Mukesh (actor)

Mukesh Madhavan) is an Indian actor, producer, television presenter, and politician known for his work predominantly in Malayalam cinema. He is best known for his comedy roles, and has been a popular lead actor in Malayalam cinema during the 1990s.[1] He was the chairman of Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy. Mukesh is the current MLA representing the Kollam constituency of Kerala state. As of June 2021, he has acted in over 260 Malayalam films.

Member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
2 June 2016 (2016-06-02)
Preceded byP. K. Gurudasan
Personal details
Mukesh Madhavan

Kollam district, Kerala, India
Political partyCommunist Party of India (Marxist)
RelativesDivyadarshan (Nephew)

Early and personal lifeEdit

Mukesh was born to actors O. Madhavan and Vijayakumari, in Kollam, Kerala, India on 5 March 1956.[2] 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.[3]

He married South Indian film actress Saritha in 1988, and they have two sons. After lengthy separation, they divorced in 2011.[4][5] Their elder son Shravan made his acting debut in the film Kalyanam.

Mukesh married dance scholar Methil Devika on 24 October 2013. The couple filed for divorce in 2021.[6][7]

He was elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly from Kollam constituency in the election of 2016.[8]

Acting careerEdit


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.

His breakthrough came in 1989 with the movie Ramji Rao Speaking, directed by Siddique-Lal. Thereafter, he established himself as a leading actor in the Malayalam film industry.


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, 2 Harihar Nagar 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.

Later careerEdit

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.

Mukesh at Kollam, during the election campaign in 2016

He also ventured into production with Sreenivasan, their first movie, Katha Parayumbol, featured a cameo by Mammootty.

Mukesh was the host of a Malayalam version of Deal or No Deal, which was aired on Surya TV.

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.[9] titled Mukesh Kathakal – Jeevithathiley Nerum Narmavum.[10] It proved very successful.[11]

He is now acting in Badai bungalow, a comedy and celebrity talk show hosted by Ramesh Pisharody, launched on Asianet from 2013[12]



Malayalam filmsEdit


Year Title Role Notes
2022 Virunnu TBA Filming
2022 Ottakkomban TBA Filming
2022 CBI 5 Chacko
2021 Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham Dharmoth Panicker
2021 Tsunami Father Sylvester (Achankochapi)
2020 2 States Vijayaraghavan
2020 Dhamaka Pauly
2019 Under World Padmanabhan Nair
2019 Ganagandharvan Aby
2018 Kalyanam Sahadevan Nair
2017 Masterpiece Vice principal Cherian Joseph 250th film
2017 Ramaleela Paulson Devassy, DYSP
2017 Jomonte Suvisheshangal Vincent
2016 Angane Thanne Nethave Anjettennam Pinnale Paala Thankachan
2016 Neeranjana Pookal
2016 Shikhamani
2016 Kattumakkan Madhavan
2015 Two Countries Simon
2015 Adi Kapyare Kootamani Father Alfred Kattuvilayil Nominated - Asianet Film Awards for Best Comedian
2015 John Honai Sreenivasan
2015 Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam Himself
2015 Chandrettan Evideya Sekharan
2015 Elanjikkavu P.O
2015 Kalyanism
2015 1000 – Oru Note Paranja Katha
2014 To Let Ambadi Talkies Circle Inspector Jayashankar  
2014 Karanavar
2014 Mathai Kuzhappakkaranalla
2014 Ormayundo Ee Mukham Doctor
2014 Persiakaran
2014 Peruchazhi Francis Kunjappan  
2014 To Noora With Love Special Appearance
2014 Praise The Lord Sunny
2014 Vasanthathinte Kanal Vazhikalil Journalist
2014 London Bridge Francis
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 916 Dr. Ramesh
2012 Red Alert
2012 Navagatharkku Swagatham Rajasekharan aka Appettan
2012 Masters SP Ravi Shanker
2012 Gruhanathan Vishvanathan/ GV
2011 Natakame Ulakam Omanakuttan
2011 Ninnishtam Ennishtam 2
2011 Pachuvum Kovalanum Pachu
2011 Manikiakkallu
2011 Maharaja Talkies
2011 Oru Marubhoomikkadha Abdu Kupleri 200th film
2011 Sarkar Colony Shivaramakrishnan
2011 Adaminte Makan Abu Ashraf
2011 Killadi Raman Mahadevan
2011 Happy Durbar CID Ananthan
2011 Kottarathil Kutty Bhootham
2010 Mummy & Me Joseph
2010 Swantham Bharya Zindabad Himself
2010 Pulliman
2010 Cheriya Kallanum Valiya Policum Sadasivan
2010 In Ghost House Inn Mahadevan Sequel to 2 Harihar Nagar (2009)
2010 Advocate Lakshmanan Ladies Only Lakshmanan
2010 Pathinonnil Vyazham Appu


