Thursday, December 24, 2015

Innocent

                                  
Innocent is an actor with unparalleled, wonderful versatile acting skills in the Malayalam Cinema who has depicted very large number of Supporting roles and Character roles brilliantly for the last four decades.He has also acted in a few Kannada,Tamil and Hindi films as well.This extrovert personality is also a politician and at present  is the Lok Sabha Member of the Chalakkudi Constituency in Kerala.He has also served as the President of the Malayalam Movie Artistes Association (AMMA) for 12 years.In the 80's he was a producer of a few Malayalam films also.
It is a blessing for the viewers of Malayalam Cinema to get such an actor with immense  humor sense who is excessively brilliant to portray characters with a comedy touch.He has played numerous comedy characters effectively well which always makes the audience exultant and  at the same time he could handle serious roles also quite nicely.The repletion of the characters happens always because of Innocent's shrewdness to display the exact emotional expressions and movements most suited for that particular character. His unique mannerisms, the style and accent of his Malayalam dialogue delivery,face expressions which displays any type of emotions fantastically well  are all his best  qualities loved by the audience and always receives accolades.
                            
Innocent was born at Irinjalakkuda in Thrissur District on February 28, 1945.Before entering film field  in 1972 by the film 'Nrithasala' he was a businessman.He got established as a supporting actor by acting in films like 'Urvashy Bharathy(73),Nellu(74),Randu Penkuttikal' and many more.
In 1981 he produced the hit film 'Vida Parayum Munpe' which was directed by Mohan in which Nedumudi Venu and Prem Nazir acted in lead roles.That film received the second Best film Award from the Kerala Government.Next year in 1982, he along with one of his friends produced another hit film 'Ormakkayi' which also received second Best Film Award from Kerala Government.Then he produced the  films 'Ilakkangal, and Lekhayude Maranam Oru Flashback'.Those films also earned much attention from viewers as well as critics.
When he used to  get lengthy, well noted supporting roles consecutively in the 80's he concentrated mainly in the  acting career rather than producing films.
In the film 'Kathodu Kathoram' directed by Bharathan in 1985 which was a super hit film his role as 'Rappayi' earned much attention.Mammootty and Saritha were the leading pair of that film.
  In the film 'Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam' directed by Sathyan Anthikkad in 1986, he portrayed Kunji Kannan Nair, who lent some money to the hero character 'Panikker'  of Mohanlal.Panikker wanted to give the money back and tries to sell his other house situated in the City and the consequences are the theme of the film.Mohan Lal,Karthika,Thilakan,M.G.Soman,KPAC Lalitha etc acted in that film.
In the film 'Mazhavil Kavady' directed by Sathyan Anthikkad he acted as 'Sankarankutty Menon', the maternal  Uncle of the hero character portrayed by Jayaram.This hilarious film earned much appreciation from the viewers and critics.Jayaram,Innocent,Urvashy,Sithara,Krishnankutty Nair,Mamukoya etc acted in it.
                           
He was the center figure of the films 'Gaja Kesari Yogam','Ramji Rao Speaking,Mannar Mathai Speaking,Dr.Pasupathy' etc. which were all entertainers with ample comedy scenes.
Innocent acted in almost all   the films directed by Sathyan Anthikkad and Priyadarshan.The  roles he handled in their films  are unforgettable also.
One of his excellent comedy roles was in the film 'No.20 Madras Mail' in which he acted as a railway Ticket Examiner and acted along with Mammootty and Mohan Lal.
His role as the baby sitter in the film 'Thooval Sparsam' in which he acted along with Jayaram,Mukesh,Sai Kumar and Suresh Gopi was very much liked by the audience.
                         
In the film 'Kilukkam' which was a blockbuster movie directed by Priyadarshan, Innocent acted as the servant of a retired Judge.Revathy making fun of him by telling that he got Lottery Prize and in that excitement the pranks performed by innocent created nice comedy.
In the blockbuster film 'Devasuram' he acted as 'Warrier', the caretaker of Mangalasseril Neelakantan (Mohan Lal) which was a serious role which he handled fantastically well.
                                
