Nedumudi Venu (born 22 May 1948) is a popular Malayalam film actor from Kerala, India. He has also written screenplays and has directed one film.
Venu was born to P. K. Kesavan Pillai and Kunjikkuttiyamma in Nedumudi, Alappuzha. He was involved in art and music since his academic period. He was also a member of the Kerala Students Union. After graduating from S D College, Alappuzha, he worked as a journalist in Kalakaumudi and as a teacher in a tutorial institute. Venu was living in Thiruvananthapuram, when he made friends the likes of Aravindan, Padmarajan and Bharath Gopi. This ultimately paved way for his film career. He is considered as one of the best actors in Indian Cinema enacting a wide range of characters.
Venu started his career in theatre and went on to act in films. He debuted in the film Thambu (1978) by G Aravindan, a highly acclaimed director. His acting skills were showcased in the Bharatham film, Aaravam. Padmarajan's Oridathoru Phayalvan set a milestone for him. It marked his start in karanavar (head of the family) roles, which included most of his memorable performances.
Venu also wrote scripts for movies. He is also called "Paachi". The stories for the films Kaattathe Kilikkoodu, Teertham, Sruthi, Ambada Njane, Our Katha, Oru Nunakkadha, Savidham, and Angane Oru Avadhikkalathu were written by him. He also tried his hand in direction with Pooram. In addition he has also acted in some Tamil films like Kamal Hasan's Indian and Vikram's Anniyan.
Venu has also acted in some television serials. Recently, Venu won the Best Actor award for his role in Saira during the Zimbabwe International Film Festival which concluded in Sep 2007. The committee mentioned that he acted compellingly and convincingly in his portrayal of a man caught between tradition and modernity and secularism and fundamentalism.
National Film Awards:
Best Supporting Actor - 1991 - His Highness Abdullah
Special Jury Award - 2004 - Margam
Kerala State Film Awards:
Best Actor - 1981 - Different films
Best Actor - 1987 - Oru Minnaminuginte Nurungu Vettom
Best Actor - 2003 - Margam
Second Best Actor - 1980 - Chamaram
Second Best Actor - 1994 - Thenmavin Kombathu
Special Jury Award - 1990 - Bharatham, Santhwanam
Asianet Film Awards
2005 - Best Supporting Actor Award -Thanmatra
2007 - Best Script Writer Award - Thaniye
2005 Maargam Havana International Film Festival-
2007 Saira - Best Actor Award in Zimbabwe International Film Festival
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