Mukesh (born Mukesh Madhavan on 5 March 1956) is an Indian film actor, producer, television presenter, and politician known for his work predominantly in Malayalam cinema. He is best known for his comedic roles in films. He was the chairman of Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy. Mukesh is the current MLA representing the Kollam constituency of Kerala state. He is one of the established actor in Malayalam film industry from 90s.
|Member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly|
|Assumed office |
2 June 2016
|Preceded by||P. K. Gurudasan|
5 March 1956
Pattathanam, Kollam, Kerala, India
|Political party||Communist Party of India (Marxist)|
Mukesh was born to actors O. Madhavan and Vijayakumari, in Kollam, Kerala on the 5 March 1956. He has two sisters, Sandhya Rajendran and Jayasree. Sandhya and her husband, E.A. Rajendran are also actors (stage and film). He attended Infant Jesus School, Tangasseri and pursued a bachelor's degree in science (B.Sc) from Sree Narayana College in Kollam. He holds a second bachelor's degree in law (LLB) from Kerala Law Academy Law College, Thiruvananthapuram. He acted in dramas before entering the movie industry.
Mukesh began his career in the movie Balloon in 1982. In 1985, he acted in Mutharamkunnu P. O., directed by Sibi Malayil, with a script by Sreenivasan and story by Jagadeesh. Then came a series of slapstick comedies, often with Priyadarshan, such as Ponnum Kudathinu Pottu, Akkare Ninnoru Maran, Boeing Boeing and Odaruthammava Aalariyaam.
He portrayed the CBI officer Chacko in the four movies of the CBI series directed by K. Madhu. His supporting roles with Mohanlal received popularity between 1985 and 2000. He maintains a close friendship with Mohanlal and has acted with him in films in supporting roles such as Hello My Dear Wrong Number, Thalavattam, Vandanam, Akkare Akkare Akkare, Kakkakuyil and Boeing Boeing.
In the early nineties Mukesh acted alongside actors Innocent, Jagathy Sreekumar, Jayaram, Jagadeesh and Siddique in a number of comedy movies that met with critical acclaim. His most popular films were directed by the duo Siddique-Lal. Apart from Ramji Rao Speaking, they worked together in In Harihar Nagar, Godfather. Later director Siddique directed him in Hitler, Chronic Bachelor and Friends. Even director Lal repeated him in the sequels to In Harihar Nagar, Harihar Nagar 2 and In Ghost House Inn.
The characters he played between 1989 and 1999 were usually of a young man behaving, or thought to be behaving fraudulently under pressure, such as a bribe taking policeman, a thief on the run, or someone lying to impress his parents, or to get a job. The media labelled him as Comedy Hero. His role as serial womaniser in the 1990 Kouthugal Vaartakal boosted his popularity as a lead actor. His major leading roles included Marupuram (1990), Malayogam, Thooval Sparsham , Post Box No. 27 , Gajakesariyogam, Cheriya Lokavum Valiya Manushyarum, Sohrudam, Bandhukkal Shatrugal, Aayushyakalam, Ellarum Chollanu, Ennodu Ishtam Koodamo, Customs Diary, Sohrudam, Ootayal Pattalam, Cheppukilukkana Changathi, Kallanum Polissum, Makkal Rajyam and Tom & Jerry. His collaboration with director P. G. Viswambharan resulted in hits like Innathe Program and Irrikku M. D. Akathundu. The best example of a film with his character being forced by circumstances to lie is Sipayi Lahala (1995), by Vinayan and written by Sreenivasan. He paired with Sreenivasan in films like Varaphalam, Kinnaripozhayorum, Manathe Velitheru, Oodaruthamava Alariyam, Angene Oru Avadhikalathu and Mr. Clean. The cast of 1989 Ramji Rao Speaking came together for its sequel Mannar Mathai Speaking in 1995. He acted with both Thilakan and Jagathy Sreekumar together in Mookila Rajyathu, Cheriya Lokavum Veliya Manushyarum, Champion Thomas and Varaphalam.
It was in late 2008 that media felt his career would get over but he bagged projects with Satyan Anthikad, director Siddique, Lal and other than these had hits like Cheriya Kallanum Valiya Policum, Kancheepurathe Kalyanam, Vinodayatra, Pathinonnil Vyazham, Innathe Chintha Vishayam and Bharya Swantham Suhruthu.
In the early 2010s, he struggled to escape an image trap. Regardless, he came back with interesting supporting roles in Udayananu Tharam, Goal, Vinodayathra, Boy Friend, Kaiyoppu, Naalu Pennungal and Katha Parayumbol. He has been a part of many of Mohanlal's comedies, most of them directed by Priyadarshan.
In 2007, Mukesh authored a book based on experiences while he was a student at college, and tales from his life as a movie actor. titled Mukesh Kathakal – Jeevithathiley Nerum Narmavum. It proved very successful.