In the film 'Manichithra Thazhu' directed by Fazil, his character gets scared when went for supervising painting work being done in a big old  mansion and the consequences such as his wife trying to wear an amulet around his waist were superb comedy.KPAC Lalitha acted as his wife in this film.
In the film 'Godfather' his role as 'Swamynathan', the son of 'Anjooran' (N.N.Pillai) created much laughter when he pretended he was not Swaminathan to his father to hide the truth about his marriage   and at the same time earned the sympathy from the audience also.
In the film 'Midhunam' as the elder brother of Sethumadhavan (Mohan Lal) he was excellent and received much accolades and appreciation.
In the Film 'Hitler' he acted as Madhavankutty's (Mammootty) father.Sbobhana,Mukesh,Ilavarasi,Vani Viswanath,Jagadeesh etc acted in this blockbuster film.
                        
In the film 'Bus Conductor' directed by V.M.Vinu, his character 'Kunjakka' was responsible for solving the misunderstandings happened in the family and to regain the harmony.
In the film 'Rasathanthram'(2006) he acted excellently well as the master carpenter 'Manikantan Asary'.Mohan Lal and Meera Jssmine were the main leads.
                               
In the film 'Pappy Appacha' (2010) he acted as Mathai, the father of Pappi(Dileep).The movie  was directed by Mamas.
In the successful film 'Ennum Eppozhum' directed by Sathyan Anthikkad and released  in March 2015, Innocent depicted a Post Master, who is the neighbour of Deepa (Meera Jasmine).
There are numerous  other films in which he portrayed unforgettable roles like  'Vietnam Colony,Ravana Prabhu,Thalayana Manthram,Vadakku Nokki Yanthram,Keli,Vesham,Innathe Chintha Vishayam' and so on.
Innocent is recipient of Asianet Best Supporting actor Award in the year 2001,2004,2006 and 2008.He received Lifetime Achievement Award from Asianet Awards in the year 2013.He received Lifetime Achievement Award from 'TTK Prestige-Vanitha Awards in 2013.
Selected Filmography 


Vida Parayum Munpe
Idavela
Panchavady Palam
Kathodu Kathoram
Kandu Kandarinju
Gandhi Nagar 2nd Street
Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam
Oridathu
Sarvakalasala
Jalakam
Thaniyavarthanam
Ramjirao Speaking
Mazhavil Kavadi
Gajakesariyogam
Thalayanamanthram
Dr.Pasupathy
Kottayam Kunjachan
Sandesam
Amina Tailors
Ulsava Melam
My dear Muthachan
Ayushkalam
Midhunam
Kabuliwala
Inchakkadan Mathai & Sons

Devasuram
Pakshe
Harbour
Hitler
Harikrishnans
Chithavishtayaya Shyamala
Akasa Ganga
Life Is Beautiful
Kakkakuyil
Ishtam
Balettan
Manassinakkare
Vettam
Vesham
Udayon
Yhuruppu Gulan
Madampi
Twenty 20
Pappy Appacha
Marykkundoru Kunjadu
Oru Marubhoomikkadha
Dr.Innocent Aanu
Chattakkari
Arike
Puthiya Theerangal
Punyalan Agarbathies
Geethanjali
Polytechnic
Ennum Eppozhum

















    

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Lalu Alex

                         
Lalu Alex is an exceptionally talented Malayalam film actor  who has played large number of supporting roles and character roles.He was born on November 30, 1954 at Moovattupuzha,Kerala in a respected Christian family and he is a graduate Degree holder.He was working for   a reputed firm when he got chance to act in a supporting role of the film 'Ee Ganam Marakkumo'(1978) in which he acted along with Prem Nazir, Sukumari etc.The film was a big hit which was directed by N.Sankaran Nair and he got more chances in films subsequently  and acted in films like 'Tharoo Oru Janmam Koodi' and so on.
Director I.V.Sasi cast him in his hit films of that period  like 'Ahimsa,Thusharam,Ee Nadu,Iniyenkilum,Thrishna,Kanamarayathu,Alkoottathil Thaniye' etc in which his roles were all highly praised and  appreciated.
Lalu Alex initially earned the admiration of the viewers by I.V.Sasi films 'Ee Nadu and Thrishna'.In the blockbuster film 'Ee Nadu' he portrayed an young I.P.S. Officer 'A.S.P.Alexander' which he presented fantastically well and received much accolades.In a scene in which the young officer explaining about  his action taken to control a riot was highly impressive to the audience  and his unique expressive, emotion filled way of dialogue presentation was noted from there on.
In the film 'Thrishna' which was scripted by M.T.Vasudevan Nair, Lalu Alex acted in supporting role as the character 'Ramakrishnan'.The film boosted the acting career of Mammooty also.Mammootty,Ratheesh,Rajyalakshmi,Swapna,Sankarady,Kaviyoor Ponnamma,Lalu Alex,Premji,Jose Prakash etc acted in it.
Later Lalu Alex  was also given villainous roles and villainous-character roles by eminent directors like 'I.V.Sasi,Joshi,K.Madhu' and many other directors  which were also presented brilliantly well by Lalu Alex.Apart from such roles he portrayed large number of dignified roles as 'Doctor,Priest,Police Commissioner,I.G.,D.I.G,Military Officers,Business men,Chief Minister,Advocate' and so on.

