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CK Suresh

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CK Suresh (Art Director) CK Suresh (DOB: 03 August, 1958 Died on 20-February-2018) is one of the most respected art directors of the Malayalam & Tamil film industry. Apart from feature films he also has done art direction for several events, advertising films, both in India and abroad.


In a career that spans over four decades, he has worked in a wide variety of feature films like Pattana Pravesham, Swaagatham, Kireedam, Artham, Dasaratham, Vadakku Nokki Yanthram, Thalayana Manthram, His Highness Abdulla, Aanavaal Mothiram, Sandesham, Aadhaaram, Ekalavyan, Chenkol, O’Faby, Ponthanmaada, Saagaram Saakshi, Aayirathil Oruvan,

He has worked with some of the most acclaimed Indian film directors, like IV Sasi, KS Sethumadhavan, Sibi Malayil, TV Chandran, Sathyan Anthikaad, Venu Nagavally, Sreenivasan, Shaji Kailas, during his career.

Owing to a paralytic stroke in the early 2000’s he had withdrawn himself from the film field and began concentrating more on events. He has been associated with ANZ Integrated Solutions, an Event Management Company based at Kochi, ever since. He has several events to his credit.

Early Years –

CK Suresh was born in Mumbai on. His father (Late) Hav PK Kuttan was in the Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME) and owing to the nature of his job he used to travel all over India with his family. This form of extensive travelling in his formative years had a huge impact on him getting inclined towards creating visual art forms.

He had his formal education in fine arts from Madras School of Arts.

Suresh started his film career as an assistant art director in ace director I V Sasi’s Malayalam movie ‘Angadi’, by assisting one of first ever female art directors of India, Mohanamma in early 80’s. Later partnering together with IV Satheesh Babu, he began his journey as independent art director with KS Sethumadhavan’s 1986 release ‘Sunil Vayassu 20’.

CK Suresh also entered the Limca Book of Records on 8th September, 2012 when he led a 70-member team of volunteers to make World's Biggest Rangoli Pattern - 110.4 ft x 110.8 ft - 12,232 sq ft with the picture of Padmashree Dr. K.J. Yesudas. The pattern made in Rangoli powder at St. George Anglo Indian School Ground was completed in 1hour 44 Minutes.

Personal Life – He was previously married to Sushama and they have a daughter Sureshma.

He was admitted to Lissy Hospital, Kochi following a similar stroke on 20 february 2018, morning at around 11 am. Displaying amazing solidarity, his colleagues from the film industry, some of them previously his assistants and Art Directors like Joseph Nellickal, Shiji Pattanam, Bava and film directors Sibi Malayil, Thomas Sebastian, M. Padmakumar etc came together, to give him medical aid and support him in his last moments.

He breathed his last at 4.30 pm. The last rites was held at his ancestral house at Calicut on 21st February 2018.

Filmography –

As Assistant / Associate Art Director
Year Title Language
1980 Angaadi Malayalam
1980 Karimpana Malayalam
1981 Thushaaram Malayalam
1982 Ee Naadu Malayalam
1982 Ina Malayalam
1982 Innallenkil Naale Malayalam
1983 America America Malayalam
1983 Iniyengilum Malayalam
1983 Naanayam Malayalam
1983 Aaroodam Malayalam
1984 Athirathram Malayalam
1984 Lakshman Rekha Malayalam
1984 Aalkkoottathil Thaniye Malayalam
1984 Aksharangal Malayalam
1984 Kanamarayathu Malayalam
1985 Rangam Malayalam
1985 Anubandham Malayalam
1985 Angadikkappurathu Malayalam
1985 Idanilangal Malayalam
1985 Karimbinpoovinakkare Malayalam
1986 Abhayam Thedi Malayalam
1986 Ankhon Ki Rishta Hindi
1986 Koodanayum Kattu Malayalam
1986 Vartha Malayalam
1986 Aavanazhi Malayalam
1987 Ithrayum Kalam Malayalam
1987 Adimakal Udamakal Malayalam
1987 Vrutham Malayalam
1987 Nalkavala Malayalam
1987 Illam Tamil
1988 Abkari Malayalam
1988 1921 Malayalam
1991 Inspector Balram Malayalam
As Art Director
# Title Year Director
1 Avidatheppole Ivideyum 1985 KS Sethumadhavan
2 Njaan Kaathorthirikkum 1986 Rasheed Karapuzha
3 Sunil Vayassu 20 1986 KS Sethumadhavan
Pattanapravesham 1988 Sathyan Anthikkad
Swaagatham 1989 Venu Nagavally
Kireedam        1989 Sibi Malayil
Artham 1989 Sathyan Anthikkad
Dasaratham 1989 Sibi Malayil
Vadakkunokkiyanthram 1989 Sreenivasan
10 Mudra 1989 Sibi Malayil
11 Mazhavilkkaavadi 1989 Sathyan Anthikkad
12 Kalikkalam 1990 Sathyan Anthikkad
13 Kouthukavaarthakal 1990 Thulasidas
14 Thalayanamanthram 1990 Sathyan Anthikkad
15 His Highness Abdulla 1990 Sibi Malayil
16 Kankettu 1991 Rajan Balakrishnan
17 Aanavaal Mothiram 1991 GS Vijayan
18 Sandesham 1991 Sathyan Anthikkad
19 Ennum Nanmakal 1991 Sathyan Anthikkad
20 My Dear Mutthachan 1992 Sathyan Anthikkad
21 Snehasaagaram 1992 Sathyan Anthikkad
22 Aadhaaram 1992 George Kithu
23 Ekalavyan 1993 Shaji Kailas
24 Aayirappara 1993 Venu Nagavally
25 Chenkol 1993 Sibi Malayil
26 O Faby 1993 K Sreekuttan
27 Ithu Manjukaalam 1993 Thulasidas
28 Ponthanmaada 1994 TV Chandran
29 Saagaram Saakshi   1994 Sibi Malayil
30 Minnaaminunginum Minnukettu 1995 Thulasidas
31 Maanikyachempazhukka 1995 Thulasidas
32 Kaathil Oru Kinnaaram 1996 Mohan Kupleri
33 Swarnna Kireedam 1996 VM Vinu
34 Soorya Puthrikal 1996 Suresh Menon
35 Kunkumacheppu 1996 Thulasidas
36 Aayiram Naavulla Ananthan 1996 Thulasidas
37 Mayaajaalam 1998 Balu Kiriyath
38 Sreekrishnapurathe Nakshathrathilakkam 1998 Rajasenan
39 Oro Viliyum Kaathorthu 1998 VM Vinu
40 Sammaanam 1998 Sundar Das
41 Sradha 2000 IV Sasi
42 Aadum Koothu 2005 TV Chandran
43 Aayirathil Oruvan 2009 Sibi Malayil
44 Lucky Jokers 2011 Sunil
45 Climax 2013 P Anil
46 Kadhayulloru Pennu 2015 P Musthafa
47 Oru Viseshappetta Biriyani Kissa 2017 Kiran Narayanan


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