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Priyadarshan (Malayalam: പ്രിയദര്‍ശന്‍, Hindi: प्रियदर्शन) is an Indianmarker film director and screenwriter. He directed numerous commercially successful movies in Malayalam cinema in the 1980s and 1990s. He is one of the directors who brought attractive cinematography and rich background music to Malayalam movies. In Bollywood, he is known for making remakes of Malayalam films, which include Gardish (1993), Hera Pheri (2000), Hulchul (2004),"Kyunki" and Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007). His trade mark signature is the David Lean-like shots and sequences he puts in most of his films such as Abhimanyu (1991), Thenmavin Kombath (1994), Kala Pani (1996), and Kanchivaram (2008).

Early life and family

Priyadarshan hails from Thiruvananthapurammarker, Keralamarker where his father Poojappura Soman Nair, a dramatist of repute in Malayalam, worked as a librarian in a college affiliated to the University of Kerala. Greatly influenced by his father, Priyadarshan developed a reading habit, which he maintained all through his college life. He had read almost all the works of great writers by the time he completed his college studies. His fascination for comics and fairy tales reflects in his movies. As a child, Priyadarshan aspired to be a cricketer. However, his hopes of a career in cricket were cut short following an injury to his left eye by a cricket ball. He would later wear dark glasses when appearing in public.

Priyadarshan met his wife, Malayalam actress Lizy, on the sets of his second film. They worked together in twelve movies. He has two children, daughter Kalyani and son Sidharth. Megastar of the Malayalam industry Mohanlal is one of Priyadarshan's closest friends. Priyadarshan was Mohanlal's friend and senior in college in Thiruvananthapurammarker.bbb


Around the same period many of his friends from Thiruvananthapurammarker joined the film industry including the megastar Mohanlal,Maniyan Pilla Raju, singer M. G. Sreekumar, producer Suresh Kumar are a few among them. Priyadarshan is said to have ventured into films by chance. His first movie Poochakkoru Mookkuthi in Malayalam was a block buster. His success is generally attributed to the new outlook, particularly slapstick comedy which is extensively used in his films. Mohanlal played the lead character in some of his most successful films. Their best work till date has been considered to be Chithram (Malayalam, 1988). Another movie Kilukkam was one of the biggest hits in the history of Malayalam cinema. In 2003, Priyadarshan remade the film in Hindi, as Muskurahat, starring Jay Mehta, Annu Kapoor, Revathi, Amrish Puri etc. The film started a long association between Mohanlal and Priyadarshan, which resulted in a number of now-classic comedies in Malayalam, including Kilukkam, Chithram, Vellanakalude Nadu,Poochakkoru Mookkuti and Boeing Boeing.

Foray into Hindi remakes

Apart from Malayalam films Priyadarshan has also directed a slew of Hindi language films, concentrating on remakes of Tamil and Malayalam films. His foray into Bollywood was with the movie Muskurahat (1992) remake of Malayalam film Kilukkam. This was a failure at the box office and it went largely unnoticed. His first successful Hindi film was Gardish, a remake of the Malayalam film Kireedam (1989).

He made his second foray into Hindi films with the remake of the acclaimed Kamal Haasan starrer Thevar Magan (Tamil) in Hindi. The film was titled Virasat and was made with the help of writer Vinay Shukla. The success of the film established Priyadarshan as a sought-after director in Bollywood along with the cast and crew of the film including Tabu, Ravi K. Chandran (cinemotography) and Anu Malik (music).

He later came up with a string of remakes including Hera Pheri (2000) (remake of Ramji Rao Speaking), Hungama (2003) (remake of Poochakkoru Mookkuthi), Hulchul (2004) (remake of Godfather), Garam Masala (2005) (remake of Boeing Boeing), Chup Chup Ke (2006) (remake of Punjabi House), Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007) (Remake of Manichitrathazhu) and Billu (2009) (Remake of Kadha Parayumbol).


Several critics have pointed out that Priyadarshan relies on plagiarism from other films, particularly critically or commercially successful Hollywoodmarker productions. For instance, Thalavattam is heavily based on the Oscar winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Other notable instances include Vandanam Stakeout_, Kakkakuyil (A Fish Called Wanda), Malamaal Weekly (Waking Ned) where he did not even credit its British producer Richard Holmes before lifting its story, Garam Masala ( ). Incidentally there is an English film by the Boeing Boeing released in 1965 with the identical storyline starring Jerry Lewis and Toni Curtis. His Hindi films are mostly remakes of older Malayalam movies, usually of a different director and screenwriter.

The original directors and screenwriters are either not acknowledged in the Hindi version, or are acknowledged simply under 'Story'. For instances Hulchul was originally written and directed by Siddique-Lal who was not credited as the screenwriter in spite of it being an exact copy (with dialogues translated to Hindi). Soon after the release of Bhool Bhulaiyaa, in an interview with, the original screenwriter Madhu Muttam claimed that he was not consulted with and the original director, Fazil (also Priyadarshan's mentor) refused to comment on the film. When asked about plagiarism accusations, Priyadarshan told The Hindu that "Today, 99% of the films are copied" .Interestingly, his most popular movies in Malayalam are original - notably Chithram, Kilukkam, Mithunam, Vellanakalude Naadu and Thenmavin Kombath.


Priyadarshan has won awards both from the State and Central government for his movies, He won the Kerala State Award for Best Director in 1995.His off beat film "Kanchivaram" was adjudged the best feature film in National film Awards - 2009. He made a mulitilingual Sirai Chaalai, KalaPani (originally made in malayalam), which told the story of freedom fighters in the jail at Andaman and Nicobar Islandsmarker, which starred Mohanlal, Tabu, Prabhu Ganesan and Amrish Puri, received four National Film Awards including awards for Santosh Sivan (cinematography) and Sabu Cyril (art direction).

