Diphan, the popular film-maker who rose to fame with the
Prithviraj starrer Puthiya Mukham, passed away. The
45-year-old breathed his last at a private hospital in Kochi, where
he had been admitted due to kidney-related disease.
The cremation will take place at Diphan's hometown Trivandrum,
tomorrow. The director is survived by wife Deepa, sons Madhavan and
Mahadevan. Diphan is the son of Aanandavalli, the senior dubbing
The director made his entry into the film industry as the
assistant of director Shaji Kailas. Diphan has
assisted Shaji Kailas in several blockbuster movies, including
Aaram Thamburan, FIR, Narasimham, Valyettan, etc.
Diphan made his debut as an independent film-maker in 2003, with
the Saikumar starring political thriller The King Maker:
Leader. The movie failed to make a mark at the box office, and
the director took a short break from films.
The film-maker made a grand comeback in 2009 with the Prithviraj
movie Puthiya Mukham, which emerged as a superhit. He
teamed up with the young actor once again, for the action thriller
Hero, which was an average grosser.
Dolphin Bar, the Suresh Gopi-Anoop Menon movie was the
last Diphan directorial which hit the theatres. His last
directorial ventures, the Jayaram starring action thriller Sathya,
is all set to be released soon.