Monday, February 16, 2015


Many actors with exceptional acting skills have stated that they could manifest any type of roles and emotions effectively  well except comedy.To make others laugh is a very difficult task is a widely accepted fact.Some people think and consider comedy actors inferior  than the protagonist actors  but in reality, comedy actors who performs all kinds of foolishness,shows vague expressions,gestures and mannerisms to make us laugh are real genius people.Such actors possess a high magnitude of observation capabilities and they can judge and differentiate the qualities and faults of a person very quickly and imitate them.They would be but imitating others exaggerating their minute negative traits to make the audience laugh.
To portray comedy scenes and  characters successfully is a boon or privilege granted  only to  a few artists.One of such highly talented personality was Mala Aravindan who has portrayed Comedy and Character roles in Malayalam films for about four and a half decades.
Mala Aravindan was a Film Actor,Stage actor,Singer and an exponent of 'Tabla'.He acted in more than 400 Malayalam films and during the 80's and 90's Jagathy Sreekumar,Mala Aravindan and Kuthiravattam Pappu formed a successful trio and portrayed large number of memorable comedy characters.The three were essential part of several films which in turn worked out as a crowd puller team.
Mala Aravindan was born at Vadavumcode, in Ernakulam District on 15th January 1939.His father 'Ayyappan' was an employee in the Excise department and mother was a school music teacher.His father expired when he was studying in the  7th standard.The family shifted to 'Mala' in Trichur district where his mother was working.She was teacher at St.Antony's High School, Mala, and Aravindan joined in that school.After passing S.S.L.C. he joined for Pre-Degree course at Christ College,Irinjalakuda but dropped out due to his interest in 'Tabla' playing.
Mala Aravindan had his basic music lessons from his mother itself, and due to his interest in 'Tabla' he started learning it under the guidance of Tabla exponent 'Cochin Mohammed Ustad' and soon became an expert in Tabla playing.
He joined professional drama troupes to play Tabla for their background music and meanwhile in 1971  when he was working as a Tabla Player  with National Theatres Kottayam, one of the actors did not come in time  for the play and Mala Aravindan had to act that part on behalf of that actor.Mala Aravindan's  performance was appreciated by all and thus he became a stage actor.For twelve years he worked as stage actor and worked with prestigious troupes like' Kottayam National Theatres,Suryasoma,Perumbavoor Natakasala'etc and acted along legends like 'S.P.Pillai,Kuttiyedathi Vilasini,Nellikode Bhaskaran,Babu Nampoothiri,Kuthiravattam Pappu' etc.
He appeared  in a film 'Ente Kunju' as his first film which was not released.His second film was 'Thalirukal' but it was  a small role.His role in 'Sindooram' of 1968 directed by Dr.Balakrishnan was well noted.Then he was part of famous and successful films like 'Thokkukal Kadha Parayunnu,Velutha Kathreena,Olavum Theeravum' etc and he became an established actor of Malayalam films as well other than a stage actor.
He earned accolades and appreciation for his roles in large number of films like ' Angakuri,Sreekrishna Parunthu,Revathikkoru Pavakutty,Kottayam Kunjachan,Manthrikam,Ammavanu Pattiya Amali,Kandu Kandarinju,Mahayanam,Carnival,Keli,Uncle Bun,Pattalam,Loose Loose Arapiri Loose,Champakkulam Thachan' etc etc.
He received Kerala Sangeetha  Nataka Academy's Award for his role in Sooryasoma's play 'Nidhi'.He received Kerala state award for drama acting   and Film Critics Award for his  film acting.
He sang a song along with Mohal Lal for the film 'Kandu Kandarinju' which became very popular.He sung some other non-filmy songs also.
His last released film was 'Lal Bahadur Shastri' and lastly acted film was 'Noolpalam'.
The name of his native place 'Mala' was added to his name 'Aravindan' as a prefix which became famous because of him and gradually  he came to be known in his place name

 as 'Mala' and 'Mala Chettan' ('Chettan' means elder brother).'Mala' also was the favorite  Assembly constituency of Leader Sri.K.Karunakaran.
Mala Aravindan  was president of the 'AMMA' which is association of Malayalam film artists.
Selected Filmography
Thokkukal Kadha Parayunnu
Velutha Kathreena
Olavum Theeravum
Thaliritta Kinakkal
Arangum Aniyarayum
Dwandha Yudham
Kaliyil Alpam Karyam
Koodum Thedi
Pappan Priyapetta Pappan
Revathikkoru Pavakutty
Kalam Mari Kadha Mari
Loose Loose Arapiri Loose
Unnikrishnante Aadyathe Christmas
Pattana Pravesam
Annakutty Kodambakkam Vilikkunnu
Ammavanu Pattiya Amali
Kottayam Kunjachan
Mookilla Rajyathu
Uncle Bun
Kizhakkunarum Pakshi
Kizhakkan Pathrose
Customs Diary
Kinnam Katta Kallan
Kalyana Unnikal
Charlie Chaplin
Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal
Puthuram Puthri Unniyarcha
Twenty 20
T.D.Dasan Std VI B
Cheriya Kallnum Valia Policum
Yakshiyum Njanum
Prabhuvinte Makkal
Lal Bahadur Shastri

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