Thursday, November 24, 2011


Jaya Bharathi is a very popular actress of Malayalam Films who also appeared in Tamil and some other south Indian languages.She could act in  a few Hindi films also.She entered the film as a heroine in the Tamil movie
'Anubhavi Raja Anubhavi' in the year 1967.Her debut film in Malayalam was in the next year 1968 with the film 'Thokkukal Kadha Parayunnu'.Prem Nazir was the hero of that film.and  Jayabharathi was in her 17's during that time.During the song sequence and love scenes she used to tell Prem Nazir to  Please do not titillate her  since the young heroine  felt it so unbearable to act so closely.Her complaint was in Tamil as 'Kichu kicha Aavunnu Sir'  since at that time Jaya Bharathi was not  knowing Malayalam fluently.But the intelligent girl grasped the language easily and for all her films in Malayalam she dubbed  them by herself and could earn and  protect her own  identity.She was active in Malayalam films in main roles in 70's and  after wards she was busy till 1999 in main roles,character roles,supporting roles,mother roles etc.
In the 1971 film'Kara kanakkadal' which she acted with Sathyan,Madhu ,Vincent,Adoor Bhasi,AdoorBhavani,Adoor Pankajam,Sankarady,T.R.Omana,Nellikkodu Bhaskaran etc was a block buster film in which all the characters acted competitively well  and at that young stage also Jayabharathi could present her role with extreme talent.
When Prem Nazir sang the lines  'Laksharchana Kandu Madangumbol Oru Lajjayil Mungiya mukham Kandu
Mallikarjuna Kshetrathil vechu njan Malleeswarante poovambu kondu' in the film 'Ayalathe Sundari' the audience also felt as her as  an 'Ayalathe Sundari(The beautiful girl living next door).She was very efficient to act equally well as a village girl who is very shy and with the dress and make up suited to such characters like wearing Kerala hand loom saree and  applying kumkum and sandalwood paste on forehead, hair adorned with  two or three basil leaves .In contrary to that she was also brilliant as modern girl as in the film 'College Girl'.She was versatile to act seriously and also nicely could mix a  pinch of  comedy like as in 'Ladies Hostel'.
Jaya Bharathi acted opposite to all eminent  actors of those times  like Prem Nazir,Madhu,Vincent,M.G.Soman,Kamal Hassan, and Rajani Kant.
She got Kerala Government Best Actress award for  various films in 1972 and Best Actress award in 1973 for the film 'Madhavikkutty'.That film was a challenge which revealed much of her acting  abilities.
In the 1974  film Nellu which was directed by Ramu Kariat  she handled a very sensitive role effectively.She was also very good in 'Vadakkan Pattu
Stories' like 'Palattu Kunjikkannan' and those costumes suited her very much.
The films 'Sethu Bandhanam' 'Bhoomi Devi Pushpiniyayi' 'Enippadikal' 'Divya Darsanam' 'Oru Sundariyude kadha' 'Punarjanmam' 'Urvasi Bharathi''Vadakakkoru Hridayam' 'Itha Ivide Vare' etc  were all critically acclaimed movies.She received much appreciation for fiction movies 'Alavudineenum Alphutha Vilakkum' 'Arakkallan Mukkal Kallan ' etc.When Prem Nazir sings 'Mullapoom pallilo mukkutti kavililo alli malar mizhiyilo njan mayangi' the feeling of the audience were also the same because they were also being  enchanted  by Jaya Bharathi  at the same time.
In 1978 released 'Rathi Nirvedam'  which was perhaps the most appreciated film of Jaya Bharathi.The screenplay was written by novelist P.Padmarajan(who later became very famous film director also) and was directed by Bharathan.The love and attraction  happening to a  teen age boy towards an elderly girl was the theme. It was remade recently with Swetha Menon in the place of Jaya Bharathi.The audience who witnessed both the films will agree that Jaya Bharathi was  much more attractive and beautiful than Swetha and of course much more talented to portray that character.
Jaya Bharathi married Malayalam film star Sathar and she is having a son.Jaya bharathi is busy with her own dance school at present.She was being trained in different dance varieties from the childhood itself and  so she is an excellent dancer too.
Selected Filmography
Thokkukal Kadha Parayunnu
Viruthan Sabku
Vidyarthikale Ithile Ithile
Urvasi Bharathi
Vazhi Vilakku
Thurakkatha Vathil
Tourist Bunglaw
Aarum Anyaralla
Anchu Saundarikal
College Girl
Ayalathe Sundari
Ladies Hostel
Bhoomidevi Pushpiniyayi
Vadakakkoru Hridayam
Itha Ivide Vare
Ithikkara Pakki
Arikkari Ammu
Aval Oru Devalayam
Dattu Puthran
Guruvayur Kesavan
Chumadu Thangi
College Beauty
Ee Manohara Theeram
Alavudeenum Alphutha Vilakkum
January Oru Orma
No.20 Madras Mail
Kadal Kattu
Arakkallan Mukkal Kallan
Jayikkanayi Janichavan
Rathi Nirvedam
Pancha Thanthram
Itha Oru Theeram
Nammude Naadu
ootty Pattanam
Michael Madana Kama Rajan
Man of the Match
Ezhupunna Tharakan
Veena Meetiya Vilangukal
Sandhya Mayangum Neram
January Oru Orma
Azhhakulla Selena
Puthiya Velicham

