Awards & Winners


Date of Birth 1925
Place of Birth Pulinkunnoo
(India, Kerala)
Nationality India
Also know as Swarggachitra Appachan, Navodaya Appachan, Maliampurackal Chacko Punnoose, नवोदया अप्पचन, स्वर्गाचित्रा अप्पचन, M. C. Punnus
Profession Film director, Film Producer, Entrepreneur
Maliampurackal Chacko Punnoose, known as Navodaya Appachan was an Indian film producer, director, and entrepreneur. He is best known for his work in Malayalam cinema, especially as the founder of Navodaya Studio. Appachan was born at Maliampurackal Family Pulinkunnoo and was an alumnus of St. Xavier's College, Palayamkottai. He was married and had two sons and two daughters. He died on 23 April 2012 at Kochi, aged 87. Movies he produced include Manjil Virinja Pookkal and My Dear Kuttichathan. The latter was the first 3D movie made in India and released as Chota Chetan in Hindi. He is the founder of Navodaya Studio. He created of Bible Ki Kahaniyan on Doordarshan. He first became involved in the film industry with his brother, Kunchacko, at Udaya Studio. The first cinemascope film in Malayalam was directed by him, and the first 70mm Indian movie, Padayottam, was produced by him. He founded Kishkinta, India's first theme park, in Chennai. He was given the 2011 J. C. Daniel Award for contributions to Malayalam cinema.

Awards by Appachan

Check all the awards nominated and won by Appachan.


J. C. Daniel Award


Nominations 2002 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Filmfare Award for Best Film – Tamil Friends
Production Company: Swargachitra


Kerala State Film Award for Best Popular Film
Honored for : The Ornate Lock



Kerala State Film Award for Best Children's Film
Honored for : My Dear Kuttichathan


Kerala State Film Award for Best Film
Honored for : Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku



Kerala State Film Award for Best Popular Film
Honored for : Manjil Virinja Pookkal
Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Film
Honored for : Chamaram