Aashiq Abu is an Indian film director, producer, and distributor best known for his work in Malayalam cinema. He started as an ad filmmaker. He made his directional debut with Daddy Cool (2009). He is best known for his films Salt N' Pepper (2011) and 22 Female Kottayam (2012). He produces and distributes under the banner OPM and OPM Dream Mill Cinemas. He is the director of Papaya Media Designs Pvt Ltd and Dream Mill Cinemas and Entertainment Pvt Ltd.
After working as an assistant director to Malayalam film director Kamal for about five years, Asiq made his directorial debut with Daddy Cool in 2009 starring Mammootty. Salt N' Pepper was his second directorial effort. Salt N' Pepperâ€™s Tamil, Telugu and Hindi remake rights were bought by actor-director Prakash Raj. In 2012, he directed 22 Female Kottayam which was followed by Da Thadiya, Gangster. Aashiq Abu has also done a short film, 'Lost in Bangalore' for Mathrubhumi. Salt N' Pepper, won him the Best Director and/or Popular Director awards on various stages. It also won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Popular Film. He won the Mohan Raghavan Award for Best Director in 2012 for 22 Female Kottayam.