|Years active||1990 – present|
|Notable work||Bhayanakam, Rowdram2018, Jacobinte swargarajyam, Godha , Om shaanthi oshana|
|Spouse||Aneeta Marium Thomas|
Renji Panicker (born 23 September 1960) is an Indian actor, scriptwriter, director, film producer, and journalist best known for his Malayalam films. He made his debut as a director with Bharatchandran IPS in 2005.
He did his bachelor's degree in commerce from Sanatana Dharma College, Alappuzha and certificate in Journalism from Press Club, Thiruvananthapuram. He earned a master's degree in journalism from Kerala University, Karyavattom.
Panicker began his career as a journalist. He started off as a reporter for magazines and publications. During an interview, while working for Chithrabhumi , a film magazine, he met director Shaji Kailas. Renji scripted several films for Shaji Kailas, including Dr. Pasupathy (1990), Thalastaanam (1992), Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans (1993), Ekalavyan (1993), Mafia (1993), Commissioner (1994), and The King (1995). The Renji Panicker-Shaji Kailas team elevated Suresh Gopi into a bankable lead actor during the early 1990s. He is known for his collaboration with director Joshiy, which included the films Lelam (1997) and Pathram (1999). He became a film director and directed two films. He is one of the managing directors of the Malayalam newspaper Metrovaartha.[ citation needed ]
Renji has taken several cameo roles in his own films. However, he gained popularity as an actor for his role in Ohm Shanthi Oshaana (2014). He acted in Njaan (2014), Premam (2015), Jacobinte Swargarajyam (2016), Thoppil Joppan (2016), Alamara (2017), Godha (2017) and Bhayanakam (2018).[ citation needed ]
Renji Panicker was married to Aneeta Mariam Thomas, his classmate at Kerala University.[ citation needed ] Aneeta died on 10 March 2019, suffering from a kidney ailment. They have twin sons, Nithin and Nikhil, and were living in Alappuzha before moving to Kochi.
While interviewing director Shaji Kailas, for a film magazine in 1990, he was impressed by Renji's language and asked him to do a script for him. Renji, who was an active politician since his college days tried out a political satire, Dr. Pasupathy , that turned out to be a hit. But the success of his debut film failed to bring recognition. His next venture Akashakottayile Sulthan, in 1991, directed by Jayaraj, with Sreenivasan in the main role, bombed. This made Renji to rethink film as a career. Upon Kailas' insistence, Renji made another attempt in 1992. Thalastaanam , revolving around campus politics was a hit and marked the beginning of the Shaji-Renji combination.[ citation needed ]
In the year 1993, Renji penned Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans . Directed by Kailas, this film was a turning point in the life of Jagadish, who was until then slotted into comic roles.[ citation needed ] Jagadish played the role of a common man who overnight becomes the home minister of the state. Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans completed 150 days in theatres, establishing Renji Panicker as one of the leading script writers in Malayalam cinema. Next was Ekalavyan , released in May 1993. Directed by Kailas, Ekalavyan was an action thriller revolving around the unholy nexus of drug mafia-godmen and politicians. Appearing in the lead role of a police officer, Suresh Gopi established himself as the next star of Malayalam cinema. Ekalavyan completed 150 days in most theatres. Mafia then revolved around Bangalore underworld. Directed by Kailas with Gopi as hero, it was released in 1993, making Renji the most expensive script-writer in Malyalam film.
In 1994, Kailas/Panicker created Commissioner , a police film, which completed a run of 200 days in theatres. Gopi appeared in the title role and the film became the biggest grosser of the year. Shaji/Renji rejoined in 1995, casting Mammootty as the hero of The King , which was released in the end of 1995 was successful. Thereafter the duo parted ways.
Renji, after a long time wrote a script for director Joshi in 1997.[ citation needed ] Lelam , another action thriller with Gopi as the hero was again a hit. The same team brought out Pathram the next year. Revolving around print media and the politics surrounding it, this flick is best remembered for dialog. The continuous run of hits came to an end in 2001. Renji's combination with Joshi, Dubai bombed. This was followed by Praja , the first time Mohanlal appeared in a Renji film and it completed 100 days in theatres.[ citation needed ] The back to back set backs forced Renji to take a break for three years. In 2005, he followed with Bharatchandran IPS the sequel of Commissioner, released in 1994. Bharatchandran IPS was his directorial debut. He also co-produced this film. This film crossed 100-day run in all major centres and gave a rebirth to Gopi. Renji's second directorial attempt was Roudram, released in 2008, with Mammootty in the main role, Another police story, this film was a success. Renji's next project was The King & the Commissioner in which Mammootty and Gopi played the lead roles, Joseph Alex I.A.S. and Bharathchandran I.P.S., taken from the films The King and Commissioner. It was directed by Kailas. This film had many expectations, as Mammootty and Gopi were reuniting after many years as were Kailas and Panicker. Unfortunately, it also bombed.[ citation needed ]
Panicker's dialogue in Lelam based on a real-life character and jingoistic characters from Commissioner are considered timeless for Mollywood.
