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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Evergreen presence in Malayalam cinema for six decades

Eminent film actress Sukumari, who died in a hospital in Chennai in the afternoon yesterday, was established as a perennial presence in Malayalam and Tamil films in his career spanning more than six decades.

A versatile actor who could play roles of a loving mother, mother-in-law wicked stepmother or a comic character with ease, Sukumari had acted with all the heroes and heroines of the Malayalam film highlights the present and the past.

The 'Sukumari touch' has been the trademark of more than 2,500 films in Malayalam and Tamil, which won the hearts of millions of viewers.

Sukumari, born in Nagercoil in 1938, was a relative of Lalitha-Padmini-Ragini sisters. He learned
dance with them and master as Keralanadanam dance forms, Kathakali and Bharathanatyam and had gone on a journey across India with them.

Her first Malayalam film was' Thaskaraveeran 'with legendary actor Adoor Bhasi and his last film appearance was in '3 G'

Sukumari film career began at age 10 with the Tamil film 'Orarivu'. He acted in several Malayalam films of the period after black and white as 'Chettathi', 'Kunjali Marakkar' and 'Thacholi Othenan'.

Their most popular Malayalam films include "Poochakkoru Mookkuthi ',' Boeing Boeing ',' Rasikan ',' Achuvinte Amma ',' Appunni ',' Vandanam ',' Arappatta Kettiya Gramathil ',' kāryam Nissaram 'and' Nizhalkkutthu '.

Sukumari has acted in films in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Hindi, and used her own voice in all the movies without the help of dubbing artists.

Sukumari active in films, television series and stage plays until she was bedridden following burns suffered at home in Chennai.

The veteran actor had won the Padmashri in 2003 and the second prize for best actress in 2010 for her role in the bilingual film 'Namma Gramam'. She had won several awards, including the state award supporting actress four times.

Kerala Film Fraternity expressed deep regret the sudden death of actor, describing her as a mother figure to all. "He lost his mother, sister and a good friend," said Mohanlal.

The actor and president of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes Innocent said in a condolence meeting in Kochi that his death was an irreparable loss to the Malayalam film industry.

Sukumari Minister Oommen Chandy said was a "phenomenon" in Malayalam cinema. Cinema Minister KB Ganesh Kumar said that the actors in the Malayalam film industry have lost a mother's loving presence on the sets.

Source: Press Trust of India.

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