Sunday, March 27, 2016


Kalpana was a versatile South Indian actress who acted predominantly in Malayalam  mostly  in supporting roles and character roles.She was the top female comedy artist of Malayalam film industry and was nick named as 'Manorama of Malayalam'.(Referring to the famous Tamil comedy actress 'Manorama' who also died recently.)
Female artists who could portray comedy characters effectively well are very few and the unparalleled skill of presenting comedy characters with much perfection with most suited expressions,gestures and  apt  voice tone well suited for the situation  was a unique blessing for Kalpana.Thus she earned much love from film goers and was a favorite actress in all South Indian languages.Kalpana's sudden and unexpected demise was a shock to everybody in the film industry and  all her fans.
Kalpana's acting talent was intricate since she was born as the daughter of famous stage actor Chavara V.P.Nair and stage actress Vijayalakshmi.She was the second daughter of the couple and was born on 13th October 1965.Her sisters Kalaranjini and Urvashy are  popular film actresses for the last several decades.
She entered Malayalam film field as a child artist by acting in the Malayalam film 'Vidarunna Mottukal' which was directed by P.Subramanyam of Neela Productions in the year 1977.She again appeared in films like 'Sikharangal' as a child artist in those period.In the year 1982 she acted along with Babu Nampoothiri in lead role of the film 'Yagam' directed by Sivan.This film won National award as the best feature film in Malayalam of that year.Later she appeared in the award winning film 'Pokkuveyil' directed by G.Aravindan in the same year.Balachandran Chullikkad acted in the protagonist role of that film and Kalpana was the female lead.This film won National award as the second Best movie of that year.It was screened at several International film festivals including Cannes.She also  acted opposite Jagathy Sreekumar in the film 'Ithum Oru Jeevitham' in the year 1982.
She acted in a comedy role as a character  'Anarkali' in the film 'Panchavady Palam' directed by K.G.George in 1984 and proved her ability to portray comedy roles also  effectively well.
She got well noticed and became popular in Tamil also  as the heroine of the  Tamil film 'Chinna Veedu' which was a very successful film directed by Bhagyaraj who was also the hero of that film.From that period on wards she got continuous roles in Malayalam films and became a superstar concerning comedy roles.In 1985 Jagathy Sreekumar and Kalpana were the leads of the comedy film 'Ithu Nalla Thamasha'.Her combination roles with Comedy King Jagathy Sreekumar  are all superb and  unforgettable.Kalpana and Jagathy Sreekumar created fantastic comedy sequences in numerous Malayalam films which are all very nice comedy.Her comedy sequences with Innocent in numerous films are also exceptionally nice. Kalpana acted in more than 300 films moistly in languages Malayalam,Tamil, Telugu and Kannada.In Tamil apart from the hit film 'Chinna Veedu' she acted in popular successful films like 'Thirumathi Oru Vegumathi,Sathi Leelava

thi,Looty,Dumm Dumm Dumm,Aalukkoru Aasai,Kakki Sattai' and so on.
Kalpana used to appear as a Judge for many popular TV reality shows for many Malayalam and Tamil Channels.She was an excellent TV program presenter also.
She married film director Anil Kumar in the year 1998 but they got divorced in 2012.
Kalpana received National Award as Best Supporting Actress in 2012 for her performance in the Malayalam  film 'Thanichalla Njan'. 
In January 2016 Kalpana went to Hyderabad to act in a Telugu film in which Nagarjuna acted as  the hero.She demised on 25th January at Hyderabad  due to heart attack.She was 51.
Selected Filmography
Vidarunna Mottukal
Pokku Veyil
Ithum Oru Jeevitham
Chinna Veedu
Ithu Nalla Thamasha
Peruvannapurathe Viseshangal
Kauthuka Varthakal
Innathe Program
Cheppady Vidya
Uppukandam Brothers
Sakshal Sreeman Chathunni
Pidakkozhi Koovunna Noottandu
CID Unnikrishnan B.A. B.Ed
Three men Army
Avittam Thirunal Arogya Sreeman
Achan Kombathu Amma Varambathu
Aramana Veedum Anjooraekkarum
Excuse Me Ethu Collegila
Afjunan Pillayum Anchu Makkalum
Anuraga Kottaram
Kalyana Unnikal
Grama Panchayathu
Soorya Puthran
Charlie Chaplin
Akasha Ganga
Mizhi Randilum
Priyam Priyakaram
Bus Conductor
Twenty 20
Seetha Kalyanam
Kerala Cafe
Yuga Purushan
Indian Rupee
Pachuvum Kovalanum
Ezham Sooryan
Bangalore Days
Ennum Eppozhum

