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Priyadarshan:     A native of Kerala, Priyadarshan started off as a student in his mentor Appachanís Navodaya Studio in Kerala. In 1983, M Mani gave him the break as the scenarist in his Malayalam film Kuyiline Thedi. His first film as director was the Malayalam film Oodarathummava Aalariyam. His forte was comedy themes.

Gradually, he shifted to musicals and psychological dramas. In 1984, he joined hands with Malayalam cinemaís megastar Mohanlal and directed his second film titled Poochakkoru Mookuthi. After tasting success in this venture, the duo did more blockbuster hits like Thalavattam and Chithram in 1986 and Kilukkam in 1988. His 1984 hit Thenmavin Kombath was remade into Tamil as Muthu with Rajnikanth in the lead role.

Priyadarshan shifted to Tamil films and made an offbeat romance film with Karthik and Bhanupriya in the lead roles in 1991 titled Gopura Vasalile and recently Snekithiyae, Leysa Leysa...

The turning point of his career came in 1992 when Pranlal Mehta introduced Priyadarshan to the Hindi film world for launching his son Jai Mehta. He churned out a remake of his hit Malayalam film Kilukkam and called it Muskurahat casting a bubbly Revathi. His 1993 film Gardish was a remake of a Mohanlal starrer.

In 1996, Priyadarshan directed the bi-lingual national award winner Sazaa-E-Kaalapani. Viraasat, a remake of Kamal Hasanís Devar Magan was a phenomenal hit. In 2000, he made Hera Pheri with Akshay Kumar and Sunil Shetty in the lead roles.

Priyadarshan has been growing from strength to strength and has become an expert in churning out remakes of popular films.





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