Tuesday, December 20, 2011

MANAVALAN JOSEPH

Manavalan Joseph was a talented actor who appeared in several films during 50's 60's 70's and the first quarter of  80's.He was seen in diversified roles like character roles, supporting roles,comedy roles etc.He was an essential part of Malayalam cinema during 60's and 70's.Usually he was not given that much importance like the roles given to Thickurissi, Kottarakkara etc but  he was given  character roles or comedy roles which directly involved with the main story line.Whatever be the role, let it be a post man or police man he used to present it quite naturally and with ease and clan.
He had also acted  in the film 'Neelakkuyil' which was the first Malayalam  film to get recognition on National level.It earned
President's silver medal as the second best film in India of 1954.
Unniyarcha was a well noted film which was taken on the basis of 'Vadakkan Pattukal' in which Sathyan and
Ragini handled main roles.Manavalan Joseph also acted in it.
The 1963 film 'Bharya' was a Block buster film directed by Kunchakko and that film was running in packed cinema houses for several weeks and all the actors in that film including Manavalan Joseph received appreciation.
S.P.Pillai,Manavalan,Adoor Bhasi,Bahadoor
Sabarimala Sree Ayyappan was the first film made on the Story of Lord Ayyappa and regarding Sabarimala Temple which was a big success.The crew of the film were highly acclaimed which also included actors like   Hari,G.K.Pillai.S.P.Pillai,Kottarakkara,Manavalan,Ambika etc whom all received acclamation.
Like that 'Ramanan', Othenante Makan,Kattu Thulasi,Pearl View,Anarkali,Kasavu Thattam,Koottukar,Koottu Kudumbam were all excellent films in which Manavalan Joseph acted well.
In the film 'Mooladhanam' which was a block buster film of 1969 which was directed by P.Bhaskaran, the main roles were handled by Sathyan,Sarada,Prem Nazir,Jayabharathi, Ummer etc and in that film Manavalan Joseph acted as a Police Constable who never put the Uniform.That character used to boast that several Officers  ordered him to put the uniform but he rejected and like that but he had to put the Uniform later on and got punishment from the department also.
In the film 'Sarvekallu' which was written and directed by Thoppil Bhasi he handled an important role.That character who loves money only and lacks any artistic interests sells the musical instrument 'Veena' which belonged to his  wife who was a singer, saying that it occupies space and does not have any use.
Singer Dr.K.J.Jesudas acted in a few films like Achani,Anarkali,Kayamkulam Kochunni etc and Manavalan Joseph also acted in two of them,Kayamkulam Kochunni and Anarkali.In Anarkali Jesudas handled the role of 'Tansen'.
Manavalan Joseph got the chance to act in the  first 70mm film 'Padayottam' also.
During the beginning of 80's he appeared in films 'Makale Mappu Tharoo',  'Dhruva Sangamam'  'Aaravam'
etc.
Selected Filmography
Neelakkuyil
Chitramela
Bharya
Koottukar
Koottu kudumbam
Moola Dhanam
Kasavu Thattam
Olavum Theeravum
Scene from 'Ramanan'
Mattuvin Chattangale
Kalyana Panthal
Rowdy Ramu
Chandana Chola
Chirikkudukka
Janma Bhoomi
Ponni
Padayottam
Mukkuvane Snehicha Bhootham
Thula Bharam
Unniyarcha
College Girl
Kadal Paalam
Antha Puram
Velutha Kathreena
Scene from 'Sabarimala Sree Ayyappan
Collector Malathy
Sabarimala Sree Ayyappan
Makale Mappu Tharoo
Dhruva Sangamam
Aaravam
Jeevikkan Anuvadikku
Ramanan
Anarkkali
Surveykallu
Pearlview
Aaromalunni
Kattu Thulasi
Kayamkulam Kochunni

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