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Renji Panicker (born 23 September 1960) is an Indian film actor, scriptwriter, director, film producer, and journalist best known for his Malayalam films. He made his debut as a director with Bharatchandran IPS in 2005.
|Born||September 23, 1960|
Nedumudi, Kerala, India
|Years active||1989 – present|
|Spouse(s)||Aneeta Marium Thomas (Died)|
He was the youngest son among three children born to Kesava Panicker and Leelamani Amma at Nedumudi, Alleppey. He did his bachelors in commerce from Sanatana Dharma College, Alappuzha and certificate in Journalism from Press Club, Thiruvananthapuram. He earned a master's degree in Journalism from Kerala University, Karyavattom
Panicker began his career as a journalist. He started off as a reporter for magazines and publications. During an interview, while working for Chithrabhumi, a film magazine, he met director Shaji Kailas, who led him into the world of cinema and within a short time became one of the most wanted scriptwriters of Malayalam cinema. Renji scripted several commercially successful films for Shaji Kailas, including Dr. Pasupathy (1990), Thalastaanam (1992), Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans (1993), Ekalavyan (1993), Mafia (1993), Commissioner (1994), and The King (1995). The Renji Panicker-Shaji Kailas team elevated Suresh Gopi into a bankable lead actor during the early 1990s. He is known for his collaboration with director Joshiy, which included the films Lelam (1997) and Pathram (1999). He became a film director and directed two films. He is one of the managing directors of the Malayalam newspaper Metrovaartha.
Renji has taken several cameo roles in his own films. However, he gained popularity as an actor for his role in Ohm Shanthi Oshaana (2014). He acted in numerous films, with notable roles in Njaan (2014), Premam (2015), Jacobinte Swargarajyam (2016), Thoppil Joppan (2016), Alamara (2017), Godha (2017) and Bhayanakam (2018).
Renji Panicker was married to Anitha Mariam Thomas, his classmate at Kerala University. Anitha died on 10 March 2019 suffering from Kidney ailment. They have twin sons, Nithin and Nikhil, and lived in Alappuzha before shifting to Kochi.
While interviewing director Shaji Kailas, for a film magazine in 1990, he was impressed by Renji's language and asked him to do a script for him. Renji, who was an active politician since his college days tried out a political satire, Dr. Pasupathy, that turned out to be a hit. But the success of his debut film failed to bring recognition. His next venture Akashakottayile Sulthan, in 1991, directed by Jayaraj, with Sreenivasan in the main role, bombed. This made Renji to rethink film as a career. Upon Kailas' insistence, Renji made another attempt in 1992. Thalastaanam, revolving around campus politics was a hit and marked the beginning of the Shaji-Renji combination.
In the year 1993, Renji penned Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans. Directed by Kailas, this film was a turning point in the life of Jagadish, who was till then slotted into comic roles. Jagadish played the role of a common man who overnight becomes the home minister of the state. Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans completed 150 days in theatres, establishing Renji Panicker as one of the leading script writers in Malayalam cinema. Next was Ekalavyan, released in May 1993. Directed by Kailas, Ekalavyan was an action thriller revolving around the unholy nexus of drug mafia-godmen and politicians. Appearing in the lead role of a police officer, Suresh Gopi established himself as the next star of Malayalam cinema. Ekalavyan completed 150 days in most theatres. Mafia then revolved around Bangalore underworld. Directed by Kailas with Gopi as hero, it was released in 1993, making Renji the most expensive script-writer in Malyalam film.
In 1994, Kailas/Panicker created Commissioner, a police film, which completed a run of 200 days in theatres. Gopi appeared in the title role and the film became the biggest grosser of the year. Shaji/Renji rejoined in 1995, casting Mammootty as the hero of The King, which was released in the end of 1995 was successful. Thereafter the duo parted ways.
Renji, after a long time wrote a script for director Joshi in 1997. Lelam, another action thriller with Gopi as the hero was again a hit. The same team brought out Pathram the next year. Revolving around print media and the politics surrounding it, this flick is best remembered for dialog. The continuous run of hits came to an end in 2001. Renji's combination with Joshi, Dubai bombed. This was followed by Praja,the first time Mohanlal appeared in a Renji film and it completed 100 days in theatres. The back to back set backs forced Renji to take a break for three years. In 2005, he followed with Bharatchandran IPS the sequel of Commissioner, released in 1994. Bharatchandran IPS was his directorial debut. He also co-produced this film. This film crossed 100-day run in all major centres and gave a rebirth to Gopi. Renji's second directorial attempt was Roudram, released in 2008, with Mammootty in the main role, Another police story, this film was a success. Renji's next project was The King & the Commissioner in which Mammootty and Gopi played the lead roles, Joseph Alex I.A.S. and Bharathchandran I.P.S., taken from the films The King and Commissioner. It was directed by Kailas. This film had many expectations, as Mammootty and Gopi were reuniting after many years as were Kailas and Panicker. Unfortunately, it also bombed.
Plots and styleEdit
In Panicker's films, valorised heroes have a political viewpoint and are opinionated. They rebuke corrupt higher officials, hegemonic structures and societal perversions. Dialogues are presented for making an impact, often with lengthy and spirited ones to carry the character through the plot conterminously. Panicker uses stuffy English words to deliver the impact with emphasis. Except Dr. Pasupathi and Aakasha Kottayile Sultan all of his films are done with a political backdrop. Political problems and events were always added and magnified in his scripts, which evoked controversies and threats to his life. Panicker's dialogue in Lelam based on a real-life character and jingoistic characters from Commissioner are considered timeless for Mollywood.
