Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Sukumari was a highly versatile actress who worked for almost six decades mainly in Malayalam and Tamil Languages but also acted several films in Telugu,Kannada and Hindi.She used to perform  dubbing by herself in all languages and  protected her identity.
Sukumari as a senior artiste  was respected by all colleagues and all of them including Directors and other technicians called her either as 'Sukumari Amma' or 'Sukumari Chechi'.They all loved her as their elder sister or as Mother itself.She also had that care and concern to the newcomers and youngsters in the film field.She encouraged them with proper guidance and gave advices also.She was a well mannered artiste who always spoke and behaved nicely to others.It is said that after a small stay during weekend or during other gap of shooting schedule, at her Chennai residence, when returning to the sets Sukumari always brought two big luggage boxes with her;one would be containing her dress while the other contained sweets and other food items prepared by herself to be distributed at the studio sets.
Sukumari was born at Nagercoil to Madhavan Pillai and Sathyabhama Amma 
Her mother and the mother of 'Travancore Sisters'-'Lalitha,Padmini and Ragini' were sisters.So Lalitha,Padmini and Ragini were her fist cousin sisters.From the childhood days itself Sukumari stayed with her Cousin sisters who were then very famous dancers and film stars.Sukumari got dance training from a tender age and became an expert in Bharatanatyam,Kerala Natanam and Kathakali.She was also one among the dance troupe of Travancore Sisters and accompanied them on their all India tour to perform programs all over the country.
Sukumari during childhood itself liked to visit studio sets while her cousin sisters went for acting and watched curiously.The little cute girl was spotted by a Director and selected for a role in his Tamil Film 'OrIravu'.There after she also became an established actress gradually.
Sukumari in a long span of six decades has acted in more than 3000 films and has acted along with MGR, NTR, Raj Kumar, Sivaji Ganesan, Sathyan, Prem Nazir etc  and also with all present day superstars.
In recent years she appeared in some T.V.Serials like "Sree Guruvayoorappan,Velamkanni Mathavu,Akasadoothu" etc.
Sukumari married Film Director Bheemsingh and the couple have a son-Dr.Suresh.Her husband died died when Sukumari was still very young.
Sukumari received Padma Shri from Government of India in 2003.
She received National Award as Best Supporting actress for Tamil film 'Namma Gramam'.
She received Kerala Government 'Second Best Actress Award' Four times;in the year 1974, 79, 1983, and 1985 respectively.
She received 'Filmfare' Lifetime achievement award and 'Asianet' Lifetime achievement award in 2005.
She was given 'Kalaimamani Award' and 'Kalai Selvem' award from Government of Tamil Nadu.
Sukumari passed away on 26 March 2013 due to Cardiac arrest while undergoing treatment for burn injury occurred while lighting a traditional oil lamp.She was 73.
While she was in the hospital, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Dr.J.Jayalalithaa paid  a visit and extended all help for her treatment.Sukumari acted along with Jayalalithaa in her film 'Pattikada Pattanama' years back.
Selected Filmography

Thaskara Veeran
Kannum Karalum
Kalanju Kittiya Thankam
Thacholi Othenan
Nagarame Nandi
Collector Malathy
Pattikada Pattanama
Kayamkulam Kochunni
Shalini Ente Koottukari
Ennennum Kannettante
Revathikkoru Pavakutty
My Dear Muthachan
Kallan Kappalil Thanne
Tom $ Jerry
Krishnagudiyil Orupranayakalathu
Prem Poojari
Darling Darling
Rakshasa Rajavu
CID Moosa
Viswa Tulasi
Payum Puli
Mizhikal Sakshi
Twenty 20
Yaaradi Nee Mohini
Love in Singapore
Ponner Sankar 
Kathayile Nayika
Trivandrum Lodge
Hotel California
Vetade Mrugam

