Friday, October 10, 2014


Ashokan is an immensely talented  Malayalam actor who was brought to the field by the genius  writer/director P.Padmarajan and he was lucky enough to act in important roles of several Padmarajan films also.
Ashokan hails from Cheppad,near Harippad in Alapuzha District and was selected by Padmarajan for handling the  main role as 'Raman' a 15 year old boy, the son of 'Vaanian Kunchu' in the film 'Peruvazhiyambalam' in 1978.The neo realistic film which was shot in a serene village with most appropriate and suitable actors was released in 1979 and earned much critical acclaim.Ashokan was of the same age as  the character he depicted in the film and his physique as a thin lad was very much suited for that character and drew applause.The film was written,scripted and directed by Padmarajan and was included in IBN Live's list of 100 greatest Indian films of all time.Ashokan,Bharath Gopi,Jose Prakash,Azeez,Geetha,K.P.A.C.Lalitha etc acted in it.

Later Ashokan  was given good roles in many of Padmarajan films like 'Moonam Pakkam,Kariyilakattu Pole,Innale,Thinkalazha Nalla Divasam, Arappatta Kettiya Gramathil,Thoovanathumbikal' and many more.
In the film 'Oridathoru Phayalvan' directed by Padmarajan in 1981, Ashokan and Jayanthi were the main lead and another lead actor was Rasheed who portrayed the Phayalvan.Ashokan acted as the neighbour of the heroine and  who catches frogs at night.Nedumudi Venu as a tailor who was very fond of wrestling was brilliantly portrayed by him.
'Idavela' was a film which was directed by Mohan in 1982 which told the  story about four boys who were friends.The unexpected happenings in their life was well manifested in the film in which Idavela Babu and Ashokan depicted lead roles and female lead was Nalini.
In the film 'Yavanika' Ashokan handled an important role as the rebel son of 'Ayyappan'.Ayyappan, a Tabala player of a drama troupe was killed and the  brilliant investigation by the Police Officer (Mammootty) the truth was revealed.The film was directed by K.G.George in which Thilakan,Bharath Gopi,Jalaja,Ashokan,Thodupuzha Vasanthi,Nedumudi Venu,Venu Nagavally etc acted.The image of Mammootty and Thilakan was much boosted by this film.
'Thinkalazha Nalla Divasam' was a beautiful film written and directed by P.Padmarajan in which Kaviyoor Ponnamma presented excellent acting skill.The film received National Film Award  as Best Feature film in Malayalam  of 1985.
'Irakal' was directed by K.G.George in which Ganesh Kumar was the hero and Ashokan played an important role.
'Arapatta Kettiya Gramathil' was a film directed by P.Padmarajan in 1986.The story revolves round the characters depicted by Mammootty,Ashokan and Nedumudi Venu.It was a cult classic film by Padmarajan which received much critical acclaim.
'Thoovanathumbikal' was another beautiful film directed by Padmarajan in which Mohan Lal and Sumalatha paired.Ashokan portrayed the character 'Rishi; in this film which received much appreciation.It is included in the IBN list of greatest films.
In the film 'Moonnam Pakkam' directed by P.Padmarajan Thilakan handled the main role.Jayaram and Ashokan handled equally important roles.
In the film 'In Harhar Nagar' the story revolves round a gang of four youngsters 'Mukesh,Jadadish,Ashokan and Siddique'.Ashokan portrayed the character as 'Thomas Kutty' in the film and the phrase 'Thomas Kutty Vittoda' earned much love by the audience.Paravoor Bharathan,Geetha Vijayan,Philpmina,Kaviyoor Ponnamma,Riza Bava etc were the other actors.It was directed by Siddique Lal in 1990.The film turned to be a blockbuster successful movie.

The film 'No.20 Madras Mail ' directed by Joshy in which M.G.Soman,Jayabharathy,Mammootty,Mohan Lal,Suchitra,Ashokan,Jagadish,Maniyan Pillai Raju,Innocent etc acted, was a successful film.The happenings of a train journey and the consequences was the theme of this suspense thriller.
In the film 'Sphadikam' directed by Bhadran in 1995, Ashokan played  the character 'Jerry'.Mohan Lal won Kerala State Best Actor Award for this film.
In the film 'Amaram' directed by Bharathan, Ashokan portrayed an young fisherman 'Raghavan' who was  the son of Murali(Kochu Raman).Ashokan marries 'Muthu (Mathu) the daughter of 'Achutty(Mammootty) without his consent.The acting style of Ashokan in Amaram  was very much appreciated by the audience and critics.
In the 2 Harihar Nagar of 2009 also the four friends 'Ashokan,Jagadish,Mukesh and Siddique' joins  together and the film was directed by Lal.The film was again a roaring success.
In the film 'In Ghost House Inn' directed by Lal, the team of Harihar Nagar joins together.Mukesh,Jagadish,Ashokan and Siddique handles the main characters of this comedy horror film.
In the film 'Nadodi Mannan' Ashokan portrayed the character as 'Vinaya Chandran' and this 2013 film was directed by Viji Thampi.
Since Ashokan has got good knowledge of classical music and a flair for singing, he is being called as a host for several musical programs by TV channels.
Ashokan married Sreeja and have a daughter 'Karthyayani'.The family is settled in Chennai.



Selected Filmography

Eeran Sandhya
Arapatta Kettiya Gramathil
Gandhi Nagar 2nd Street

Oru Maymasa Pulariyil
In Harihar Nagar
No.20 Madras Mail
Kariyila kattu pole 
Kallan Kappalil Thanne
Kizhakkunarum Pakshi
Crime File
Krishna Gopal Krishna
Oru Pennum Randanum
2 Harihar Nagar
In Ghost House Inn
Pappi Appacha
Teja Bhai and Family
Sarkar Colony
Crocidile Love story
Nadodi Mannan

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