Friday, December 28, 2012

KOZHIKODE SANTHA DEVI








Kozhikode Santhadevi was an extraordinary talented artiste who gave life to numerous characters on stage and on screen for a career span of more than 55 years.She was born in Kozhikode in 1927 and entered theatre with the encouragement from her husband Kozhikode Abdul Khader, a well renowned playback singer.
Bharat Gopi
When Santha Devi entered as an artiste in plays in 1954, there were only a few female artistes elsewhere in Kerala at that time  during which female part where also handled by men.In the first professional drama troupe which she joined, she was the only female member. Because of her love towards acting profession; her  courage and backup received from her husband,  she could survive those situations.Later more female artistes  entered stage and screen and the scenario changed entirely.
Kozhikode Abdul Khader 
Kozhikode Santhadevi's first film was 'Ramu Kariat's Minnaminungu in 1957'.In films she used to appear in character roles and as mother of either hero or heroine.
For the role in film 'Yamanam' directed by  'Bharat Gopi' she got National Award for  Best Supporting Actress in 1992.
She won Kerala Film critic's Association Award in 1979.
She received Kerala Government Best Actress Award for Plays in 1983 for the 
play 'Deepasthambham Mahascharyam'.
She was recipient of the Best Actress Award for Plays by Kerala Government in the year 1968 and 1973 also.
Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award for Best Actress was given to her in 1978.
Her last film was 'Kerala Cafe' which contained 10 short films.She acted in one of them as an ailing mother who was abandoned by her son.
Kozhikode Santhadevi left this world on 20 November 2010.
Selected Filmography
Ninamaninja Kaalpadukal
Kuttikkuppayam
Murappennu
Mayor Nair
Kunjali Marakkar
Nagarame Nandi
Anweshichu Kandethiyilla
Mulkkireedam
Aval
Kadal
Thokkukal Kadha Parayunnu
Velutha Kathreena
Kuttyedathi
Sasthram Jayichu Manushyan Thottu
Udayam Kizhakku Thanne
Utharayanam
Aparadhi
Chuvanna Vithukal
Thakara

Neelathamara
Angadi
Sreekrishnaparunthu
Vellam
Yamanam
Dhanam
Kamaladalam
Narayam
Matma
Irattakuttikalude Achan
Ninneyum Thedi
Kattu Vannu Vilichappol
Neythukaran
Mizhi Randilum
Anandabhadram
Vilapangalkkappuram
Thalappavu
Mayabazar

KUNJANDI

Kunjandi, a gifted actor from Kozhikode born in 1912  entered the acting field in theatre at the age of 12.
Gradually he became capable of handling any type of roles in plays and acted variety of roles  in more than 800 plays in his career.He was more dedicated to acting on stage and gave not much importance to cinema but yet he had acted in more than 150 films.
He used to appear in  several pictures of director I.V.Sasi and his roles in films 'Angadi,Ee Nadu,Ahimsa,Iniyenkilum etc were excellent.He could act in award winning films like 'Utharayanam,Oridathu , Nirmalyam and Kadavu'.He had the ability to control his voice  and tone as  suitable to the characters.
He was given Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award in 1992.
Later Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy honoured him with a fellowship also.
Kunjandi died in the year 2002.
Selected Filmography
Ammaye Kanan
Aadya Kiranangal
Sthanarthi Saramma
Utharayanam
Angadi
Chappa
Ee Nadu
Ahimsa
Iniyenkilum
Sreekrishnaparunthu
Vellam
Panchagni
Vartha
Amritham Gamaya
Marikkunnilla Njan
Kanakambarangal
Kadathanadan Ambady
Kadavu
Kalyana Kacheri
The truth
Anubandham
Bhoomiyile Rajakkanmar
Ivide Ingane
Mahayanam
Vilkanundu Swapnangal
Vrutham
Kalyana Unnikal
Kaiyum thalayum purathidaruthu
Oridathu
Malootty
Innallenkil Nale
Lava
Malayogam




Wednesday, December 26, 2012

J.A.R.ANAND

J.A.R. Anand was a film actor in Malayalam Cinema and was active during 50's 60's and 70's.He could act in films of Ramu Kariatt's Neelakkuyil,Mudiyanaya Puthran,Chemmeen and Nellu.
His daughter Sabitha Anand  is also an actress of Malayalam Cinema.
Selected Filmography
Neelakkuyil
Mudiyanaya Puthran