As an actorEdit
|Muddy||Master of Hero||Post Production|
|Kalamandalam Hyderali||Kalamandalam Hyderali||releasing on 2020 jan|
|Love Action Drama||Swathi's father|
|Aniyan Kunjinum Thannalayathu|
|Ningal Camera Nireekshanathinlannu|
|Oru Yamandan Premakadha||Advocate John Kombanayil|
|Kodathi Samaksham Balan Vakeel||DGP K. E. Eappan|
|Vijay Superum Pournamiyum||Venugopal|
|2018||Ente Ummante Peru||Mohammed Hydarali Mehfil||Photo appearance and voice|
|Bhayanakam||postman – handicapped in World War I.|
|Naam||Fr. James Kottayil|
|Kuttanadan Marpappa||John's father||Photo presence|
|Abrahaminte Santhathikal||SP Shahul Hameed|
|Vallikkudilile Vellakkaran||Chief Guest|
|Aami||S. K. Nair|
|Kadha Paranja Kadha|
|2017||Masterpiece||Edward Livingstone||cameo appearance|
|Solo||Thomas Zachariah||in the segment world of Trilok|
|Role Models||Gautham's father|
|Oru Cinemakkaran||Fr. Mathew|
|Viswasapoorvam Mansoor||Kalathil Haji|
|Ramaleela||V. G. Madhavan|
|Puthan Panam||Iqbal Rowther||Cameo appearance|
|Clint||Writer V K Nambiar|
|1971: Beyond Borders||Janardanan|
|Georgettan's Pooram||Fr. Mathews Vadakkan|
|Aanandam||Diya's father||Cameo appearance|
|Thoppil Joppan||Fr. James Anakattil|
|Oppam||Padmakumar P, IPS officer|
|Oru Muthassi Gadha||Dr. Mathew / Mathai|
|Welcome to Central Jail||Gopinath|
|Angane Thanne Nethave Anchettannam Pinnale||Zachariya|
|Pa Va||Thampuran Johnny|
|Valleem Thetti Pulleem Thetti||Madhavan|
|2015||Charlie||Panicker Doctor||guest appearance|
|Punchirikku Parasparam||person reading newspaper||short film|
|Rajamma @ Yahoo||Mayor Abraham Pothen|
|Njan Samvidhanam Cheyyum||Jury ccommittee member|
|Acha Dhin||Home minister Thomas Chacko|
|Premam||David Kalapparambath, George's father||cameo appearance|
|Ayal Njanalla||K.P.K. Menon|
|Ennum Eppozhum||CEO of GM Builders|
|Aadu – Oru Bheegara Jeevi Aanu||Thomas Paappan & Varkey Pappan|
|Picket 43||C.O Vinay Chandran|
|Om Shanthi Oshaana||Dr. Mathew Devasya|
|1993||Mafia||Excise/Home Minister Venkidappa|
|Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans||Politician|
|TBA||Untitled Jeethu Joseph film||Yes|
|2012||The King & the Commissioner||Yes|
|1993||Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans||Yes|
|1991||Aakasha Kottayile Sultan||Yes|
|TBA||Lelam 2||Malayalam||Pre production|
|2019||Nammal Thammil 2||Asianet||Host|
|2020||Crime Patrol||Kairali TV||Host|
|2020-Present||Indulekha||Surya TV||Ramanadha Menon||TV Serial|
Awards and NominationsEdit
- Madrid Imagineindia International Film Festival 2019 – Best Actor (Male) for Bhayanakam
- Indywood Academy Award for the Best Actor (Male) – Bhayanakam, 2018
- Kerala Film Critics Association Awards for Best Second Actor (Male) – Jacobinte Swargarajyam, 2017
- Asianet Comedy Awards for Star performer of the year – various films, 2017
- Asianet Film Awards for Best Supporting Actor – Jacobinte Swargarajyam, 2017
- South Indian International Movie Awards for Best Supporting Actor – Jacobinte Swargarajyam, 2017
- Asiavision Awards for Best Character Actor – Jacobinte Swargarajyam, 2016
- 65th Filmfare Awards Southfor Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Malayalam- Godha, 2018
- 2nd IIFA Utsavam for Best Supporting Actor – Jacobinte Swargarajyam, 2017
- 64th Filmfare Awards South for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Malayalam – Jacobinte Swargarajyam, 2017
- 4th South Indian International Movie Awardsfor Best Supporting Actor – Ohm Shanthi Oshaana, 2015
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- "Fire Brand @25" (in Malayalam). Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
-  Archived 1 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine
- "Renji Panicker busy scripting two mammoth projects".
- "Renji Panicker – Movies, biography, News, Age & Photos". BookMyShow.
- BizHat.com – Roudram Review. Mammootty, Manju, Lalu Alex, Saikumar, Vijayaraghavan, Rajan.P.Dev, Janardhanan, Shammi Thilakan, Subair, T.P.Madhavan, Jayakrishnan, Spadikam George, Maya Moushmi, Urmila Unni. Movies.bizhat.com. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
- Day of the action heroes. The Hindu (22 March 2012). Retrieved 30 September 2016.
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