Major Ravi

Major A. K. Raveendran SM (born 13 June 1958) is an Indian film director, screenwriter, actor, and retired Major in the Indian Army and former National Security Guard commando. He was awarded the President's gallantry medal in 1991 and 1992 for his contributions in fighting terrorism in Punjab and Kashmir.[1] After retiring from the army, he began his career in Indian cinema as a consultant for military-based films. He made his independent directorial debut in 2006 with Keerthi Chakra for which he won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Screenplay.[2]


A. K. Raveendran
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Born (1958-06-13) 13 June 1958 (age 62)
Other namesMajor Ravi
Alma materArmy Cadet College
Occupation
Spouse(s)Anitha
ChildrenArjun Ravi
Parent(s)
  • P. Kuttisankaran Nair
  • A. T. Satyabhama
RelativesKannan Pattambi (Brother)
Military career
Allegiance India
Service/branch Indian Army
RankMajor of the Indian Army.svg Major

Military careerEdit

He joined the army after his schooling and later pursued his studies within the army and graduated from the Army Cadet College to become an officer in Dec 1984. He was head of the mission code-named Operation One Eyed Jack to capture suspects of the Rajiv Gandhi murder case. His military tenure of four years in the National Security Guard as a commando inspired him to direct Keerthi Chakra (2006) and Mission 90 Days (2007).[3]

Film careerEdit

After serving for about two decades in the Indian Army, he became a military consultant for Indian films. He has worked with Indian film makers Priyadarshan, Rajkumar Santoshi, Kamal Haasan, and Mani Ratnam.[4] He made a children's film, Toofan in Hindi in 1999, starring Dileep and Saba Khan,[5] which had a delayed release in 2010, due to censoring issues. It was dubbed into Malayalam as Oru Avadhikaalam. His first feature film was Keerti Chakra, a film on Kashmir militancy.[6]

His second movie Mission 90 Days was his own experience of the Rajiv Gandhi Assassination case. His third project Kurukshetra based on the Kargil war starring Mohanlal was a sequel to Keerthi Chakra.[7] The 2010 film Kandahar was a third installment to the Major Mahadevan film series.

In 2012, he directed Karma Yodha with Mohanlal. In 2015, Picket 43, starring Prithviraj and Javed Jaffery was made. It turned out to be a hit. He is now heading towards a fourth installment in the Major Mahadevan series. About the film he quoted: "The focus will be on the individuals rather than the war, and will portray the relationships that are forged during the war."[8]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Writer Actor
1999 Megham Yes
1999 Olympiyan Anthony Adam Yes
2000 Sradha Yes
2000 Snegithiye Yes Bilingual film (Malayalam and Tamil)
2001 Aalavandhan Yes Tamil film
2002 Onnaman Yes
2002 Punarjani Yes Yes Co-director
2003 Lesa Lesa Yes Tamil film
2003 Pattalam Yes
2006 Keerthi Chakra Yes Yes
2007 Raakilipattu Yes
2007 Mission 90 Days Yes Yes Yes
2008 Kurukshetra Yes Yes
2010 Toofan Yes Yes Yes
2010 Kandahar Yes Yes Yes
2012 Karma Yodha Yes Yes
2013 Oru Yathrayil Yes Yes Segments Amma and I Love My Appa
2015 Picket 43 Yes Yes
2015 Anarkali Yes
2016 Action Hero Biju Yes
2016 Marubhoomiyile Aana Yes
2017 Lavakusha Yes
2017 1971: Beyond Borders Yes Yes
2019 Driving License Yes
2020 Varane Avashyamund Yes

TelevisionEdit

Year Show Role Channel
2018–Present Unarunna Keralam Host Amrita TV
2020-Present Flowers students startup Judge Flowers TV

AwardsEdit

Kerala State Film Awards
Asianet Film Awards

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.khaleejtimes.com/citytimes/a-major-in-the-film-industry
  2. ^ "The untold story of a commando operation Film review". The Hindu. 17 July 2007. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  3. ^ "The untold story of a commando operation". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 17 July 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Straight from a soldier's heart". The Hindu. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 October 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Now showing". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 11 October 2008. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
  8. ^ Mohanlal in Major Ravi’s next!