Monday, August 8, 2011


Scene from Neelakkuyil
Miss Kumari entered in to Malayalam silver screen at the age of 17, in 1949 with the film 'Velli Nakshatram'.
It was the first film made at Udaya Studio,Alapuzha which was produced by Kunchacko and K.V.Koshy.Music director B.A.Chidambaranath's debut film was also the same one.The film was not a success but Miss Kumar's acting talent was well appreciated.
Miss Kumari's original name was Thresiamma Thomas who hailed from Bharananganam, in Kottayam District of Kerala State.Altogether she had acted in more than 50 films and in all of them she handled her part
brilliantly well.During her period B.S.Saroja,Kumari Thankam,Prema,Ambika were other successful heroines.
After 'Vellinakshatram' in the next year Udaya Studios produced 'Nalla Thanka' which was directed by P.V.Krishna Iyer and scripted by Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai.The film which dealt with a sentimental story was a big success and Miss Kumari earned a space in the hearts of the audience.
In the same year two other films were released,'Yachaki' and 'Navalokam'.Yachaki was produced by Vaikom Vasudevan Nair, who was a famous stage artiste who handled the main role in the film and his wife
Thankam Vasudevan Nair handled the main female part.The film was a flop.But Navalokam which was directed by V.Krishnan, in which Thikkurissi handled the main role as 'Kuruppu' and Kumari handled female  main role as 'Devaki' resulted  as a success.
In 1953 she had acted in Alphonsa,Athmasakhi and Athmasanthi out of which 'Athmasakhi' was the first film produced by Neela Production banner by P.Subramaniyam in his new studio 'Merry Land' at Nemom, in Trivandrum.It was the debut film of 'Sathyan'  who was the hero of that film.Even though Sathyan had acted in another film 'Thyagaseema' earlier it was not released.
In 1953, another film produced and directed by Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair, 'Sario Thetto' in which Thikkurissi was the hero and Miss Kumari the heroine, was a success.
In 1954 Kumari and Sathyan attained stardom with the film 'Neelakuyil'.It was a realistic film which was directed by duo Ramu Kariat and P.Bhaskaran.The theme dealt with the nasty caste system and feudalism in the society.The film had a message to the society which had its impact as expected.It was written by 'Uroob' and scripted by Uroob and P.Bhaskaran  together which contained  strong dialects.As an actress it was a challenge for Miss Kumari who had to struggle a lot to present her character precisely well.As the character 'Neeli' she drew much pity from the audience.The pregnant woman 'Neeli', exempted by her lover and relatives had to stay on the roadside and had to deliver a child without anybody's help.Such scenes were acted fantastically superb by that talented actress.The film 'Neelakuyil' bagged  silver medal as 2nd National Best Film of that year.The film contained nice songs too which were composed by K.Raghavan.Up to that period many songs in Malayalam films  had the music resembling Tamil and Hindi songs but  from there upon Malayalam film songs keeps its own identity.
'Padatha Paikili' was a love story written and scripted by 'Muttathu Varkey' in which Prem Nazir was the hero.It was produced and directed by P.Subramanyam.
In 1955  film 'Kidappadam' was produced at Udaya Studios which was therir 21st film and was  directed by M.R.S.Mani.The same year witnessed the release of another blockbuster film 'Harishchandra' produced and directed by P.Subramanyam.
The mythological story was well presented by the director in which Thikkurissi was Harishchandra and Miss Kumari as Chandramathi.G.K.Pillai handled Viswamitra's role.The film contained nostalgic songs which  are all beautiful.The song 'Athma Vidyalayame,Avaniyil...' sung by Kamukara Purushothaman is still young and will be so.
In 1960 the Neela Production film 'Aana Valarthiya Vanambadi' was a blockbuster film of Kumari which had a different themeIt was a jungle story which was neatly executed by the director..Miss Kumari as usual handled her role fantastically nice.
In 1961 'Mudiyanaya Puthran' was a noted movie which was directed by Ramu Kariat.As in the case of Neela Kuyil this film was also about the caste system and other evils prevailing  in the society.It was written and scripted by 'Thoppil Bhasi' a well known dramatist.Sathyan,Miss Kumari and Ambika were in lead roles of that film
Scene from 'Navalokam
Some of her other noted films were  Sasidharan,Dakshayagnam,Sumangali,Devatha and Sri Kalahasteeswara Mahatmyam.
Scene from Aana Valarthiya Vanambadi
Scene from 'Kidappadam'
Miss Kumari married Mr.Hormis Thaliyath who was an Engineer and they had three children.The highly talented  actress left this world on June9, 1969 at the age of 37.

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