. Thomas, Anickad. He later studied his pre-degree education at St. Dominic College in Kanjirapilly, before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Thomas College, Palai. He later did a Diploma in Multimedia and Animation at Arena Animations, Bangalore and specialized in Compositing and Animation.


Beginning his career as an editor for ad films and television channels, Don initially focussed on animation, before realising that he would have a more fulfilling career as an editor the possibilities in editing. He joined Ketan Mehta’s Institute and then worked in the Prime Time channel in Dubai, before beginning working as an editor for the Malayalam channel, Kairali.

Don subsequently did trailers for more than fifty films, before debuting as a senior editor through Shaji Kailas’s The Tiger (2005). Don experimented with doing editing at the location, becoming one of the first Malayalam editors to do so, while he also did editing for V. K. Prakash’s Moonnamathoral (2006), the first digital cinema in Malayalam.[2]

He simultaneously worked on Tamil film projects and worked on big budget films such as Aadhavan (2009), Sura (2010) and Ponnar Shankar (2011). Don also garnered positive reviews for his work in Jilla (2014), with a critic from noting "Don Max sure is a gifted editor" and "has a very rich taste, evidently shown through the methods he used to connect the scenes".[3] In late 2014, he began his first directorial venture with actor Anoop Menon in the lead role,[4] and released his debut movie 10 Kalpanakal in 25 November 2016.


Year Title Language Notes
2005 The Tiger Malayalam
2006 Baba Kalyani Malayalam
2007 Time Malayalam
2007 Chotta Mumbai Malayalam
2007 Ali Bhai Malayalam
2007 Moonnamathoral Malayalam
2007 Hello Malayalam
2007 Paradesi Malayalam
2008 Roudram Malayalam
2008 Annan Thambi Malayalam
2008 Kuruvi Tamil
2008 Thalappavu Malayalam
2008 Ellam Avan Seyal Tamil
2008 Silambattam Tamil
2009 Black Dalia Malayalam
2009 Aadhavan Tamil
2010 Drona 2010 Malayalam
2010 Jaggubhai Tamil
2010 Sura Tamil
2010 Inidhu Inidhu Tamil
2010 3 Char Sau Bees Malayalam
2010 Kanyakumari Express Malayalam
2010 Best Actor Malayalam
2010 Kandahar Malayalam
2011 China Town Malayalam
2011 Sankarankovil Tamil
2011 Manushyamrugam Malayalam
2011 Ponnar Shankar Tamil
2011 Chaappa Kurishu Malayalam
2011 Uppukandam Brothers Back in Action Malayalam
2011 Puli Vesham Malayalam
2011 Mambattiyan Tamil
2012 Simhasanam Malayalam
2012 Chaarulatha Tamil/Kannada
2012 Madirasi Malayalam
2012 Karmayodha Malayalam
2013 Ente Malayalam
2013 Entry Malayalam
2013 ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi Malayalam
2013 10:30 am Local Call Malayalam
2013 Bangles Malayalam
2014 Jilla Tamil
2014 Naa Bangaaru Talli Telugu/Malayalam
2014 100 Degree Celsius Malayalam
2016 Monsoon Mangoes Malayalam
2016 Saahasam Tamil
2016 10 Kalpanakal Malayalam Directorial debut


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  2. ^ "A heartrending film - Don Max". Supergoodmovies. Archived from the original on 5 February 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
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