Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Parvathy is a well known actress of  Malayalam  Film field who was active during the period 1986 to 1996 in main roles and quit the industry with her marriage to the Malayalam film Hero Jayaram.
Her real name is Aswathi Kurup and was born in Kaviyoor of Thiruvalla in Kerala.She joined Malayalam Cinema while she was studying for Pre-Degree Course at N.S.S.Hindu College Changanacherrry.Her debut film was at the age of 17 in Balachendramenon's 'Vivahithare Ithile Ithile.' She was given big spectacles to have a mature look for the role in that film by Menon in which she acted well according to the critics.She was cast in Hariharan's 'Amritham Gamaya' which was written by M.T.Vasudevan Nair in which Mohan Lal was in the lead role in the next year.Parvathy could present her role very naturally in that film which made her position stable.Jalakam, and Oru Minnaminunginte Nurungu Vettam' in which

Minnaminunginte Nurungu Vettam made her position intact and she became a household name in Kerala.She was much acclaimed for her role in '
as Unnimaya, the character she was very apt and the viewers loved her same as like Nedumudi Venu and Sarada.The old couple Nedumudi Venu and Sarada  acted fantastically well in that movie as if real and to compete with them Parvathy also tried her level best.
In the film 'Vaishali' which was directed by Bharathan, Parvathy was in the role as 'Shantha' the daughter of
Maharajah Lomapada who ruled Angarajya..In the film more importance was given for the roles of Geetha  as "Malini'and Suparna Anand as
"Vaishali' who were dancers at the palace; and Vaishali was Malini's daughter..Wrought caused much deaths and ruins in the princely state where a 'Yaga' was to be performed by
a Young Saint of Celibacy.Such a person who never saw women was brought there  with severe efforts by
Malini and Vaishali.The Yaga was performed by the young Saint 'Rishyasringan' and there happens heavy rains in which people danced and enjoyed
wildly and joyfully.Vaishali was the daughter of the King which even he was unaware of but Malini could not
reach the King to reveal the truth.In that joyous mob she was killed under the feet of dancers.Vaishali also fell down and her fate might be as trampled  similar.The King proclaimed the Marriage of his daughter 'Shanta' (Parvathy)
with the young saint 'Rishyasringan' which the crowd received with applause..Parvathy made her role memorable in the film.Each and every frame of the movie was made excellent by director Bharathan for the film 'Vaishali'.
In the film 'Aparan' Jayaram was introduced in Cinema by Director Padmarajan in which Parvathy was the heroine.It was the story of an young man who resembled somebody else and the consequences.
'Kireedam' was a film Directed by Sibi Malayil which was written by Lohitha Das and  which was a Block buster film.All characters in the film was well suited and acted fantastically well.The story and its presentation  was liked by all and the scenes are also well remembered.All the dreams and expectations of the happy family of Thilakan and his son Mohan Lal were crushed to pieces by an unexpected incident which caused
shock and sorrow  in the hearts of the viewers also.Many of the audience also felt sympathy to 'Devi' the innocent girl who loved Mohan Lal and wept with her.Parvathy as 'Devi' was quite lovable in the film.
'Vadakku Nokki Yanthram' was a typical  story which was written by Sreenivasan and he Directed the film and handled the main role also.As the hero 'Thalathil Dinesan' he could perform as if real.The inferior complex of Thalathil Dinesan and the problems it caused to his innocent and lovely wife 'Sobha' created
 comedy as well as a serious thought also.All the incidents in the film was enjoyable and for the great success
of the film the contribution with fantastic  acting of Parvathy was great.
In the film 'Akkare Akkare Akkare' the foolish C.I.D's Dasan and Vijayan goes to America to get back the stolen Gold Crown and to arrest Paul Barber.In the film Mohan Lal and Sreenivasan were the C.I.D's and Parvathy acted as a nurse who was working in an American Hospital.The film directed by Priyadarshan
was a commercial success and Parvathy excelled well in her character.
Dr.Pasupathy was a full length comedy film directed by Shaji Kailas and in the film Parvathy was as the Character 'Ammukkutty' who was in love with the character of 'Riza Bava' but was being  forced to  marry
Dr.Pasupathy, the character handled by innocent.
The film 'Subha Yathra' dealt with the life and difficulties of Malayalees living in Mumbai.The film in which
Jayaram and Parvathy acted in main roles was directed by Kamal.
Thalayanamantram was  a  film directed by Sathyan Anthikkad and in that film Urvashy and Parvathy acted
in competition.In that film  Sreenivasan and Jayaram had to split because of the words of their wives and
they realizes the truth later on.
In the film 'Kamaladalam' she was as the wife of 'Nanda Gopal' who was the instructor of 'Kalamandalam'
in the dance section which was handled by Mohan Lal.Her character dies and  Nanda Gopal becomes
addict to alcohol.The film gave importance to dance sequences in which 'Monisha' also performed well.
Almost all films handled by Parvathy were nice and well noted during that time.She settled as a house wife
at Chennai with Jayaram and their children Kalidas and Malavika.Kalidas acted in some films and got
National award as child artist also.
Selected Filmography
Vivahithare Ithile Ithile
Amritham Gamaya
Oru Minnaminunginte Nurungu vettam
Ponmuttayidunna Tharavu
Peruvannapurathe Viseshangal
Puthiya Karukkal
Vadakku Nokki Yanthram
Pradeshika Varthakal
Akkare Akkare Akkare
Kuruppinte Kanakkupustyhakam
Radha Madhavam
Subha Yathra
Thalayana Mantrasm
Amina Tailors
Kunikkitta Kozhi
Surya Gayathri
Kamala Dalam
Kizhakkan Pathrose

