Madhupal's association with cinema dates back to the time when he was a kid in Palakkad, his father was running a cinema theatre. He is a native of Calicut and took post graduation in commerce. He is a noted actor and short story writer in Malayalam. He has acted in more than 90 films in Malayalam, Tamil, English and Hindi including lead roles. His short stories have been translated to many other languages like English, Hindi, and Tamil. He started his career in films as an assistant director to the eminent film makers like Bharath Gopi, Rajiv Anchal.
Madhupal assisted Rajeev Anchal in Butterflies Kashmeeram"GURU"(the film won National awards and the only entry to OSCAR from India in the year 1997),"MADE IN USA"(which had R. Madhavan in the lead), "NOTHING BUT LIFE"(English, shoot at Las Vegas)and the eminent actor Bharath Gopi in the film "Yamanam"( the film won National Award in 1991). He turned actor in Kashmeeram. It was a negative role and more of such roles came his way after that. He won the Critic's Award for Best Debutante actor for his role in the film "Kashmeeram" and the second best actor for his role of Hari in the series on MT Kathakal, called Kazhcha, telecast on Amritha TV. He also assisted Jude Attipetty in the direction of Shararandal a 13-part serial.
Films acted include Kashmeeram(1994), Soosanna, Agnisakshi, Guru, Made in USA, Rishivamsam, Vardhakyapuraanam,Ravanaprabhu, Twenty-Twenty, Freekick(Hindi), Nothing but Life(English), Oru naal Oru Kanavu(Tamil)
His first directorial venture was for television (Akaasaththile Paravakal, telecasted on Kairali Channel) and got many awards. THALAPPAVU is his big screen directorial debut and the film has got Kerala State Best Debutante Director Award
Madhupal has drawn more and more into the world of letters and publishd five collections of short stories, Social activities also keep him occupied. He was engaged in several projects to help the tsunami affected, as he is also associated with Shantigiri Ashram.
Now he is the Member of Kerala Chalachithra Academy (the organizers of IFFK), Member of Kerala Folklore Academy (Kerala state Govt. organization) and Former Member of Kerala Children’s Film Society (Kerala state Govt. organization)