Saturday, June 20, 2015

Valsala Menon

Valsala Menon is a popular Malayalam actress who has acted in supporting roles and character roles of large number of films.She has acted as Mother,Grandmother,Aunt etc to many top actors of Malayalam Cinema.
Valsala Menon was born in Thrissur to parents Raman Menon and Devakiamma in the year 1945.She has acted in the film 'Thirmala' of 1953 as a child artist.
She got married at the age of 16 and came back  to silver screen after a very long period in 1985 only.
In 1985 she acted in the Malayalam movie 'Kiratham' directed by K.S.Gopalakrishnan.Devan,Ratheesh,Captain Raju,Anuratha,Santhosh,Vincent etc were the main actors of the film.
She appeared in the film 'Kariyilakkattupole' directed by P.Padmarajan in the year 1986 along with Mohanlal,Rahman,Karthika,Jalaja etc.
'Unnikale Oru Kadha Parayam' was a well noted film which  Valsala Menon acted  in the year 1987 in which Mohan Lal,Karthika,Thilakan,M.G.Soman,Innocent etc were in the cast.
'Oridathu' was directed by G.Aravindan in which she acted along with Nedumudi Venu,Srenivasan,Thilakan etc.
'Theertham' directed by Mohan was a nice film  in which Nedumudi Venu,Pallavi Joshi,Innocent,Thilakan,Surasu etc acted.
In the film 'Vaishali' directed by Bharathan in 1988, Valsala Menon also acted.
Sanjay Mitra,Suparna Anand,Geetha,Parvathi,Nedumudi Venu,Babu Antony etc were the main actors of this film.
She acted as the College Principal of the Super hit film 'Aye Auto' directed by Venu Nagavally.When the Principal scolding the girls as  "Go to your Classes" Mohan Lal repeating the same dialogue was a comedy scene in that movie.
She acted along with Mohan Lal,Shobhana,Neena Gupta etc in the film 'Vasthuhara' directed by G.Aravindan.The film earned Best film Award from Kerala Government and National Award as Best feature film in Malayalam.
In the super hit film Kamaladalam' directed by Sibi Malayil she acted as a dance teacher of Kerala Kala Mandiram.
She acted along with Mammootty,Mohini,Mukesh,Priya Raman etc in the super hit film 'Sainyam' directed by Joshy.
In the film 'Mazhayethum Munpe' she portrayed a College Principal.
In the hit film 'Sallapam' directed by Sundar Das in 96, she acted as Leelavathy Thampuratty.Dilip and Manju Warrier were the main pair of this film.
In the super hit film 'Perumazhakkalam' directed by Kamal, she acted along with Kavya Madhavan,Meera Jasmine,Dilip,Vineeth etc.The film received National award for Best film on other social issues.
In the film 'Chanthupottu',  as the grandmother of Freedy (Biju Menon) and Rosie (Bhavana ) her role received accolades.
In the film 'Oru Indian Pranayakadha' directed by Sathyan Anthikad in 2013 she acted along with Fahadh Fazil and Amala Paul.She was Fahadh Fazil's(Sidharth) grandmother in this movie.
She portrayed Karimban Johni's (Joy Mathew) mother in the 2014 film 'Avatharam' directed by Joshy.
Valsala Menon has acted in many TV serials portraying  character roles.She has acted in TV serials such as "Parasparam, Velamkanni Mathavu,Swapnam,Alavudeente Alphutha Vilakku,Mohakkadal,Ilam Thennal Pole,Sree Padmanabham,Bhagya Devatha" etc.She also appeared in reality show like 'Nakshatra Deepangal'.
Her husband Haridas passed away many years back.She has three sons.
Selected Filmography
Kiratham
Karimbin Poovinakkare
Kulambadikal
Dhim Tharikida Thom







 