Friday, November 18, 2011


Sheela is a very much loved great actress of Malayalam but she has acted in all other South Indian Languages also.In Malayalam she has acted in more than 410 film all in main roles.Her name is entered in Guinness Book of World records for acting as pair for the same Hero in largest number of films-which she made this world record with Prem Nazir and both of them were pair in 107 films.
Sheela was born on 24 Mar 1945 as 'Clara Abraham' and her father was a railway employee.After her Father's death she entered in to films and the debut film was 'Pasam' which was an MGR film.She entered Malayalam with the film 'Bhagya Jathakam' opposite to Sathyan.As the name of the first film suggests her entry to Malayalam was a Bhagya Jathakam to herself as well as Malayalam film field also to get such a capable and versatile actress.She has got typical significant way of dialogue presentation  and vivid voice quality to impress the audience and in  all her films her own voice was always used.She was lucky to act with all eminent Stars like Prem Nazir,Sathyan,Madhu,Kamal Hassan,Rajani Kanth etc.
While most of her films with Prem Nazir were successful at the Box Office and mainly entertainers with melodious songs and sequences several of her films with Sathyan were block busters which were having serious and sentimental stories.She got wide appreciation for her role as 'Karuthamma' in the President's Gold Medal Award winner film 'Chemmeen' directed by 'Ramu Kariatt'.The story was based on the novel written in the same name by 'Njan Peett" award holder 'Thakazhy Sivasankara Pillai'.The helpless and worried young lady in between the husband and lover was fantastically acted by Sheela by brilliant face expressions.
in 'Thulabharam'  Sarada and Sheela appeared together and it was a super hit film.In 'Adimakal' Sathyan and Sheela acted in competition like that of 'Vazhvemayam'.'Kadalpalam' in which Sathyan took double role was also a highly acclaimed film.
The film 'Kallichellamma' was a real challenge to Sheela  for  which the critics praised her a lot and the audience still remember that character.It was based on a novel written by G.Vivekanandan and only  highly  talented artists would be able to play that character which she performed superbly nice.
In Vadakkan Pattu Stories also Sheela was good because of her perception and films like 'Aromalunni' and 'Kadathanattu Makkam' etc were especially good.In 'Eetta' she acted with Kamal Hassan which was directed by I.V.Sasi.Like that  Directer N.Sankaran Nair utilized  Kamal Hassan for his film 'Vishnu Vijayam' with Sheela.Jayan acted with her in the film 'Etho Oru swapnam'.
Sheela married Tamil Actor Ravi Chander and she was not on the scene for 22 years and came back with a Malayalam film 'Manassinakkare' in which again she proved her  superb acting skills.She is now acive in films and in an upcoming movie she is acting as mother of Mohan Lal's character.
Sheela's son George(Vishnu) is also an actor of Tamil films and T.V.Serials.
During the 70s and 80s Sheela  directed two Malayalam films by names 'Yaksha Ganam' and 'Sikharangal'.
For the film 'Sikharangal' she wrote story,Screenplay also.In Tamil she directed a tele film also.
Sheela was selected for 3 times as Best Actress by Kerala Government.
She got National award as Supporting actress in 2004 for film 'Akale'.
She got Lifetime Achievement Award from Filmfare.
Selected Filmography
Aa Nimisham
Agni Pareekha
Agni Puthri
Aval Oru Devalayam
Bhagya Jathakam
Bobanum Moliyum
Chandra Mukhi
Chattambi Kalyani
Cochin Express
Collector Malathy
Ezhuthatha Kadha
Kanatha Veshangal
Kadathanattu Makkam
Kalli Chellamma
Kavya Mela
Kuruthi Kalam
Lady Doctor
Lorry Driver
Lottery Ticket
Madrasile Mon
Makane Ninakku Vendi
Manyasree Viswamithran
Nadan Pennu
Niraparayum Nila Vilakkum
Oru Penninte Kadha
Ollthu Mathi
Panchavan Kaadu
Velutha Kathreena
Vishnu Vijayam
Yetho Oru Swapnam