Thursday, December 22, 2011


Urvashi is a highly acclaimed and one of the top heroines of Malayalam Cinema during 1980's and 90's and
still active in supporting roles.She used to act in all South Indian languages and earned reputation and fame as a well talented actress from all the audience.Her acting abilities are inherent.Stage actor Chavara V.P.Nair was her father and mother is Vijaya Lakshmi. Urvashi's real name is Kavitha Ranjini.One  of her elder Sister Kala Ranjini was heroine of Malayalam films
when she was young and had acted opposite to Mammootty also.Now she is concentrating on T.V.Serials.
Another sister Kalpana is the most acclaimed comedy actress of Malayalam cinema who also acts in other languages and in character  roles also apart from comedy roles.Kalpana had acted as heroine of Tamil actor/Director K.Bhagyaraj also.
Urvashi came to lime light with the Tamil film 'Munthane Mudichu' of 1982 which was directed by K.Bhagyaraj
and acted in the Main role.The Block buster film was a big hit in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.In those days all  films
of K.Bhagyaraj were hits which contained many elements for attracting the audience.In the film Munthane Mudichu, Urvashy was the wife of an Upper Primary school Teacher, whose role was handled by K.Bhagyaraj.Urvashy's character,  'Parimala' was always surrounded by  a gang of small children who were students of the school where Bhagyaraj was the teacher.Parimala whose I.Q. was not up to the mark acted foolishly according to the advice of  the children who were her friends and fell in to trouble several times.Urvashi was only fourteen years old when she handled that role but she was excellent as 'Parimala'.Even though Munthane Mudichu was her debut film, she had actually acted in two Malayalam films in previous year
'Ethirpukal, and 'Enikku Visakkunnu' which was released later.The experience in acting those films helped her to act very easily in Munthane mudichu.
The roaring success of Munthane mudichu helped Urvashi to get main roles of Several Kannada films and she could act in films of all eminent actors of that language including Raj Kumar,Vishnu Vardhan,Ravi Chandran,
Ramesh Aravind etc.Her Kannada film 'Rama Shama Bhama of  2005 was also a super hit.
Her Malayalam film 'Ponmuttayidunna Tharavu' of Sathyan Anthikkad in which Jayaram was the hero and Sreenivasan in an important role boosted her acting career  as well as film 'Mazhavil Kavady' again a Jayaram
film.Mazhavil Kavady was also directed by Sathyan Anthikkad which  was a comedy film in which Jayaram becomes
a Barber at Pazhani created much laughter.Krishnan Kutty Nair, who was very lean and slim acted as her father
and Urvashi praising about his health to Jayaram was very funny.Urvashy got best actress award for that film.'Thalayana Mantram' which was directed by Sreenivasan  revealed her acting skill  in a high level.She was  as usual very natural to act these characters which the audience felt as if real.This is the case for her
role in 'Sphadikam' with Mohan Lal  which was directed by Bhadran  and in the  song sequence with Mohan Lal  in the truck after drinking toddy was also excellent.
In 'Venkalam' with Manoj K.Jayan  she acted fantastically well and the theme and story which differed from usual pattern attracted the audience.Murali was also in his best in that film.She had the chance to act with almost all  Prominent actors of those time like Mammootty,Mohan Lal,Jayaram,Manoj K Jayan,Jagadeesh,
Sreenivasan etc.
In the film 'Kazhakam, which was directed by Sukumaran Nair her role was a challenge to her acting skill
which was an award winning performance.Her performance in 'Achuvinte Amma' as supporting actress earned her National Award in 2006.
She married actor Manoj  K Jayan but they got legal separation in 2008 due to their own reasons.
National Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2006 for 'Achuvinte Amma'
Kerala State Best Actress Award in 1989 for Mazhavil Kavady
Kerala State Best Actress award in 1990 for Thalayana Mantram
Kerala State Best Actress Award in 1991 for Kadinjool Kalyanam,Bharatham,Mukhachitram,Kakkathollayiram

