Monday, December 21, 2015

Paravoor Bharathan

Paravoor Bharathan was a  prominent veteran Malayalam actor who portrayed numerous character roles,comedy roles,villain roles in large number of films for about a long span of six decades.He worked in Malayalam cinema from 1951 to 2009 gaining the love of the audience who all enjoyed thoroughly his comedy type roles and villain roles with a comedy touch.

Paravoor Bharathan was born at Vavakkad, Moothakunnam, in North Paravoor, Kerala in 1928.He had to discontinue his school studies when his father died unexpectedly.To support himself and his family he joined a drama troupe owned by Sebastian Kunju Kunju Bhagavathar and Augastine Bhagavathar.Later he joined the drama troupe of Jose Prakash.The roles which he played in some of the plays earned tremendous popularity and accolades which helped him to get a role in the film 'Rakthabandham' in 1951.
He got established and earned popularity  as a film actor by acting in the movies 'Kerala Kesari,Marumakal,Karutha Kai etc.There after Paravoor Bharathan was a part of all hit films made in Malayalam by big banners and directed by eminent directors.He manifested an important  role as the friend of the hero character  'Palani',handled by Sathyan in the first Gold Medal winner film of  Malayalam 'Chemmeen'.He traveled to London with the director Sathyan Anthikkad and the team of the film 'Mandanmar Londonil' where it was shot in the locations there.He portrayed a humorous role in that film  which aroused much laughter in cinema halls.
His comedy characters in films like 'Ee Nadu,Odukkam Thudakkam,Mazhavil Kavady,In Harihar Nagar,Dr.Pashupathy,Pattanapravesam,Aakasakottayile Sulthan' etc are all unforgettable.

He handled diversified characters such as 'Police man,sales
man,shop keeper,waiter,gang leader,political local leader,driver and so on in the vast number of films he acted in his acting career..He acted as the father,maternal Uncle etc to heroes and heroines in several films.
Paravoor Bharathan was well known for his cleanliness.He used to bring a medicated cleaning liquid to wash his hands and feet after the shooting schedule every day.Some of his co-stars told him that using that liquid every day would harm the skin and he stopped that habit.But he always appeared tidy and clean.After his death his friends recalls that he was a perfect personality whose mind was also very clean.
Paravoor Bharathan passed away on August 19, 2015.

See also the article on the blog Indian Screen stars- 'Paravur Bharathan'

Selected Filmography
Raktha Bandham
Kerala Kesari

Karutha Kai
Bharyamar Sookshikkuka
Danger Biscuit
Rest House
Marunattil Oru Malayali
Oru Penninte Kadha
College Girl
Hello Darling
Olavum Theeravum
Vishnu Vijayam
Urvashy Bharathy
Guruvayoor Kesavan
Thacholi Ambu
Kuyiline Thedi
Mazhavil Kavady
Aakasakottayile Sulthan
Meleparambil Aanveedu
Manathe Kottaram
CID Moosa
Chettan Bava Aniyan Bava
In Harihar Nagar


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