The ex-wife of Priyadarshan and a leading heroine of the 80s in Malayalam, Lissy a.k.a Lakshmi was introduced to Tamil films by actor Kamal Hassan as his heroine in his home production, Vikram. She started her career at the age of 16 when she was studying for her graduation. She had to discontinue her studies to concentrate on her career.  She was not interested to quit studies initially, but it was her mother who inspired her to become an actress.

Lissy’s entry into films happened in the early eighties, and in a short period, she became one of the top heroines of the time. Lissy was a common face in the eighties. Though she had paired with almost all the top heroes of the eighties, it was along with Mohanlal and Mukesh, that she was able to create magic on screen. Even at the peak of her career, she acted in sister roles, the girl next door,  and as the heroine's friend. Known for her stunning and mesmerizing looks, Lissy was able to grab the hearts of viewers. Along with Malayalam films, Lissy also had appeared in several  Tamil and Telugu films.

Lissy later fell in love with the famous film director Priyadarshan and got married to him on 13 December 1990. After marriage, she gave up acting and adopted the name Lakshmi for religious reasons. After the birth of her son, Lizzy adopted the Hindu religion from Arya Samaj.

Lissy is the co-owner of Kerala Strikers, and it has been reported that certain disputes regarding ownership of Kerala Strikers led to the divorce between  Lissy and Priyadarshan after 24 years long marriage. She now resides in Chennai.

Lissy is now making a comeback to films by doing a Tamil film as heroine playing her age by a National award winning director. Looks like this yesteryear actress is all set to join the likes of actresses like Manju Warier, who made a comeback to movies after her divorce. A formal announcement will follow once the shooting commences shortly.

 We shall be eagerly awaiting your comeback movie, Lissy!! 

M K Kamalam

M K Kamalam is an yesteryear actress who debuted in the Malayalam film industry with the1938 flick Balan. This is the first talkie of Mollywood.    Born on 1923 in Kottayam, Kamalam acted in a play Allirani just at her seventh year. Her father also acted in this play. While she was working on her play Vichithravijayam she got an offer to work in a film. Five ladies were acting in the play and Kamalam was selected from them by S Nattani, T R Sundaram and Alleppey Vincent, who were the director, producer and actor respectively, of the film. She was 15 year old then.Kamalam gave her voice to three songs in Balan, and the number Jagadeeswara Jaya Jaya was somewhat popular. The singing of Kamalam was the first ever of its kind in Mollywood; Balan was the first film of Mollywood which had audio track. Kamalam’s venture into the movie was considered as a daring attempt, since it was not a general practice for women to act in plays or films.    After doing a film Kamalam concentrated on plays, since she had entered into a contract with the play company. Later she worked in Bhootharaayar, but this flick didn’t show itself on mainscreen owing to the demise of its producer. Kamalam was a trained singer and got training from Sebastian Kunjukunju Bhagavathar. Sree Narayana Guru, Magdalana Mariyam, Anarkali, Marakkanavatha Manushyan and Kochu Seetha are some of the plays in which Kamalam acted.    Kamalam quit her acting career in 1964, but later returned with the flick Sayahnam. She worked in this flick 10 years after quitting the industry. Kamalam had her final experience with stage with the play Jeevitham Avasanikkunnilla. Kamalam breathed her last in the year 2010 at the age of 86. She is blessed with three children.

M K Kamalam Malayalam Actress