Aparna Nair’s brush with films came much earlier than her formal debut into Malayalam films with “Nivedyam”in 2007. She had in fact acted in two very short cameo roles in the previous two years, one in the film “Mayookham” as the friend of one of the lead actresses, while in “ Notebook” she had appeared in one scene as a TV journalist. Prior to her regular entry into cinema she was more engrossed into modeling and that was her priority, but as luck would have it for her, she got noticed by eminent film personality Lohithadas, who cast her in that first film of her, but neither her role was significant, nor did the film do well in the box office. Hence Aparna had to wait for some more time to gain prominence, which she did not through any role in a movie, but by her acting in a lead role in the play ”Chayamukhi”. Here she crossed swords with veterans Mohanlal and Mukesh, and came up with a brilliant performance bringing her instant fame, and making it easier for her to move ahead in her film career. She started getting roles regularly after this. Some of them were quite meaty ones, like the one opposite Manikuttan in the 2009 film “Meghatheertham”. The list of her films kept on increasing, with films like “Kayam” and “ Cocktail”, both offering her important roles, but while someone else stole the limelight in the former, it was only in the latter she was noticed for her role, and the film also was a very successful thriller. Simultaneously, she tried out her hand in Tamil and Telegu films, while drawing attention to her acting in “Beautiful” and “Streetlight”, both of which gave her satisfaction for her own performances. On the other hand, out an out entertainers like “Mallu Singh” and “ Thattathin Marayathu” were great hits at the box office. As she awaits the release of her recently completed films “ Madhura Naranga” (where she acts as a doctor) ; “Thamara” (in the title role of a fisher woman) and “Vannyam”, a thriller, she exudes quiet confidence about them and her future career in general.

Aparna Gopinath Malayalam Actress

Aparna Gopinath

Peering through her professional looking glasses and with a no frills dress pattern, Aparna Gopinath hardly looks a typical Malayalam film actress. Perhaps her looks reveal her approach to movies and also her background. The main forte of Aparna has been her serious theatre acting and her specialising in western dance forms. Her entry into movies may, however, have happened due to a combination of circumstances. Both her parents were movie buffs, always discussing about films, and were very much infatuated with the screen exploits of the veteran matinee idols of Malayalam cinema like Mammooty and Mohanlal. While this may have indirectly coaxed Aparna into films, the fact that she herself was a theatre artist from her childhood days facilitated and expedited her entry into the world of movies. Being basically from Chennai, Aparna was actively involved with the progressive theatre groups there, prior to her entering movies, and she had acted in several classic plays both in Malayalam as also Shakespearean plays in English. In her maiden film “American-Born Confused Desi” (ABCD)”, she co-starred with Dulquar Salmaan, son of matinee idol Mammootty, and portrayed the character of a college girl. The fact she got the main female role and acted opposite one of the big names was not the only satisfaction for her, since the film was a tremendous success at box office, and drew much appreciation for her acting. This was a much bigger bonus for her. However, in spite of this commercial success, she made her intentions clear that she had no plans to portray the typical run of the mill roles in her movies, but would prefer more challenging roles in future films. Perhaps her role in her next film “Bicycle Thief” which was thriller and not a stereotyped move, she found her preference being fulfilled at least partly, as her acting in the role of a Bank employee was also much appreciated by the movie goers. In her subsequent films like “Mannar Mathai Speaking 2” - an out an out comedy, and sequel to the original 1995 version; and “Happy Journey” she had put in creditable performances once again establishing her acting credentials. She is also getting a chance to act alongside the veteran Mammoothy in the more recent film “Munnariyippu”, but acting apart, she still actively pursues her dancing aspirations, teaching others also in the process.

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Aranmula Ponnamma

With the death of Aranmula Ponnamma at the ripe old age of 96, Malayalam cinema literally lost a “mother figure”. For none else had ever enacted so many motherly roles in her film career as did Ponnamma, and it may also be a record for world cinema. In fact, she had enacted the roles of screen mother for artistes who were several years senior to her, including the famous Prem Nazir, with the star once commenting that he may have addressed her as mother so many times more than he would have done for his real mother. Tragically, in her real life, she could not perform her role of mother as she would have liked it, since her daughter and son had both met with very untimely deaths. As she had also lost her husband subsequently, she had to spend her last days with her grand children and great grand children. However, that significant aspect of her career apart, on her own merits, she was an accomplished actress, and the recipient of several awards throughout her career, including the National Award for acting, although her initial inclinations were towards Carnatic music. She was not only herself a trained vocalist, performing at several meetings from early childhood, but also a music teacher at a Girls’ School in Trivandrum. Her acting career did not start with films, but as the normal pattern in those days, she initially took part in plays before entering films. In fact, her maiden film appearance happened at a relatively higher age when she was almost touching 30. Interestingly, even her debut role was that of a mother in the 1950 film “Sasidharan”. The exceptions were few and far between, with Ponnamma appearing in different types of roles in only two films. She played a loose character woman in “Yachakan” and portrayed a slightly negative characterization in the film “Paadunna Puzha “. Besides these two she was almost always cast in a mother’s role. Trying to rationalize this aspect, Ponnamma had once revealed that her role model was her mother, who had to take care of a family of five children after her father’s untimely death. Her last film incidentally was “Gourisankaram” in 2004 when she was already touching 90.   Another version   Aranmula Ponnamma came into this world on 8th of April in the year 1914. She was born in the town of Aranmula which is located in the state of Kerala. She was a very famous actress in Malayalam film industry and is known for playing the motherly figure to various protagonists in the movie mostly because she had started her career at a very later stage in her life.   Ponnamma was born to Malethu Kesava Pillai and Parukutty Amma. She had seen some struggles in the early years of her life especially after her father died when she was just nine years old. She is one of the five children that in her family.  Aranmula started working at a very tender age as a Carnatic music vocalist, and this was when she was just 12 years old. When she was 15 years of age, she was appointed as a teacher in a primary school, and she taught music in that school which was located in Pala. As and when she grew up, she got promoted to Senior Secondary School too.  Aranmula made her debut in the field of acting when she essayed a role in the play Bhagyalaxmi, and this was when she was 29 years old. She then made her debut in the film industry by working in the movie Sashidharan. Perhaps since she plays the roles of a mother in Malayalam movies, she considered her mother to be the role model for her life. Ponnamma married Late Kochu Krishna Pillai, and they have two children together, a daughter named Rajamma and a son named Rajashekhara. She had also won a National Award for the Best Supporting Actress for her movie Kathapurushan, and this was in the year 1996. Ponnamma died when she was 96 years of age and was hospitalized at a hospital in Mumbai where she breathed her last and left a huge void in the industry.  

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Aranmula Ponnamma Malayalam Actress