Look how far we’ve come; from the guy who left his IT job in Bangalore to audition to be 1 of 5 leads in Vineeth Sreenivasan’s directorial debut, followed by a string of side characters and cameos. It all changed when Vineeth decided that Nivin would be the one to fall in love with that hijabi girl from Thalassery. Vinod Nair Nivin Pauly was a household name overnight and doors opened to work with the industries best. Whether it be the innocent boy next door or the evil business mastermind capitalizing on society’s insecurities, Nivin proved that ‘having cinema in the veins’ wasn’t a genetic condition. It was again in 2013 that good friend Alphonse changed Nivin’s ‘neram’ (time). It must have dawned on him then, that working with your talented friends would work best, because with Abide Shine’s cricket based film ‘1983′ Nivin had a hit another 6. What was to follow was an year and a half of back-to-back hits culminating to the blockbuster that is Premam. Did Mammootty and Prithviraj know when they launched Malarvadi Arts Club that one of those five men, the one with the geeky smile and scruffy beard, would rise to a superstar status like theirs in a matter of 5 years? Was Dulquer Salmaan aware when he attended the music launch of Thattathin Marayathu that in the years to come he would be competing with a man of no filmy background for box office initials? Well, they definitely know now. Here’s to many more films, many more roles, and many, many more hits.