Sunday, April 7, 2013

ADOOR PANKAJAM

Adoor Pankajam was a very popular supporting  and comedy actress of Malayalam Cinema and was active for about six decades.She portrayed an important role in the first neo-realistic movie of India, which was produced and directed by P.Ramadas in Malayalam.She was also lucky to perform the role of an important character as 'Nalla Pennu' who was the neighbour of the heroine 'Karuthamma' of 'first National award winner as Best film of India in 1965' which was 'Chemmeen'.
Adoor Pankajam's elder sister 'Adoor Bhavani' was also very famous character artist of Malayalam cinema and she usually portrayed mother roles and mother-in-law roles.In the film 'Chemmeen' Adoor Bhavani played the role of 'Chakki' as the mother of 'Karuthamma'.The sisters appeared in several other pictures also together.
Adoor Pankajam  was born in 'Adoor' in the year 1929.She joined a drama troupe of Kannur when she was 12 years old.After playing a drama for more than 300 stages, she joined a drama troupe of 'Chengannur' and played a comic role which was loved by the audience.From there on, she was given comedy roles mostly for dramas and it happened for movies also when she became a film artist.







Her first film was 'Premalekhanam'(1952) but 'Visapinte Vili(52) directed by Mohan Rao, which was produced by Kunchacko and K.V.Koshy was released first.Then she appeared in 'Sario Thetto' directed by Thikkurissi and P.N.Roynald.Afterwards she was cast in films like 'C.I.D,Kidappadam,Bhagya Jathakam,Kadalamma' etc and became an established film actress.She was mostly called for all 'Udaya' films.She used to be a pair with S.P.Pillai for comedy roles in earlier Malayalam films.
While acting in films also Adoor Pankajam was active with Ballet dance troupe and drama troupe which were based in Adoor  because of her love towards theatre.
She got Kerala Government second Best Actress Award for her role in 'Sabarimala Ayyappan'.
In 2008 'Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy' honoured Adoor Panjam for her overall contributions to theatre and dramas.
She died on 25 June 2010.


Selected Filmography
Premalekha
Visappinte Vili
Achchan
Sario Thetto
Ponkathir
Balyasakhi
Avakasi
CID
Harichchandra
Kidappadam
Avan Varunnu
Newspaper Boy
Koodapirappu
Devasundari
Randidangazhi
Bharya
Kalpadukal
Bhagyajathakam
Snehadeepam
Kadalamma
Doctor
Snapaka Yohannan
Chilamboli
Kalanjukittiya Thankam
Bharthavu
Anna
Manavatty
Omanakuttan
Inapravukal
Jail
Kavalam Chundan
Kodungalluramma
Jwala
Thara
Othenante Makan
Panchavan Kadu
Sree Guruvayurappan
Oru Sundariyude Kadha
Postumane Kananilla
Adyathe Kadha
Pani theeratha veedu
Ponnapuram Kotta
Thumbolarcha
Vandikkari
Yakshaganam
Kadathanattu Makkam
Palattu Kunjikkannan
Neelagiri
Kudumba Sametham
Thumboli Kadappuram
Snehapoorvam
Adheena

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