Kalpana was a versatile South Indian actress who acted predominantly in Malayalam mostly in supporting roles and character roles.She was the top female comedy artist of Malayalam film industry and was nick named as 'Manorama of Malayalam'.(Referring to the famous Tamil comedy actress 'Manorama' who also died recently.)
Female artists who could portray comedy characters effectively well are very few and the unparalleled skill of presenting comedy characters with much perfection with most suited expressions,gestures and apt voice tone well suited for the situation was a unique blessing for Kalpana.Thus she earned much love from film goers and was a favorite actress in all South Indian languages.Kalpana's sudden and unexpected demise was a shock to everybody in the film industry and all her fans.
Kalpana's acting talent was intricate since she was born as the daughter of famous stage actor Chavara V.P.Nair and stage actress Vijayalakshmi.She was the second daughter of the couple and was born on 13th October 1965.Her sisters Kalaranjini and Urvashy are popular film actresses for the last several decades.
She entered Malayalam film field as a child artist by acting in the Malayalam film 'Vidarunna Mottukal' which was directed by P.Subramanyam of Neela Productions in the year 1977.She again appeared in films like 'Sikharangal' as a child artist in those period.In the year 1982 she acted along with Babu Nampoothiri in lead role of the film 'Yagam' directed by Sivan.This film won National award as the best feature film in Malayalam of that year.Later she appeared in the award winning film 'Pokkuveyil' directed by G.Aravindan in the same year.Balachandran Chullikkad acted in the protagonist role of that film and Kalpana was the female lead.This film won National award as the second Best movie of that year.It was screened at several International film festivals including Cannes.She also acted opposite Jagathy Sreekumar in the film 'Ithum Oru Jeevitham' in the year 1982.
She acted in a comedy role as a character 'Anarkali' in the film 'Panchavady Palam' directed by K.G.George in 1984 and proved her ability to portray comedy roles also effectively well.
She got well noticed and became popular in Tamil also as the heroine of the Tamil film 'Chinna Veedu' which was a very successful film directed by Bhagyaraj who was also the hero of that film.From that period on wards she got continuous roles in Malayalam films and became a superstar concerning comedy roles.In 1985 Jagathy Sreekumar and Kalpana were the leads of the comedy film 'Ithu Nalla Thamasha'.Her combination roles with Comedy King Jagathy Sreekumar are all superb and unforgettable.Kalpana and Jagathy Sreekumar created fantastic comedy sequences in numerous Malayalam films which are all very nice comedy.Her comedy sequences with Innocent in numerous films are also exceptionally nice. Kalpana acted in more than 300 films moistly in languages Malayalam,Tamil, Telugu and Kannada.In Tamil apart from the hit film 'Chinna Veedu' she acted in popular successful films like 'Thirumathi Oru Vegumathi,Sathi Leelava
thi,Looty,Dumm Dumm Dumm,Aalukkoru Aasai,Kakki Sattai' and so on.
Kalpana used to appear as a Judge for many popular TV reality shows for many Malayalam and Tamil Channels.She was an excellent TV program presenter also.
She married film director Anil Kumar in the year 1998 but they got divorced in 2012.
Kalpana received National Award as Best Supporting Actress in 2012 for her performance in the Malayalam film 'Thanichalla Njan'.
In January 2016 Kalpana went to Hyderabad to act in a Telugu film in which Nagarjuna acted as the hero.She demised on 25th January at Hyderabad due to heart attack.She was 51.
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