His ability to present characters with a comedy touch was revealed later on and the  second phase of his acting career was launched around the year 1999.He has acted in so many films in character roles with a comedy touch for the last fifteen years.
In the year 1999 the super hit film 'Niram' directed by Kamal was a film in which his character role as Dr.Sunny, the father of Kunchacko Boban's lead role ' Aby ' was liked by the audience.In some other films also Kunchacko Boban acted as his son.Their alliance as father and son suited nicely.
In the film 'Manju Poloru Penkutti' directed by Kamal in the year  2004, his role as the character 'Manuel' earned him Kerala Government Best Supporting  Actor Award.
He was impressive in the role as Chief Minister in the film 'Pathaka' directed by K.Madhu.Suresh Gopi,Devan,Sheela,Navya













Nair etc were the other main actors of this film.
In the blockbuster film 'Twenty 20' in which almost all leading actors acted, Lalu Alex played the role of DIG Krishnadas.
In the year 2009 Lalu Alex received accolades and appreciation for portraying the role of 'Aluva Chandi', a villainous character very nicely with ease in the film 'Ividam Swargamanu' and his  dialogue presentation and mannerisms  which suited best for that cunning character was well appreciated by critics and  viewers.Mohan Lal,Sreenivasan,Jagathy Sreekumar,Thilakan,Laxmi Rai,Lakshmi Gopalaswamy,Manian Pillai Raju etc were the other leading actors of this film.This film received Kerala Government Best Popular Film Award.
'Pattam Pole' was a well noted film in which Dulquer Salmaan,MalavikaMohan,Anoop Menon,Archana Kavi,Lalu Alex  etc acted in leading roles.
In the film 'How Old Are You' he acted as  I.G, and acted along with Manju Warrier,Kunchacko Boban,Kanika etc.
Lalu Alex is recipient of Asianet Film Award for Best Villain,Amritha Mathrubhumi Film Award,Kala Ratnam Award etc.
Selected Filmography
Ee Ganam Marakkumo
Tharoo Oru Janmam Koodi
Meen
Thusharam
Ahimsa
Ee Nadu
Thrishna
Prasnam Gurutharam
Iniyenkilum
Chakkarayumma
Aa Rathri
Minimol Vathikkanil
Kanamarayathu
Alkoottathil Thaniye
Puzha Ozhukum Vazhi
Oru Nokku Kanan
Shyama
Veendum
Nombarathipoovu
Moonnam Mura
Vadakkunokkiyanthram
Appu
Adayalam
Kashmeeram
Kanjirappally Kariachan
Irattakuttikalude Achan
Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal
Kalyanaraman
Manjupoloru Penkutti
Bharatchandran I.P.S
Inspector Garud
Pathaka
Nasrani
Roudram
Twenty 20
Vellathuval
Hailesa
Ividam Swargamanu
Janapriyan
Nayakan
Seniors
Indian Rupee
ABCD
Ordinary
Pattam Pole
Onnum Mindathe
Salam Kashmir
How Old Are You
Ammakkoru Tharattu


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Kaveri (Kalyani)

