Vijay Babu (actor, born 1976)

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Vijay Babu
Born (1976-07-29) 29 July 1976 (age 46)
Kollam, Kerala, India[1]
Years active2012–present

Vijay Babu is an Indian film producer, actor, and businessman, who works in the Malayalam film industry.[2] He is the founder of the film production company Friday Film House, .[3]

Vijay Babu is best known for producing and starring in the films Philips and the Monkey Pen (2013), Peruchazhi (2014), Aadu (2015), Mudhugauv (2016) and Aadu 2 (2017). In 2014, he won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Children's Film (as producer) for his production firm for Philips & The Monkey Pen.

Sufiyum Sujatayum produced by him under his banner Friday Film House is the first Malayalam film to have a direct release on an OTT platform, Amazon Prime Video. Babu is known for bankrolling many experimental films and supporting upcoming filmmakers in the industry.[4][5][6]

Early life and family[edit | edit source]

Vijay Babu was born in Kollam, Kerala to Subashchandra Babu and Maya Babu. He has two siblings, Vinay Babu and Vijayalakshmi. He did his schooling from the St. Jude School, Kollam and received graduation from the American College, Madurai.[citation needed] He started his media career at STAR India in Mumbai. In 2002, he was selected as the Best Employee of STAR TV. Later that year, he quit his job to venture as an entrepreneur in Dubai. After a few years, he joined as the COO of Asianet and Sitara TV in Hyderabad. In 2009, Babu returned to Kerala as the Vice President of Surya TV. He is married to Smitha, a Dubai-based employee. The couple has a son named Bharath.[7]

Career[edit | edit source]

In 2013, Babu quit his media career and joined the Malayalam film industry as an actor and producer.[8][better source needed]

Babu is the founder and CEO of Friday Film House, a Kerala-based film production company. Friday Film House won seven of the Kerala state film awards in various fields in 2014.[citation needed] Though the company was established after the success of the film Friday, the movie is considered as the first production venture of Friday Film House.[9]

Babu is best known for his roles in Philips and the Monkey Pen and Nee-Na, and as the producer of Philips and the Monkey Pen, Peruchazhi and Aadu. His role as Vinay Paniker in Nee-Na received appreciation from critics.[10][11]

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Year Film Credited as Notes
Actor Producer Role
1983 Sooryan Yes As child artist
2011 Three Kings Yes Himself Cameo appearance as himself
2012 22 Female Kottayam Yes Benny
Ayalum Njanum Thammil Yes Dcp Ameer Muhammad
No. 66 Madura Bus Yes Ravichandran
Chapters Yes Kiran Das
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2013 Honey Bee Yes SI George
Kili Poyi Yes Pandey
Zachariayude Garbhinikal Yes Debut film as a producer
Philips and the Monkey Pen Yes Yes Padmachandran [12][13][14][15]
Escape from Uganda Yes Jayakrishnan
Bicycle Thieves Yes Kashinathan
2014 Mr. Fraud Yes Abbas
Peruchazhi Yes Yes Sunny Kurishingal [16]
Tamaar Padaar Yes Purushan
2015 Aadu Oru Bheegara Jeevi Aanu Yes Yes SI Sarbath Shemeer [17]
Nee-Na Yes Vinay Paniker
Double Barrel Yes Billy Gang
Adi Kapyare Kootamani Yes
2016 Mudhugauv Yes Yes Rambo
Aakashavani Yes Akaashdas
Pretham Yes commissioner Sam Alexander
2016–2017 Home Minister Yes TV show on Amrita TV
2017 Angamaly Diaries Yes
Careful Yes commissioner Ajith Chandran
Oru Cinemakkaran Yes Sudheer
Velipadinte Pusthakam Yes himself Cameo
Overtake Yes Nandan
Lava Kusha Yes Cylus Abraham / Banglan
Ayal Jeevichirippundu Yes John Mathew Mathan
Crossroad Yes Joe segment: Pakshiyude Manam
Sadrishyavakyam Yes Commissioner Binoy Idikula
Aadu 2 Yes Yes SI Sarbath Shemeer
2019 June Yes
Mr. & Ms. Rowdy Yes Jeevan George
Janamaithri Yes Yes Raphael
Shubharathri Yes CI Balachandran
Sullu Yes Kishore
Puzhikkadakan Yes Minister Avaran Pottakuzhi
Stand Up Yes TBA
Swarnamalsyangal Yes TBA
Thrissur Pooram Yes Yes Commissioner Moorthy
Parchayee Yes Police Officer
2020 Anveshanam Yes Dr. Gautham
Oru Vadakkan Pennu Yes Sivan
Sufiyum Sujathayum Yes

Awards[edit | edit source]

Kerala State Film Awards

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Vijay Babu as actor and producer". Times of India. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  4. "Sufiyum Sujatayum First Malayalam Film to be Released on OTT Platform". News18. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  5. "Sufiyum Sujathayum to be the first Malayalam film to release on OTT platform - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  6. "Jayasurya starrer 'Sufiyum Sujatayum' to turn first Malayalam movie to get OTT release". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
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  8. "Vijay Babu Biography". Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  9. "Our Projects – Friday Film House". Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  10. "Vijay Babu's class act in as Vinay Paniker in the film Nee-na gets appreciation from various corners". Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  11. "Would like to do characters that are of my age: Vijay Babu". Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  12. "Philips and the Monkey Pen Malayalam Movie – Preview, Trailers, Gallery, Review, Events, Synopsis". Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  13. "What got special on'Philips & the Monkey Pen' : Miracles never ends on M'Town". The Cine News. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  14. "Philips and the Monkey Pen – Find what you like". tikkview. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  15. "Malayalam film Philips & the Monkey Pen releases today". Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  16. Mohanlal in & as Peruchazhi –
  17. Aadu Review
  18. "Kerala State Film Awards 2014 Announced – Winners List". Retrieved 12 September 2014.

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