Nale Njangalude Vivaham
Chekkaranoru Chilla
Kariyilakattupole
Sunil Vayassu 20
Oridathu
Theertham
Sruthi
Aparan
Vaisali
1921
Aranyakam
Moonnammura
Carnival
Naduvazhikal
Season
Mazhavil Kavady
His Highness Abdulla
Ee Thanutha Veluppan Kalathu
Malayogam
No.20 Madras Mail
Kuttettan
Thoovalsparsam
Pavakoothu
Aye Auto
Mukham
Vasthuhara
Adayalam
Kamaladalam
Sainyam
Nakshatrakoodaram
Thacholi Varghese Chekavar
Kazhakam
Azhakiya Ravanan
Sallapam
Valiyettan
Desam
Chathurangam
Achuvettante Amma
College Kumaran
Loud Speaker
Pazhassi Raja
Kutty Srank
Aagathan
Thaskara Lahala
Kalabha Mazha
My Boss
Salam Kashmir
My Life Partner
The Train
Matinee
Avatharam
Otta Mandharam


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Kunchan

Kunchan is a popular actor of Malayalam films who plays comedy roles mostly and he is active in this field for the last 45 years.
He was born as 'Mohan Das' at Fort Kochi on 14th November 1952 and had his schooling at Mattancherry.He was humorous from childhood itself and amused his friends with pranks always.
He tried for roles in films from late 60's and appeared in one or two films in the late 60's  which were not noticed.He became a known actor with the film 'Rest House' which was released in the year 1970.His name Mohan Das was changed to 'Kunchan' by the great doyen Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair.Thikkurissi being impressed by Mohan Das's comedy acting  skill gave him the name of 'Kunchan Nambiar' the great humorous satirist  poet of Kerala.
In the early years of his career he had to struggle in  Chennai wandering without enough money and at that period he was staying there with his close friends  actor Sudheer and director Bharathan.Director Bharathan was art director at that period.Soon Sudheer rose to stardom and became a hero actor and Bharathan became a well known film director.Kunchan received more roles and his situaton also improved.Kunchan never asked help from  Sudheer or Bharathan for roles.In fact Bharathan did not give Kunchan any role in his films when he became a popular director.This has been told by Kunchan himself in an interview with a Malayalam magazine.
Another incident he said was that about director Kunchacko.Kunchan was given a role in an  Udaya Studio's film and many of the actors were staying at the Studio Complex itself.In the evenings to entertain others Kunchan used to  perform  comedy and sometimes used to imitate others.One day he imitated Producer/director Kunchacko and however the news reached his ears.Kunchacko did not take that mimicry  as silly and was not ready to tolerate it but  removed Kunchan from that film and never gave him role again.
During the early 70's Kunchan had a thin figure and his body structure along with the mannerisms were quite enough to make people laugh.He acted in many black and white comedy hits of those period mostly along with Adoor Bhasi and Bahadur.He was a noted presence in hits like 'Lanka Dahanam,Sambhavami Yuge Yuge,Anjathavasam,Panchavadi,Panchathanthram' etc.
In the comedy entertainer 'Chattambi Kalyani' he acted as 'Chotta Sulthan'.This was the debut film of Jagathy Sreekumar and he acted as  the main comedy character.
In the film 'Aaranya Kantam' he acted as the assistant of an Ayurvedic Physician (Sankaradi) and follows him always shaking a pot of medicine  which aroused much laughter.
In the film 'Air Hostess' as an Airline passenger returning from Gulf he creates comedy scene with  an automatic umbrella  causing nuisance to others on board.
In the super hit film 'Angadi' which boosted the image of Jayan he acted in it along with Kuthiravattam Pappu and others.
He  acted in the film 'Mandanmar Londanil' directed by Sathyan Anthikkad as the postman Prabhakaran.
In the film 'Ramji Rao Speaking' he creates nice comedy scenes as the male servant of Urumees Thampan (Devan).Kunchan clearing some doubts to the servant maid about the kidnapping of the daughter of Urumees Yjampan  created roaring laughter in cinema houses.
In the film 'His Highness Abdulla' he acted as the character Balaraman.
In the film 'Aye Auto' directed by Venu Nagavally he acted along with Mohanlal,Rekha,Sreenivasan,Maniyan Pillai Raju,Ganesh Kumar etc as the character Ramanan who slips himself into trouble by  teasing the Police Inspector (Sreenivasan).
In the film 'Kottayam Kunjachan' he acted along with Mammootty,K.P.A.C.Lalitha,Ranjini,Innocent etc as the stylish freak who is coming with a marriage proposal but was getting  insulted by Kunjachan (Mammootty).
In the Mohanlal film 'Gandharvam' he portrayed the role as  'Mammunju'.
Kunchan acted in the role as 'Thommichan' in the super hit comedy film 'Punjabi House' along with Dileep,Harisree Asokan,Cochin Haneefa etc.
In the comedy film 'Ee Parakkum Thalika'  also he  acted along with Dileep,Harisree Asokan,Cochin Haneefa etc.
In the action thriller film 'Christian Brothers' (2012) Kunchan portrayed Minister's driver.
In the film 'How Old Are You' he acted as Narayanan who is Rajeev's(Kunchacko Boban) father.
In 2010 Kunchan acted in Kamal Hassan's Tamil film 'Manmadhan Ambu'.
Kunchan married Sobha who runs a beauty parlor at Ernakulam and the couple have two daughters.
Selected Filmography
Rest House



