Geetu Mohandas is an Indian film actress and director who has worked in Malayalam cinema and Bollywood. She is known for her award-winning films such as Akale, Liar’s Dice, and Moothon. She is also the daughter of the late Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, a former NFL running back.
Geetu Mohandas: The child artist
Geetu Mohandas was born as Gayatri Das on June 8, 1981, in Kochi, Kerala. She started her acting career as a child artist in 1986, when she played the role of Deepamol in the Malayalam film Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare, opposite Mohanlal. She won the hearts of the audience with her innocent and charming performance. She went on to act in several Malayalam and Tamil films as a child artist, such as En Bommukutty Ammavukku, Njan Gandharvan, and O’ Faby.
Geetu Mohandas: The actress
Geetu Mohandas made her comeback as an adult actress in 2000, with the Malayalam film Life is Beautiful, again opposite Mohanlal. She then acted in various Malayalam films, such as Thenkasi Pattanam, Valkannadi, Nammal Thammil, and Pauran. She also made her debut in Bollywood with the film Poi, directed by K. Balachander. However, the turning point of her career was the 2004 film Akale, directed by Shyamaprasad, based on the play The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. She played the role of Rose, a young woman with a physical disability and a fragile personality. She received critical acclaim and several awards for her performance, including the Kerala State Film Award and the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.
Geetu Mohandas: The director
Geetu Mohandas ventured into direction in 2009, with her short film Kelkkunnundo (Are You Listening?), which dealt with the theme of child blindness. The film premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and won three international awards and the National Film Award for Best Short Fiction. Her first feature film was Liar’s Dice, which starred Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Geetanjali Thapa. The film was a road movie that explored the issues of migration and identity. The film received the Hubert Bals Fund for script and project development and was selected for the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014. The film also won two National Film Awards and six international awards. It was also India’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 87th Academy Awards, but was not nominated.
Her second feature film was Moothon, which starred Nivin Pauly, Shashank Arora, Sobhita Dhulipala, and Roshan Mathew. The film was a bilingual in Malayalam and Hindi, and was co-written by Anurag Kashyap. The film was a thriller that followed the journey of a teenager from Lakshadweep who goes in search of his elder brother in Mumbai. The film was mentored by the Sundance Film Lab and won the Global Filmmaker Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2019 and was the opening film at the Mumbai Film Festival in the same year. The film received positive reviews and accolades from critics and audiences alike.
Geetu Mohandas: The person
Geetu Mohandas is married to Rajeev Ravi, a cinematographer and director who has worked with her in all her films. They have a daughter named Aradhana. Geetu Mohandas is also the daughter of the late Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, who was an American football player who played for five teams in the NFL. He died of a brain tumor in 2006, when Geetu was 25 years old. Geetu Mohandas wears the number 34 in honor of her father, who wore the same number in his career. She also has a tattoo of his face on her arm.
Geetu Mohandas is a talented and versatile artist who has carved a niche for herself in the Indian film industry. She is an inspiration for many aspiring filmmakers and actors who want to make meaningful and original cinema. She is also a proud daughter, wife, and mother who balances her personal and professional life with grace and dignity. She is Geetu Mohandas, a name to reckon with.