Aleksa Muhammed Fazil (born 1953 in Alappuzha, Kerala), known mononymously as Fazil, is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter and actor who works in Malayalam cinema, in addition to directing a handful of Tamil films and a Telugu film. He made his directional debut with the 1980 film Manjil Virinja Pookkal. His popular films include Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku (1983), Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu (1984), Poovinu Puthiya Poonthennal (1986), Manivathoorile Aayiram Sivarathrikal (1987), Ente Sooryaputhrikku (1991), Pappayude Swantham Appoos (1992), Manichitrathazhu (1993), Aniyathipraavu (1997), Harikrishnans (1998). His 1993 film Manichitrathazhu won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. He won the Best Director award at the 13th Kerala State Film Awards for his 1983 film Ente Mamattukkuttiyammakku.
Aleksa Muhammed Fazil
Aleksa Muhammed Fazil
Alappuzha, Kerala, India
|Occupation||Film Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Actor|
|Years active||1980 –present|
|Relatives||Nazriya Nazim (Daughter-in-law)|
His father wanted him to be a doctor, but in school and college, extra curricular activities dominated his time. He wrote plays and staged them with his friends; Nedumudi Venu was his college mate while he was in S.D. College, Alleppey, and this group was perhaps the first mimicry team that entertained crowds. "I used to mimic stars like Sathyan, Prem Nasir, Sivaji Ganesan and Govindankutty." He completed his graduate and post-graduation degrees in Economics from department of economics, SD College Alappuzha .
Since the early 1980s, Fazil has directed 31 movies. His freshman film was in the Malayalam filmdom with Manjil Virinja Pookkal, produced by Navodaya Appachan, which was also Mohanlal's first movie. Fazil has a knack for spotting talent. He introduced some of the biggest names in films in south India:
- Mohanlal in Manjil Virinja Pookkal
- Nadia Moidu in Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu
- Baby Shalini in Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku and
- Kunchacko Boban in Aniyathipravu
- Nagma was introduced to the south in Fazil's Killer (Telugu) while
- Khushboo started her southbound journey with his Varusham Padhinaaru.
- Fahadh Faasil in Kaiyethum Doorath
 Fazil has been noted for his subtle style of directing and many of his films have been critically lauded.
Fazil has two sons, Fahadh Faasil and Farhaan Faasil and two daughters. Fahadh Faasil, an actor in the Malayalam film industry is married to Nazriya Nazim, an actress in the Malayalam and Tamil industry. Farhaan Faasil is also an actor working in Malayalam film industry. He debuted in 2014 with Njan Steve Lopez, directed by Rajeev Ravi.
|2000||Life Is Beautiful (2000 film)||Malayalam|
|1989||Ramji Rao Speaking||Malayalam|
|1988||Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thaadikal||Malayalam|
|1995||No. 1 Snehatheeram Bangalore North||Malayalam||Sathyan Anthikad|
|1988||Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thaadikal||Malayalam||Kamal|
|1985||Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu||Malayalam||Alexi (Cameo appearance)|
|2020||Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham||Malayalam||Kutti Ali Marakkar|
- 1993 – National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment for Manichitrathazhu
- 1993: Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value – Manichithrathazhu
- 1986: Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value – Ennennum Kannettante
- 1984: Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value – Nokketha Dhoorathu Kannum Nattu
- 1983: Best Film – Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku
- 1983: Best Director – Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku
- 1980: Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value – Manjil Virinja Pookkal
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- "Kerala State Film Awards: 1993". Kerala State Chalachitra Academy. Archived from the original on 2 October 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
- "State Film Awards: 1969 – 2008". Information and Public Relations Department of Kerala. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
- Collections. Update Video Publication. 1991. Retrieved 14 December 2014.