|Born on||Thrissur Kerala, India|
|Screen Name/ Original Name||Anant Mahadevan ( Screen Name)/ Ananth Narayan Mahadevan ( Real Name)|
|Early Life||Mahadevan was born to a Tamil Brahmin family in Kerala but later shifted to Mumbai where he didi his education from Central Mumbai’s Matunga Suburb which had him actively involving in theatre. Anant Mahadevan began his entertainment career by co-writing the Television Sitcom “Ghar Jamai” which had R. Madhavan and Mandira Bedi in the lead. The series which was aired on ZEE Network ran for one full season from 1997 to 1998, which turned out to be his big break leading to many mores serial contracts and eventuallyearning him a cinema entry in the year 1992.|
|Personal Life||Anant Mahadevan aspired to be an actor from an early age was active in Theatre activities. He began his theatre works with the group “Ank”. He first appeared in Sai Paranjpe’s TV serial Adose Padose after which on to direct the a telefilm “Sambandh” in his early days.|
Television Stint ( 1980-1990)
After his writing tenure in Ghar Jamai and going on to be a part of many successful Television serial Mahadevan went on to try his luck before the camera in the year 1990 through the historical drama series “The Sword of Tipu Sultan” , the show which was aired on Doordarsan for approximately one season with a total of sixty episode’s saw him donning the role of “Purniyya Pundit” with the title role played by Sanjay Khan and the series turned out to get much acclaim.
Film debut and rise to prominence ( 1992-1995)
Anant Mahadevan made his Hindi feature film debut in Abbas Mustan’s thriller movie Khiladi, where he played a major supporting role in the Akshay Kumar starrer which paved way for his future in cinema with the film being noted. After which he appeared in yet another supporting role in Priyadarshan’s classic Gardish in 1993.But he finally got his much required break in Abbas Mustan’s Shah Rukh Khan Starrer Bazigar, which incidentally also marked the beginning of Khan’s era going on to be one of his career best hits with widespread critical acclaim which saw Khan playing an antihero opposite Kajol being their first collaboration too. Mahadevan was seen playing Shah Rukh Khan’s father whose death triggers the element of angst and revenge which drives the plot forward. The movie got his name deep-rooted in the minds of film critics and movie goers with a substantial role in the blockbuster classic.Prem Yog was his next release which had Rishi Kapoor and Madhoo as the lead pair, which had nothing special in store for Mahadevan than carrying on his with his usual antics. His next major production was Raaj Kumar starrer God and Gun, again in a minor role in 1995, by which time he had carved a place for himself in Bollywood as a major supporting actor.
Subsequent releases ( 1995-1999)
Anant Mahadevan was next seen in Mansoor Khan’s musical romantic movie Akele Hum Akele Tum, which had Aamir Khan and Manisha Koirala in the lead which too had a good run.He was next seen in Shah Rukh Khan’s comedy Yes Boss which was a huge hit, which he followed up with a passing character in the evergreen cult hit Ishq along with Aamir Khan and Ajay Devgn in the lead. Following which he came up with Pyar To Hona Hi Tha , Kudrat and Prakash Jha ’s Dil Kya Kare, all of which were highly successful and enhanced his existing credentials. Post the successful thriller Baadshah starring Shah Rukh Khan saw followed by some small productions, saw him making an onscreen appearance only for limited outings following which he went on to work behind the camera for in his future endeavours.
Initial Films as a Writer /Director ( 2002-2010)
Anant Mahadevan made his directorial debut with Dil Vil Pyar Vyar, which was considered as India’s first retro musical film. The film featured an ensemble cast of R. Madhavan, Jimmy Shergill and more in the lead. The romantic saga which examined the various phases of love from the perspectives of various characters had a stunning reception from the critics with accolades showered on Mahadevan for his genuinely thought provoking filmmaking style , although it managed to perform poorly at the box office.
Although he had made a notable debut as a director with the film gaining much popularity. He came back in the year 2004 by directing the romcom Dil Maange More starring Shahid Kapoor and Soha Ali Khan among others in the lead. However the movie failed at the box-office emerging with only moderate reviews. He surfaced back strongly in the year 2006 with the romantic thriller Aksar , which had Emraan Hashmi and Udita Goswami in the lead. The movie which garnered huge hype pre-release for its chartbusters songs like “Jhalak Dikhalaja” and “Soniye” went on to be a whopping hit with highly positive reviews and propelled his career as a filmmaker from thereon.