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Bharya Swantham Suhruthu Girish Menon
2009 Calendar Dr. Roy
2009 Chemistry Sreekanth IPS
2009 Decent Parties Himself
2009 Kappal Muthalaali Venkitt Raman
2009 Shudharil Shudhan Mohanachandran Pillai
2009 Bharya Onnu Makkal Moonnu Gopikrishnan
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 SMS Robert Mathew
2008 Gopalapuranam Vishnu
2008 Parthan Kanda Paralokam Madhavan
2008 Innathe Chintha Vishayam Dr. Murali Krishanan
2008 Kabadi Kabadi Vijayan
2008 Twenty:20 CI Jayachandran
2007 Best Friends
2007 Goal Isaac
2007 Vinodayathra Shaji Raghavan Mukesh 1st film with Sathyan Anthikad
2007 Ayur Rekha Thripayar Madhavan
2007 Rock N Roll Vishal
2007 Naalu Pennungal Nara Pillai
2007 Katha Parayumbol Venu Produced by Mukesh and Sreenivasan
2007 Kaakki Ramakrishnan
2007 Kaiyoppu Sivadas "Kilippaattu"
2007 Athisayan Radhakrishnan
2006 Rasathanthram Shivan
2006 Oraal
2006 Balram vs Tharadas Inspector Varma
2005 Junior Senior Manu
2005 Chiratta Kalippattangal
2005 Nerariyan CBI Chacko
2005 Boy Friend Minister Nateshan, Dineshan (double role)
2005 Soumyam
2005 Udayananu Tharam Babykuttan
2004 Thekkekkara Superfast Ulahannan
2004 Vismayathumbathu Govindan Kutty
2004 Sethurama Iyer CBI Chacko
2003 Thillana Thillana Balachandran
2003 Chronic Bachelor Srikumar
2003 Sahodharan Sahadevan Aravindan,Mukundan
2003 Vasanthamalika Balakrishnan
2002 Pakalppooram Gouridasan Namboothiri
2001 One Man Show Himself as anchor of Kodipathi program
2001 Kakkakuyil Govindan
2001 Sundara Purushan Dr.Geevarghese
2000 Vakkalathu Narayanankutty Mathew Chandy
2000 Nakshathragal Parayathirunnathu Nandakumar


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Tokyo Nagarile Viseshangal Chenkalcheri Chandrappan
1999 Swastham Grihabharanam Unni
1999 Friends Chandu
1999 Angene Oru Avadhikkalathu


1999 English Medium Gokulakrishnan
1998 Aakasha Ganga James
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
1998 Manthrikumaran


1998 Chenapparambile Aanakkariyam


1998 Amma Ammaayiyamma Shekharankutty
1997 Vamsam Kurushinkal Jimmy
1997 Suvarna Simhaasanam Vasudevan
1997 Oru Mutham Mani Mutham


1997 Newspaper Boy Krishnankutty
1997 Mannadiar Penninu Chenkotta Checkan Chenkotta Sethuraman
1997 Kalyanappittannu
1997 Kalyana Kacheri

Ambadi Arjunan Nair

1996 Nandagopaalante Kusruthikal


1996 Mr. Clean Rajagopal
1997 Chandralekha Photo Appearance
1996 Kanakkinavu
1996 Hitler Mamangalath Balachandran
1995 Tom & Jerry Balagopalan
1995 Sundari Neeyum Sundaran Njanum Balakrishnan
1995 Sipayi Lahala Rajendran
1995 Parvathy Parinayam Shivankutty
1995 Mannar Mathai Speaking Gopalakrishnan
1995 Manikya Chempazhukka Ashokan Nair
1995 Keerthanam


1995 Kalyanji Anandji


1995 Kalamasseriyil Kalyanayogam Balachandran
1995 Achan Rajavu Appan Jethavu Unnikrishnan / Kunjuvarghese
1994 Shudhamaddalam Appukkuttan
1993 Poochakkaru Mani Kettum Kochukrishnan
1994 Manathe Vellitheru Babukuttan
1994 Malappuram Haji Mahanaya Joji Jitendra Varma
1994 Varaphalam Balan
1994 Kinnaripuzhayoram

Unnikrishnan's Friend

1993 Varam Actress Mohini
1993 Pravachakan Balagopalan
1993 Ente Sreekuttikku


1993 Dollar Alex
1993 Customs Diary Rony Vincent
1993 Bandhukkal Sathrukkal Chandran a.k.a. Sahayam Chandran Kunju
1993 Ammayane Sathyam Omanakuttan
1993 Thalamura Mundackal Martin
1993 Sainyam Zakir
1992 Manyanmaar Thomas
1992 Makkal Maahathmiam Madhavankutty
1992 Kaazhchakkppuram A. Viswanathan
1992 Ennodishtam Koodamo Ramanunni
1992 Ellarum Chollanu Ramachandran
1992 Kallanum Polisum


1992 Aayushkalam Balakrishnan
1991 Souhrudam Royichan
1991 Ragam Anuragam Dr. Rajeev
1991 Post Box No. 27

Suresh Kumar

1991 Parallel College


1991 Nattu Vishesham Vinod Kumar
1991 Mookilla Rajyathu Benny
1991 Kakkathollayiram Rajashekharan
1991 Irrikku M.D. Akathundu
1991 Godfather Ramabhadran
1991 Ganamela Venugopal
1991 Ezhunnallathu


