Gireesh Puthenchery

1 May 1961
10 Feb 2010
Offer Flowers
Light a Candle
Pray for the soul
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Gireesh Puthenchery (1 May 1961 – 10 February 2010)was a noted Malayalam lyricist and screenwriter. He also served as a governing council member of the Indian Performance Rights Society (IPRS). He won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Lyrics seven times.He died on 10 February 2010 in Kozhikode

Gireesh was born to Pulikkal Krishna Panicker and Meenakshiyamma in Puthenchery near Ulliyeri village in Koyilandy taluk in Kozhikode district (Calicut). His father was an astrologer and Ayurvedic practitioner and his mother was a Carnatic musician.

Beginning his career with the 1988 film Chakravaalathinappuram, Gireesh went on to write lyrics for about 1556 songs in about 328 Malayalam films.His first popular hit songs were from the 1992 movie Johnny Walker. During a career spanning over two decades, he had penned many hit songs in Malayalam cinema. He wrote the most number of film songs in Malayalam. He was also one of the most honoured lyricists, having won the State Award seven times including four in consecutive years from 2001 to 2004.Cassanova, released in 2012, was his last film.

Besides writing lyrics for several hit songs, Gireesh had also written the screenplay for the films Brahmarakshassu, Pallavur Devanarayanan and Vadakkumnadhan and the story for Kinnaripuzhayoram, Meleparambil Aanveedu and Kerala House Udan Vilpanakku. He was scripting a film by the name of Raman Police, in which Mohanlal was expected to play the lead role.

Gireesh was admitted to a private hospital in Kozhikode after he suffered a stroke on 6 February 2010. He was twice operated upon, but his condition did not improve and he suffered a brain haemorrhage and died at the hospital on 10 February 2010. He is survived by his wife Beena and two sons Jithin Krishnan and Dinanath.

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