Doctor
Oral Koodi Kallanayi
Devalayam
Rajamally
Chekuthante Kotta
Chitramela
Manushya Bandhangal
Achani
Nellu
Rajahamsam
Thomasleeha
Ponni
Sreedevi
Jagadguru Aadi Sankaran
Agni Vyuham
Sayahnam

KOTTAYAM CHELLAPAN

Kottayam Chellappan was a renowned stage actor,dancer and film actor who was very active in Malayalam films during  the 60's and 70's.He presented 
fantastic acting in all films and his expressive face could reflect any feelings quite easily.His roles in films like 'Unniyarcha, Kadathukaran, Ramanan,Kuppivala' etc were all excellent.
Selected Filmography
Ragini in 'Unniyarcha'


Unniyarcha
Kandam Becha Coat
Bharya
Ammaye Kanan
Doctor
Chettathy
Odayil Ninnu
Kadathukaran
Kuppivala
Ramanan
Chitramela
Ningalenne Communistakki
Kannur Deluxe
Pengal
Kuruthikkalam
Danger Biscuit
Khadija
Thalirukal
Nilakkatha Chalanangal
Dathu puthran
Abhayam
Cross Belt
Othenante Makan
Thara
Lora Nee Evide
Jeevitha Yathra

PAUL VENGOLA

Paul Vengola was a comedian actor mainly and appeared in supporting and character roles as well.He was active during 70's and 80's in Malayalam film arena.His contribution to the field is not forgettable.
Selected Filmography
Arakkillam
Aalmaram


Lottery Ticket
Kakka Thampuratty
Maru Nattil Oru Malayali
Poompatta
Sumangali
Gangasangamam
Miss Mary
Arady Manninte Janmi
Akkarapacha
Sakthi
Maya
Anjathavasam
Aradhika
Pacha Nottukal
CollegeGirl
Arakkallan Mukkal Kallan
Ankathattu
Mattoru Seetha
Omana Kunju
Light House
Ammu
Sukradasa
Madhura Swapnam
Bala Pareekshanam
Kazhukan
Lovely
Swathu
Benz Vasu

P.K. ABRAHAM

P.K.Abraham was an employee of a prestigious firm of Kottayam and he reached  the world of films due to his intensified acting desire.He used to act character roles and his natural way of acting was excellent which received much admiration.
P.K.Abraham was capable to act any kind of roles but he was more adaptable in dignified character roles.His minister role in 'Sathyavan Savithri' received good accolades when he acted with Kamal Hassan and Sreedevi in that film.
His character in the film 'Air Hostess' , 'Madanolsavam', Uyarangalil'  'Swamy Ayyappan' etc all received appreciation.
Selected Filmography
Chalanam


Sooryavamsam
Thomasleeha
Swamy Ayyappan
Themmady Velappan
Ivanente Priya Puthran
Abhinandanam
Sathyavan Savithri
Aparadhi
Kaduvaye pidicha Kiduva
Madanolsavam
Lovely
Ithirineram Othiri Karyam
Eee Nadu
Nadhi  Mithal Nadhi Vare
Aarante Mulla Kochumulla
Mangalam Nerunnu
John Jaffer Janardhanan
Air Hostess
Amritha Chumbanam
Thaliritta Kinakkal
Muthuchippikal
Saraswathiyamam
Nattuchakkiruttu
Aavesam
Uyarangalil
Sreekrishnaparunthu
Akkacheede Kunjuvava
Vellam
Nimishangal
Kadhakku pinnil
Thrisandhya
Vadaka Veedu
Oru Ragam Pala Thalam
Light House



VEERAN

Veeraraghavan Nair was popular by his stage name 'Veeran' and was familiar to all Kerala People because  he was an artiste of All India Radio and frequently acted in dramas and skits transmitted on air.He was in charge as 
'Balalokam Ammavan'(Children's Uncle) for a programme exclusively for children which gained much appreciation>He had acted in a number of films during 50's 60's and 70's and acted in character roles.He was one of the actors of the  first neo-realistic film in Malayalam 'Newspaper Boy'.
Selected Filmography


