Thursday, January 24, 2013

PREMA

Prema entered Malayalam Films as a supporting actress in the 50's and acted in main roles also of some films  during that period.Later she was confined to Supporting roles and mother roles.
Prema was noted for her role in the award winning film 'Neelakkuyil' of 1954 which was directed by P.Bhaskaran and Ramu Kariatt.P.Bhaskaran again gave her roles in his films 'Rarichan Enna Pouran' in 1956 and 'Nayaru Pidicha Pulivalu' in1958.
Kunchacko gave her a notable role in the blockbuster film 'Sakunthala' of 1965.
As a supporting actress she was nice in the film 'Lottery Ticket' directed by A.B.Raj in 1970.
Film 'Pushpanjali' directed by Sasikumar in 72, Taxycar directed by Venu in 72,'Punarjanmam' directed by K.S.Sethumadhavan in 72  were some good films  of Prema.
The film 'Abhayam' directed by Ramu Kariatt in 1970 was an excellent movie.
'Veendum Prabhatham' directed by P.Bhaskaran in 73 and 'Sethubandhanam' directed by Sasikumar were blockbuster films.
Hariharan entered the arena with nice comedy/romance films like 'College Girl and Ayalathe Sundari' in 74 in which Prema acted.
In the 1976 film 'Chottanikkara Amma' Prema acted as well as her daughter Shobha also.Her daughter Mahalakshmi entered film field  as child artist accepting screen name 'Shobha'   in the Malayalam film 'Udyogastha'
Shobha was a very talented girl and acted extraordinarily superb.She got National Award as Best Actress for the Tamil film 'Pasi' in 1980.After acting in "Pasi' Shobha committed suicide at the age of 18.She was married to Cinematographer/Director 'Balu Mahendra'.
Prema was very much ambitious about her daughter and she wanted to achieve the goals which she missed  in film career through her daughter.Prema's husband K.P.Menon was employed in Gulf and Prema alone  looked after  'Shobha' from childhood.She was unable to bear Shobha's untimely departure which resulted in  Prema's  death also very soon.
Prema in her film career could act in more than 100 films.'Sindooracheppu' directed by Madhu, 'Ragam' directed by Bhimsingh, 'Abhinandanam' directed by I.V.Sasi,'Amba Ambika Ambalika' directed by P. Subramanyam,'Aradhana' directed by Madhu, Kayamkulam Kochunniyude Makan' directed by Sasikumar,'Madhura Swapnam' directed by M.Krishnan Nair etc were some of her best films.
Her daughter earned name and fame as heroine  in Malayalam films like 'Uthrada Rathri,Ekakini,Shalini Ente Koottukari,Dweep,Bandhanam' etc.Shobha will be ever remembered for Tamil Films like 'Nizhal Nijamagirathu,Mullum Malarum,Achchani,Oru Veedu Oru Ulagam,Pasi' etc.Shobha portrayed some nice roles in Kannada also.

Selected Filmography
Neelakkuyil
Avar unarunnu
Rarichan Enna Pouran
Nayar Pidicha Pulival
Sakunthala
Vidyarthi
Rakthapushpam
Abhayam
Lottery Ticket
Vivaham Swargathil
Thapaswini
Poompatta
Sindooracheppu
Thettu
Vivaha Sammanam
Taxycar
Nrithasala
Aradymanninte Janmi
Pani Mudakku
Padma Vyuham
Anjathavasam
Pachanottukal
Kattu Vithachavan
Manushyaputhran
Veendum Prabhatham
Kamini
Sethubandhanam
Ayalathe Sundari
College Girl
Rahasya Rathri
Ragam
Priyamulla Sophia
Chottanikkara Amma
Abhinandanam
Chirikkudukka
Swapnadanam
Minimol
Ayalkari
Sankhupushpam
Madhuraswapnam
Amba Ambika Ambalika
Viswaroopam
Thusharam
Lahari
The Truth




Saturday, January 12, 2013

C.I. PAUL

C.I.Paul was a famous stage actor before joining films.He entered professional 
drama field by acting in famous dramas of V.L.Jose.He became very popular  as
a main actor of 'Kalanilayam' troupe.
His first film was as Fr.Benedict in the 1967 film 'Madatharuvi'.
Later he appeared in films like 'Thoma Sleeha,Kari Puranda Jeevithangal, Nanayam,Mortuary,Kelkatha Sabdam' etc.
During the 80's C.I. Paul got applause in the comedy type roles which he handled in so many films of Priyadarshan and Sathyan Anthikad.
He had notable roles in Priyadarshan's 'Poochakkoru Mookuthy' and 'Akkare Ninnoru Maran' directed by Girish.
In the 1986 film 'Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu' directed by Priyadarshan he acted as Father of M.A.Dhawan.It was a full length comedy film in which Sreenivasan handled the role of M.A.Dhawan, who took M.B.A. from USA and just returned.Shambhu who was his classmate in lower classes was working as their driver.M.A.Dhawan's marriage proposal with the daughter of a rich man and the consequences created nice comedy.
In the film ' Gandhinagar 2nd Street' directed by Sathyan Anthikad C.I.Paul acted as a rich Contractor and husband of residential colony secretary, the role which was handled by Sukumary.This role was also of a comedy touch.
In 1988 he deviated from the usual path and acted in a serious role as 'Minister' in the film 'Moonnam Mura' directed by K.Madhu.





In the same year in another   blockbuster film of director K.Madhu 'Oru C.B.I.Diary Kurippu' he could again portray the role of a Minister.
Later in many films he handled serious roles and villain roles also.
In the film 'Vadakku Nokki Yanthram' directed by Sreenivasan, C.I.Paul acted as the father of heroine.Parvathy acted as 'Sobha',  wife of the hero  character   handled by Sreenivasan.
In the Mohan Lal film 'Midhunam', C.I.Paul acted as an Electrical Inspector who denies the permission of a small scale factory of Mohan Lal.The  scene in which Innocent slapping the Electrical Inspector was very much liked by the audience.
'Pavithram' directed by T.K.Rajiv Kumar in 1994 was another nice film of C.I.Paul.Mohan Lal,Sobhana and Vinduja Menon were the main characters.
Another notable film was 'Hariharan Pillai Happy Aanu' of 2003.Mohan Lal acted as  the owner of a construction company who constructs the house of Sathyapalan, the role which was handled by C.I.Paul.Sathyapalan does not pay the charges promptly and his daughter falls in love with the contractor etc was the theme of the film.
'Pathinonnil Vyazham' was the last film released in which C.I.Paul acted.It was made in 2005 but was released five years later.
On December 14, 2005 C.I.Paul left this world because of heart failure.
Selected Filmography
Madatharuvi
Vazhi Pizhacha Santhathi
Thomasleeha
Amba Ambika Ambalika
Kari Puranda Jeevithangal
Nagamadathu Thampuratty
Iniyenkilum
Mortuary
Mahabali
Thavalam
Makale Mappu Tharu
Poochakkoru Mookkuthy
Rnganuyundasane
Jeevante Jeevan
Aram+Aram=Kinnaram
Uyarthezhunelppu
Iniyum Kurukshetram
Avanazhy
Mazhapeyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu
Naradan Keralathil
Nadodikattu
Abkari
Mukthi
Mudra
Kalikkalam
Ganamela
Manathe Kottaram
Gandhi Nagar 2nd Street
Akasathile Paravakal
The King
Tom and Jerry
Yathrakkarude Sradhakku
Vadakku Nokki Yanthram
Pakal Pooram
Hariharan Pillai Happy Aanu
Youth Festival
Junior Senior
Pathinonnil Vyazham