Dileep was born on October 27, 1968 in Desom, a small village in Aluva taluk in Ernakulam district, Kerala. His original name is Gopala Krishnan. His studies were in VVBHS high school (passed 10th standard in 1985) and U.C. College, Aluva (pre-degree 1985-1987) and then moved on to Ernakulam Maharajas College for graduation. His talent for acting was not known in school and college where he rarely won any accolades or merits. During 1985-1987 he first performed as a mimicry artist in U.C. college. On joining Maharajas college for B.A. Economics in 1989 Dileep started to take mimicry seriously. At that time Mimicry was only getting its roots in Kerala. When Dileep finished his studies in M.A. History, he decided to choose art as his profession.
“I didn’t even dream of such a success. God is working so many miracles”, says Dileep.
However, watching movies has always been Dileep’s favorite hobby. He never selects the movies to watch and is interested in all types and languages of films. As different movies have different moods all movies are good according to him. Comedy and action movies are his favorites. He enjoys watching television too and says it is fun to keep surfing channels.
His Journey to Success :
Dileep ventured out of his comedy track sometimes and got critically acclaimed. His role in the offbeat film Kadhavaseshan (2004) was well appreciated. His role as a transvestite man from the family of fishermen in Chanthupottu (2005) won him many accolades, including special jury award of the Kerala State Film Awards. He fared as an action hero in Runway (2004), Kochirajavu (2005), Lion (2006), Chess (2006) and DON (2006). His first film with the acclaimed director Sathyan Anthikkad, titled Vinodayathra, was released in April 2007. It is one of the appreciated Malayalam movie hits of the year 2007. He then came with director Blessy’s Calcutta News (2007), a story with social problems of present day, which reveals many cheating of a famous city, gave him so many appreciation from world wide. We witnessed another remarkable performance of Dileep in 2009 through Renjith Sanker’s Passenger, P.Sukumar’s Swale – A realistic Movie and Siddique’s Body Guard in 2010. Another historical move he made, is with the production of multi star mega movie titled Twenty-20. Dileep Produced the movie under his own home Production Graand Productions in association with AMMA and distributed through his company. The movie broke all the previous collection records of entire Malayalam Film History & created box office records. The movie had all the prominent stars of Malayalam cinema including Dileep, directed by veteran director Joshiy, scripted by Sibi-Uday. Through this cinema he himself proved to be one of the best producers who take challenges.
In 2011 Dileep got his first ever Kerala State Best Actor Award for his memorable performance in Vellaripravinte Changaathi. His passion for doing variety roles still continues and the female role in Mayamohini and cleft lip charater in Sound Thoma (2013) are results of that. He got a rare opportunity to be a part of Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s Pinneyum in 2016.