Babu Antony (Malayalam: ബാബു ആന്റണി) is an Indian film actor, noted mainly for his negative character roles. He has also acted as a lead actor in a number of films. His life and movie roles are much debated in film industry at one time. He made his debut in Bharathan’s Chilampu (1986). He started his career in antagonist roles and later on featured in lead roles with the image of an angry young man. Fazil’s 1986 thriller Poovinu Puthiya Poonthennal was a hit on account of Babu Antony’s breath taking performance. The film was remade into Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada and Babu Antony portrayed reprised his role in all the four versions, which might be a record held only by him. His career highlights include Vaishali (1988), Aparhnnam (1991), and Uppukandam Brothers (1993). In Tamil, he has acted in Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya, portraying Jessie(Trisha)’s father Joseph. In the film Kanchana (2011), he portrayed the role of Muslim Bhai. he also stars as villain in Sri Lanakan film Leader (2009) According to reports Babu is all set for his directorial debut ïn “Titled Piano.
Martial Arts and Movies
Babu Antony, a Fifth Dan Black Belt in martial arts is the only martial arts expert hero in Malayalam cinema to reach stardom by excelling in racy fight scenes. He taught martial arts to Papal pontifical college Pune many years. The six-foot plus actor also known as Bob Antony in Hindi films made his debut by playing a negative role in renowned late director Bharathan’s Malayalam film Chilambu.
His monopoly in quick punches, fast kicks and fluid movements in action scenes has merited him roles in 160 films in different languages like Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi.His heroic performance as an angry young man built a huge fan following among the audience especially youngsters in movies like Bharanakoodam, Gandhari, Chantha, Dada, Kadal, Kambolam etc. His portrayal of negative characters with shoulder level hair and beard redefined the entire concept of a villain.Babu Antony shone in action roles as a hero and villain, at the same time proved his mettle as an actor by performing a king’s role in Vaishali, an ex-terrorist role in Aparahnam and an impecunious in Sayaahnam. Few of his films were featured in national and international festivals and won recognitions. Babu Antony, who terrorised the audience in villain roles in several films and the audience rooted for this actor, the directors were wary to offer him lead roles. Directorial Debut.