Renji Panicker

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.[1]

Renji Panicker
Born (1960-09-23) September 23, 1960 (age 60)
Nedumudi, Kerala, India
Other namesRenji
  • Film director
  • Screenwriter
  • Singer
  • Lyricist
  • Actor
  • Film producer
  • Poet
  • Journalist
Years active1989 – present
Spouse(s)Aneeta Marium Thomas (Died)

Early lifeEdit

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[2]


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).

Personal lifeEdit

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.[3]

Film careerEdit

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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]


As an actorEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2020 Kaaval TBA Filming
Muddy Master of Hero Post Production
Kalamandalam Hyderali Kalamandalam Hyderali releasing on 2020 jan
Kolaambi Post production
Aanenkilum Allenkilum Filming
2019 Thakkol Clement
Love Action Drama Swathi's father
Sachin Ramachandran
Mohabbathin Kunjabdullah
Aniyan Kunjinum Thannalayathu
Ningal Camera Nireekshanathinlannu
Oru Yamandan Premakadha Advocate John Kombanayil
Athiran Jayanarayana Varma
Pengalila Koshy Mathew
Roudram 2018 Narayanan
Thelivu Ramesh Kumar
Margamkali Urmila's father
Kodathi Samaksham Balan Vakeel DGP K. E. Eappan
Vijay Superum Pournamiyum Venugopal
2018 Ente Ummante Peru Mohammed Hydarali Mehfil Photo appearance and voice
Drama Kunjachan
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
Krishnam Dr. Sunil
Aami S. K. Nair
Captain Coach Jafer
Kadha Paranja Kadha
2017 Masterpiece Edward Livingstone cameo appearance
Solo Thomas Zachariah in the segment world of Trilok
Villain Commissioner Sreenivasan
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
Godha Captain
Sakhavu Kuriyachan Cameo
1971: Beyond Borders Janardanan
Alamara Pavithran
Gemini Dr. Gokul
Kadamkatha Sreekumar
Georgettan's Pooram Fr. Mathews Vadakkan
2016 Ore Mukham Prakashan
Campus Diary
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
Jacobinte Swargarajyam Jacob
Pavada Paul Scaria
2015 Charlie Panicker Doctor guest appearance
Anarkali Pappan
Punchirikku Parasparam person reading newspaper short film
Rajamma @ Yahoo Mayor Abraham Pothen
Jamna Pyari Sridharan
Njan Samvidhanam Cheyyum Jury ccommittee member
Acha Dhin Home minister Thomas Chacko
Premam David Kalapparambath, George's father cameo appearance
Loham Albert Alex
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
2014 Cousins Doctor cameo appearance
Njaan Kuttysankaran
Munnariyippu Mohan Das
Money Ratnam Isaac
Om Shanthi Oshaana Dr. Mathew Devasya
Pakida Nandakumar
1994 Commissioner Journalist
1993 Mafia Excise/Home Minister Venkidappa
Ekalavyan Airport passenger
Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans Politician
1992 Thalastaanam Politician

Other worksEdit

Year Title Director Writer Notes
TBA Untitled Jeethu Joseph film Yes
TBA Lelam 2 Yes
2012 The King & the Commissioner Yes
2008 Roudram Yes Yes
2005 Bharatchandran IPS Yes Yes
2001 Praja Yes
2001 Dubai Yes
1999 Pathram Yes
1997 Lelam Yes
1995 The King Yes
1994 Commissioner Yes
1993 Mafia Yes
1993 Ekalavyan Yes
1993 Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans Yes
1992 Thalastaanam Yes
1991 Aakasha Kottayile Sultan Yes
1990 Dr. Pasupathy Yes


Year Title language Notes
TBA Lelam 2 Malayalam Pre production
2017 Orayiram Kinakkalal Malayalam
2017 Adam Joan Malayalam
2017 Kaabil Hindi In Kerala
2017 Raees Hindi In Kerala


Year Title Channel Role notes
2017–2018 Aniyara Surya TV Host
2019–2020 Jananayakan Amrita TV Judge
2019 Nammal Thammil 2 Asianet Host
2020 Crime Patrol Kairali TV Host
2020-Present Indulekha Surya TV Ramanadha Menon TV Serial

Awards and NominationsEdit



  1. ^ "Renji Panicker's next flick". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on 9 July 2008.
  2. ^ "Fire Brand @25" (in Malayalam). Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 1 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Renji Panicker busy scripting two mammoth projects".
  5. ^ "Renji Panicker – Movies, biography, News, Age & Photos". BookMyShow.
  6. ^ – 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. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  7. ^ Day of the action heroes. The Hindu (22 March 2012). Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  8. ^ Fire Brand @25 – Page 3.

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