Friday, December 23, 2011


Kuthiravattam Pappu, with his own mannerisms, unique style and Kozhikkode dialects with a peculiar
slang which the audience enjoyed, was successful as a Comedian and character artist for a long span of 37 years on the Malayalam silver screen.Padmadalakshan, who was born in 1936 to Pangodu Raman and Devi
of Faroque,Kozhikkode had been  moved to Kuthiravattam in Kozhikkodu when he was a child and settled there.
Padmadalakshan, who had the inspiration to act  used all opportunities  to act in amateur stage dramas and was lucky to act  for  a professional drama  stage at the age of 17 when he was  a student of St.Antony's School.
He was able to act with eminent stage actors like Kunjandi,Thikkodiyan,Nellikkodu Bhaskaran,K.T.Mohammed etc  and got fame as a good comedian by acting in  Professional Dramas Samasya,Manasu and Mudiyanaya Puthran.He got award as best comedian for his acting in the drama 'Samasya'.Film Director Ramu Kariatt and Cinematographer A.Vincent liked his acting in the drama 'Mudiyanaya Puthran,' and offered him role in their next movie 'Moodu Padam'.Kuthiravattam Pappu acted in that movie in 1963 which was a successful film which was written by 'Pottekatt' .T.K.Pareekutty of Chandrathara films produced the film.(The same banner which produced 'Chemmeen' later).After  Moodu Padam Kuthiravattam Pappu was cast in many other films.Later Cinematographer A.Vincent directed a film
'Bhargavi Nilayam' which was a ghost story written by Novelist 'Vaikom Mohammed Basheer'  and was a
block buster film. The role handled by Kuthiravattam Pappu in 'Bhargavi Nilayam'  was well noted.His screen name became 'Kuthiravattam Pappu' after that film since that character  in the film was known as 'kuthiravattom'.'The name Padmadalakshan was shortened as 'Pappu' by 'Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair'.
In the film 'Angadi' which was directed by I.V.Sasi, Jayan and Seema were in Protagonist  roles and Kuthiravattam Pappu had a nice role in that film.The song sequence 'Paavada Venam Melada Venam... Panchara Panankilicku..' .by Kuthiravattam Pappu  and friends attracted the audience very much.
In the film 'Alkoottathil Thaniye' which was scripted by M.T.Vasudevan Nair, Kuthiravattam Pappu handled
the role as an expert who performs  the needs of old people who are on the brink of death and also performs the
religious  'Bali' etc for the  departed souls.Balan K.Nair was sick and all his children and relatives were eagerly
waiting for his death to get his wealth.Kuthiravattam Pappu's character was also counting days for that man's death.Actually even though so many children and relatives were in possession no body loved Balan K Nair's
character except his money was the theme of the film which the audience also felt very sad about.To create that feeling to the audience the contribution of Kuthiravattam Pappu was also great.In Mutharam kunnu P.O. Kuthiravattam Pappu , V.D.Rajappan  and Jagathy  Sreekumar created some good comedy together.In the film 'Mazha peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu,Jagathy and Kuthiravattam handle roles as Sardar Krishna Kurup and Sardar Koma Kurup who  are very rich and also in administrative positions at a Social Club, Nethaji Club.Both of them misuse the funds of the club and submit wrong accounts to cheat the members.Both are rivals also and compete in each and every thing.Their unnecessary competition results always in foolishness and as a result we got a full length comedy film in which Mohan Lal,Sreenivasan and Lissy handled the other main roles.Priyardashan directed that film which was  a big success.
In the film 'Nakha Kshatangal' which was also written by M.T.Vasudevan Nair, Jagannadha Varma handled the role as a rich and eminent Lawyer and Vineeth's character joined  that house as a servant.Kuthiravattam
Pappu was the chief cook of that house and  Vineeth was appointed as one of his assistants.His orders and actions to Vineeth at the initial stage changes entirely when he realizes that Vineeth was a bright student  at
the College and the lawyer also admires him.Monisha got National Award for Best Actress for that film.
In 'Aye Auto' Mohan Lal,Maniyan Pillai Raju, Kuthiravattam Pappu,Jagadeesh,Ganesh Kumar etc were all auto rickshaw drivers and all were having financial problems.One day Mohan Lal  noted a scene that  Kuthiravattam Pappu was distributing money among his other friends saying that he got it from 'God' and
Family.He was not counting the money even while distribution but just assuming an average weight holding
a bundle in the hand and giving to other drivers.Mohan Lal was astonished by that scene and by questioning Kuthiravattam Pappu he understood that  he received a bag from the auto containing the money.When they checked it properly, the address of the owner was found inside the bag and Mohan Lal collected all the money from his friends and reached the owner and gave it back.It belonged to Asokan's character and the money was intended for the marriage expenses of his sister.Ashokan,s character who was a military man on leave  offered a Party for all the auto drivers for giving back his money..Kuthiravattam Pappu as the innocent auto driver created  good comedy.
In the film 'Mani Chitra Thazhu' Kuthravattam Pappu  feels that he was having some mental problems and
consulted Mohan Lal who was a Psychiatrist.Mohan Lal understood that he was normal but said that he should  not
step on water.After wards Kuthiravattam Pappu felt as if there was water here and there on the way where ever he goes and used to jump over it which created comedy with a difference.In the film 'Then Mavin Kombathu' as a relative of Shobhana Kuthiravattam Pappu after consuming toddy created roaring laughter in the cinema houses.In his sleep using all bad words and Mohan Lal replying to them angrily were very nice.Like that the introduction of Kuthiravattam to Mohan Lal by Shobhana  resulted to  increase  his utter confusion  with  her  words "Aa Ammavanalla ee Ammavan.Kasu vangichathu vere ammavana" was also ideal comedy.
In the film 'Vellanakalude Nadu' as the driver of the Road roller he created much laughter in the cinema houses by repairing the road roller of  Mohan Lal.By boasting off about his previous driver experiences by
his unique style and actions and elaborate descriptions of 'Thamarassery Churam" and several repetitions of the words 'Ippo sariakkitharam' were liked by all.  All those scenes will  be ever remembered.
In the film 'T.P.Bala Gopalan M.A. Kuthiravattam Pappu and K.P.A.C.Lalitha were couples.Lailitha who was Mohan Lal's sister in the film was staying with Mohan Lal while her husband Kuthiravattam Pappu visit
them once in a week.He brings 'Betal leaves and tobacco' for Lalitha's mother and did not spend any other
money.Mohan Lal with his small income was finding it difficult to meet the needs of all the members.Kuthiravattam's and Lalitha's effort to make the mother happy and escape without spending any money in the home  was the comedy.
He died in a Private Hospital in Kozhikkodu due to Cardiac arrest on 25 February 2000.
Selected Filmography
Sindhoora Sandhyakku Mounam
Poo Viriyum Pulari
Hello Madras Girl
Innallenkil Nale
Belt Mathai
Parayanum Vayya Parayathirikkanum Vayya
Pyaasa Shaitan
Ulsava Pittennu
Maha Yanam
Vellanakalude Naadu
Nagarangalil Chennu Raparkkam
Aye Auto
Mutharam Kunnu P.O.
poochakkoru Mookkuthy
John Jaffer Janardanan
Arikkari Ammu
Pookkalam Varavayi
Vietnam Colony
Kadinjool Kalyanam
Parallel College
Ikkareyanente Manasam
Thooval Kottaram
Hitler brothers
Maya Jalam
Pallavur Deva Narayanan
Chandranudikkunna Dikkil
Sundara Killadi

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