Thursday, December 15, 2011


K.P.Ummer was a very famous and successful actor of Malayalam cinema from 1965 to the late 90's.He earned fame  in negative type roles as a crooked person and villain.
K.P.Ummer hailed from Thekkepuram Village in Kozhikodu Kerala. He was born on 11 Oct 1930.Before joining the film field he was an important
active actor in the K.P.A.C. Professional Drama Troupe.
His debut film was 'Murapennu' (1965) which was written by famous Njanpeet Novelist and Film Director
M.T.Vasudevan Nair.(M.T.Vasudevan Nair directed his first film 'Nirmalyam' in the year 1973).M.T. Vasudevan Nair entered the film industry by writing the screen play of 'Murapennu'.K.P.Ummer acted as the brother of Prem Nazir  and as a bad person.Prem Nazir and Sarada were in the main roles of the film.
But in 1966 K.P.Ummer was given a prestigious role as a Budhist Monk 'Upa Guptan' in the film 'Karuna'.
The film was made from the poetry of  Mahakavi Kumaranasan's  'Karuna'.A rich prostitute 'Vasavadatha' sought the love of  a Budhist Monk Upagupthan and Upagupthan said it was not the right time to visit her when invited him by her maiden servant.Vasavadatha was not knowing about the Celibacy of the Monk and says her sorrow in a song sequence in the film by singing the

famous song "Samayamayilla Polum Samayamayilla Polum Kshama ente hridayatheennozhinju thozhee....Orikkalum varillennu Paranjillallo ennal orikkalum varunnathinorukkamille..."Later she was punished by the authorities  for helping to kill a business man who was her client also which the role was handled by 'Madhu'.There was a famous song sequence of Madhu in the film "Vaar thinkal thoniyeri vasantha ravil vanna lavanya devatha alle nee viswa lavanya devatha alle".She was punished by  cutting off her hands and legs and left her alone  in a graveyard. At that time the Monk who was an introvert knew all the details about her in his mind and since it was the right time to visit her, he  visited her at the grave yard.He blessed her and she dies in his presence.In that film K.P.Ummer acted fantastically well.
Like that in the film 'Panchavan Kadu' he was not in a villain role but was as 'Marthanda Varma Maharaja', a majestic role.In that film also his role was highly acclaimed.
In most of the Prem Nazir films K.P. Ummer was handling a negative character mostly trying to cause trouble to  the hero role of Prem Nazir.In the C.I.D. type pictures of Prem Nazir mostly the leader of the culprits would be handled by K.P.Ummer.In some films his character showed much cruelty so that  when K.P.Ummer was seen on the screen for the first time in a particular cinema all the women audience used to produce a 'hiss'
sound as a hatred towards  him.This showed the perfection of his acting skill as a villain.
'Mooladhanam' was the first film of K.P.Ummer to establish as a cruel cheat and Villain.It was a film of Sathyan and Sarada.K.P.Ummer's character cheated Sathyan and published a novel written by Sathyan's character  and received the awards and money by himself He did much cruelty to Sarada(Sathyan character's wife also).Meanwhile Sathyan Character's family was completely  ruined.Always using a jasmine garland on the right hand cuff and uttering the words 'Njanoru Vikara Jeeviyanu'
(I am a man of feelings) K.P.Ummer made that character a highly hatred one by all the audience.
Afterwards there was no turning back and he was seen  successfully acting with almost all Hero actors of those times up to late 90's mostly in villainous type roles.
In so many 'Vadakkan Pattu' stories also K.P.Ummer had acted important roles.That type of make up was well suited to him.In 'Aromalunni,Kannappanunni, Thacholi Marumakan Chandu, Ankathattu,Thumbolarcha,Kadathanattu Makkam ' etc he was
marvelous.He was not bad to display martial arts and  in fight scenes.
In the Bala Chandra Menon film 'Karyam Nissaram' he was not as a villain but a soft spoken gentleman who earned the love and sympathy of the audience.In the film K.P.Ummer and Sukumari acted as a couple and they were having a son.The son was actually not K.P.Ummer Character's Son  which Sukumari knew the truth.K.P.Ummer's character pretended till his death in the film( by heart attack) that he was not aware of  the truth about their son.After his death when Sukumari read his diary all his sorrows about the son and the agony he suffered because his wife cheated him was all described in his diary.Sukumari's character was all in tears reading the diary and the audience also felt very sad  and felt sympathy towards  his character.
In  the film 'Nokketha Doorathu Kannum Nattu' which was directed by Fazil he handled the role as the father of heroine 'Girlie'.He was as a Professor who was working and living in New Delhi.That Character came to Kerala to take back his daughter to Delhi for medical treatment.To convince the truth about 'Girlie's disease to his mother in law the Professor had to approach the Church Priest.Professor's wife Manikutty died earlier and Mother in law thinks that her daughter died because of Professor's fault and was not in good terms with him.Actually the Professor was a good character and was not to be blamed which the Priest knew very well.Nedumudi Venu acted as the
Church Priest and Padmini acted as the grand mother of Girlie.
K.P.Ummer had acted in Vijayasree pictures also like 'Ponnapuram Kotta,  Thiruvabharanam,Lanka Dahanam,Sambhavami Yuge Yuge' etc.With the eminent Sathyan he acted in pictures like'Moola Dhanam,Vazhve Mayam,Kadal Palam,Anubhavangal Palichakal' etc.K.P. Ummer had written about an incident about Sathyan.During the last years of his career Sathyan was a 'Blood Cancer' patient which he wanted to cover up among co-stars and technicians.Once Ummer and Sathyan were sharing a hotel room and when found Sathyan unconscious in the bath room, Ummer carried him to the bed and sprinkled water on the face.There was bleeding from Sathyan's nose and when he got up in conscience instead of saying thanks Sathyan spoke angrily to Ummer.Sathyan was afraid that Ummer would flash the news about his disease in the film unit.Anubhavangal Palichakal was the last film of Sathyan and he died in the year 1971.
With Mohan Lal he acted in Pictures like'Madrasile Mon,Uyarangalil' etc.
K.P.Ummer was an  expert in acting comedy type characters also like in 'Arakkallan Mukkal Kallan'.In that film his role as a foolish Maharaja created much laughter in cinema houses.That great actor died on 29 Oct 2001.
Selected Filmography
Acharam Ammini Osaram Omana
Alibabayum 41 Kallanmarum
Achante Bharya
Amma Enna Sthree
Arakkallan Mukkal Kallan
Anubhoothikalude Nimisham
Anubhavangal Palichakal
Ayalathe Sundari
Babu Mon
Ballatha Pahayan
Bhoomidevi Pushpiniyayi
Boy Friend
Bharyamar Sookshikkuka
College Girl
Dathu Puthran
Divya Darsanam
footbal Champion
Harsha bashpam
ishtamanu pakshe
Kadathanattu Makkam
Kayamkulam Kochunni
Kottaram Vilkanundu
Lanka Dahanam
Lottery ticket
Love in Kerala
Madrasile Mon
Mayiladum Kunnu
Nagamadathu Thampuratty
Nokketha Doorathu Kannum Nattu
Oothikachiya Ponnu
Oru Penninte Kadha
Padicha Kallan
Panchavan Cadu
Pearl View
Ponnapuram kotta
Postmane Kananilla
Rathri Vandi
Sambhavami Yuge yuge
Sesham Kazhchayil
Salini Ente Koottukari
Thacholi Marumakan Chandu

Yaksha Ganam
Yudha Bhoomi

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