Harischandra
Newspaper Boy
Kallichellamma
Abhayam
Priya
AmbalaPravu
Panchavankadu
Moonnupookkal
Abhijathyam
Sree Guruvayoorappan
Puthrakameshti
Kaapalika
Panitheeratha Veedu
Kanyakumari
Prayanam
Chalanam
Manimuzhakkam
Aparadhi
Makam Pranna Manka
Guruvayoor Kesavan
Kaithapoo
Miss Mary
Adavukal Pathinettu
Rowdy Ramu
Kalliyankattu Neeli
Akalangalil Abhayam

JAGATHY N.K.ACHARY

Jagathy N.K.Achary ( N.Kochukrishnan Achary) was very popular Dramatist,writer,actor,screenplay writer etc.He got name and fame for his literary works.He  authored more than 20 
plays for professional drama troupes.He was partner of 'Kalanilayam Drama Troupe' and wrote famous plays for them  like 'Kayamkulam Kochunni' ,Kadamattathu Kathanar',Ilayidathu Rani,Umminithanka, etc which were great success.
He wrote several humorous essays and short stories which were well liked by the readers.He was popular in his pen name as 'Jagathy' and when his son film actor  Jagathy Sreekumar became familiar as 'Jagathy' itself N.K.Achary used to be referred as 'Jagathy(Sr.).
He was born in the year 1924 in Jagathy of Thiruvanathapuram.



Jagathy N.K.Achary was a B.A. graduate and took degree in law also.He worked as programme executive at All India Radio.He created several humorous skits for All India Radio.He used to act in skits and plays transmitted by All India Radio.He later rose to the level as Station Director of All India Radio.


Jagathy N.K.Achary wrote the script and dialogues of more than twenty Malayalam films out of which several are unforgettable movies like 'Veluthambi Dalawa and Umminithanka'.
He was noted for acting in films like 'Moonnampakkam',' Desadanakkili Karayarilla' and also in some earlier films like 'Unniyarcha,Puthradharmam,Lokaneethi' etc.The famous film actor Jagathy Sree Kumar is his son.
Jagathy N.K.Achary died in the year 1997.
Selected Filmography (as a Screen Writer)
Achanum Makanum
Umminithanka
Veluthambi Dalawa
Pathirapattu
Madatharuvi
Kayalkarayil
Anchu Sundarikal
Kodungallooramma
Thapaswini
Sakthi
Divyadarsanam
Ullasayathra
Kottaram Vilkkanundu
Swimming Pool
Kenalum Collectorum
Sreedevi
Penpuli
Kavilamma
Snehikkan Samayamilla
Kalliyankattu Neeli
Karinagam
Inquilabinte Puthri

P.K.VENUKUTTAN NAIR

P.K.Venukuttan Nair was a theatre personality rather than a film actor.He has 



acted in more than 90 plays and directed 20 dramas.
He was born at Trivandrum in 1931.He was  former Vice President of the 'Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy' and also served as member of 'Kendra Sangeet Natak Academy'.
He worked as a teacher  at School of Drama, Calicut University.
He was recipient of Kerala State Government Award  for Best Drama Director 
for four times.He got many other awards and recognitions like P.J.Antony award given at state level competitions for professional theatre.
P.K.Venukuttan Nair  appeared in a few films only but could act in films of eminent directors like K.G.George,Adoor Gopalakrishnan and M.T.Vasudevan Nair.The last film he acted was 'Oru Cheru Punchiri' directed by M.T.Vasudevan Nair in the year 2000.
P.K.Venukuttan Nair died at Trivandrum on 26 November 2012 at the age of 81.
Selected Filmography
Swapnadanam
Ammayi Amma
Saritha
Poojakkedukkatha Pookkal
Kodiyettam
Gaanam
Ulkkadal
Swayamvaram
Oru Cheru Punchiri