 












Lanka Dahanam
Sambhavami Yuge Yuge
Anjathavasam
Chenda
Panchavadi
Panchathanthram
Kalyana Pantha;
Prayanam
Criminals
Kottaram Vikkanundu
Aranya Kantam
Cheenavala
Amma
Ajayanum Vijayanum
Shankupushpam
Anugraham
Ormakal Marikkumo
Aadyapatam
Padmatheertham
Kathirunna Nimisham
Karimbana
Ivar
Angadi
Air Hostess
Kolilakkam
Thusharam
Thadavara
Ayudham
Kakka
Rugma
Bhookambam
Engane Nee Marakkum
Sreekrishna Parunthu
Pavam Poornima
Nayakan
Yathra
Avanazhi
Ithile Iniyum Varoo
Tajavinte Makan
Vellanakalude Nadu
Nair Saab
Kottayam Kunjachan
Ramji Rao Speaking
His Highness Abdulla
Aye Auto
Dr.Pasupathi
Ganamela
Ulladakkam
Inspector Balram
Kamaladalam
Anaswaram
Vietnam Colony
Valsalyam
Gandharvam
The King
Lelam
Punjabi House
The Truth
Ee Parakkum Thalika
Pothen Vava
Twenty 20
Da Thadiya
Ustad Hotel
Christian Brothers
Gangster



Friday, June 12, 2015

Kaviyoor Ponnamma

An ideal housewife should be affectionate and compassionate towards her husband and children, she should be an embodiment of love who will be working hard for the happiness,good health and the welfare of her family.A good house wife will be ready to take any sufferings for the betterment of the family and will not complaint about her miseries to others.She will have the readiness to give support for all good deeds of  her husband, and guide her children in a proper way.She should  fill the house with luminous positive energy and must be an asset for the whole family members as said in the lyrics of an old Malayalam film song "Veedinu ponmani vilakku nee tharavadinu nidhi nee Kudumbini" which was written by Abhayadev and composed by LPR Varma.C.O.Anto sung this song in the film 'Kudumbini' which was released in 1964 and still a nostalgia for listeners.The title role as the female head of the family 'Kudumbini' was handled by Kaviyoor Ponnamma in that film.
Kaviyoor Ponnamma is a Versatile veteran actress of Malayalam cinema who has portrayed numerous character roles largely as a loving mother in Malayalam films from the early 60's.She started to act in mother roles from her youth days itself and has acted as mother to senior legendary actors of those period like Prem Nazir and Sathyan in many films.She possess a special talent to portray motherly characters who all endure any sort of situations pleasantly to make the family members happy. 
Kaviyoor Ponnamma was born on September 10, 1945 at Kaviyoor in Thiruvalla Taluk to parents T.P.Damodaran and Gauri as the eldest of seven children.Actress Kaviyoor Renuka was her younger sister.
Kaviyoor Ponnamma started to learn music from the age of five.She sang songs for professional drama troupes and acted in some of them in the initial period of her acting career.She has  acted in the  famous drama 'Mooladhanam' by Thoppil Bhasi.
Her debut into films was in 1962 in the role as 'Mandodari' the consort of King Ravana in the 1962 Malayalam film 'Srirama Pattabhishekam' directed and produced by P.Subramanyam.Another famous mother role actress Aranmula Ponnamma also acted in this film and she handled to role of Kausalya, mother of Srirama.
Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair,G.K.Pillai,Kottarakkara,Jose Prakash,Prem Nazir,Prem Nawas,Miss Kumari etc acted in the film 'Srirama Pattabhishekam'.


