Dileep (born Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan Pillai, on 27 October 1968) is an Indian film actor, singer, impressionist, producer, and businessman. He’s best known for his slapstick comedy roles in Malayalam cinema. In a career spanning over a quarter-century, he has starred in more than 130 films.
Dileep began his film career in 1991 by assisting director Kamal. He attained popularity through his impressionist acts in stage shows and Comicola, a television comedy series aired on Asianet. His role as Dileep in Manathe Kottaram (1994) paved way to his acting career. Films such as Sallapam (1996), Ee Puzhayum Kadannu (1997), Punjabi House (1998), Udayapuram Sulthan (1999), and Chandranudikkunna Dikhil (1999) established his status as a prominent actor during the late-1990s.