|2022||Gold||Other bride father|
|CBI 5: The Brain||Balagopal, CI, C.B.I.|
|Muddy||Master of Hero|
|Kalamandalam Hyderali||Kalamandalam Hyderali|
|2020||Forensic||Retd. SP Abdul Wahab IPS|
|Love Action Drama||Swathi's father|
|Aniyan Kunjinum Thannalayathu|
|Ningal Camera Nireekshanathinlannu|
|Oru Yamandan Premakadha||Advocate John Kombanayil|
|Kodathi Samaksham Balan Vakeel||DGP K. E. Eappan|
|Vijay Superum Pournamiyum||Venugopal|
|2018||Ente Ummante Peru||Mohammed Hydarali Mehfil||Photo appearance and voice|
|Bhayanakam||postman – disabled in World War I.|
|Naam||Fr. James Kottayil|
|Kuttanadan Marpappa||John's father||Photo presence|
|Abrahaminte Santhathikal||SP Shahul Hameed|
|Vallikkudilile Vellakkaran||Chief Guest|
|Aami||S. K. Nair|
|Kadha Paranja Kadha|
|2017||Masterpiece||Edward Livingstone||cameo appearance|
|Solo||Thomas Zachariah||in the segment world of Trilok|
|Role Models||Gautham's father|
|Oru Cinemakkaran||Fr. Mathew|
|Viswasapoorvam Mansoor||Kalathil Haji|
|Ramaleela||V. G. Madhavan|
|Puthan Panam||Iqbal Rowther||Cameo appearance|
|Clint||Writer V K Nambiar|
|1971: Beyond Borders||Janardanan|
|Georgettan's Pooram||Fr. Mathews Vadakkan|
|Aanandam||Diya's father||Cameo appearance|
|Thoppil Joppan||Fr. James Anakattil|
|Oppam||Padmakumar P, IPS officer|
|Oru Muthassi Gadha||Dr. Mathew / Mathai|
|Welcome to Central Jail||Gopinath|
|Angane Thanne Nethave Anchettannam Pinnale||Zachariya|
|Pa Va||Thampuran Johnny|
|Valleem Thetti Pulleem Thetti||Madhavan|
|2015||Charlie||Panicker Doctor||guest appearance|
|Punchirikku Parasparam||person reading newspaper||short film|
|Rajamma @ Yahoo||Mayor Abraham Pothen|
|Njan Samvidhanam Cheyyum||Jury committee member|
|Acha Dhin||Home minister Thomas Chacko|
|Premam||David Kalapparambath, George's father||cameo appearance|
|Ayal Njanalla||K.P.K. Menon|
|Ennum Eppozhum||CEO of GM Builders|
|Aadu – Oru Bheegara Jeevi Aanu||Thomas Paappan & Varkey Pappan|
|Picket 43||C.O Vinay Chandran|
|Om Shanthi Oshaana||Dr. Mathew Devasya|
|1993||Mafia||Excise/Home Minister Venkidappa|
|Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans||Politician|
|TBA||Untitled Jeethu Joseph film||Yes|
|2012||The King & the Commissioner||Yes|
|1993||Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans||Yes|
|1991||Aakasha Kottayile Sultan||Yes|
|TBA||Lelam 2||Malayalam||Pre production|
|2019||Nammal Thammil 2||Asianet||Host|
|2020||Crime Patrol||Kairali TV||Host|
|2020-2021||Indulekha||Surya TV||Ramanadha Menon||TV Serial|
|2021||Votography||Kairali TV||Co-Host with John Brittas|
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Lelam is a 1997 Indian Malayalam-language action drama directed by Joshiy and written by Renji Panicker. It stars Suresh Gopi and M. G. Soman with Siddique, N. F. Varghese, Nandini, Maniyanpilla Raju, Vijayakumar, Spadikam George, and Kaviyoor Renuka in supporting roles. It was also the last film of the veteran actor M.G. Soman. The story revolves around the rivalry between two liquor business groups, the Aanakkattil family and Kadayadi family. The film was dubbed in Tamil as Yelam and into Telugu as Royal Challenge. Lelam was a blockbuster at the box-office and is also among the highest grossers of the 1990s.