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

AZEEZ

Azeez gained popularity as a realistic and excellent actor in Malayalam films in character roles.He was brilliant  to present Police Officers,Jailer,Ministers etc.He was well noted for his ability to manifest Police Officers who are corrupt,crooked,cunning and cheats that  behaved cruelly to prisoners.As police Officers his characters in several films tortured innocent prisoners by accepting bribes from their opponents.
His Jail Superintendent in the film 'Bhoopathi. ,Police Commissioner in 'Indraprastham', Jailer  in 'Season' , Police Officer of 'Pattana Pravesam' ,
Jailer in 'Nirakoottu',  Police Officer in 'Raktham' and F.I.R.   all earned hatred from the audience since these were all crooked type characters and his acting was perfectly real.
His Minister role in 'Dina Rathrangal' was well noted.He was always excellent  as Police Officer and in so many films he was given  such kind of  roles which  he donned perfectly nice.
His dialogue delivery was also very natural and  was well appreciated.
Selected Filmography
Kodiyettam
Ulkkadal
Peruvazhy Ambalam
Chakara
Aniyatha Valakal
Eettillam
Uyarangalil
Parannu Parannu Parannu
Pathamudayam
Ithu Nalla Thamasa
Snehamulla Simham
Jagratha
Nandi Veendum Varika
Yathra
Nirakoottu
Adikurippu
Bhoomiyile Rajakkanmar
Dhruvam
Vazhunnor
Nair Saab
Irakal
Shyama
Ardham
Mathilukal
Season
Naduvazhikal
Lelam
Bhoopathi
Swastham Grihabharanam
Thachiledathu Chundan
Pathram
F.I.R.
Ee thanutha Veluppan Kalathu
Ekalavyan
Dinarathrangal
Witness
Muthodu Muthu



PATTOM SADAN

Pattom Sadan was a comedian actor of Malayalam cinema who also appeared in some Tamil films mainly during 60's , 70's , and early 80's.He was having unusual talent of imitating sounds which helped him to utilize for more than 
twenty songs in Tamil and Malayalam films in which he produced the sounds of birds, animals etc.He would have been much more popular and successful 




if lived in this genre because at those times mimicry was not very familiar.
Pattom Sadan had excellent talents to create comedy and this helped him to 
act in South Indian languages as a comedian.
Selected Filmography
Arappavan
Lakshaprabhu
Kattukurangu
Ladies Hostel
College Girl
Babumon
Chandanachola
Kalyanapandal
Kamam Krodham Moham
Chirikkudukka
Cheenavala
Vanadevatha
Sathyavan Savithri
Niraparayum Nilavilakkum
Kaithapoo
Balapareekshanam
Benz Vasu
Varanmare Avasyamundu
Malayathipennu
Chakkikotha Chankaran

ZAINUDDIN

Zainuddin was a well known mimicry artiste before he entered films.He was a member of the well known 'Kalabhavan' of Kochi.
Zainuddin was born in Kochi on 12 May 1952 and the flair for acting and ability  for imitating others made him a mimicry artiste.When he was populous at the
 Cochin Kalabhavan  Troupe; Jayaram, Dilip, N.F.Varghese, Narayanan Kutty,




Prasad, George and Rahman were the other members of the mimicry troupe.Jayaram and Dilip became very successful as heroes  in Malayalam films later on and in Supporting roles N.F.Varghese and Zainuddin became popular.The others in the troupe also got their own shares in Malayalam film field.
During the active years from 1986 to 1999 Zainuddin appeared in more than 
150 films.He handled all kinds of roles and proved as a versatile actor.
His appearance in the film 'Siamese Irattakal' as one of the conjoined twins with'Maniyan Pillai Raju' was a challenge in his acting career.
His untimely death due to some respiratory complications  on 4 Nov 1999 was
a shock and loss for the film industry.
Selected Filmography
Ezhupunna Tharakan
Malayala Masam Chingam Onnu
Mangalam Veettil Manaseswari Gupta
Kidilolkidilam
Excuse Me Ethu Collegila
Kalyana Sougandikam
Newspaper boy
Mimics Parade
Hitler
Kabuliwala
Kasergod Kaderbhai
Manikya Chempazhukka
Mazhavil Koodaram
Poochakkaru Mani kettum
Customs Diary
Ennodishtam Koodamo
First Bell
Kallan Kappalil Thanne
Ulladakkam
Appu
Gajakesari Yogam
Onnu muthal poojyam vare
Ente Ponnu Thampuran