Birth: 30-01-1957,

Priyadarshan is an Indian film director, producer, and screenwriter. In a career spanning over two decades, Priyadarshan has directed over 80 films in several Indian languages including Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. Though he began his career in Malayalam cinema in 1984, Priyadarshan has been mainly active in Hindi cinema for the past decade.The success of Virasat made Priyadarshan a household name in Hindi cinema.

Priyadarshan was one of the first directors in India who introduced rich color grading, clear sound and quality dubbing through his early Malayalam films. Upon entering Bollywood, he has mostly remade popular comedy films from Malayalam cinema, some from his own work and some from others. These include Hera Pheri, Hungama, Hulchul, Garam Masala, Bhagam Bhag, Chup Chup Ke, Dhol, and Bhool Bhulaiyaa. Actors he has worked with multiple times in Hindi cinema include Paresh Rawal,Akshay Kumar, Akshaye Khanna, and Suniel Shetty.

Priyadarshan stunned everyone with Kanchivaram, an offbeat film that revolved around the weavers in Kanchipuram. Prakash Raj, who played the central character in the film, won the National Film Award for Best Actor in 2008. Kanchivaram also won accolades at several film festivals. Priyadarshan's recently release was an action thriller Akrosh based on honour killings and he is currently working on Tezz which is again an action thriller to be out in 2011.