Thalasthanam is a 1992 Malayalam-language crime action film written by Renji Panicker, directed by Shaji Kailas and produced by S. Henry under the banner of Christ King Productions. The film stars Suresh Gopi in the lead role, along with Geetha, Narendra Prasad, Monisha, M. G. Soman, Ganesh Kumar and Vijayakumar in supporting roles. The basic plot revolves around Hari and his revenge against the people who murdered his brother, Unnikrishnan. The film explores the concepts of campus politics and the impact of anti social elements in students.
Ekalavyan is a 1993 Indian Malayalam-language neo-noir action thriller film directed by Shaji Kailas and written by Renji Panicker, starring Suresh Gopi in the lead role along with Siddique, Geetha, Narendra Prasad, Vijayaraghavan, Ganesh Kumar, Janardhanan, Madhu, Maathu, Jagathy Sreekumar, Kuthiravattam Pappu, and Devan in other pivotal roles. The plot revolves around a cop named Madhavan, who is hired by the CBI to investigate a godman, who is suspected of being involved in narcotics business and murders.
The King is a 1995 Indian Malayalam-language political action thriller film written by Renji Panicker and directed by Shaji Kailas, with Mammootty in the lead role as district collector. In 2012, Shaji Kailas made a combined sequel titled The King and the Commissioner, in which Mammootty and Suresh Gopi reprised their roles as Joseph Alex IAS and Bharatchandran IPS. The film was released on October 23 1995, coinciding with Diwali, where it was declared one of the highest grossing Malayalam film at that time.
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Mafia is a 1993 Indian Malayalam- language action crime film directed by Shaji Kailas and written by Renji Panicker. It stars Suresh Gopi, Vikram, Janardhanan, Tiger Prabhakar, Babu Antony, Vijayaraghavan and Geetha. The film was released on 12 November 1993 and became successful at the box office.
The Kerala Film Critics Association Awards are presented annually by the Kerala Film Critics Association to honour both artistic and technical excellence of professionals in the Malayalam language film industry of India. The awards were instituted in 1977.
The King & the Commissioner is a 2012 Indian Malayalam-language action thriller film written by Renji Panicker and directed by Shaji Kailas, starring Mammootty and Suresh Gopi. The film is a crossover of the films Commissioner (1994), The King (1995) and Bharathchandran I.P.S. (2005).
Puthiya Niyamam is a 2016 Indian Malayalam-language crime drama film written and directed by A. K. Sajan. The film stars Mammootty and Nayanthara in the lead roles, along with Baby Ananya, Sheelu Abraham, Rachana Narayanankutty, S. N. Swamy, Roshan Mathew, Anil K. Reji, Sendrayan, and Aju Varghese in supporting roles. The film was released on 12 February 2016. Nayantara won Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam for her performance in the movie.
Jacobinte Swargarajyam is a 2016 Indian Malayalam-language family-drama film written and directed by Vineeth Sreenivasan. The film revolves around Jacob Zacharia and the struggles faced by his son to clear his father's debts as his business associate cheats him. The film released on 8 April 2016 in India and later in foreign countries.
Kasaba is a 2016 Indian Malayalam-language action thriller film written and directed by Nithin Renji Panicker, starring Mammootty, along with Neha Saxena as his pair, while Varalaxmi, Sampath Raj, and Jagadish played the important supporting roles. The first day gross was the highest for a Malayalam film. The film ended up grossing ₹14.37 crore (US$1.8 million)
Gokul Suresh is an Indian actor who appears in Malayalam films. He is the son of film actor and politician Suresh Gopi. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Christ University and did internship at Le Méridien, Kochi before entering into cinema. In 2016, he made his acting debut with the romantic comedy Mudhugauv, which earned him a SIIMA Award for Best Debut Actor nomination.
Dr. Pasupathy is a 1990 Indian Malayalam-language comedy drama film directed by Shaji Kailas, written by Renji Panicker. The film stars Innocent in the titular role along with, Rizabawa, Parvathy, Nedumudi Venu, Jagathy Sreekumar, Kuthiravattom Pappu, Jagadish, KPAC Lalitha, Kalpana in supporting roles. The film follows Bhairavan, a con artist who is hired by the Panchayat leader of a small village to pose as a veterinary doctor.