|Sumitra,Kaviyoor Ponnamma,and P.J.Antony in 'Nirmalyam'|
fame because he was also in the main role and the story concentrated on his character much more than the character of Ravi Menon.
Ravi Menon was born in 1950 at Sreekrishna Puram in Palakkad.After the Degree course he got admission at Pune Film and T.V. Institute for Diploma in acting course.After finishing the course he was cast in a film of eminent Hindi film director Mani Kaul.During that period in 1973 he got chance in 'Nirmalyam'.Mani Kaul's 'Duvidha was released later..M.T.Vasudevan Nair's screen Play and direction was much appealing and the film was a huge success because it was liked by all kinds of audience.As a poor member of a Brahmin family seeking a Government Job; trying hard to study the subjects required for the tests, and also working as a priest in a temple was Ravi Menon's character.Inexperienced young priest was being helped in his duties by a young girl(acted by Sumitra) and later he falls in love with her.The mannerisms of the young priest and combination scenes with the character of Sumitra were all excellent and received much appreciation.Since the character of 'Velichapadu' which was given life by P.J.Antony was very strong,sensational and much concentrated to the theme and highly intensive with regard to the feelings it generated to the audience, he got National Award for best Actor for that film.Ravi Menon got State Award as Best Actor for Nirmalyam.Even though Ravi Menon acted in more than fifty Malayalam films altogether, the most suited role and well portrayed one was that of 'Nirmalyam' and he would be remembered for that ever.
During the 70's and 80's he was active in Malayalam films and acted in different types of characters but the commercial directors mostly were not utilizing him might be thinking that he would not act in such films.So he was mainly acting in parallel cinema which were created by thoughtful directors with a different vision.And more over he was not lucky to get another impressive role like that of 'Nirmalyam' to boost his career. Ravi Menon was not lucky to improve his financial condition and the Pune Film Institute Product could not rise to the desired fame of heights also for which he was actually eligible.
His roles in films like 'Salini Ente Koottukari' 'Ekakini' 'Uthradarathri' 'Radha Enna Penkutty, etc were also fantastic.
Salini Ente Koottukari
Oru Mukham Pala Mukham
Pinneyum Pookunna Kadu
Radha Enna Penkutty
Rathrikal Ninakku Vendi
Sthreekku Vendi Sthree
Sathrathil Oru Rathri
Swamy Sreenarayana Guru