Sathyan Anthikad

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Sathyan Anthikad is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and lyricist best known for his family dramas in Malayalam cinema.

Sathyan Anthikad
Sathyan Anthikad

OccupationDirector, screenwriter, lyricist, farmer
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Nimmy Sathyan
Children3 including Anoop Sathyan
Awards2008, 2005, 1999 -Kerala State Film Award for Best Popular Film

Sathyan has created many critical and commercially successful films, especially when working with Sreenivasan as the scriptwriter. Sathyan made his debut with the 1982 film Kurukkante Kalyanam. His popular films include T. P. Balagopalan M.A. (1986), Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam (1986), Gandhinagar 2nd Street (1986), Nadodikkattu (1987), Pattanapravesham (1988), Ponmuttayidunna Tharavu (1988), Varavelpu (1989), Artham (1989), Mazhavilkavadi (1989), Kalikkalam (1990), Sasneham (1990), Sandesam (1991), My Dear Muthachan (1992), Santhanagopalam (1994), No. 1 Snehatheeram Bangalore North (1995), Thooval Kottaram (1996), Irattakuttikalude Achan (1997), Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal (1999), Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal (2000), Yathrakarude Sradhakku (2002), Manassinakkare (2003), Achuvinte Amma (2005), Rasatanthram (2006), Oru Indian Pranayakadha (2013), and Njan Prakashan (2018). Sathyan's films have won 5 Kerala State Film Awards, and Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam at the 48th National Film Awards. He also won 2 Filmfare Awards for Best Director for Thooval Kottaram and Manassinakkare.

Actors Mohanlal, Sreenivasan and Jayaram embodied the typical Sathyan Anthikkad protagonist in most of the films. On the other hand, Sathyan Anthikad had tried making movies in different genres as well but because of their moderate success rate at the box-office he hasn't pursued to make more of them. Some of his such films include Pappan Priyappetta Pappan (1986), Samooham (1993), Pingami (1994) and Oral Mathram (1997) with the exception being Artham (1989) which was a commercial success at the box-office.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Sathyan Anthikad was born to M. V. Krishnan and M. K. Kalyani at Anthikad in Thrissur district of Kerala state.[2] He is married to Nimmi Sathyan and has three sons, Arun, Anoop and Akhil.[3] Anoop and Akhil have been assistant directors at Malayalam film industry and have also directed independent documentaries. Anoop debuted as an independent director with Varane Avashyamund (2020 Malayalam movie) starring Shobhana, Suresh Gopi, Dulquer Salmaan & Kalyani Priyadarshan.


In 1973, Sathyan debuted as an assistant director to Dr. Balakrishnan in Rekha Cine Arts. He was the Associate Director of director P. Chandrakumar for more than twenty films till 1982. He also assisted director Jeassy in few films. Sathyan kickstarted his film direction with Kurukkante Kalyanam in 1982.[4] The legend has it that he started shooting his first film in 1981, named Chamayam.[5] Due to some unfortunate series of events this movie was never completed. He teamed up with Sreenivasan and made some of the most memorable films in Malayalam film history, with Sreenivasan as the screenwriter. Thalayanamanthram, Nadodikkattu and Sandesam are some of the films born from this team, covering socially relevant matters with a comic touch. Sathyan made two novels into films: Appunni starring Mohanlal (a film adaptation of V. K. N.'s novel) and Irattakkuttikalude Achan starring Jayaram and Manju Warrier (an adaptation of C. V. Balakrishnan's novel).[6] Of late, he has ventured into screenwriting and made films like Rasathanthram, Vinodayathra, Innathe Chintha Vishayam and Bhagyadevatha, with credits of story, dialogues and screenplay.

He is a favourite of family filmgoers because of his selection of plots in family-life backgrounds with social relevance and because of his comedic tastes.[4]

Recurring collaboratorsEdit

Sathyan Anthikad often includes certain actors and technicians more than once in his films. Innocent holds the record of working in maximum films with Sathyan Anthikad. He rarely makes movies without Innocent in the cast. Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Mamukkoya, Nedumudi Venu and K. P. A. C. Lalitha are common cast in his films. His association with screenwriter and actor Sreenivasan's is one of the most successful combinations in Malayalam cinema. Among the lead actors, he has worked with Mohanlal the most, 19 films, closely followed by Jayaram.The trio of Sathyan, Mohanlal and Sreenivasan have produced some of the most memorable hits in Malayalam cinema. He has teamed up with Mammootty for 8 films. Among actresses, Sathyan has teamed up with Meera Jasmine for four consecutive films, the four turning hits. He has also cast Urvashi in his seven films and Shobhana in five films. Manju Warrier teamed up with him in three films