- 2007 : Asianet Film Award for Best Film (Producer) – Kadha Parayumbol
- 2007 : Filmfare Award for Best Film – Malayalam (Producer) – Kadha Parayumbol
- 2007 : Kerala State Film Award for Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value-Kadha Parayumbol
- 2011 : ISC Award
- 2013 : Kerala Film Critics Association Awards - Second Best Actor - English: An Autumn in London, Vasanthathinte Kanal Vazhikalil
- 2016 : Asianet Special Awards- Multifaceted personality of the year
|2021||Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham||Dharmoth Panicker||Filming|
|2021||Tsunami||Father Sylvester (Achankochapi)|
|2019||Under World||Padmanabhan Nair|
|2017||Masterpiece||Vice principal Cherian Joseph||250th film|
|2017||Ramaleela||Paulson Devassy, DYSP,sibiju|
|2016||Angane Thanne Nethave Anjettennam Pinnale||Paala Thankachan|
|2015||Adi Kapyare Kootamani||Father Alfred Kattuvilayil||Nominated - Asianet Film Awards for Best Comedian|
|2015||Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam||Himself|
|2015||1000 – Oru Note Paranja Katha|
|2014||To Let Ambadi Talkies||Circle Inspector Jayashankar|
|2014||Ormayundo Ee Mukham||Doctor|
|2014||To Noora With Love||Special Appearance|
|2014||Praise The Lord||Sunny|
|2014||Vasanthathinte Kanal Vazhikalil||Journalist|
|2014||Mannar Mathai Speaking 2||Gopalakrishnan||3rd Part of RamjiRao speaking|
|2013||Escape from Uganda||Firoz|
|2013||Philips and the Monkeypen||Principal|
|2013||Ithu Manthramo Thanthramo Kuthanthramo||Sadanantha Bhoopathi Swami|
|2013||For Sale||Prathapan Guruji|
|2013||Sound Thoma||Plapparambil Mathai/Musthafa|
|2013||English: An Autumn in London||Joy||2nd Best Actor-Film critics award|
|2013||Lucky Star||Dr. John Chitillapally|
|2012||Hide N' Seek||Solomon / Niranjan|
|2012||Navagatharkku Swagatham||Rajasekharan aka Appettan|
|2012||Masters||SP Ravi Shanker|
|2011||Ninnishtam Ennishtam 2|
|2011||Oru Marubhoomikkadha||Abdu Kupleri||200th film|
|2011||Adaminte Makan Abu||Ashraf|
|2011||Happy Durbar||CID Ananthan|
|2011||Kottarathil Kutty Bhootham|
|2010||Mummy & Me||Joseph|
|2010||Swantham Bharya Zindabad||Himself|
|2010||Cheriya Kallanum Valiya Policum||Sadasivan|
|2010||In Ghost House Inn||Mahadevan||Sequel to 2 Harihar Nagar (2009)|
|2010||Advocate Lakshmanan Ladies Only||Lakshmanan|
|2009||Bharya Swantham Suhruthu|
|2009||Kappal Muthalaali||Venkitt Raman|
|2009||Shudharil Shudhan||Mohanachandran Pillai|
|2009||Bharya Onnu Makkal Moonnu|
|2009||Currency||Danny D'Souza Aka Sayippu|
|2009||Dr.Patient||Dr. Ruben Isaac|
|2009||2 Harihar Nagar||Mahadevan||Sequel to In Harihar Nagar|
|2009||Kanchipurathe Kalyanam||Pattarumadom Najeeb|
|2008||Parthan Kanda Paralokam||Madhavan|
|2008||Innathe Chintha Vishayam||Dr. Murali Krishanan|
|2007||Vinodayathra||Shaji Raghavan||Mukesh 1st film with Sathyan Anthikad|
|2007||Rock N Roll||Vishal|
|2007||Naalu Pennungal||Nara Pillai|
|2007||Katha Parayumbol||Venu||Produced by Mukesh and Sreenivasan|
|2006||Balram vs Tharadas||Inspector Varma|
|2005||Boy Friend||Minister Nateshan, Dineshan (double role)|
|2004||Sethurama Iyer CBI||Chacko|
|2001||One Man Show||Himself as anchor of Kodipathi program|
|1999||Tokyo Nagarile Viseshangal||Chenkalcheri Chandrappan|
|1999||Angene Oru Avadhikkalathu||
|1998||Sreekrishnapurathe Nakshathrathilakkam||Himself||Guest Role|
|1998||Oro Viliyum Kathorthu||Sreedharan|
|1998||Meenakshi Kalyanam||Earali Balan|
|1998||Mayajalam||Valiyachunkatharayil Babu Narayanan Thampi|
|1998||Mattupetti Machan||Mattupetti Machan|
|1997||Oru Mutham Mani Mutham||
|1997||Mannadiar Penninu Chenkotta Checkan||Chenkotta Sethuraman|
Ambadi Arjunan Nair
|1995||Tom & Jerry||Balagopalan|
|1995||Sundari Neeyum Sundaran Njanum||Balakrishnan|
|1995||Mannar Mathai Speaking||Gopalakrishnan|
|1995||Manikya Chempazhukka||Ashokan Nair|
|1995||Achan Rajavu Appan Jethavu||Unnikrishnan / Kunjuvarghese|
|1993||Poochakkaru Mani Kettum||Kochukrishnan|
|1994||Malappuram Haji Mahanaya Joji||Jitendra Varma|
|1993||Customs Diary||Rony Vincent|
|1993||Bandhukkal Sathrukkal||Chandran a.k.a. Sahayam Chandran Kunju|
|1991||Ragam Anuragam||Dr. Rajeev|
|1991||Post Box No. 27||
|1991||Nattu Vishesham||Vinod Kumar|
