Malayalam industry witnessed yet another celebrity wedding on Saturday (4 April) when popular film maker Amal Neerad married actress Jyothirmayi. The couple had a simple wedding at the Kochi Registrar office attended by close family members and friends.
For actress Jyothirmayi, this is her second marriage. She was earlier married to Kochi-based software engineer Nishanth in 2004 September but the couple got divorced in 2011 citing compatibility issues.
Amal Neerad and Jyothirmayi reportedly fell in love while shooting for the movie "Sagar Alias Jacky" but maintained a safe distance from gossip columns and rumours.
Amal is one of the most popular cinematographer and film makers in Malayalam cinema. He began his career as cinematographer at Ram Gopal Varma's production company and cranked camera for Bollywood movies "James", "Shiva" and Darna Zarroori Hai". Later, he went on to become one of the leading Malayalam directors, debuting with Mammootty starrer "Big B", which was followed by "Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded" with Mohanlal, "Anwar" with Prithviraj, multistarrer movie "Bachelor Party" and anthology film "Kullante Bharaya" from "5 Sundarikal".
His latest directorial "Iyobinte Pusthakam" starring Fahadh Faasil in the lead was one of the most noted movies of 2014, for which he had also done the cinematography. The movie was much noted for his narrative skills and technical aspects and is now considered as one of the best movies in Malayalam for cinematic values.
Jyothirmayi began her career as a television anchor and then took to film industry doing supporting roles. She made her debut in Malayalam cinema in "Pilot" in 2000.
In 2001, the actress won Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress and got a special mention in National Awards for her performance in "Bhavam". But it was her performance in "Meesamadhavan" which made her popular and made her one of the most noticeable actress of Malayalam cinema.