Ashokan (1962 – 2022) was an Indian film director. He primarily worked in the Malayalam cinema. During his filmmaking career, he directed more than 130 Malayalam films. He passed away in Kochi, India on 26 September 2022 after suffering from multiple health issues. He was staying in Singapore with his family and was managing a software company there. He was moved to India from Singapore a few months before his death and was under medical supervision at a hospital in Kochi.
Ashokan was born as Raman Ashok Kumar in 1962 (age 60 years; at the time of death) in Varkala, Madras.
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Wife & Children
Ashokan was married to Sita. The couple has a daughter named Abhirami who is a PhD scholar.
He used to live at Bharat Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram in India.
Ashokan started working in the Malayalam film industry after completing his higher studies. He began working as an assistant director under the supervision of late filmmaker J. Sasikumar. In the late 1980s, he became an independent director and began directing Malayalam films. In 1989, he made his directorial debut with the film Varnam in which Malayalam actors Jayaram, Ranjini, and Suresh Gopi appeared in lead roles.
The poster of the film Varnam 1989
In the early 1990s, he became popular in the Malayalam film industry for directing superhit films such as Saandhram (1990), Mookilla Rajyathu (1991), and Aacharyan (1993). He gained huge commercial popularity and critical success with these films. Reportedly, Ashokan collaborated mostly with the Malayalam actor Suresh Gopi in film direction. He then directed the film Saandram starring Suresh Gopi and Parvathy in 1990. He co-directed the film along with the filmmaker Thaha. In the film, Suresh Gopi and Parvathy played the role of a married couple, and when the couple was on their honeymoon, they were haunted by a dangerous man.
The poster of the film Saandram
Later, he filmed a telefilm Kanappurangal, which was honoured with a prestigious Kerala State Film Award. In 1993, he made the Malayalam film Aacharyan, which was written by B Jayachandran, a journalist-script writer.
The poster of the film Aacharyan
In 1991, he directed the Malayalam film Mookkilla Rajyathu, which was a super hit. This film is known for being the best comedy film in the Malayalam film industry. The film starred Thilakan, Jagathy Sreekumar, Mukesh, and Thilakan. The plot of the film revolved around these four people who escaped from a mental hospital and struggled a lot in the outside world for their survival.
The poster of the film Mookkilla Rajyathu
In 2003, his telefilm Melody of Loneliness earned a Kerala State Award soon after its release by the Kerala government.
On 26 September 2022, Raman Ashok Kumar died at a hospital in Kochi, India after suffering from multiple health issues.
- After that, he ceased his filmmaking career and shifted to Singapore after his marriage. In Singapore, he started his own software company and began working as its director. The administration of the company was handled by his family members.