Sreenivasan was born in the village of Patyam, to the east of Thalassery in Kannur, North Malabar region of Kerala State, India on 6 April 1956. He completed his formal education in Government High School, Kathiroor and Pazhassi Raja N.S.S. College Mattannur. He enrolled for a diploma in film acting from the Adayar Film Institute, Chennai, where the yet-to-be superstar Rajinikanth was his senior by a year.
Sreenivasan entered the film industry in the 1977 P. A. Backer movie ‘Manimuzhakam’ after finishing a course in acting from the Film Chamber Institute. At the film institute he was coached by the then vice principal A. Prabhakaran, who later gave him a role in his movie ‘Mela’. A few movie roles later, he wrote his first film, ‘Oodarathuammava Aalariyam’, in 1984, which was directed by Priyadarshan, besides playing one of the lead roles. The director and screenwriter team of Sathyan Anthikkad and Sreenivasan, one of the most acclaimed in Malayalam cinema, made their first film… read more