Have you seen the movies ‘Hera Pheri’, ‘Hungama’, ‘Halchal’, ‘Garam Masala’, ‘Bhagam Bhag’, ‘Chup Chup Ke’, ‘De Dana Dan’ and ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’? All these movies make you laugh, tickle. The dialogues of these movies are still on people’s lips. His songs are still played in parties or functions. The characters of these films have become an important part of our lives, be it Raju (Akshay Kumar) of ‘Hera Pheri’ or Avni (Vidya Balan) of ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’. Many memes are made on them. Every now and then something related to them goes viral on social media. If we say that for cinema lovers, these films are not films, but emotions, then it would not be wrong to say. So. These stories have been brought to us by director Priyadarshan. In the 90s, when Govinda’s era was going on, comedy films were in vogue, but a time also came when the craze for comedy movies in the Hindi film industry started to wane. Then Priyadarshan took command and he took this genre to a different level. People say that there is no match like him in this genre. Today is his 66th birthday. Let’s take a peek into their world on this special occasion. Where was he born? What did you study? When did you start writing? How did you get a chance in films? Let us know who all are in the family.
Priyadarshan started writing during college itself.
Born on 30 January 1957, Priyadarshan completed his schooling at Government Model School, Trivandrum. He earned a Master of Arts degree in philosophy. His father was a college librarian. It was because of his father that Priyadarshan got interested in books. He was very fond of reading during his teenage years and during his college studies he started writing short plays and skits for All India Radio.
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Career started with the help of Mohanlal
Priyadarshan was influenced by the films of director P Venu. His friends in those days included Mohanlal, MG Sreekumar, Suresh Kumar, Sanal Kumar, Jagadish, Manianpilla Raju and Ashok Kumar. It was then that Mohanlal entered films. Seeking opportunities in films, his friends followed him to Chennai. Priyadarshan, with the help of Mohanlal, got a chance to work as an assistant script writer on a few films and started writing scripts, with some success. Eventually, he had to come back to Kerala.
Gave 40 years of life to the industry
Priyadarshan has been working as a director and scriptwriter in Indian cinema for the last 40 years. He has directed more than 95 films mainly in 4 Indian languages Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and Telugu. Do you know that Priyadarshan is one of the first directors in India who introduced rich color grading, clear sound and quality dubbing through his early Malayalam films.
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Took a break from Bollywood
Priyadarshan began his career in Malayalam cinema in the early 1980s and was active in the 1980s and 1990s. He moved to Bollywood (Hindi film industry) in the 2000s and remained active throughout the decade. In 2013, he announced that ‘Rangrej’ would be his last Hindi film for a while and focused on Malayalam cinema. His best films include Mazha Payyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu, Thalavattam, Vellankalude Nadu, Chitram, Vandanam, Kilukkam, Abhimanyu, Mithunam, Thenmavin Kombath, Kala Pani. and ‘Chandralekha’. Talking about Bollywood, he made a comeback in the year 2021 with ‘Hungama 2’, but this film could not show anything special. Please tell that Priyadarshan has been awarded Padma Shri and three National Awards.
Broken relationship after 16 years of marriage
Talking about personal life, Priyadarshan married actress Lissy Lakshmi on 13 December 1990. However, their relationship broke up in the year 2016 and the couple got divorced. They have two children Kalyani and Siddharth.