|1991||Irrikku M.D. Akathundu|
|1991||Ennathe Programme||Unnikrishnan Nair|
|1991||Cheppukilukkana Changathi||Nandakumaran Thampi|
|1990||Ottayal Pattalam||Venu Gopalakrishnan / Col. R. K. Nair|
|1990||Nanma Niranjavan Srinivasan||Peter|
|1990||Minda Poochakku Kalyanam||Krishnakumar|
|1990||Kouthuka Varthakal||Mathew Ninan Koshy|
|1990||In Harihar Nagar||Mahadevan|
|1990||Cheriya Lokavum Valiya Manushyarum||Balu|
|1990||Akkare Akkare Akkare||Surendran|
|1990||Ee Thanutha Veluppan Kalathu||
|Manaivi Oru Manickam||1990||Ravi|
|Naanum En Jamunavum||2013|
|2000||Kodeeswaran (2000)||Surya TV||Anchor|
|2001||Sambavami Yuge Yuge||Surya TV||Actor||TV Serial|
|2008||Super Talent||Surya TV||Anchor|
|2009-2012||Deal or No Deal||Surya TV||Anchor|
|2013||Abhinethri||Surya TV||Serial Producer||TV serial|
|2013–2018||Badai Bungalow||Asianet||Co-Host||Won,Asianet Television award 2016-Golden Star of the Year|
2nd Asianet Comedy awards -Evergreen hero
Asianet Film Awards -Multifaceted talents of the year's
Asianet Television Awards 2018- golden star of television
|2015||Sell me the answer||Asianet||Anchor|
|2016||Sell me the answer season 2||Asianet||Anchor||Won,Asiavision TV awards 2016 -Best game show anchor|
|2018||Bigg Boss (Malayalam season 1)||Asianet||Himself(role-Investigator)||Episode - 54|
|2018-2019||Sell me the answer season 3||Asianet||Anchor|
|2019–2020||Badai Bungalow season 2||Asianet||Co-Host|
|2020||Top Singer||Flowers (TV channel)||Grand finale Judge|
|2020–present||Top Singer season 2||Flowers (TV channel)||Judge|
|2020||Engane oru Bharyayum Bharthavum||Flowers (TV channel)||Judge|
|2020||Chankanu Chackochan||Asianet||Himself||Christmas special program|
|2020||Utsavam With Lalettan||Flowers (TV channel)||Himself|
|2021||Comedy Stars Season 2||Asianet||Judge|
|2021-Present||Star Magic||Flowers TV||Mentor|
- Laksham Laksham Pinnale (2013) (Reality show-Super 94.7 fm)
- "താരങ്ങളുടെ കിടപ്പറയില് ഒളിഞ്ഞു നോക്കുന്നവരുണ്ട്". mangalam.com. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
- "KLA Title M. Mukesh" (PDF). Fourteenth Kerala Legislative Assembly. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
- "Mukesh's profile". cinedairy.com. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
- "Mukesh - Malayalam actors who have married more than once". The Times of India. 18 March 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
- mangalam. "Mangalam - Varika 3-Feb-2014". Mangalamvarika.com. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
- "ഇത് ഞങ്ങള് കാത്തിരുന്ന വിവാഹം - articles,infocus_interview - Mathrubhumi Eves". Mathrubhumi.com. Archived from the original on 18 March 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
- Radhika C. Pillai (9 November 2013). "My marriage with Mukesh is an arranged one: Methil Devika". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 14 November 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
- "Kerala Assembly polls: Actors in the fray". The Hindu. 19 May 2016. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
- "എന്നെ ഒതുക്കാന് നോക്കേണ്ടാ.. , Interview - Mathrubhumi Movies". Mathrubhumi.com. 28 August 2012. Archived from the original on 29 August 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
- 'Indulekha books: Mukesh Kathakal' Archived 10 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- "His maiden work is a big hit". The Hindu. 15 February 2007. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
- "'Badai Bungalow' - Inciting a Laugh Riot". The New Indian Express. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
- "Mukesh got ISC Award". Archived from the original on 29 January 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
- "'Drishyam' Bags Kerala Film Critics Association Awards". The New Indian Express. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
- "Bhima and Keechaka on a new mission". The Hindu. 25 January 2018. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
- Paul, G. S. (20 August 2015). "Marrying myth and mystery". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
2016 Kerala Election Affidavit - Mukesh Age Sorce.
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