In 1965 she acted in the super hit film 'Odayil Ninnu' and acted in it as the wife of Sathyan and mother of K.R.Vijaya.Sathyan as the rikshaw puller Pappu earned appreciation and accolades in this movie.
In the 60's and 70's she acted in large number of hits and super hits in Malayalam in mother roles to famous actors like Prem Nazir,Sathyan,Madhu, M.G.Soman, Sukumaran,Sarada,Sheela,Jayabharathy,K.R.Vijaya,Sreevidya,Ushakumari and later acted in mother roles to actors like Jayan, Mammootty,Mohan Lal,Suresh Gopi,Seema,Sumalatha,Jayaram,Parvathy,Dileep,Shobhana,Geetha etc etc. and for new generation actors also.
Some of her earlier hit films are ' Rosy,Velutha Kathreena,Anweshichu Kandethiiyilla,Asuravithu,Nadhi,Ammayenna Sthree,Othenante Makan,Cross Belt,Vivahitha,Sarasayya,Triveni,Kalithozhi,Abhijathyam,Theerthayathra,Thiruvabharanam,Ponnapuram Kotta,Divya Darsanam,Nellu,Devi Kanyakumari' etc etc.
She acted as 'Velichapad's (P.J.Antony) wife in the National award winner film 'Nirmalyam' directed by M.T.Vasudevan Nair  and in that film Sukumaran and Sumitra were her children.
She has also acted in the film 'Kodiyettam' directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan for which Bharath Gopi received National award as Best actor.
In 1978 she acted as the mother of Krishna Chandran and Baby Sumathy in the block buster film 'Rathi Nirvedam'  written by P.Padmarajan and directed by 'Bharathan'.
She acted as mother to Jayan in super hit films like 'Manushya Mrigam', 'Karimpana' etc.
In 1981 her role as the wife of Jose Prakash and mother of Rajyalakshmi,Lalu Alex in the super hit film 'Thrishna' in which Mammootty and Swapna acted in lead roles earned accolades.I.V.Sasi directed this film.
She acted as mother to M.G.Soman in films like 'Kodathy' directed by Joshy in 1984.Mammootty,Ratheesh,Jagathy,Pappu,Seema,Jalaja etc acted in it.
'Thinkalazhcha Nalla Divasam' written and directed by P.Padmarajan was a challenge in Kaviyoor Ponnamma's acting career in which she presented excellent acting moments.The film  which dealt with the theme of children interested in only the wealth of their parents who sell their properties and send them to old age homes.

Another fantastic unforgettable character was her mother role of 'Balan Mash' (Mammootty) in the film 'Thaniyavarthanam' written by Lohithadas and directed by Sibi Malayil.The scene in which the helpless loving mother liberating her son's miseries  by serving him poisoned food was portrayed with unparalleled acting skill by Kaviyoor Ponnamma.

































