Fahad Fazil (rechristened as Shanu) is a Malayalam film actor who entered Malayalam Cinema with his debut in Kaiyethum Doorath. This film was directed by Fazil, his father.His first film was Kaiyethum Doorath by Fazil. After a long break, he entered the malayalam multi director's film Kerala Cafe. He did his schooling from Choice School, Thrippunithura and Lawrence School, Lovedale. He went to University of Miami for masters after doing B.Com from S.D. College, Allepey. He has a brother by the name of Ismail Fazil.
He was rechristened as Shannu for his debut film "Kaiyethum Doorathu". The movie which featured megastar Mammootty in a guest role largely went unnoticed though its songs were long cherished as immortal melodies. Fahad continued with his studies and came back to screen with a varied charisma in the short movie Mrityunjayam canned for "Kerala Cafe". Fahad was applauded by most critics for the sensitive portrayal of the lead role in this short directed by Uday Ananthan.