Ratheesh Balakrishnan Poduval

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Payyanur, Kerala, India
  • Film director
  • Screenwriter
Years active2019–present

Ratheesh Balakrishnan Poduval is an Indian film director and screenwriter. He works in Malayalam cinema. He was born in Payyanur, Kerala.


He debuted as Director and Writer with Android Kunjappan Version 5.25, released on 8 November 2019. Android Kunjappan was critically acclaimed, one of the highest-grossing Malayalam movies of 2019, and won three Kerala State Film Awards 2019[1] including Best Debut Director.

His second movie Kanakam Kaamini Kalaham starring Nivin Pauly[2], was released directly to Disney+ Hotstar on 12 November 2021. The film received mixed reviews[3][4]

Nna Thaan Case Kodu, starring Kunchako Boban was released on 11 August 2022 and received positive reviews[5][6] for its humour and message and was a commercial success.

Madanolsavam (2023), released on 14 April 2023, directed by Sudheesh Gopinath and starring Suraj Venjaramood was scripted by Ratheesh Balakrishnan Poduval [7] and received praise for its humour [8][9]

It was announced in March 2023 that Ratheesh Balakrishnan Poduval will be writing the screenplay for a film directed by Martin Prakkat and starring Kunchako Boban and Biju Menon[10]. It was announced that a sequel to Android Kunjappan Version 5.25 is planned, with Ratheesh Balakrishnan Poduval returning to direct and write the screenplay[11][12].

His films usually take place in northern Kannur and southern Kasaragod states of Kerala and have been praised for their depiction of rural life around Payyanur.



Year Title Roles
2019 Android Kunjappan Version 5.25 Screenplay/Director
2021 Kanakam Kaamini Kalaham Screenplay/Director
2022 Nna Thaan Case Kodu Screenplay/Director
2023 Madanolsavam (2023 film) Screenplay
2023 Alien Aliyan [11][12] Screenplay/Director
2023 Untitled [10] Screenplay


Year Title Roles
2019 Android Kunjappan Version 5.25 Subramaniyan's Boss (cameo)
2021 Kanakam Kaamini Kalaham Director (cameo)
2022 Nna Thaan Case Kodu Newscaster (cameo)

Awards and Nominations

Award Year Category Film Result
Kerala State Film Award 2019 Best Debut Director Android Kunjappan Version 5.25 Won [1]
John Paul Screenplay Award 2023 Best Screenplay Nna Thaan Case Kodu Won [13]

See also

  • Android Kunjappan Version 5.25
  • Kanakam Kaamini Kalaham
  • Nna Thaan Case Kodu
  • Payyanur
  • Kunhimangalam


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