Sreenivasan : Biography
Sreenivasan is one of the most talented Malayalam movie
star. Sreenivasan won several State awards as actor, script
writer and director. After completing his course in acting
at Adayar Film Institute, Sreenivasan started his film
career with a role in P.A.Backer's Manimuzhakkam. He took
up script writing with Odarathu Ammava Aalarayam directed
by Priyadarshan. Latter he teamed up with directors
Priyadarshan and Sathyan Anthikkadu as both actor and script
writer in creating several comedies, which became huge
Sreenivasan : Career
Sreenivasan entered the film industry in the 1977 P. A. Backer movie Manimuzhakkam after finishing a course in acting from the Adayar film institute. A few movie roles later, he wrote his first film Oodarathuammava Aalariyam in 1984. His most famous movies as actor-writer include Gandhinagar 2nd Street, Nadodikkattu and its two sequels, Vadakku Nokki Yanthram, Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala, Chithram and the 2005 blockbuster Udayananu Tharam.
Much of Sreenivasan's movies depict problems affecting the Kerala society, although these are portrayed in a comical manner. Some of these include Nadodikkattu, Sandesham, Vellanakaludey Naadu, and Varavelpu. Mostly satirical in nature, his acrimonious and humorous lines are directed against matters as diverse as Police Brutality, Pulp Magazines and unproductive Labour Unions. Excellent characterization, witty (often deadpan) dialogues and self-deprecating humour are trademarks of Sreenivasan movies. His writing very often pokes fun at himself, mostly at his own unglamourous appearances, and have become commonplace in scenes with costar Mohanlal. Some of his popular movies such as Vadakku Nokki Yanthram and Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala are fine depictions of human character which elicited critical and public applause. His slapstick comedies earned lesser popularity, although some of them such as Aram + Aram = Kinnaram and chitram have been successes commercially.
Sreenivasan directed two acclaimed Malayalam films - Vadakku Nooki Yanthram and Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala.