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About Priyadarshan Priyadarshan (Malayalam: പ്രിയദര്‍ശന്‍, Hindi: प्रियदर्शन) is an Indian film director and screenwriter. He directed numerous commercially successful movies in Malayalam cinema in the 1980s and 1990s. He is one of the directors who brought attractive cinematography and rich background music to Malayalam movies. In Bollywood, he is known for making remakes of Malayalam films, which include Gardish (1993), Hera Pheri (2000), Hulchul (2004),"Kyunki" and Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007). His trade mark signature is the David Lean-like shots and sequences he puts in most of his films such as Abhimanyu (1991), Thenmavin Kombath (1994), Kala Pani (1996), and Kanchivaram (2008).Priyadarshan hails from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala where his father Poojappura Soman Nair, a dramatist of repute in Malayalam, worked as a librarian in a college affiliated to the University of Kerala. Greatly influenced by his father, Priyadarshan developed a reading habit, which he maintained all through his college life. He had read almost all the works of great writers by the time he completed his college studies. His fascination for comics and fairy tales reflects in his movies. As a child, Priyadarshan aspired to be a cricketer. However, his hopes of a career in cricket were cut short following an injury to his left eye by a cricket ball. He would later wear dark glasses when appearing in public. Priyadarshan met his wife, Malayalam actress Lizy, on the sets of his second film. They worked together in twelve movies. He has two children, daughter Kalyani and son Sidharth. Megastar of the Malayalam industry Mohanlal is one of Priyadarshan's closest friends. Priyadarshan was Mohanlal's friend and senior in college in Thiruvananthapuram.

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13. Karan Johar 1102
14. A. Kodandarami Reddy 945
15. Saran 626
16. V. V. Vinayak 611
17. Priyadarshan 595
18. Gautam Menon 564
19. Ameer Sultan 482
20. Mehboob Khan 474
21. K. Viswanath 360

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89. Anselmo Duarte 672
90. José Mojica Marins 666
91. Saran 626
92. V. V. Vinayak 611
93. Priyadarshan 595
94. Schneider Trnavský 568
95. Gautam Menon 564
96. Halit Refiğ 562
97. Said El Marouk 546

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