Either Vipin Mohan or Venu has served as cinematographer for almost all of Anthikkad's films. Editor K Rajagopal has edited all Sathyan Anthikad movies since the 80's. Johnson has provided music for most all his films till Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal. Their combination is said to be one of the most successful in Malayalam film history. Many memorable songs and film scores of nineties emerged from this combo. In Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal, Anthikkad roped in one of his favourite composers Ilaiyaraaja to compose music. However, he returned to Johnson himself for his next films Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka and Yathrakarude Sradhakku. He again brought back Ilaiyaraja in Manassinakkare, as Johnson took a sabbatical from film scoring. For the film Oru Indian Pranayakatha(2013) he roped Vidyasagar for composing the music. It was followed by Ennum Eppozhum and Jomonte Suvisheshangal.In 2018 Sathyan Anthikad collaborated with music director Shaan Rahman for the film Njan Prakashan,the film also remarks the reunion of Sathyan Anthikad and Sreenivasan combo after 16 years.



Year Title Writer Main Actors Notes
1982 Kurukkante Kalyanam Sukumaran, Mohanlal, Madhavi.
1983 Kinnaram Sukumaran, Nedumudi Venu, Poornima Jayaram
1983 Mandanmar Londonil Nedumudi Venu, Jagathy Sreekumar, Jalaja
1984 Veruthe Oru Pinakkam Nedumudi Venu, Poornima Jayaram
1984 Appunni Nedumudi Venu, Menaka, Mohanlal
1984 Kaliyil Alpam Karyam Mohanlal, Rahman, Neelima
1984 Aduthaduthu Thilakan, Sukumari, KPAC Lalitha, Mohanlal, Rahman
1985 Adhyayam Onnu Muthal Madhavi, Mohanlal, Soman
1985 Gaayathridevi Ente Amma Rahman, Bharath Gopi, Seema, Rohini
1986 Pappan Priyappetta Pappan Rahman, Thilakan, Mohanlal, Lissy
1986 T. P. Balagopalan M.A. Story Mohanlal, Shobana, Sreenivasan
1986 Revathikkoru Pavakkutty Bharath Gopi, Mohanlal, Radha, Lizy
1986 Gandhinagar 2nd Street Mohanlal, Karthika, Seema
1986 Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam Story Mohanlal, Karthika, Sreenivasan
1987 Sreedharante Onnam Thirumurivu Story Mammootty, Neena Kurup, Suresh Gopi, Sreenivasan
1987 Nadodikkattu Mohanlal, Srinivasan, Shobana, Thilakan
1988 Kudumbapuranam Thilakan, Balachandra Menon, Ambika, Sreenivasan
1988 Pattanapravesham Mohanlal, Srinivasan, Ambika, Thilakan
1988 Ponmuttayidunna Tharavu Sreenivasan, Jayaram, Urvashi, Innocent, Shari
1989 Lal Americayil Mohanlal, Prem Nazir
1989 Varavelpu Mohanlal, Revathi, Innocent, Sreenivasan, Murali
1989 Artham Mammootty, Sreenivasan, Saranya Ponvannan, Jayaram, Parvathi
1989 Mazhavilkavadi Jayaram, Sithara, Urvashi, Innocent
1990 Sasneham Balachandra Menon, Shobana, Innocent
1990 Kalikkalam Mammootty, Murali, Shobana, Sreenivasan
1990 Thalayanamanthram Sreenivasan, Urvashi, Jayaram, Parvathy
1991 Ennum Nanmakal Sreenivasan, Santhi Krishna, Jayaram, Shari, Saranya
1991 Kanalkkattu Mammootty, Urvashi, Jayaram, Murali
1991 Sandhesam Thilakan, Sreenivasan, Jayaram, Maathu, Siddique
1992 My Dear Muthachan Thilakan, Jayaram , Madhurima, Urvashi
1992 Snehasagaram Manoj K. Jayan, Murali, Sunitha, Urvasi
1993 Samooham Suhasini, Suresh Gopi, Vineeth, Sreenivasan
1993 Golanthara Vartha Mammootty, Shobana, Kanaka, Sreenivasan
1994 Pingami Mohanlal, Kanaka, Thilakan, Jagathy Sreekumar, Thilakan
1994 Santhanagopalam Thilakan, Balachandra Menon, Jagadheesh, Kaviyoor Ponnamma
1995 No. 1 Snehatheeram Bangalore North Mammootty, Priya Raman, Innocent
1996 Thooval Kottaram Jayaram, Manju Warrier, Sukanya, Innocent
1997 Irattakuttikalude Achan Jayaram, Manju Warrier, Murali, Sreenivasan
1997 Oral Mathram Mammootty, Thilakan, Shruti, Sreenivasan
1999 Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal Jayaram, Thilakan, Samyuktha Varma
2000 Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal Jayaram, Lakshmi Gopalaswamy, Kavya Madhavan, Kalidas Jayaram
2001 Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka Kunchacko Boban, Samyuktha Varma, Asin
2002 Yathrakarude Sradhakku Jayaram, Soundarya, Innocent, Sreenivasan
2003 Manassinakkare Jayaram, Sheela, Nayantara, Innocent
2005 Achuvinte Amma Urvashi, Meera Jasmine, Narain
2006 Rasathanthram Yes Mohanlal, Meera Jasmine, Bharath Gopi, Innocent
2007 Vinodayathra Yes Dileep, Meera Jasmine, Mukesh, Innocent
2008 Innathe Chintha Vishayam Yes Mohanlal, Meera Jasmine, Mukesh, Sukanya, Mohini
2009 Bhagyadevatha Yes Jayaram, Kanika, Narain Story by Rajesh Jayaraman
2010 Kadha Thudarunnu Yes Mamta, Jayaram, Asif Ali
2011 Snehaveedu Yes Mohanlal, Sheela, Padmapriya
2012 Puthiya Theerangal Namitha Pramod, Nivin Pauly, Nedumudi Venu
2013 Oru Indian Pranayakatha Fahadh Faasil, Amala Paul
2015 Ennum Eppozhum Mohanlal, Manju Warrier, Innocent, Renji Panicker
2017 Jomonte Suvisheshangal Dulquer Salmaan, Mukesh, Aishwarya Rajesh, Anupama Parameswaran
2018 Njan Prakashan Fahadh Faasil, Sreenivasan, Nikhila Vimal, Anju Kurian co-written with Sreenivasan
2020 Untitled Mammootty film Announced[7]

