Nedumudi Venu was born on 22nd May 1948. He is commonly known as Kesavan Venu Gopal. His parents are PK Kesavan Nair and Kunjikkuttiyamma in Nedumudi Alappuzha in Kerala. He had four siblings, all brothers. His father was a schoolmaster. Nedumudi completed his primary education at NSS Higher Secondary School and St Mary's Higher Secondary School, Champakulam. During school days, he was interested in music and arts.

He graduated from Sanatana Dharma College in Alappuzha. After graduation, he started his career as a journalist and also worked as a teacher in a tutorial institute. While staying in Trivandrum, he became friends with Padmarajan, Bharath Gopi, Aravindan which made him expose his talent and enter into the domain of movies. In his married life with TR Sushila he had two sons, Unni and Kannan. Initially, Venu started his career from theatre which later helped him to enter into the acting in the cinema industry. He served as a member in one of the famous drama, Kavalam Narayana Panicker.

In 1978, he made his debut with the help of director G Aravindan for the movie Thambu. But his skills and talent was known to the world by the maker Bharathan in his film, Aaravam. Soon after the screenplay Oridathoru Phayalvan and Kallan Pavithran made by Padmarajan made him a good actor and started his milestone in the film industry, which helped him gain roles of the head of the family for several memorable movies. Apart from acting he also worked as a scriptwriter for several dramas. He wrote stories for movies like Sruthi, Oru Katha Oru Nunnakkatha, Ambada Njane, Theertham, Kattathe Kilikkoodu and Savidham.

He directed the movie “Pooram.” He had a chance to act with Kamal Hasan and Vikram in Shankar's direction for the Screenplay Indian and Anniyan. Venu also portrayed in several television serials, one being Parinamam which was directed by Venu and helped him receive Best Screenplay award from Ashdod International Film Festival held in Israel. He claimed awards like best actor award from the Zimbabwe International Film Festival for his role in Saira in September 2007. He was the only Indian to receive the award from Zimbabwe International Film Festival.

In 1981, he won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor in Malayalam. In 1997, he received the lifetime achievement award from Filmfare Awards. In 2007, Pratibha Purusha Karam from Kerala film Critics Association was also added to his accolades. He also acted in the English language for Chaurahen in 2007. - Edited by Avantika Gupta - [email protected] - 9836334342

Siju Wilson Malayalam Actor

Siju Wilson

Siju Wilson is a new-generation Malayalam actor who has made an appearance in TV and films as well. He has been active in the industry since 2010 and made his debut in two Malayalam movies 'Malarvaadi Arts Club' and 'Last Bench' where his name did not get any credit for the role that he played. However, his fate changed when he was appreciated for his meaningful roles in movies like 'Neram' and 'Premam'. The actor was lucky to star in the two popular films made by director Alphonse Putharen. After the success of the movie 'Neram' (2013), writer-director Alphonse Putharen while announcing his next project, titled ‘Premam’ did cast Siju Wilson in a meaningful role. Both the movies were stepping stone for actor Siju to get a stronghold in Malayalam movie industry. Siju’s forthcoming movies are ‘Third World Boys’ which is an unreleased Malayalam film directed and written by the duo Ayyappa Swaroop and Shahaladharan Sashidhar and is being produced by Little Big Cinemas. The actor was recently seen in a successful movie “Happy Wedding” which was a comedy-drama film directed by debutante director Omar. Being produced under the banner of Ozone Productions and Eros International, the film narrates the story of actor Wilson who plays the role of an engineering graduate and contemplates marriage on his mother’s insistence. The film was made on a low budget and even had a limited screening in theaters. But after receiving positive reviews, the film was screened simultaneously in over 130 screens in Kerala circuit. Siju Wilson also is popular in Malayalam TV industry for appearing in a sitcom like “Just Fun Chumma” which was aired on Amrita TV. In this serial Willson Joseph was seen as Roy and actor Saran DramaSchool as Tony. The show had teenaged actors like Wilson. Saran, Sreeram Ramachandra and Pavitra Menon. He also appeared in two Malayalam short films “Kattan Kaappi" and “Moustache Blues". The actor hails from a small town Aluva in Kerala.


K. P. Ummer

K. P. Ummer is a veteran Malayalam actor who was active in the cinema since early 60’s to late 90’s. He acted in various kind of character roles in the movies and became a household name in Kerala. He is the only actor to return the state award given to him. Later, the Malayalam film fraternity instituted an award in his memory and gave the award to actors in Malayalam film industry. In the year 1956, he made his debut as an actor in film 'Ranchan Enna Pauran.' For four years, he had no work, and in 1960, he acted in movie 'Umma.' In this movie, actress Rajakumari falls in love with K.P.Ummer. The movie ends with Ummer and Rajakumari tying the knot after both faced rejection of Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair. In this movie, Ummer played the lead role. In 1965, Ummer acted in 'Murappennu ' which starred Prem Nazir, Madhu in lead roles. The film was a super duper hit, and it is one of the most significant films in the history of Malayalam cinema. The film had a powerful performance of Prem Nazir. The film won National Award certificate for best film. His other two movies include 'Archana' and 'Kayamkulam Kochunni' (1966). It was from 1967; he started accepting character roles in movies. His first film in which Ummer played the role of character role was ‘Udhyogastha' (1967) which had Prem Nazir, Madhu, Sharada, Sathyan in lead roles. Another popular movie that featured Ummer as a character actor includes 'Urangatha Sundary' (1969) which had actors like Sathyan, K.V. Shanthi, Rajasree, and Jayabharathi in lead roles. P Subramaniam directed and produced the film. His notable movies are 'Padunna Puzha' and 'Kadal' (1968), 'Virunnukari' (1969), 'Pearl View,' 'Ningalenne Communistakki,' 'Vazhve Mayam ' and 'Dathuputhran' (1970), 'C.I.D. Nazir' (1971), 'Sambhavami Yuge Yuge ' (1972), 'Football Champion' (1973), 'Thacholi Marumakan Chandu'(1974), 'Neelapponmaan' (1975), etc. He has acted with all leading stars of his time. He acted in a total of 250 films since 1971 which is given here. They are like 19 films in 1971, 13 films in 1972, 20 films in 1973, 16 films in 1974, 22 films in 1975, 29 films in 1976, 27 films in 1977, 25 films in 1978, 18 films in 1979, 12 films in 1980, 14films in 1981, 11 films in 1982, 13 films in 1983 and 16 films in 1984. He also played the villain’s role in many of Prem Nazir’s movies. Ummer even grabbed the character artiste’s role in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. He was a professional stage actor and a renowned football player. He was born on 11th October 1934 in Calicut and died in Chennai on 29 October 2001.

K. P. Ummer Malayalam Actor