Monday, February 13, 2012


Philomina was a capable well known veteran film actress of Malayalam  Cinema who was active for four decades
and could act with old and new generation of film stars.She had acted in more than 750 films in diversified
roles mostly as Mother,Mother-in-law,Grand Mother,Servant etc etc.She could portray any kind of characters
to the utmost satisfaction of her directors and viewers.She did not care about 'image' and was not selective at all.She was ready to manifest insignificant and disreputable kind of roles also.Her ability to present comedy type characters was well acclaimed.At the same time she was excellent to manifest adorable type roles like the one that as 'Aanappara Achamma' of film 'Godfather'.Her presentation of that character with scintillating acting
talents will be remembered always.Aanappara Achamma's enmity and feelings towards 'Anjooran' family and
utilizing all possibilities to take revenge on them was perfectly displayed by her.
Philomina was born in Mullurkara of Trissur Distict in 1926.
Philomina also entered in to Malayalam film Industry  after long period of stage experience.She was active
member of  professional drama troupe of 'P.J.Antony' and acted in their dramas for eight years.
In 1964 she was given mother role of Prem Nazir in the film 'Kuttikkuppayam' by director M.Krishnan Nair.

That film was a super duper hit which contained melodious songs which are still popular.She earned appreciation from the audience and critics for her mother role in that film..Philomina was accepted as a talented actress by Malayalam Cinema there on.In
almost all films released during those period Philomina  was given  a role.But afterwards she took a break
in her career and reappeared after a few years in Padmarajan films and Bharathan films like Chatta,Innale, Njan
Gandharvan etc and continued regularly appearing in films there upon.
Philomina was critically acclaimed for her roles in Venkalam,Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thadikal,Uppukandam Brothers,Thalayanamantram,Godfather,Vietnam Colony etc.
It was Sathyan Anthikkad that utilized her for a comedy role for the first time in the film 'Mandanmar Londonil'
and her ability to make others laugh was convinced by all by that film.Afterwards in several films she played
comedy type roles which the viewers were delighted with like the one that of 'In Harihar Nagar'.Remember the scene when Siddique pressed the calling bell of her house and  was waiting for the door to open, and  Philomina coming
out with a weapon to kill him?In the same film Philomina  reading a horror story from a magazine at night and when just finished reading about a fearful six footed animal in the story,  she found the
image of a six footed creature climbing outside on  the window panel  and cried out with   fear.She was  not knowing that it
was Mukesh and Jagadeesh trying to peep through the window ventilation to see the  bathing scene of  the heroine and  that sequence   created unforgettable comedy.
In Uncle Bun,Manathe Kottaram,Vridhanmare Sookshikkuka,Kireedam,Aakasa kottayile Sulthan etc she was excellent with  roles
which had a cinch of comedy touch.
She received Best supporting actress award  from Kerala Government in the year 1970 and in 1987.
Philomina was settled in Cochin and in her last years of life  she was a diabetes patient.She shifted her residence from Cochin
to Chennai  to stay  with her son two years before her death.She died on January 2, 2006.She was 80 years old.
Selected Filmography
Olavum Theeravum
Aa Rathri
Kathodu Kathoram
Arappatta Kettiya Gramathil
Kakkothi Kavile Appooppan Thadikal
Vridhanmare Sookshikkuka
Mandanmar Londanil
Njan Gandharvan
Vietnam Colony
Uppukandam Brothers
Manathe kottaram
Thalayana Mantram
Mookkilla Rajyathu
Peruvannapurathe Viseshangal
Kireedamillatha Rajakkanmar
Oru Kochu Bhoomi Kulukkam
Amma Ammayi Amma
Meerayude Dukham Muthuvinte swapnam
Sneha sagaram
Pattana Pravesam
Mazhavil Kavady
Kouthuka Varthakal
Ente Ponnu Thampuran
In Harihar Nagar
Excuse me Ethu Collegila
Mantra  Mothiram

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