He proved his versatility as a filmmaker in the year 2007 when he came up with the ensemble drama Victoria No. 203, which boasts of a star-studded cast consisting of Om Puri, Anupam Kher, Jimmy Shergill and more. Although he was seen stepping out of his comfort zone with the remake of the yesteryear classic with the same name , Mahadevan could not fetch positive commercial as the movie was slated to be the exact copy of the original and did not go down well with the critics too. After turning up with unnoticed flicks Aggar and Anamika but the year 2009 was crucial for Mahadevan as he got his first Award in the form of Director’s Vision Award at the 6th Stuttgart Film Festival during the premiere of his war drama Red Alert: The War Within, with Suniel Shetty playing the protagonist. The movie mostly ended up with mixed critical reviews but was a major benchmark in both the actor’s and director’s filmography till date. Career best directorial ( 2010)
Mahadevan then relocated his base to Marathi cinema in the year with the National Award Winning women centric drama Mee Sindhutai Sapkal , which was an inspired biography based on the life of real life social activist Sindhutai Sapkal who is referred to as “Mother of Orphans”. The movie which narrated the story of the transformation of a Marathi women into social services, after tragic life experiences was a critical hit too. The film was a favourite in the National Film Awards of the year 2010 with three wins, with two categories Best Screenplay and Special Jury Award going on to be received by Mahadevan along with Sanjay Pawar, and the producers of the movie. It is still considered by far his best work and is the most valuable name up his filmography.
Other directorial works (2012-2016)
Mahadevan shortly returned to Bollywood with the intense social drama Staying Alive, which narrated the story of two heart patients who share the ICU ward only to bring realizations to each other’s life perspectives with one being a journalist and the other an underworld kingpin. The well accepted flick saw Mahadevan playing one of the title characters along with Saurabh Shukla in the lead. His next releases were the Jackie Shroff starrer Life’s Good , he continued his good run in 2014 , which saw his return to commercial cinema with The Expose , starring Himesh Reshammiya and Zoya Afroz in the lead. The movie fetched extraordinary reviews and went on to be high money grosser which reaffirmed his commercial viability as a filmmaker after few acclaimed off beat ventures to his name. His latest release was the biographical Hindi film Gour Hari Dastan which too had a tremendous critical reaction. The movie had Vinay Pathak and Konkana Sen Sharma in the lead.
The Storyteller, Rough book and the Marathi production Rukhmabai Bhimrao Raut are his recent and upcoming works directorial projects whereas he was seen acting in Kamal Haasan’s blockbuster classic Tamil film Papanasam in 2015 and is all set to play a key role in Kamal Haasan’s second instalment of spy thriller film series in Viswaroopam 2 which will release in 2017.
|Awards||Anant Mahadevan has bagged the following Awards in his illustrious direction career as: National Film Award for Best Screenplay and Special Jury Award for the Marathi movie Mee Sindhutai Sapkal in 2010. Anant Mahadevan has also in his early days Director’s Vision Award for Red Alert: The War Within in 2009.|
|Other works||Anant Mahadevan has also directed the famous Hindi language Television series “Devi” starring Madhoo and Sakshi Tanwar in the main lead, which was funded by Ajay Devgan under his production house Devgn Software and the series aired on Sony Entertainment Television India running for almost two years with a total 0f 118 episodes. He is also been an integral part of English and Hindi theatre activities currently.|
Anant Mahadevan is a man with many talents who once contribute heavily towards Indian Television serial industry through serials in the latter part of 80’s and 90’s. He also made a mark for himself in Bollywood within a short time through supporting roles in major productions of the time where he collaborated with stalwarts like Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Ajay Devgan, Om Puri, Anupam Kher on a constant basis.
He later on in his career also wore the director’s hat for critically and commercially successful movies like Dil Vil Pyaar Vyar, Aksar, Mee Sindhutai Sapkal and many more. He is one of the few theatre activists who has worked in around three thousand stages and also has worked with legends in theatre like Salim Ghouse, Vijay Tendulkar and Mohan Prakash.