Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Sathyan, whose original name ' Sathyanesan Nadar', a native of Trivandrum was  leading actor of Malayalam cinema during 50's, 60's and the early 70's.He departed us in 1971 at the age of sixty.He worked in the army and later worked as Inspector of Police in the State of Travancore before the formation of Kerala State.During the Communist riots of 1947-48 he was the Police Inspector of Alleppey North Police station.He earned reputation as an able and strict police officer.

Sathyan had an urge to act in films from the confidence and  experience  he gained from amateur stage dramas.His wish was fulfilled  when he met a film producer who was introduced to him by a friend but the first film 'Thyagaseema' was not released.In 1952 a film by name 'Athmasakhi' was released declaring the entry of a versatile actor on the Malayalam silver screen.During those period most of the actors followed the acting pattern which was used on drama stages and hence artificiality was highlighted throughout the films.Over acting with vague dialogue presentation using unnecessary tone change and in high pitch was accepted in films also.Sathyan brought an overall change by
natural way of movements and delivering the dialogues in a sophisticated manner by his own way of voice control most suited to the situation  of the sequences. His expressive face could convey the minute feelings of the characters to the audience.The face expressions,sharp eyes and voice control combined together resulted in precise character formation with perfection much more than the expectation of directors.Eminent directors sought him for acting terrific roles which needed much care for presentation.Popular Malayalam novels were filmed during that period in which Sathyan handled the lead roles.Sathyan took acting career as a challenge and so he acted as young and old alike..In several films he acted as father and grand father also if there was some essence in those characters.He was selective for his roles and this created an impression that a Sathyan film would be a good one.He was a very good talented actor from head to toes and acted  very nicely as fisherman,layman,Rikshaw wala,
Politician,Criminal, and  many imperious and majestic type roles too.In the film 'Yakshi' which was filmed based on a novel written by famous writer 'Malayattor Ramakrishnan' Sathyan acted as Prof.Sreeni whose one side of the face was shown ugly because of burn from an accident in the laboratory.Sathyan did not fear that his star value would be lost by acting roles like in 'Yakshi' but the amazed  audience appreciated him utmost.In the film 'Chemmen' which won the first gold medal for a Malayalam film directed by Ramu Kariat, Sathyan acted the character of a fisherman by name 'Palani'.Chemmeen was a very big box office hit and the film goers could not forget the way Sathyan played his role as 'Palani'; 'Karuthamma's husband.Beautiful actress Sheela played the role of Karuthamma.Chemmeen film  was based on a novel written in the same name by 'Njan Peet' award holder 'Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai'.Salil Choudhari composed music for the first time in Malayalam for that movie.
Sathyan became famous and gained reputation as a talented actor from the film 'Neelakkuyil' which was released in 1954. It won President's silver medal which was directed by Ramu Kariat and P.Bhaskaran.Neelakkuyil had a message  which resulted in an impact  to the society since it  criticized the discrimination of caste system.Miss Kumari, who was a wonderful actress was the heroine of that film.Sathyan was offered the throne of Malayalam cinema by that film which no other actor was able to capture from him  till his death in 1971.
Eminent film producers  and Directors like Neela studio's P.Subramanyam, Udaya Studio's Kunchakko and Production banner 'Manjilas' utilized his abilities in several films.Directors like Ramu Kariat,P.Bhaskaran,K.S.Sethumadhavan, etc used him in some of the best films of those days.
In 'Vadakkan Pattu' stories which needed much efficiency to display martial arts like 'Kalari Payattu' Sathyan was effectively successful in films like 'Palattu koman' and 'Thacholi Othenan'.In 'Odayil Ninnu' which was based on a novel written by P.Kesava Dev he was excellent as 'Pappu' who draws a rikshaw.Films like 'Vazhvemayam, Mooladhanam, Adimakal, Kadal palam, Kara Kana kadal,Anubhavangal Palichakal,Thriveni
etc were all films which demanded great acting skills..
Kerala Government  Best Actor award was given to him in 1969 for film 'Kadalpalam' and in 1971 for film 'Karakanakkadal'.
Kumari Thankam,Miss Kumari,Ambika,Ragini,Sheela,Sharada,K.R.Vijaya etc were some of the  heroines in his films.
Some of his Films and Actresses therein:-
Ayisha                                                  Sheela
Ammu                                                   Ambika
Achanum Makanum                              Saroja
Akkarapacha                                        Sujatha
Aswamedham                                       Sheela
Aathmasakhi                                         Saroja
Dathuputhran                                         Sheela
Daaham                                                 Sheela
Chathurangam                                       Padmini
Crossbelt                                               Sarada
Doctor                                                  Sheela
Ina Pravukal                                          Sarada
Inquilab Zindabad                                 Sheela
Kadalamma                                          Ambika
Karthika                                                Sarada
Kattukurangu                                        Sarada
Lilli                                                       B.S.Saroja
Kudumbam                                           Sheela
Koottukari                                            Ambika
Krishna Kuchela                                   Sulochana
Midumidikki                                          Sarada
Moodupadam                                        Ambika
Ningal enne Communistakki                   Sheela
Omanakunju                                          Sheela
Omanakkuttan                                       Ambika
Rebecca                                                 Gracy

Rowdy                                                   Sujatha
Siksha                                                   Sheela
Kadalpaalam                                         Sheela
Kattuthulasi                                            Sarada
Jail                                                        Sarada
Vazhvemayam                                       Sheela
Udyogastha                                           Sarada
Vilakkapetta Bandhangal                        Usha Kumari
Kalanju Kittiya Thankam                       Vasanthi
Laila Majnu                                            Vijaya Lakshmi
Yakshi                                                   Sarada
Sarasayya                                               Sheela
Chekuthante Kotta                                  Ambika
Nadanpennu                                            Sheela
Anweshichu Kandethiyilla                        K.R.Vijaya
Nayaru pidicha pulival                             Ragini
Velutha Kathreena                                   Sheela
Bhagyajathakam                                      Sheela
Pakalkinavu                                             Sarada
Adimakal                                                 Sarada
Triveni                                                     Sarada
Kaavalam Chundan                                 Sarada
Vivahitha                                                 Padmini
Aadyakiranangal                                      K.R.Vijaya
Neelakkuyil                                             Miss Kumari
Khadeeja                                                 Jaya Bharathi
Karakanakkadal                                      Jaya Bharathi
Chemmeen                                              Sheela
Kaliyalla Kalyanam                                  Sarada
Ummini Thanka                                        Sheela
Kadathukaran                                          Ambika
Seelavathy                                               K.R.Vijaya

Sathyan in Double role
Scene from 'Mudiyanaya Puthran'
Film critics used to say that the throne of Sathyan was vacant for many years after his death  as a mention of praise  to that talented  and efficient actor.

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