Kerala State Best Actress award in 1995  for Kazhakam
Kerala State Best Actress Award for Madhu Chandra Lekha in 2006
2010-Filmfare award for supporting actress
Selected Filmography
PathamudayamKarimpin poovinakkare
Sunil Vayasu 20
Desadanakili Karayarilla
Manasiloru Manimuthu
Nandi Veendum Varika
Ponmuttayidunna Tharavu
Oru CBI Diary Kurippu
Chakkikotha Chankaran
Mazhavil Kavady
Veena Meettiya Vilangukal

Thooval Sparsam
Thalayana Mantram
Nanma Niranjavan Sreenivasan
Kouthuka Varthakal
Vishnu Lokam
Souhrida Varthakal
Varthamana Kalam
Kizhakkan Pathrose
Sneha Sagaram
Ulsava Melam
My dear Muthachan
Ponnurukkum Pakshi
Ente Ponnu Thampuran
Soorya Gayathri
Kadinjool Kalyanam
Inchakkadan Mathai
Sukham Sukhakaram
Ithu Manjukalam
Pidakkozhi koovunna Noottandu
Simha Valan Menon
The City
Ayiram Meni
Varna Theru
Kottapurathe koottukudumbam
Achuvinte Amma
Sakudumbam Shyamala
Bharya Swantham Suhruthu