Ilaiyaraaja's score in the movie was grand and symphonic, and was compared to the best of John Williams, Richard Strauss and Max Steiner.


Name Year of release Language Cast Notes
Untitled Mohanlal film 2010 Malayalam
Khatta Meeta 2010 Hindi Akshay Kumar,Thrisha Remake of Vellanakalude NaduMohanlal
De Dana Dan hit 2009 Hindi Akshay Kumar,Sunil Shetty,Katrina Kaif,Sameera Reddy Remake of Malayalam movie Vettam.
Billu flop 2009 Hindi Shah Rukh Khan,Irfan Khan,Lara Dutta,Kareena Kapoor(Guest Role),Priyanka Chopra(Guest Role),Deepika Padukone(Guest Role) Remake of Kadha Parayumbol (Malayalam)
Kanchivaram 2008 Tamil Prakash Raj National Award for Best Film.
Mere Baap Pehle Aap flop 2008 Hindi Akshaye Khanna,Genelia,Paresh Rawal,Shobhana Remake of Ishtam (Malayalam)
Bhool Bhulaiyaa super hit 2007 Hindi Remake of Manichitrathazhu (Malayalam Mohanlal)
Dhol average 2007 Hindi Remake of In Harihar nagar (Malayalam)
Chup Chup Ke average 2006 Hindi Remake of Punjabi House (Malayalam)
Malamaal Weekly hit 2006 Hindi Remake of Waking Ned
Bhagam Bhag hit 2006 Hindi Remake of Mannarmathai Speaking (Malayalam)
Kyon Ki... flop 2005 Hindi Remake of One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, ThalavattamMohanlal
Garam Masala hit 2005 Hindi Remake of Boeing Boeing (Malayalam Mohanlal/English)
Vettom 2004 Malayalam Remake of The French Kiss,Pyar To Hona Hi Tha
Hulchul 2004 Hindi Remake of Godfather (Malayalam)
Hungama 2003 Hindi Remake of Poochakkoru Mookuthi (Malayalam Mohanlal)
Kilichundan Mampazham 2003 Malayalam Mohanlal,Soudharya
Satyaghath: Crime Never Pays 2003 Hindi
Laysa Laysa 2002 Tamil Remake of Summer in Bethlehem (Malayalam Mohanlal)
Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar 2001 Hindi Remake of Sanmanssulavarkku Samadhanam (Malayalam Mohanlal)
Kakkakuyil 2001 Malayalam (Mohanlal) Partial Remake of A Fish Called Wanda
Snegithiye 2000 Tamil
Hera Pheri 2000 Hindi Remake of Ramjirao Speaking (Malayalam)
Megham 1999 Malayalam Mammootty
Doli Saja Ke Rakhna 1998 Hindi Remake of Aniyathipravu (Malayalam)
Kabhi na Kabhi 1998 Hindi
Saat Rang Ke Sapne 1998 Hindi Remake of Thenmavin Kombathu (Malayalam Mohanlal)
Chandralekha 1997 Malayalam (Mohanlal) Remake of While you were sleeping
Virasat 1997 Hindi Remake of Thevar Magan(Kamal hassan)
Kala Pani 1996 Malayalam (Mohanlal)
Minnaram 1994 Malayalam (Mohanlal)
Thenmavin Kombath 1994 Malayalam Mohanlal
Gandeevam 1994 Telugu Mohanlal
Gardish 1993 Hindi Remake of Kireedom (Malayalam Mohanlal)
Mithunam (aka Midhunam) 1993 Malayalam Mohanlal
Muskurahat 1992 Hindi Remake of Kilukkam (Malayalam Mohanlal)
Adwaitham 1992 Malayalam Mohanlal
Abhimanyu 1991 Malayalam Mohanlal
Kilukkam 1991 Malayalam Mohanlal
Nirnayam 1991 Telugu [Akkineni Nagarjuna]] Remake of The Fugitive(English)

Gopura Vasalile 1991 Tamil Remake of Pavam Pavam Rajakumaran
Akkare Akkare Akkare 1990 Malayalam Mohanlal
Kadathanadan Ambadi 1990 Malayalam Mohanlal
Vandanam 1989 Malayalam (Mohanlal) Remake of Stakeout
Chithram 1988 Malayalam Mohanlal
Aryan 1988 Malayalam Mohanlal
Mukundetta Sumitra Vilikkunnu 1988 Malayalam (Mohanlal) Remake of Katha
Vellanakalude Naadu 1988 Malayalam Mohanlal
Oru Muthassi Katha 1988 Malayalam
Cheppu 1987 Malayalam Mohanlal
Hello, My Dear Wrong Number 1986 Malayalam Mohanlal
1986 Malayalam (Mohanlal) Remake of One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
Dheem Thariktia Thom 1986 Malayalam Mohanlal
Ayalvasi Oru Daridravasi 1986 Malayalam
Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu 1986 Malayalam Mohanlal
Rakkuyilin Rajassadasil 1986 Malayalam
Aram + Aram = Kinnaram 1985 Malayalam Mohanlal
Boeing Boeing 1985 Malayalam Remake of Boeing Boeing
Punnaram Cholli Cholli 1985 Malayalam Mohanlal
Parayanumvayya Parayathirikkanumvayya 1985 Malayalam Mohanlal
Onnanam Kunnil Oradi Kunnil 1985 Malayalam Mohanlal
Odarathuammava Aalariyam 1984 Malayalam Mohanlal
Poochakkoru Mookkuthi 1984 Malayalam Mohanlal


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