Pauly Valsan is an Indian film and theatre actress who mainly showcases her talent in regional Malayalam movies. She is most well-known for playing Mariam Thressia (Pennamma) in the Malayalam blockbuster “Ee. Ma. Yau” (2018) and was honored with the Best Character Actress award at the 48th Kerala State Film Awards for her performance. The film also won the best director and actor awards at the 49th International Film Festival of India. Pauly was born and raised in the coastal region of Vypin, Kochi along with her six siblings. She is one of the eldest members of her house and has two children from her husband Valsan, a theatre actor. She married Valsan against the wishes of their families since they belonged to different castes but their families eventually came around.
Pauly began her career with acting in theatre and stage plays in 1975 and it was not until three decades later in 2008 that she debuted in Anwar Rasheed’s “Annan Thambi” (2008). Since then she has acted in more than forty movies in just ten years. Pauly quit theatre a few years later when she was shooting for her second film “
” (2011). It once so happened that she had to shoot for the movie during the day in Kalamassery and then go for a stage act in Adoor, 125 kilometers away. Her part in the stage play was a crucial one and she had to be there no matter what else the play would have been a flop. Pauly was not called by the movie director the whole day for her shot until after 6 pm and she had to reach the theatre by 9. Pauly wrapped up from the shoot as quickly as she could and hailed a cab to Adoor.
She reached the theatre at 11 pm and was sure the inevitable had happened. However, she later found out that the theatre had been flooded with water due to torrential rain that day and the play had been canceled. That day forth she decided never to juggle stage and films together. Afterward, Pauly appeared in several supporting roles in numerous films, including “Annayum Rasoolum” (2013), “Iyobinte Pushtakam” (2014), “Amar Akbar Anthony” (2015), “
” (2016), “
” (2016), “Vanyam” (2016) and “C/O Saira Banu” (2017). In 2017, she worked with director
Rahul Riji Nair
in his movie revolving around marital rape, “Ottamuri Velicham”. She portrayed the mother-in-law of the protagonist Sudha (played by
) and won her second consecutive Best Character Actress award at the 2018 Kerala State Film Awards. She was last seen in Prithviraj Sukumaran’s “
” (2019) and is currently shooting for her upcoming movie “Kolaambi”.