Sunday, July 14, 2013


Sando Krishnan was an artiste who worked for mainly Malayalam and Tamil films but acted in numerous films of Telugu,Kannada,Hindi,Simhala languages also.He worked mainly as Stunt Master,Villain,dupe of Superstars and  also worked as supporting actor.Because  Krishnan  was a Stunt Master, and had a good physique  he got the title 'Sando' and became popularised as 'Sando Krishnan.
He entered film industry in 1934 by acting as 'Angada' in the silent movie 'Bali Sugreeva' of 1934.
He got much accolades for his first 'Hanuman' role in the film 'Sampoorna Ramayanam' in which NTR was the hero.Later he has acted as Hanuman in several other films in different languages.
'Puthiya Akasam Puthiya Bhoomi' was his first Malayalam film.Last film in Malayalam was 'Meesa Madhavan.'                
He could act with MGR,NTR,Sivaji Ganesan,Prem Nazir,Sathyan and many other superstars of yesteryears.Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair was one who used to appreciate his skills.
He spent his last years in  Lakidi Chitranandapuram at his wife's residence.After the death of his wife he was leading a lonely life.He left this world on July 6, 2013.Sando Krishnan was 97.
Selected Filmography
Bali Sugreeva
Sampoorna Ramayanam
Puthiya Akasam Puthiya Bhoomi
Minnuthellam Ponnalla
Aryankavu Kollasangham
Nithya Kanyaka
Thacholi Marumakan Chandu

Ithikkara Pakki
Nagamadathu Thampuratty
Hello Madras Girl
Bhoomidevi Pushpiniyayi
Kumara Sambhavam
Malayalimamanu Vanakkam
Meesa Madhavan

Saturday, July 13, 2013


One of the great legendary actor of Bollywood,' Pran' left the arena putting
millions of his fans in deep agony.He died yesterday, at 8.30p.m. in a hospital at Bandra of  Mumbai.He was 93.
The veteran actor wrote a new definition of villainy such that always his  portrayal  was very much endeared by movie lovers.At the peak of his career he was equally
 loved and feared by the people and it is said that people hesitated to put
'Pran' as their child's name.This shows the excellency and impact of his acting skill. His sheer acting talent with his unique masculine voice  made villain roles much  above hero roles in several films.He could act in more than 350 films in a span of six decades and have many blockbusters to his credit.He retired from films in 1998.
He was born as  the son of a civil engineer in  Old Delhi in 1920 on February 12.His real name was Pran Kishan Sikhand and got popularised as 'Pran'. After finishing schooling he joined as an  apprentice in a Studio at Delhi because of his passion of photography.Before the partition, his entry in to films was from Lahore through a Punjabi film in 1940.He became hero of film .Khandaan' in 1944.He acted in  the main hero role in  a couple of  other films also.After partition he moved to Bombay with his wife and child.After a few months he got the chance to act in the film 'Ziddi'(1948) which was a turning point in his career.The villain role opposite Dev Anand and Kamini Kaushal turned to be a big hit.From then on he appeared in villain roles in noted films of Superstars Dilip Kumar,Raj Kapoor,Dev Anand etc.Films like Dev Das,Munimji,Madhumati,Ram aur Shyam,Jis Desh mein Ganga behti hai, etc were all blockbusters of that period.His portrayal of the character as tyrannical brother in law of Ram aur Shyam boosted the image of villain role such as like that of the hero.Pran became Bollywood's well paid villain actor.
Later in the year 1967 he acted with Manoj Kumar in the film 'Upkar' in a positive role.His acting  transformation from a cruel person to a gentleman  was quite easy for him and he was successful afterwards to play variety roles as brother,father,grandfather etc also with equal expertise. He will be remembered for his numerous films but movies like "Khandan,Bari Behan,Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai,Half ticket,Upkar,Purab aur Pachim,Don,Zanjeer,Milan,Madhumati,Kashmir ki Kali,Be Imaan,Dev Das,Johny Mera Naam,Victoria No.203,Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool etc are a few  films

which the viewers loved his performance exceedingly.
He formed a partnership with Amitabh Bachchan in 14 films out of which most of them were hits like 'Don,Amar Akbar Antony and Kaalia'.
Pran received Padma Bhushan from Government of India for his contributions to Indian Cinema in the year 2001.
In 2013 May he received Dada Saheb Phalke Award, which is the highest film award in India.
He was the recipient of four Filmfare Awards also.He received several other awards and recognitions from many  other organisations too.
Pran was voted Villain of the Millennium  and one among the top 25 Asian Actors of all time as per the list made by CNN.

Selected Filmography

Pilpili Saheb
Jis Desh Main Ganga Behti Hai
Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon
Johny Mera Naam
Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool
Victoria No 203
Love in Tokyo
Half Ticket
Kashmir ki Kali
Des Pardes
Tum se Achcha kaun Hai
Dil diya Dard liya
Do Badan
Ganga ki Saugandh
Insaf Kaun Karega
Andha Kanoon
1942 A Love Story
Tere Mere Sapne