She is admired as the  best son and mother combination with Mohan Lal and has acted together in several films which all received accolades.In the film 'Adhipan' the kindhearted and caring mother pretends as if she doesn't know  the pranks of her son (Mohan Lal) but was watching him closely and helped him to get  married a beautiful singer girl (Parvathy) when she came to know that the girl has  entered in to his heart.
In the film 'Kireedam' she presented stupendous acting skill as the wife of the strict Head constable and as  the mother of a good mannered well educated son 'Sethumadhavan' who was just ready to wear the Police Officer Cap but unexpectedly  had to wear the crown of a culprit.Mohan Lal,Parvathy,Thilakan,Maniyan Pillai Raju,Jagathy,Cochin Haneefa etc acted in it.Her roles in films like Bharatham,His Highness Abdulla etc are unforgettable.
She has acted as mother to Jayaram in many films like 'Mazhavil Kavady'.In that film she acted as Velayudhan Kutty's (Jayaram) mother and in that film she was astonished to find her son as a barber at Pazhani.Jayaram,Urvashy,Sithara,Innocent,Paravur Bharathan,Krishnan Kutty Nair,Mamukoya etc acted in it.
In 1971 she received second best actress award from Kerala Government.
In 1972 she got second best actress award from Kerala government for the film 'Theerthayathra'.It was based on a novel by V.T.Nandakumar.She sang in that film along with other singers.
She received second Best actress award in 1973 also for various films.
In 1994 she received Kerala government award as second best actress for the portrayal of 'Yasodhamma', the sister of Nedumudy Venu's character Sreekrishnan in the film 'Thenmavin Kombath' directed by Priyadarshan.
Mohan Lal and Shobhana acted in min roles of this film.
Kaviyoor Ponnamma is loved and respected by all film lovers and also loves and appreciates her cordial and viable character roles as house wife and mother in most of her films.
Her husband was film producer Maniswami who died in 2011.
Her daughter Bindu is settled in the United States.
Selected Filmography
Sreerama Pattabhishekam
Kudumbini
Odayil Ninnu
Rosy
Snweshichu Kandethiyilla
Nadhi
Vithukal
Abhijathyam
Akkarapacha
Periyar
Nakhangal
Interview
Nirmalyam
Nellu
Devi Kanyakumari
Makkal
Ulsavam
Chottanikkara Amma
Romeo
Sindhu
Srimurugan
Vezhampal
Oonjl
Kodiyettam
Padasaram
Tiger Salim
Rajan Paranja Kadha
Kalpa Vriksham
Eetta
Aarattu
Cheriyachante Kroorakrithyangal
Karimpana
Sphodanam
Thrishna
Bheeman
Sesham Kazhchayil
Ente Nandinikuttikku
Kanamarayathu
Adiyozhukkukal
Thinkalazhcha Nalla Divasam
Karimpin Poovinakkare
Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku
Achuvettante Veedu
Anantharam
Ente Amma
Mukthi
Peruvannapurathe Viseshangal
Mazhavil Kavady
Vandanam
Adhipan
Aksharathettu
Kireedam
Jathakam
Dasaratham
Rajavazhcha
His Highness Abdulla
Ulladakkam
Sandesam
Dhanam
Bharatham
Pappayude Swantham Appoos
Sopanam
Gandharvam
Vietnam Colony
Mahanagaram
Kavadiyattam
Vatsalyam
Sukrutham
Bheeshmacharya
Chukkan
Sadayam
Thenmavin Kombathu
Mannar Mathai Speaking
Kottaram Veettil Apoottan
The Godman
Ezhupunna Tharakan
Uthaman
Kakkakuyil
Ammakilikkoodu
Pattanathil Sundaran
Vismayathumbathu
Runway
Mampazhakkalam
Vadakkumnathan
Baba Klyani
Twenty 20
Sulthan
Ividam Swargamanu
Kappal Muthalali
Christian Brothers
Ithu Nammude Katha
Manjadikunnu
Kadal Kadonnoru Mathukutty
Avatharam