Friday, November 11, 2011


Sobhana, who was born on 21 March 1966 in Trivandrum to parents Chandra Kumar and  Anandam is a well known actress in Malayalam,Tamil,Telugu and Kannada  as well as a renowned classical Dancer.She is the neice of  famous Lalitha,Padmini and Ragini who were known as 'Travancore Sisters' well distinguished in classical dance and   film stars of India.. Actress Padma Shri Sukumari who is very famous in Malayalam and Tamil Films is her Aunt.The famous Malayalam and Telugu film star Vineeth who is a fantastic classical dancer also is her relative.
Sobhana's talents are so inherent and  she was given classical dance training from the childhood itself and her main Guru is 'Chithra Viswesaran'.She is very proficient in all kinds of classical dances especially 'Bharata Natyam'.She started her own Dance School  at Chennai in the name 'Kalarpana' which organizes dance festivals throughout India every year.The funds raised by these dance programs are utilized for training talented students who are financially poor and also for the betterment of handicapped people.
Sobhana got entry in to films in 1984  with the film 'April 18' which is a Malayalam film which was produced and directed by Balachandra Menon.Bharat Gopi,Adoor Bhasi,Adoor Bhavani,Venu Nagavally,Unni Mary etc acted in that movie which was a super hit.Even though Sobhana was very young then, she was able to present her role in an ennobled form.
In the same year with Mammootty she could act in another super hit film 'Kana Marayathu' which made her part of the industry and offer from other languages also came in search for that talented artist.She acted along with Kamal Hassan,Rajani Kanth,Chiranjeevi etc in several major projects such as Siva,Thalapathy,Rudraveena etc and gained much applause from the audience.In Nagarjuna's debut film 'Vikram. Sobhana was the heroine.
During the 80's and 90's Sobhana was the No.1 heroine of all south Indian languages is  an incontrovertible fact.She could play the character of 'Mani Chitrathazhu' a Malayalam film directed by eminent director Fazil which the theme was based on psychological phenomenon  superbly brilliant.Her dance sequences in that film were also excellent with gorgeous gesticulation and movements combined with minute face expressions.Her acting in that film can not be described in words but we can only say that it is immaculate and wonderful.Her susceptible role and incandescent acting performance  resulted such that   Sobhana was the National award winner of Best Film Actress of 1994 for film Manichitrathazhu..Again in 2001 she got National award for Best Actress for film 'Mitr,My Friend' a film made in English language by actress Revathy and directed by her.
The dancing sequences in the films of Sobhana would be a feast for the spectators who love classical dance.
She is a very talented choreographer also.
Mohan Lal  is  a successful pair for Sobhana in many of her films.T.P.Balagopalan M.A. was a nice film directed by Sathyan Anthikkad in which Sukumari,Balan K.Nair,Sreenivasan,Maniyan Piilai Rajau etc were co- stars which was a very successful film.In  'Vellanakalude Nadu' Sobhana was a Government Officer and Mohan Lal Public works department Contractor.That film was a block buster film  like 'Pavithram' 'Mazhayethum Munpe' 'Pakshe' and 'Commissioner'. The film 'Thenmavin Kombathu' which was written and directed by 'Priyadarshan' was an awful success.The Mammootty film 'Hitler' was a roaring success at the box office.Like that in other languages films like 'Siva' 'Thalapathy'  'Kokila'  'Asthram'  'Rudraveena' etc are all remarkable films.Sobhana has acted in more than Forty films in other languages than Malayalam.She recived Padma Shri from  Government of India in 2006.
She was given 'Kala Ratna' award in 2014 by Kerala Government.
Selected Filmography
April 18
Kana Marayathu
Ithiri Poove Chuvanna Poove
Vasantha Sena
Azhiyatha Bandhangal
With Nagarjuna in  'Vikram'
Ithrayum Kalam
Nadodi Kattu
Vellanakalude Nadu
Maya Mayuram
Thenmavin Kombathu
Manathe Vellitheru
Receiving 'PADMA SHRI AWARD' from Indian President 
Agni Sakshi
Sagar Elias Jacky
Sobhana with Ajith and Salini
Beauty at its Best
Excellent transition to the character
Perfection like a sculpture
Smt.Sobhana,Smt.Kanimozhi,Sri.Kamal Hasssan

