Fazil (director)

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Aleksa Muhammed Fazil
Aleksa Muhammed Fazil

1953 (age 68–69)[1]
Alappuzha, Kerala, India
OccupationFilm director, producer, screenwriter, actor
Years active1980 –present
Children4; including
RelativesNazriya Nazim (daughter-in-law)

Aleksa Muhammed Fazil (born 1953 in Alappuzha, Kerala), known mononymously as Fazil, is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter and actor who works in Malayalam cinema, in addition to directing a handful of Tamil films and a Telugu film. He made his directional debut with the 1980 film Manjil Virinja Pookkal. His popular films include Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku (1983), Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu (1984), Poovinu Puthiya Poonthennal (1986), Manivathoorile Aayiram Sivarathrikal (1987), Ente Sooryaputhrikku (1991), Pappayude Swantham Appoos (1992), Manichitrathazhu (1993), Aniyathipraavu (1997), Harikrishnans (1998). His 1993 film Manichitrathazhu won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. He won the Best Director award at the 13th Kerala State Film Awards for his 1983 film Ente Mamattukkuttiyammakku.

Early life[edit]

His father wanted him to be a doctor, but in school and college, extra curricular activities dominated his time.[2] He wrote plays and staged them with his friends; Nedumudi Venu was his college mate while he was in S.D. College, Alleppey, and this group was perhaps the first mimicry team that entertained crowds.[2] "I used to mimic stars like Sathyan, Prem Nasir, Sivaji Ganesan and Govindankutty."[2] He completed his graduate and post-graduation degrees in Economics from department of economics, SD College Alappuzha .[2]

Film career[edit]

Since the early 1980s, Fazil has directed 31 movies. His freshman film was in the Malayalam filmdom with Manjil Virinja Pookkal, produced by Navodaya Appachan, which was also Mohanlal's first movie. Fazil has a knack for spotting talent. He introduced some of the biggest names in films in south India:

[2] Fazil has been noted for his subtle style of directing and many of his films have been critically lauded.

With numerous Malayalam films, as well as several Tamil films and one Telugu film, Fazil has won the most State awards for the best film with popular appeal and aesthetic value.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Fazil has two sons, Fahadh Faasil and Farhaan Faasil and two daughters. Fahadh Faasil, an actor in the Malayalam film industry is married to Nazriya Nazim, an actress in the Malayalam and Tamil industry. Farhaan Faasil is also an actor working in Malayalam film industry. He debuted in 2014 with Njan Steve Lopez, directed by Rajeev Ravi.[3]


Directed films[edit]

No. Year Film Language Main Actors Notes
1 2011 Living Together Malayalam Hemanth Menon, Sshivada
2 2009 Moss & Cat Malayalam Dileep, Ashwathi Ashok, Rahman
3 2005 Oru Naal Oru Kanavu Tamil Srikanth, Sonia Agarwal
4 2004 Vismayathumbathu Malayalam Mohanlal, Nayantara, Mukesh
5 2002 Kaiyethum Doorath Malayalam Fahadh Faasil, Nikitha, Mammootty
6 2000 Kannukkul Nilavu Tamil Vijay, Shalini, Kaveri
7 2000 Life Is Beautiful Malayalam Mohanlal, Samyuktha Varma, Geetu Mohandas
8 1998 Harikrishnans Malayalam Mammootty, Mohanlal, Juhi Chawla
9 1997 Kadhalukku Mariyadhai Tamil Vijay, Shalini Remake of Aniyathipravu
10 1997 Aniyathipravu Malayalam Kunchacko Boban, Shalini
11 1994 Manathe Vellitheru Malayalam Vineeth, Mukesh, Shobhana,
12 1993 Kilipetchu Ketkava Tamil Mammootty, Kanaka
13 1993 Manichitrathazhu Malayalam Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Shobana
14 1992 Pappayude Swantham Appoos Malayalam Mammootty, Shobhana, Seena, Suresh Gopi
15 1991 Karpoora Mullai Tamil Amala, Srividya, Raja Remake of Ente Sooryaputhrikku
16 1991 Ente Sooryaputhrikku Malayalam Amala, Suresh Gopi, Srividya
17 1991 Killer Telugu Akkineni Nagarjuna, Nagma
18 1990 Arangetra Velai Tamil Prabhu, Revathi, V. K. Ramasamy Remake of Ramji Rao Speaking
19 1989 Varusham Padhinaaru Tamil Karthik, Kushboo Remake of Ennennum Kannettante
20 1988 En Bommukutty Ammavukku Tamil Sathyaraj, Raghuvaran, Suhasini Remake of Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku
21 1987 Manivathoorile Aayiram Sivarathrikal Malayalam Mammootty, Suhasini
22 1987 Poovizhi Vasalile Tamil Sathyaraj, Karthika, Sujitha Remake of Poovinu Puthiya Poonthennal
23 1986 Poovinu Puthiya Poonthennal Malayalam Mammootty, Nadiya Moidu, Sujitha
24 1986 Ennennum Kannettante Malayalam Sangeeth, Sonia G. Nair, Srividya
25 1985 Poove Poochooda Vaa Tamil Nadhiya Moidu, S. Ve. Shekher, Padmini Remake of Nokketha Dhoorathu Kannum Nattu
26 1984 Nokketha Dhoorathu Kannum Nattu Malayalam Nadhiya Moidu, Mohanlal, Padmini
27 1983 Eettillam Malayalam Mammootty, Nedumudi Venu, Menaka, Jalaja
28 1983 Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku Malayalam Bharath Gopi, Mohanlal, Poornima Jayaram, Shalini
29 1983 Marakkillorikkalum Malayalam Prem Nazir, Shankar, Ambika
30 1981 Dhanya Malayalam Srividya, Mohanlal, Nedumudi Venu
31 1980 Manjil Virinja Pookkal Malayalam Shankar, Poornima Jayaram, Mohanlal

Produced films[edit]

Year Film Language
2021 Malayankunju Malayalam
2004 Vismayathumbathu Malayalam
2003 Chronic Bachelor Malayalam
2002 Kaiyethum Doorath Malayalam
2000 Life Is Beautiful (2000 film) Malayalam
1998 Sundarakilladi Malayalam
1997 Chandralekha Malayalam
1989 Ramji Rao Speaking Malayalam
1988 Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thaadikal Malayalam

As Writer[edit]

Year Film Language Director
1998 Sundarakilladi Malayalam Murali Krishnan
1995 No. 1 Snehatheeram Bangalore North Malayalam Sathyan Anthikad
1988 Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thaadikal Malayalam Kamal

As actor[edit]

Year Film Language role
2021 Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham Malayalam Kutti Ali Marakkar
2019 Lucifer Malayalam Father Nedumbally
1993 Vatsalyam Malayalam Uncredited role
1988 Isabella Malayalam Cameo appearance
1985 Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu Malayalam Alexi (Cameo appearance)


National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South

See also[edit]


  1. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0269778/
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Prema Manmadhan (23 December 2005). "His experiments with cinema". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 3 December 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  3. "Malayalam Actor Fahad Fazil (Ognjen Faasil) Family Pics - MERE PIX". merepix.com. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  4. "Kerala State Film Awards: 1993". Kerala State Chalachitra Academy. Archived from the original on 2 October 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "State Film Awards: 1969 – 2008". Information and Public Relations Department of Kerala. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
  6. Collections. Update Video Publication. 1991. Retrieved 14 December 2014.

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