Nedumudi Venu was born on May 22, 1948. He has also written some screenplays and has directed one film. As of 2008, he has won two National Film Awards. Nedumudi Venu was born to P. K. Kesavan Pillai and Kunjikkuttiyamma in Nedumudi, Alappuzha. He was involved in art and music since his academic period. After graduating from S.D College, Alappuzha, he worked as a journalist in kalakaumudi and as a teacher in a tutorial institute. Venu was living in Thiruvananthapuram, when he got friends like of Aravindan, Padmarajan, and Bharath Gopi. This ultimately paved the way for his film career.
Venu started his career in theatre and went on to act in films. He debuted in the film Thambu (1978) by G Aravindan, a highly acclaimed director. His acting skills were showcased in the Bharathan film, Aaravam. Padmarajan's Oridathoru Phayalvan set a milestone for him. It marked his start in karanavar (head of the family) roles, which included most of his memorable performances. Venu also wrote scripts for movies. The stories for the films Kaattathe Kilikkoodu, Theertham, Sruthi, Ambada Njane, Our Katha, Oru Nunakkadha, Savidam, and Angane Oru Avadhikkalathu were written by him. He also tried his hand in direction with Pooram. Venu has also acted in some television serials. Recently, Venu won the Best Actor award for his role in film Saira during the Zimbabwe International Film Festival which concluded in Sep 2007. The committee mentioned that he acted so compellingly and convincingly in his portrayal of a man caught between tradition and modernity and secularism and fundamentalism.