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Anant Nag was born at  Norther Karnataka in a Saaraswat Brahmin family on Sept 4 1948.His parents were Sadanand Nagarkatte and Anandi.His mother tongue is Konkani.After primary education in the home  town he was shifted to Mumbai where he had his higher studies.Due to his flair for acting he got involved with Marathi theatre.
He got entry in to films through Shyam Benegal film 'Ankur' of 1973.It was the first feature film directed by Shyam Benegal. The gifted director and writer  Shyam Benegal was highly acclaimed for his first film itself  which was shot artistically fabulous.It was the debut film of Shyam Benegal,Anant Nag and heroine Shabana Azmi.The role 'Surya' of Anant Nag and 'Lakshmi' of Shabana Azmi was noted by well wishers of better cinema all over the world.The film was released all over India and Anant Nag was popularized with that single film itself because of his ease in acting realistically.Shyam Benegal utilized this talented actor there after for most of his other films.Ankur was awarded the second Best Feature film of 1975.
Anant Nag got entry in to Kannada films by G.V.Iyer film 'Hamsageetha'.In the debut film in Kannada he got much appreciation.Irrespective of the language he is highly acclaimed for his versatile acting abilities to handle any type of roles with perfection.In addition to Kannada he could act in Marathi,Hindi,Tamil,Telugu and Malayalam films.He can speak several languages fluently.
Even though much praised for his appearance in parallel cinema  he proved that he can easily handle humor roles also.During 1970-80's there were so many hits of commercial films of Anant Nag in Kannada.His sense of humor is scintillating and the audience loves his presentation of characters very much that most of his films were successful.He is famous as an actor without failures.
Later he confined with supporting roles and character roles.His recent film 'Eredane maduve' with Suhasini is also a super hit.He is one of the most respected personalities and actor.
He has earned much reputation as a Political leader in Karnataka and became State Minister also.This highly acclaimed actor and Political leader but behaves
Politely and lovingly to all.
Shyam Benegal films earned wide popularity for him.'Kondura' is a Marathi Novel which  Shyam Benegal   made some changes and a film made in Telugu titled 'Anugraham'
with Smitha Patil,Anant Nag,Amrish Puri etc.He made it in Hindi also but was not released.His 1977 film 'Bhoomika' again filmed with Smitha Patil won her National award as best actress.In the film Anant Nag,Nasruddin shah,Amrish Puri etc were other actors.In the film 'Manthan' Smitha Patil,Anant Nag,Girish Karnad,Nasruddin  Shah,Amrish Puri were actors and Anant Nag handled the character role as 'Chandra Varker'.
National film award for best feature film in Hindi for 1977 was Shyam Benegal's 'Nishant' Shabana Azmi,Smitha Patil,Nasruddin Shah acted in this film which dealt the theme sex exploitation of women.Anant Nag's role was 'Anjaiya' which was highly acclaimed.'Kaliyug' was another film of Shyam Benegal in which Shashi Kapoor,Rekha,Raj Babbar etc were actors Anant Nag handled the character role as 'Baratraj' who is the brother of 'Dharamraj' which is handled by Raj Babbar.
His ability to portray the depth and dimension of a character is much appreciated.
So  the role of 'Swathi Thirunal Maharajah' was given to him  by director/writer 'Lenin Rajendran'  for his 1987 Malayalam film 'Swathi Thirunal'.
Selected Filmography
Janma Janmada Anubandha
Naa Ninna Bidalaare
Benkiya Bale
Ganeshana Maduve
Challenge Gopalakrishna
Baladingale Baale
Gowri Ganesha
Minchina Ota
Ganesha Subrahmanya
Mungaru Male
Narada Vijai
Shanti Nivasa
Daiva Shakti
Aruna Raaga
Ganesha I Love U
Brahma Vishnu Maheswara
Hose Mane Aliya
Kudure Mukha
Eradana Maduve
Golmal Radhakrishna
Neenello Naanalle
Nattukku Oru Nallavan
Ratri Balu ABCDEFG

Swathi Thirunal