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Manju Warrier quit films and retired for family life in the year 1998 and after thirteen years also most of the Keralites still remember her acting skills with admiration.Most of the audiences are unhappy that she left the film field at  an unexpected early stage when she was just 20 years old..It is the usual age most of the heroines start their career but this highly talented and versatile actress and brilliant dancer in classical dance forms got married to actor Dileep on 20 Oct 1998
and settled at Alwaye as a housewife when she was just 20.Manju Warrier was born in Kannur on  1st November 1978 and finished her schooling at Kannur.Her father is  an Accountant and Mother Housewife.She has one brother by name Madhu Warrier.After Shobhana Manju Warrier was the expectation of the audience as a brilliant actress who could handle any
type of roles and was able to dub the voice of her own.She was very expressive on her face and controlled voice modulation was easy to her. She  could show minute feelings also on her face and through her speaking eyes.Her gestures and movements were adequate which
suited the characters she was presenting.If she continued her acting career further the story writers would have
created so many feminine strong characters which are happening rarely now.Some actors could not understand what the writer and director expects from a particular scene and so the overall effect and impact that sequence creates on the audience will not be up to the mark.The spectators watch such scenes without any emotions
and the writer and Director will surely feel bad about their final product.The writers and Directors will feel
very happy when they understand that a new actor/actress has  unusual  inherent talents and can be utilized
for versatile roles effectively.It is what happened in the case of Manju Warrier. If we examine the list of films acted by Manju Warrier we will understand this fact.
Manju Warrier was active in the film field from 1995 to 1999 only.During this short period she appeared only in Malayalam films and all of her films were Directed by eminent Directors of those period.
She was given an important role by Director Mohan in 'Sakshyam' in 1995.She became a heroine in the film
'Sallapam' which was directed by Sunderdas and the role of Dileep as Junior Jesudas and Radha of Manju
got much appreciation.The young,charming Radha entered in to the hearts of all audiences.The next film Directed by Kamal 'Ee Puzhayum Kadannu' with Dileep and Biju Menon again created good impact.Afterwards she was cast in films which were the  team work of talented writers, directors and other technicians so that the audience got some nice films to enjoy and keep in memory.
Unnimaya of 'Aaram Thampuran' was a role which was not easy to present with but Manju Warrier gave life to Unnimaya and gave emotions to the fullest.Mohan Lal acted opposite to her in 'Aaram Thampuran' and 'Kanmadam'.Kanmadam was written and directed by Lohithadas.
Irattakuttikalude Achan was a sentimental film which was directed by Sathyan Anthikkad which was nicely
presented by Manju and Jayaram.In several of her films like 'Kaliveedu,Dilliwala Raja Kumaran,Krishna Gudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu   and 'Thooval Kottaram' Jayaram  acted opposite to her.'Daya' was different
theme directed by Venu.She received much acclaim for 'Pranaya Varnangal' directed by Sibi Malayil and  for 'Summer in Bethlahem ' also.
'Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu' was also a film with an unusual theme which was directed by T.K.Rajeev Kumar  which was a challenge to her acting skill.The character 'Bhadra' of that film is still remembered
by her audience with much appreciation.The film earned  Manju Warrier a 'Special Jury National Award'
for her character.She got Kerala Government Best Actress Award for the film 'Ee Puzhayum Kadannu' in the year 1996.She was also recipient of Asiane,Videocon and Film Fans Awards as Best Actress for the years,1996,97,98,and 99.
Ee Puzhayum Kadannu
Dilliwala Raja Kumaran
Thooval Kottaram
Aaram Thampuran
Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu
Irattakuttikalude Achan
Pranaya Varnangal
Summer in Bethlahem
Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu


Monday, December 19, 2011


Divya Unni was a famous actress of Malayalam and Tamil films during  the period of  1991-2001 in lead roles.
She was born in 1981 in Kochi Kerala.From the childhood itself she was trained in Classical dance forms
Bharatanatyam,Mohiniyattam,Kuchuppidi etc and became an expert dancer since she was very talented.
She became 'Kala Thilakam' during 1990 and 1991 in the Kerala State School competition.
She got the chance to act as a child artist in the film 'Nee Ethra Dhanya' when she was only seven years old
and again got chances to act in 'Oh Faby' a film directed by Srikkuttan and in 'Pookkalam Varavayi' directed by Kamal in the year 1991.
The first film as a heroine was 'Kalyana Sougandhikam' which was produced and directed by Vinayan when she was studying in the 10th Standard.Films like 'Pranaya Varnangal'  and 'Varna Pakittu' earned her much fame and reputation as a very talented actress.Her role in film 'Churam' earned her much applause.It was director Bharathan's last film.Since Bharathan was a Painter  he used to present his heroines beautifully as a painting on canvas and special shots would be included to emphasis their curves charmingly. Several such fantastic shots were there in 'Churam' in which he presented 'Divya Unni' glamorously.Divya Unni also did not
hesitate to act a little bit glamorously in some other films also.Divya Unni
got the chance to act in both Mammootty and Mohan Lal films.
Divya Unni gave much importance to dance and she got chance to present her Dance programs on Doordarshan  T.V. Channel.She got  chance to perform stage shows throughout India.She was lucky enough to present stage shows in all parts of North America,European Countries and all Gulf countries also.
During the ten years acting career she had acted in several T.V.Serials and T.V. films.She was recipient of Aravindakhan Memorial award and Mother Theresa Award  for  her dance performances.She quit films
by marrying a Doctor working in the U.S. and migrated to U.S.A.
For training children in the U.S.  the classical dance forms she started 'Sree Padam School of Arts' in Houston,Texas,U.S.A. with a Branch in Kochi,India.
Selected Filmography
Pookkalam Varavayi (1991)
Kalyana Sougandhigam
Nee Varuvolam
Kadha Nayakan
Pranaya Varnangal
Varna Pakittu
Ayushman Bhava
Oru Maravathur Kanavu
The Truth
Ayiram Meni
Akasa Ganga
Mark Antony
Nakshatrangal Parayathirunnathu
Magic Lamp (2008)
Upadesiyude Makan(2010)
Tamil Films
Andan Adimai
Palayathu Amman
Kannan Varuvan

