Actor, Director, Music director


Dileep (born Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan Pillai, on 27 October 1968) is an Indian film actor, singer, mimicry artist, producer, and businessman. Hes best known for his slapstick comedy roles in Malayalam cinema. His career spans over a quarter-century, starring in more than 130 films.Dileep began his film career in 1991 as an assistant director in director Kamals Vishnulokam. He attained popularity through his impressionist acts in stage shows and Comicola, a television comedy series aired on Asianet. His role as Dileep in Manathe Kottaram (1994) paved the way to his acting career. Films such as Sallapam (1996), Ee Puzhayum Kadannu (1996), Punjabi House (1998), and Chandranudikkunna Dikhil (1999) established his status as a prominent actor during the late-1990s. After delivering back-to-back hits in the early-2000s with films such as Thenkasipattanam (2000), Joker (2000), Ee Parakkum Thalika (2001), Ishtam (2001), Mazhathullikkilukkam (2002) and Kalyanaraman (2002), Dileep established himself as a bankable lead star in the Malayalam film industry with the blockbuster success of Meesa Madhavan (2002). He won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his role as Madhavan in Meesa Madhavan. He won his first Kerala State Film Award (Special Jury) for his performance as Vimal Kumar (Kunjan) in Kunjikoonan (2002) and later won the Best Actor Award for his performance as Mukkom Shajahan in the film Vellaripravinte Changathi (2011). Dileeps 2015 film Two Countries went on to make 55 crores, making it among the top 10 highest-grossing Malayalam films.Dileep ventured into production and produced and starred in C.I.D. Moosa (2003) under the banner Graand Production. Kathavasheshan (2004) won Dileep the Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Film as a producer. In 2008, under the banner of Grand Production, Dileep produced Twenty:20 by casting most of the mainstream actors of Malayalam cinema, which had become the highest grossing Malayalam film at that time. He produced the multi-starer in order to raise funds for the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA). Grand Production went on to produce films such as Malarvaadi Arts Club (2010) and The Metro (2011).On 10 July 2017, Dileep was arrested by the Kerala Police and subsequently remanded for conspiracy of kidnapping and rape attempt on an Indian film actress.

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