                            
Kaveri (Kalyani) is a very popular South Indian Film actress who has acted in large number of Malayalam films,Tamil Films,Telugu Films and has also acted in a few Kannada films.She is known by the name 'Kaveri' in Malayalam but in Telugu she is known as 'Kalyani'.
Kaveri is born to Muralidharan at Kavumbhagam Thiruvalla,Kerala and  is the granddaughter of an yesteryear well known character actress of Malayalam film 'Pankajavally' and thus her acting talents are intrinsic.She entered Malayalam film by acting as a child artist in a film 'Ammanamkili'.Her role as a child artist in the super  hit film 'kakkothikavile Appooppan Thadikal' directed by Kamal was well noted which drew sympathy for that character by the audience.The little girl  was abducted by a beggar from the lawn of her house in that film.The mature part of that character was brilliantly handled by Revathy.Her elder sister's role was played by Ambika.
In the Mohan Lal starer super hit  film 'Sadayam'  she acted nicely as a child artist.The story and screenplay was by M.T.Vasudevan Nair and he received National award for screenplay.
From 1992 on wards Kaveri handled mature roles and acted in main roles and supporting roles of several films in Malayalam and Tamil.Her Malayalam films such as 'Champakkulam Thachan,Midhunam,Devaragam,Guru,Dada Saheb,Rajathanthram' etc were all well noted hit films.In Tamil her films such as 'Samudhiram,Kasi,Punnagai Poove,Kannadi Pookkal' and so on - all received accolades.
In the year 1998 her performance  in  one of the main female lead roles of the Malayalam  film 'Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njanum' directed by Vinayan was well appreciated.She acted as 'Lakshmi' in this film.This film was remade in Tamil by Sunitha Productions Aroma Mani and directed by Vinayan himself as 'Kasi'.Vikram was the hero of this film and Kaveri was one of the heroine.
In 1999 she acted in the Kannada movie 'Chaitrada Chigaru' which won State award as best movie of the year.
From around 2002 she aroused as a top heroine of Telugu films and acted in many hit films of that language with major hero actors.Kalyani received Nandi Award in 2002 for her performance as heroine in the Telugu film 'Avanu Vallidaru Ishtepaddaru' which was directed by Vamshi.Ravi Teja,Prasanna,Mallikarjuna Rao,Jeeva etc acted in it.
In 2003 she acted opposite Venu Thottempudi in the









film 'Pellentho Panenti' directed by S.V.Krishna Reddy.
In 2004 she acted in a bilingual film which was made in English and Malayalam simultaneously  in which R.Madhavan,Neha Pandse,Kaveri,Nasser and Sreenivasan acted in main roles.The film was released as 'Nothing but Life' in English and the  Malayalam version released as 'Made in U.S.A.' in the year 2006.It was dubbed into Tamil as 'Ananda Punnagai' and released in the year 2008.
In the   Telugu film 'Hope' which was released in the year 2006  Kalyani,Rama Naidu,Harnath etc acted in the main roles.Satish Kasetty directed the film.
In 2014 Sundeep Kishan,Regina Cassendra,Jagapathi babu,Kalyani,Ravi Babu  acted in main roles of the film 'Ra Ra... Krishnayya'.
In 2007 she acted along with Pritviraj,Kavya Madhavan,Jayasoorya,Lalu Alex etc in the Malayalam film 'Kangaroo' in supporting role as the character 'Nancy'.
In 2010 she acted in the Malayalam film 'April Fool' directed by Viji Thampi along with Mukesh,Siddique,Jagadish,Biju Menon etc.
In that year itself she appeared in a well noted role of the Malayalam film 'Janakan' in which she acted along with Mohan Lal,Suresh Gopi,Biju Menon,Priya Lal etc.
Selected Filmography
Ammanam Kili
Kakkothikavile Appooppan Thadikal
Vembanad
Sadayam
Porutham
Midhunam
Sukham Sukhakaram
Avan Ananthapadmanabhan
Vardhakya Puranam
Devaragam
Guru
Kilikil Pamparam
Manasam
Rajathanthram
Fivestar Hospital
Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njanum
Sparsham
Kannukkul Nilavu
Dada Saheb
Appu
Mark Antony
Samudhiram
Kasi
Avaru Vallidaru Ishtepaddaru
Vasantham
Kabaddi Kabaddi
Punnagai Poove
Thillana Thillana
Pedababu
Ramakrishna
Nothing but Life
Kannadi Pookkal
Made in U.S.A.
Hope
Kangaroo
Lakshyam
Janakan
April Fool
Onamalu
Legnd
Ra Ra Krishnayya
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