Saturday, December 17, 2011


Lakshmi  is a versatile actress who was very active in all four South Indian Languages in lead roles during 70's and 80's and later  shifted to supporting roles.She received  National Award for Best Actress  for a Tamil film in 1974 and it was for the first time that an actress got a Best Actress National Award for a Tamil Film.
She is famous for the North Indian audience through her 1975 Hindi film 'Julie' which was a commercially successful film.The songs of that film are still very famous.She has also acted in a few other Hindi films.In all the four South Indian languages such as Tamil,Malayalam,Kannada and Telugu she was very active and acted with almost all lead actors of those languages.She is fluent in all the south Indian languages.
Lakshmi was born on 13 Dec 1952 in Chennai to Actor/Producer Y.V.Rao who was originally from Nellore in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Actress Kumari Rukhmani.Rukhmani's mother Janaki was also an actress.
Lakshmi entered in to films at the age of 15 by a Tamil film 'Jeevanamsam' in the year 1968.In the same year she appeared in a Telugu film 'Bandhavyalu'.
In the year 1974 she acted in the lead role of a Malayalam film 'Chattakkari' which was based on a novel written by Malayalam novelist 'Pamman' in the same name.The story was about the life style of Anglo Indian Christian families of Kerala.Julie's father was a Pilot of Railway Engine and when their life was going smoothly Julie falls in love with a Hindu Youth and their relationship resulted in Julie's pregnancy.Julie had to deliver a child in a convent and the consequences were the theme.The film demanded much acting skills and Lakshmi was superb in handling that role to the wide acclamation of audiences.It was remade as 'Julie' in Hindi in 1975 and 'Julie
Prema Katha' in Telugu (75) and in these languages also Julie's character was handled by Lakshmi.At those times in addition to the fantastic acting skills she was glamorous also.
In a Malayalam film 'Ponni' which dealt with the story of  Tribal people 'Kamal Hassan' was her hero and the film was a super hit at the box Office.That film contained melodious songs and nice song sequences.Like that another  Malayalam film of 1975 'Picnic' was a block buster film which also contained beautiful melodious songs which are written by Sreekumaran Thampi and Music by M.K.Arjunan.Those songs are still very popular.The story was about a tribal girl who falls in love with an Engineer who was camping inside the forest at a river basin for the construction work of a dam.The girl was the daughter of the leader of the tribe.It was against their rules to marry somebody outside from their tribe and so the Engineer married her secretly and shifted to another place.Meanwhile the couple had a child and the tribal girl became very modern and learned to speak and write English also.Once she wanted to return to their home place to visit her father and the the three happily reached the place.By that time the dam work was also finished.When they were walking to her father's house a tribal man sent a poisonous arrow on her and she died.Her father came to the spot and seeing her daughter's dead body wept a lot.The son of the tribal girl while studying for Engineering visit the place with his friends for a picnic and the watch man of the dam recognized him since he resembled his father whom the watch man knew very well.These story was told by the watch man to him and his friends and helped the young boy to visit his tribal grand father also.
