Kalaikkal Kumaran is a notable film actor in the Malayalam film industry. He was born in the year 1919 at Vaikkom, Kottayam in Kerala. He is also known for doing comedic roles in Kalidasa Kalakendram’s drama. Kalaikkal acted in over 65 films and performed in 150 dramas. He has also done more than 15,000 stage performances. He is a member of the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi in Thrissur City. 

He first acted in Kathirukanakili of Ponkunnam Varkey’s Kerala Theatre. His popular dramas include Althara, Doctor, Muthuchippi, Kadalpalam, Samgamam, Swantham Lekhakan, Yudhabhoomi and many more. He was about to make a record of appearing in more than 20,000 stage performances, but the actor has lost his vision because of cataracts, which forced him to leave the field he was in. 

In 1951, he acted in the Malayalam film, Rakthabandham, alongside T. R. Omana, in the lead roles. The film was helmed by MR Vittal. In the 1950’s, he acted in Kerala Kesari, Lokaneethi, Avan Varunnu, Kidappaadam, Achanum Makanum and more. He was also seen in films like Arappavan, Odayil Ninnu, Shakunthala, Punnapra Vayalar, Chattambi Kavala and Nithyavasantham. He earned the Kerala State Award for his contribution to drama in 1993 and the Kerala State Film Award for his contribution to the film industry in the year 1997. 

Kumaran got married to Bhargavi and had six children namely Shavanas, Ramani, Shobana, Mala, Ranjini and Sheela. Kalaikkal Kumaran died on August 8, 1998. 

Karamana Janardanan Nair

Karamana Janardanan Nair is a popular Malayalam film artist during the 80s and 90s. Born on July 25, 1936, to Bhargaviyamma and Kunjuveettil Ramaswami Iyyer, he studied at the Govt Model Boys High School in Chalai and later took a Bachelor of Arts before he pursued Bachelor of Law at the Government Law College in Thiruvananthapuram. Besides that, he took Masters in History at the University College in Thiruvananthapuram. During college, he joined the Student’s Federation. Later, Karamana worked in the office of the Employees Provident Fund Organisation. He participated in the drama clubs in Thiruvananthapuram and actively worked in radio and theater. He studied at the National School of Drama during the 1960s. Karamana got married to Jaya J Nair, and they have three children namely Sunil, Sudheer (who is also a Malayalam actor) and Sujay.  In 1969, Karamana acted in P. Subramaniam’s Urangatha Sundary. It was followed by some films, where he acted as a protagonist. He is notable for his performance as Unni in Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s Malayalam film, Elippathayam in 1981. This film won the Most Original and Imaginative Film shown at the National Film Theatre at the British Film Institute in 1982, the Sutherland Trophy at the London Film Festival, and two National Film Awards. He gained popularity as Prabhakaran Thampi in Mohanlal-starrer screwball comedy film Pattanapravesham in 1988; in P. Balachandran’s Agnidevan; and as Fr. Ottaplakkan in the Malayalam action drama film, Spadikam in 1995. Karamana is also notable for his performance as the ignorant husband of Seema’s character in the 1988 family drama film, Mattoral, where he acted with Mammootty in the lead roles. He was last seen in the action film, F.I.R in 1999, where he acted as a Catholic priest and in Ente Priyappetta Muthuvinu in the year 2000.  Karamana’s son Sudheer is a popular Malayalam film actor, known for doing villain roles, as well as character and supporting roles. Karamana died at the age of 63 in April 24, 2000,. 

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Karamana Janardanan Nair Malayalam Actor