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Kalabhavan Mani

Kalabhavan Mani  was a popular South Indian film actor who acted predominantly in Malayalam and has also appeared  in several Tamil films and a few Telugu films as well.He has acted in more than 200 Malayalam films in characters with a comedy touch,supportive roles, and in Villain roles where as in Tamil and Telugu he mostly portrayed villain roles.
Kalabhavan Mani was born at Chalakudy in Kerala as Mani Raman and became popular as 'Kalabhavan Mani' being  as a member of the renowned mimicry troupe of 'Kalabhavan, Kochi' in the early 90's. His abilities were noted by film directors and he got entry to Malayalam films in the year 1993 with the film 'Aksharam'.He  continued to act in small roles and got well famous as a film actor in 1996 with the release of the super hit film 'Sallapam' in which he acted along with Dileep and Manju Warrier.He depicted the role of a toddy tapper by name 'Rajappan'  and that character was with a comedy touch.He received several other offers from there on and became established as part of the Malayalam film industry.Next year, in 1997 he acted in 28 films which was a significant  achievement for a new comer.
His unique acting style,laughing style, dialogue presentation, and mannerisms were all liked by the audience.Soon his versatile acting talents were revealed and he was  cast for serious roles also.Meanwhile in 1998 he got entry to Tamil films  by the film 'Marumalarchi' directed by Bharathi.Mammootty and Devayani were the main actors of that film.He used to act in Tamil films from that year on wards  and he received Filmfare award as Best Villain in 2002 for the role of the character 'Velu' in the film 'Gemini'.He drew appreciation for portraying  Villain roles of a few Telugu films also.
Mani got Special Jury National Award for the protagonist role as a blind singer which he played wonderfully  in the super hit film 'Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njanum' directed by Vinayan in the year 1999.He got much praise from critics and audience for the excellent depiction of the blind singer 'Ramu'.He got special Jury Award from Kerala Government Film Awards,Asianet Film  Awards etc for this role.
In the same year 1999 he was the main character of the Malayalam film 'My dear Karady' directed by 'Sandhya Mohan'.He  appeared dressed up as a bear in major parts of this comedy film.
In the  year 2001 he got much appreciation for the role of forest guard in the film 'The Guard' which was made by Sabitha Jayaraj and directed by Hakim.It was a unique concept   since it was a single actor film.He only acted in that film as the forest guard in a dense forest.
He was also  part of the expensive Tamil film 'Enthiran'(2010) of Superstar Rajani Kanth.In the year 2015 he acted in the Tamil film 'Kangaroo' directed by Samy.In 2015 he acted as a Police Constable 'Perumal' and acted along with Kamal Hassan and Gouthami in the Tamil film 'Papanasam'.
Kalabhavan Mani was a good singer also and had been a playback singer in several Malayalam films such as 'Sammanam,Kottaram Veetile Appoottan,Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu,The Gurard,Kazhcha,Red Salute,Twenty 20' and many more.He sang several devotional songs and album songs.He has contributed much for the revival of Folklore songs of Kerala.His folk songs earned tremendous popularity in Kerala.
He has also appeared as host of certain TV shows.
Kalabhavan Mani is recipient of several other awards also.
He married Dr.Nimmy and they have a daughter Sree Lakshmi.
This excellent actor demised on March 6, 2016.



Selected Filmography
Swarna Kireedam
Gajaraja Manthram
My dear Kuttichathan
The Car
Summer in Bethlehem
Kattathoru Penpoovu
Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu
My dear Karady
Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njanum
Fort Kochi
Sethurama Iyer CBI
Ben johnson
Red Salute
Twenty 20
Adaminte Makan
Husbands in Goa
Yathra Chothikkathe

Jay Jay