Sathish Kalathil is an Indian film and documentary director and producer in Malayalam. He is also story writer, and lyricist. His experimental works are well known and appropriately discussed in Malayalam Cinema industry and his debut movie Jalachhayam (2010)[1][2] was well discussed according to its experimental approach.[3] His first film was Veenavaadanam (2008),[4] an experimental documentary about art (painting). In 2012, he directed Laloorinu Parayanullathu, a social committed documentary film about municipal solid waste.

Sathish Kalathil
Born30 August 1971
Sankarayya Road, Thrissur, Kerala, India
OccupationDirector, Lyricist, Story Writer
Years active2008–present
Spouse(s)Rema K. P
ChildrenNiveda, Navin Krishna, Akhil Krishna
WebsiteOfficial Website

Personal lifeEdit

Sathish was born to K. P. Sankaran and K. M. Komalam at Sankarayya Road, Poothole P.O in Thrissur district of Kerala, India. He completed his primary education from Namboodiri Vidyalayam UP school and Vivekodayam Boys Higher Secondary School nearby Thrissur town. In teenage, he was a Newspaper agent of Mangalam daily, when it was launched. Years later, he became an auto rickshaw driver. During his movie Jalachhayam, he was a fast food business man.[5] Now, he is also a political leader of Nationalist Congress Party with the post secretary of Nationalist Labour Congress, Kerala, a Labour wing of N.C.P and state organizing secretary of Kerala Vazhi Vanibha Sabha (H.M.S) union.[6][7]. He is married to Rema K.P and he has three children. Niveda, Navin Krishna, Akhil Krishna.[8] His elder son Navin Krishna played the character of 'Kannan' in Jalachhayam.[9]



Year Title Writer Script Cinematography Notes
2008 Veenavaadanam Yes Yes Sunil.A.D Documentary Film
2010 Jalachhayam Sujith Aalungal Sujith Aalungal Pramod Vadakara Feature Film
2012 Laloorinu Parayanullathu Yes Bhasi Pangil Saju Pukikkottil, Sunil.A.D Documentary Film


Sathish penned the lyrics of the Song 'Varakal vaachala kadhakal, kaalam chollum charithra kadhakal' In Veenavaadanam Documentary and he has published many poems in his teenage under the Pen Name 'Surya'.[10]

Song Film (Documentary) Year Singer Composer
"Varakal Vaachaala Kadhakal" Veenavaadanam 2008 Dr.B. Jayakrishnan Baburaj Puthur


Script of Laloorinu Parayanullathu
Dr.P.V.Krishnan Nair, Secretary, Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi release the book 'Laloorinu Parayanullathu' and R.Gopalakrishnan, SSecretary, Kerala Sahitya Akademi receives the book.

After some research about the sufferings and various problems faced by people of Laloor due to the heavy dumping of Municipal Garbage of Thrissur Municipal Corporation at their premises and the associated protest manifested through various forms of strikes, Sathish Kalathil wrote the Principal Story for his documentary Laloorinu Parayanullathu.[11] Bhasi Pangil made a Script out of this Story about Laloor.

The Book, 'Laloorinu Parayanullathu (What has Laloor To Say)' Published by Vidyaposhini Publications, Thrissur. And, the book released on 29 August 2013 by Dr.P.V. Krishnan Nair, secretary, Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi and copy received by R. Gopalakrishnan, secretary, Kerala Sahithya Akademi at Prof. Joseph Mundassery Memorial Auditorium, Thissur, associated with D.F.M.F Short Film Festival-2013 contested by Digital Film Makers' Forum Trust [1][2].

Book Year Publisher
"Laloorinu Parayanullathu (What has Laloor To Say" 2012 Vidyaposhini


Sathish started the news magazine Prathibhavam in 2000.[12][3],[4] He established a trust in 2010, Digital Film Makers Forum (D.F.M.F.),[13] to help amateur digital filmmakers make and promote digital films.[14] Through Digital Film Makers Forum, Sathish Kalathil and his associates organised a digital short film festival, called the D.F.M.F Short Film Festival,[15] in 2013 to promote budding digital short filmmakers. The event resulted in a slew of digital short film festivals in and around Thrissur District and other places in Kerala, which was remarkable considering digital short films had remained obscure up until that time.

He took advantage of various opportunities opened up by the digital era. He was one of the first people around the world to experiment with filmmaking using first generation mobile phones.[5]


  1. ^ "Jalachhayam". FilmiBeat.
  2. ^ "Jalachhaayam (2010)". Malayalasangeetham.
  3. ^ "Film shot with cell phone camera premiered". Retrieved 7 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Film shot using mobile phone". Retrieved 20 August 2008.
  5. ^ "Sathish Kalathil". M3db.
  6. ^ "വഴിയോരക്കച്ചവടക്കാർക്ക് വെൻഡിങ് സർട്ടിഫിക്കറ്റ് അനുവദിക്കണം- എച്ച്.എം.എസ്". Mathrubhumi.
  7. ^ "നിയമത്തിന് അഞ്ച് വയസ്, ലൈസൻസില്ലാതെ വഴിയോരക്കച്ചവടക്കാർ". Keralakaumudi.
  8. ^ "Sathish Kalathil Biography".
  9. ^ "Master Navin Krishna". Retrieved 29 December 2010.
  10. ^ "Varakal Vaachaala Kadhakal". malayalasangeetham.
  11. ^ "Story of Laloor in screen". Janmabhumi Daily. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  12. ^ "ഒരു ഗീതകം പോലെ, മലയാളികളുടെ പ്രിയങ്കരിയായ സാഹിത്യകാരിയുടെ ഓർമ്മയ്ക്ക്". Keralakaumudi.
  14. ^ "Sathish Kalathil on "Jalachhayam"". Retrieved 23 December 2010.
  15. ^ "'വില് യു ബി മി' നല്ല സിനിമ, 'മൗനനൊമ്പരം' മികച്ച ഡോക്യുമെന്ററി". Retrieved 1 September 2013.

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