Priyadarshan fell in love with popular film actress Lissy and got married in December 13, 1990. After marriage, Lissy gave up acting and adopted the name Lakshmi for religious reasons. After the birth of their son, Lizzy adopted the Hindu religion from Arya Samaj. Their daughter Kalyani is studying in New York and son Siddharth is studying in San Francisco. Lissy has filed for divorce on 1st of Dec 2014 at Chennai family court after a 24-year-long marriage. Born in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, Priyadarshan received his education at Government Model School and obtained an M.A. in Philosophy from University College, Thiruvananthapuram.
His collaborations with Mohanlal were highly popular in Malayalam cinema during the 1980s and 1990s, with films such as Poochakkoru Mookkuthi, Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu, Thalavattam, Vellanakalude Nadu, Chithram, Vandanam, Kilukkam, Abhimanyu, Mithunam, Thenmavin Kombath, and Kala Pani. In 2007, his Tamil film Kanchivaram won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film. The government of India honoured him by giving the Padma Shri in 2012 for his contribution towards the arts. His first movie Poochakkoru Mookkuthi in Malayalam was a block buster. Another movie Kilukkam was one of the biggest hits in the history of Malayalam cinema. His first successful Hindi film was Gardish, a remake of the malayalam film Kireedam (1989).