In a Malayalam film 'Mohiniyattam' of Director Sreekumaran Thampi she presented dance  sequences which were well done.In a 1982 Malayalam  film  'Gaanam' which was again directed by Sree Kumaran Thampi she was as a  Carnatic Vocalist.The film  was in the genre of 'Sankarabharanam'  and it was also a commercially successful film.The film was artistically made but it attracted all kinds of audiences.
In the Tamil movie 'Dikkatra Parvathy' which was based on a novel written by C.Rajagopalachari, it was directed by Sreenivasa rao and Sreekanth acted opposite to Lakshmi.The film was also a challenge to her acting skill and received National film award for Best feature film in Tamil of 1975.
In 1975 she acted in a Tamil film 'Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal' which was directed by Bheem Singh.It was based on a same titled novel written by novelist Jaya Kanthan.The main roles were handled by Lakshmi,Sree Kanth  and Nagesh.Lakshmi received National Award for Best Actress for that film.
Like that in Telugu and Kannada also she has acted in several films and got much appreciation and awards.
Later she changed to mother roles and grand mother roles.She played Aisharya Rai's Grand Mother in 'Jeans'(1993) and Kareena Kapoor's Grand Mother in Hulchul(2004).She has acted in more than 400 films.
She used to appear as host for T.V.Shows in Tamil and some other south Indian Languages and also act in films.
She is recipient of Filmfare award for Best Actress in Tamil for film 'Dikkatra Parvathy'
In 1974 she got Filmfare award for Best Actress for Malayalam film 'Chattakkari'
and in 1975 she got Best actress award for Malayalam film 'Chalanam'
In 1976 She was awarded Filmfare award for Malayalam film 'Mohiniyattam'
In83 She got Best Actress Filmfare Award for Tamil film,In 86 She got Best Actress Filmfare
Award for Telugu Film and in 1993 she got Best Actress filmfare award for Kannada film.
In 1998 she was given Filmfare Life Achievement Award.
She is also recipient of Kerala State Best Actress Award for Chattakkari
1975  National Award for Best Actress for Tamil film
In 1978 she received She received Best Actress award from Tamil Nadu Government
for film 'Oru Nadigai Natakam Padikiraal'.
Selected Filmography
Penn Deivam(T)
Noottukku Nooru(T)
Mattukkara Velan(T)
Kase than Kadavulada(T)
Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal(T)
Thikatra parvathy(T)
Samsaram Athu Meensaram(T)
Kudumbam Oru Kovil(T)
Udaya Geetham(T)
Pasa Paravaigal(T)
Sri Raghavendra (T)
En Uyir Kannamma(T)
Sindhoora Sandhyakku Mounam(M)
Atta Kalasam(Mal)
Piriyilla Naam(M)
Aattu Vanchi Ulanjappol(M)
Aarante Mulla Kochu Mulla (M)
Manathe Vellitheru(M)
Ee Tanutha Veluppan Kalathu(M)
Poochakkaru Mani kettum(M)

Thalam thettiya Tharattu(M)
Orikkal Koodi(M)
Soorya Vamshe(K)
Malle Poovu(Telugu)
Andoru Dongale(Telugu)
Sundara Kanda(Telugu)

Thiru Mangalyam (T)
Veettukku Veedu (T)
Netrikan (T)

Unnaippol Oruvan (T)
Padayappa (T)
Alludu Mazaale (Telugu)
Ninne Pelladutha (Telugu)
Murari (Telugu)
Ee Nadu (Telugu)
Jeevana Tharangalu (Telugu)
Kiladi Jodi (Kannada)
Antha (K)
Pallavi Anu Pallavi(K)
Brahmastra (K)
Vamshi (K)
Chattakkari (Mal)
Ponni (Mal)
Picnic (Mal)
Mohiniyattam (Mal)
America America (Mal)
Karyam Nissaram (Mal)
Julie (Hindi)
Jeevan Mukthi (H)
Aangon ki kali (H)
Bandit  Queen (H)
Hulchul (H)