Assistant DirectorEdit


As a lyricist, Sathyan has penned about 100 popular Malayalam film songs, including the following:

Song Film Year Composer
"Oru Nimisham Tharoo Ninnilaliyan" Sindooram 1976 A.T. Ummer
"Pooveyil mayangum ponnushashin" Saritha 1977 Shyam
"Yaminee Neeyunaroo" Agni Vyooham 1979 A.T. Ummer
"Tharake Mizhiyithalil Kanneerumayi" Choola 1979 Raveendran
"Manasa Devi" Dhruvasangamam 1981
"Sharathkaala Megham" 1981
"kaattum ee kadinte kulirum" Thadavara 1981 A.T. Ummer
"Aananda raagamezhuthiya" 1981
"Nee maayalle" 1981
"O Mridule" Njan Ekananu 1982 M.G. Radhakrishnan
"Pranaya Vasantham Thaliraniyumbol" 1982
"Kannodu Kannaya Swapnangal" Kaliyil Alpam Karyam 1984 Raveendran
"Manatharil Ennum" 1984
"Manasse Ninte Maninoopurangal" Veruthe Oru Pinakkam 1984
"Aalolam Chanchadum" Aduthaduthu 1984
"Illikkadum Chellakkattum" 1984
"Thanka Noopuramo" Thooval Kottaram 1996 Johnson
"Viswam Kakkunna Nadha" Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal 1999


Year Award Category Film Ref(s)
2001 National Film Awards Best Feature Film in Malayalam Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal
1986 Kerala State Film Awards Best Story T. P. Balagopalan M. A.
1999 Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal
2005 Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value Achuvinte Amma
2007 Best Screenplay Vinodayathra
2008 Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value Innathe Chintha Vishayam
1996 Filmfare Awards South Best Director Thooval Kottaram
2003 Best Film Manassinakkare
Best Director
2003 Asianet Film Awards Best Director
2005 Best Film Achuvinte Amma
1999 Best Film Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal
2006 Mathrubhumi Film Awards Best Director Rasathanthram
2019 South Indian International Movie Awards Best Director Njan Prakashan


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