1991 Onnaam Muhoortham Vishwanathan
1991 Ennathe Programme Unnikrishnan Nair
1991 Cheppukilukkana Changathi Nandakumaran Thampi
1991 Bhoomika


1990 Thooval Sparsam Boney
1990 Ottayal Pattalam Venu Gopalakrishnan / Col. R. K. Nair
1990 Nanma Niranjavan Srinivasan Peter
1990 Gajakesariyogam Vinayachandran
1990 Minda Poochakku Kalyanam Krishnakumar
1990 Marupuram Roy
1990 Champion Thomas

Dr. Mathews

1990 Maalayogam Jose
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


Cameo Appearance


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Varnam


1989 Mudra


1989 Ammavanu Pattiya Amali


1989 Vandanam Peter Kaliyikkal
1989 Ramji Rao Speaking Gopalakrishnan
1989 Oru Sayahnathinte Swapnam

Roy Mathew

1989 Muthukkudayum Choodi


1989 Aksharathettu


1989 Jagratha Chacko
1989 Varnatheru
1989 Nair Saab Antony
1989 Mahayanam Ravi
1988 Dinarathrangal


1988 Oozham


1988 Sangham Raju
1988 Moonnam Mura Vinod
1988 Aparan

George Kutty

1988 Vicharana Kabeer
1988 Oru CBI Diary Kurippu Chacko
1988 1921 Haidrose
1987 P.C. 369 Johny Vargheese
1987 Neeyethra Dhanya

Suresh Panicker

1987 Naradhan Keralathil

Narayanan Namboothiri

1987 Manja Manthrangal


1987 Adimakal Udamakal


1987 Athinumappuram
1987 Sruthi Pradeep
1987 Kalam Mari Katha Mari Yusaf
1987 Kottum Kuravayum
1987 Kurukkan Rajavayi

Prathapan Nair

1987 Thaniyavarthanam Gopinathan
1987 Yagagni Chinkan
1987 Swargam


1986 Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu Shivan
1986 Thalavattam Hari
1986 Ponnum Kudthinu Pottu

College student

1986 Aval Kathirunnu Avanum
1986 Ashtabandham


1986 Onnu Muthal Poojaym Vare Man at icecream parlour Guest Role
1986 Hello My Dear Wrong Number

Jacob, diamond thief

Guest Role
1986 Ayalvasi Oru Daridravasi Jayan
1986 Shyama Harikumar
1986 Dheem Tharikida Thom Raghavan
1986 Ithile Iniyum Varu Ramu
1986 Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku


1986 Prathyekam Sradhikuka Raju
1986 Snehamulla Simham

Mohan Menon

1986 Ilanjipookal Rajendran
1986 Atham Chithira Chothy Rajan
1986 Aalorungi Arangorungi


1986 Ennu Nathante Nimmi


1986 Koodanayum Kattu


1986 Adiverukal Ranger Sunny Varghese
1986 Kaattuthee
1986 Katturumbinum Kathu Kuthu Soman
1986 Naale Njangalude Vivaham


1986 Ninnishtam Ennishtam

Ramakrishna Pilla

1985 Mutharamkunnu P.O. Dilip Kumar
1985 Kaiyum Thalayum Purathidaruthu


1985 Boeing Boeing Anil
1985 Akalathe Ambili Ashokan
1985 Akkare Ninnoru Maran Pavitran
1984 Odaruthammava Aalariyam Gopan
1983 Pinnilavu Sabu
1982 Daahikkunnavarude Vazhi
1982 Ithu Njangalude Katha Ramankutty
1982 Balloon Chandu

Tamil filmsEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1990 Manaivi Oru Manickam Ravi
1992 Jathi Malli Kesavan
2009 Ainthaam Padai Karunakaran
2013 Naanum En Jamunavum

As producerEdit

Television careerEdit

Year Title Channel Role Notes
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 Grand finale Judge
2020–2021 Top Singer season 2 Flowers Judge
2020 Engane oru Bharyayum Bharthavum Flowers Judge
2020 Chankanu Chackochan Asianet Himself Christmas special program
2020 Utsavam With Lalettan Flowers Himself
2020 Nammal Thammil Asianet Host
2021 Comedy Stars Season 2 Asianet Special Judge
2021 Star Magic Flowers Mentor
2021 Oru Chiri Iru Chiri Bumper Chiri Mazhavil Manorama Judge
2021 Kanyadaanam Surya TV Narrator TV serial
2021 Minnum Tharam Season 2 Asianet Judge
2021 Madhuram Shobhanam Zee Keralam Himself Special show
2021–Present Mukesh Speaking YouTube Host Online show
2021–Present Comedy Stars Season 3 Asianet Judge

Radio anchorEdit

  • Laksham Laksham Pinnale (2013) (Reality show-Super 94.7 fm)

Theater performanceEdit

  • Mukesh started Kalidasa Visual Magic for play productions. His first play Chayamukhi was in 2008 with Mohanlal and was written and directed by Prasanth Narayanan.[15] He also appeared with his sister, Sandhya Rajendan and his wife Methil in the 2015 adaptation of Naaga, directed by Suveeran.[16]


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