Anoop Sivasevan (also known as Anoop Shivasevan) is an actor and scriptwriter in Malayalam serials and cinema. He is known for acting as Praveen in the popular Surya TV serial Nilavilakku (Prosperity Lamp); Bhagyalakshmi, also on Surya TV; and Sthreedhanam (Dowry) on Asianet TV.
He has also acted in the Jayaram film Novel. Sivasevan co-wrote the script for Seconds with his friend Shani Khader. They decided on a whim to write the script in order to “earn money in their freetime”. The film, a remake of M. Night Shymalan’s Devil, is about 4 people trapped in an elevator. With every blackout one person is killed and the remaining people suspect each other of being the murderer.
Shot in less than 30 days, the film could not be released for more than 6 months due to distribution issues and other problems leading to heavy financial losses. Producer Ajay Jose picketed the office of a cinema distributor in protest. He was soon joined by Sivasevan and most of the cast of Seconds. Once the film’s issues were resolved and the film ready for distribution, Sivasevan and producer cruised around Trivandrum anxiously on the eve of the film’s release. Parking in front of the Secretariat building in Trivandrum at 2 am, they laughed nervously. Sivasevan’s use of the multiple point of views in the script was criticized by Rediff.com. It received more favourable reviews from Sify.com (“worth your money”) while IndiaGlitz called it an “average thriller”.
Anoop has also acted in the comedy serial Kudumba Police (Family Police). He plays the role of Prathap Chandran, a police inspector while Shalu Kurian plays his wife Alice, also a police officer.
He co-starred with Bindu Ramakrishnan and Lakshmi Vishwanath in Nilavillaku. After the serial’s completion, he stared in the Purushothaman directed serial Bhagyalakshmi, with Risabawa and M.R. Gopakumar . The serial is about the rivalry between two families in a village.
Kottayam Rasheed is very famous in the serial world for portraying a variety of roles. He won the Asianet Television Awards for Best Comedy Actor in 2013. He is popular in the role of Mathi Suku in the serial Sthreedhanam. Kottayam Rasheed entered the teleserial world playing villain characters, and then later it became villain characters with a comic touch. Now he is playing mostly comedy characters. He acted in many Malayalam serials like Nilavilakku, and Ente Manasa Puthri. Ente Manasaputhri was a serial, which ran for about three years from 2007- 2010. He acted as a police officer in this serial. In Sthreedhanam telecasted on Asianet, he has a very good comedy character. He is Mathi Suku, who cheats others, his wife is Chala Mary, and their daughter is married into the Palat family.
Shalu Kurian is a popular serial actress both in Tamil and Malayalam TV industries. Born as Shalu Susan Kuriyan from Kottayam in Kerala, she has settled in Trivandrum for her career. Being a classical dancer, she has performed in many classical dance shows from a young age. Shalu Kurian is not only an actress but a model too.
She acted in advertisements like Parthas Textiles and Indhulekha. Indhulekha ad had helped her get an opportunity to act in serials. She has acted in some Malayalam movies too. In the year 2008, she acted in the film Jubilee. Kabadi Kabadi, Kappalu Kabadi Kabadi, Kappalu Muthalali and Nanthuni are some of her other films. Thingalum Tharangalum was her first serial in Malayalam. Her first Tamil serial was Azhagi. She acted in the serial for a year and she was replaced by Kutti Pooja and then Dhesika.
The popular Malayalam serials, Sarayu and Chandanamazha made Shalu Kurian more popular among the TV audiences. Shalu is awarded with “Special Jury Award” for her negative role in the serial Chandanamazha.