Sreenivasan was born in a small village of Patyam, to the east of Thalassery in Kannur, northern Kerala on April 4, 1956. His father Unni was a school teacher, an active Communist, and his mother Lakshmi, a homemaker. He completed his formal education in Government High School, Kathiroor and Pazhassi Raja N.S.S. College. He did a diploma in film acting from the Film Chamber Institute, Madras in 1977 where Rajinikanth was his senior by a year.
And here is a real story of srinivasan's early days with Shantappa G. Patil when they were students at Adyar Film Institute and appeared in the newspaper THE HINDU ,Friday, Apr 07, 2006 . For detail visit web site http://www.hindu.com/2006/04/07/stories/2006040710100500.htm
Much of Sreenivasan's movies depict problems affecting Kerala society, although these are portrayed in a comical manner. Some of these include Nadodikkattu, Sandesham, Vellanakaludey Naadu, and Varavelpu. Mostly satirical in nature, his acrimonious and humorous lines are directed against matters as diverse as Police Brutality, Pulp magazines and unproductive Labour Unions. Excellent characterization, witty (often deadpan) dialogues and self-deprecating humour are trademarks of Sreenivasan movies. His writing very often pokes fun at himself, mostly at his own unglamourous appearances, and have become commonplace in scenes with costar Mohanlal. Some of his popular movies such as Vadakku Nokki Yanthram and Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala not only are thought-provoking but also are fine depictions of human character which elicited critical and public applause. His comedies earned popularity, some of them such as Aram + Aram = Kinnaram and chitram have been successes commercially and have left a big picture in the minds of the people. Sreenivasan is the only Malayalam screenplay and dialogue writer who portrayed North-Keralite slang especially that of Tellicherry - which are usually unique, at times 'weird' apart from being incomprehensible to South- Keralites who generally speak literary Malayalam - in the movies.
Sreenivasan directed two acclaimed Malayalam films - Vadakku Nooki Yanthram and Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala. He appeared in a popular weekly TV show in Kairali TV called Valiya Lokavum Cheriya Sreeniyum (translation: The Big World and the Little Sreeni).His son Vineeth Sreenivasan is a popular singer in Malayalam.
Sreenivasan has won several Kerala State Film Awards.
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