Riyaz Khan, a versatile actor, came as a villain to the Malayalam film world. He exhibited his versatility in other south Indian language films as villain and hero. ‘Ithinumappuram’, his strong comeback to Malayalam movie world, received well.
His character in this film as a man having dual faces in life. The film is basically heroine-oriented. The male lead role is done by Riyaz Khan; he plays Karthikeyan, the heroine’s husband. The story narrates the life at an old time period in Kuttanadu.
Riyaz is very happy to share his experiences as ‘Karthikeyan’. He is very much satisfied with his character and he says, “I believe, I could perform beautifully”.
Riyaz belongs to a film family. He is born to Rasheed, a Malayalam movie producer and Rasheeda Baanu at Fort Kochi, Kerala. Since his father was a movie producer and all the South Indian movies were then shot in Madras, now known as Chennai, his family migrated there. He had his primary education from Chennai and pursued his Bachelors from the United States. He has a sister, Roshini who is married and settled.
He debuted in the Malayalam film ‘Sugham Sughakaram’ directed by Balachandra Menon. But his first released film is ‘Athma’ in Tamil, directed by Pratap Pothan. His debut in Telugu is directed by Kodi Ramakrishna. He considers it is his luck to have his debut in these languages with great directors.
With his role in ‘Balettan’, he became popular. “I performed in Balettan just like as it was my film. “At that time I was not much fluent in Malayalam. I knew Mohanlal from my childhood as he acted in films produced by my father. Mohanlal helped me a lot as I didn’t know Malayalam. Director V.M. Vinu came to know from Mohanlal that I am not fluent in Malayalam. Then slowly I learned Malayalam”.
‘Lal Americayil’, ‘Kurukkante Kalyanam’ etc are some among many films produced by his father.
“I acted in different language films. Language is not at all a constraint to the actor. But the crew should be comfortable. I acted in a Japanese film too. It was the remake of ‘Muthu’, a Rajinikanth film. My character in that film was the one acted by Sarath Babu in Tamil. The hero was a Japanese actor.
“It was a wonderful experience, when I was with Aamir Khan in ‘Gajini’. I performed the same role as I did in Tamil. Aamir is a nice man, he acts as a character, not as a superstar in the Hindi film world, which differentiates him from others. He is a very dedicated and determined actor. Above all he is a textbook, from him I learned many things”. Riyaz Khan is jubilant re-collecting his experiences.
Riyaz is married to actress Uma Riyaz who is the daughter of Tamil music director Kamesh and yesteryear actress Kamala Kamesh. The couple has two sons, Shariq and Samshad.
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