Ranjith is known for his notable scripts in the late 1980s and 1990s before he turned director and has made both popular and critically acclaimed films.

Ranjith and four others at a press conference with several mics before them and a screen behindRanjith (second from left) at press meet
Flix Entertainment Saturday, January 08, 2022 - 15:38

Malayalam scriptwriter and filmmaker Ranjith took charge as chairman of the Kerala State Chalachithra Academy on Friday, January 7. He is replacing the outgoing chairman, filmmaker Kamal, who has completed his term. The Kerala government order announcing Ranjith as the new chairman came out on January 6.

In his new role as the Chalachithra Academy chairman, Ranjith will also be the director of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK). He took charge on Friday at the Academy office in KINFRA Park in Thiruvananthapuram. Vice chairperson Bina Paul, treasurer R Srilal, deputy directors NP Sajeesh and H Shaji, welcomed him. Ranjith is the ninth chairman of the Academy which was formed in 1998.

Ranjith began as a scriptwriter in the late 1980s working with the likes of director Kamal and Viji Thampy. Many notable films came out during this time, including Mohanlal’s Orkapurathu and a bunch of Jayaram films like WitnessNanma Niranjavan SrinivasanPookkalam Varavayi and so on. In the 1990s, he wrote scripts for a number of popular films like DevasuramAaram ThampuranMaya Mayooram and Summer in Bethlehem which established him as a successful writer.

He turned director with Ravanaprabhu, sequel to Devasuram. As a director, Ranjith made a number of films which were either commercial successes (ValiyettanNandanam) or critically acclaimed (KaiyoppuPranchiyettan and the Saint). Two films starring Prithviraj -- Thirakkatha and Indian Rupee - brought him national awards for best feature film in Malayalam. Spirit starring Mohanlal won Ranjith the Best Film award on Social Issues. He also won a number of state awards for his films, such as Paleri ManijyamIndian Rupee and Njaan

Ranjith also became a producer towards the end of the 1990s and would sometimes appear as an actor. His performance in Ayyappanum Koshiyum as the cruel unethical father of Prithviraj won him praise. He also played father to Prithviraj in Koode, in another notable performance.

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