Journalist, researcher, film critic and film maker, Sameel Illikkal is the Senior sub Editor of Madhyamam Daily, predominantly working on Mappila History and Culture.
'The graves unseen by History: The Malabar Struggle and the stories we chose to forget' is the major work published in Malayalam and English, related on unsung heroes and sheroes of Anglo-Mappila war of 1921. Now working on Graves of 1921 martyrs.
Kazhchayude Prathimugangal, Belladikkunnu, Cheruthunilp and Kilukiloos are some of his works.
As a journalist, Sameel has worked in Kerala and Saudi Arabia. He has reported Summits and international events as part of Saudi official media team.
Sameel Illikkal is also associated with Epic theater group, Malappuram. He takes part in Drama and Villadichampattu (folk art form) and leads acting workshops in and out of Kerala.