Hailing from the city of Kerala, Adoor is an actor and a director. He was born on 1st March 1927 in Vazhuthacaud, Thiruvananthapuram. He spent his childhood with his parents at Travancore. He was the fourth son to E.V. Krishna Pillai, who is a revolutionary story writer, a lawyer and a member of Travancore Legislative Assembly, and Maheshwari Amma, who is the daughter of a legendary novelist C.V. Raman. Adoor had four brothers and two sisters, late Omana Amma, Rajlaxmi Amma, late K. Sankaran Nair, K. Padmanabhan Nair, late Krishna Nair, and late K. Ramchandran Nair alias Chandraji, who was a film director.
Adoor did his former schooling from a missionary school at Travancore, but after his father had passed away at 44, he moved to Adoor and did his latter studies from there. He holds a diploma in textile chemistry. Due to the financial condition, he couldn’t do a proper internship and thus couldn’t find a job as well. He started acting in the radio dramas of All India Radio. He was the manager at P.K. Press Memorial and Sakhi weekly. These jobs helped him get onto the stage and ultimately Malayalam Film Industry. Adoor has mostly worked as a sidekick and was immensely appreciated for his work in comic roles.
He did his debut as a small role in Thiramala, a Malayalam feature film. His next significant venture was Chandrathara’s Mudiyanaya Puthran in the year 1968 which was a P.R.S Pillai direction. He was much appreciated for his comedy venture directed by P. Venu, Viruthan Shanku. He was the most notable actor in Malayalam cinema in the 70s, and he kept on doing feature films over 2000 movies. He is known for doing a variety of roles from a negative role in Karimbana to a double role in Kottaram Vikanandu and Lankadahanam. He has received prestigious awards for his work.
He received a Kerela State Award for the Best Actor in Chattakari in 1974. He again bagged the Kerela State Award for the Best Actor for his lead role in Cheriyachante Kroorakrithyangal, a
production. He is considered to be one the India’s leading personalities due to his contributions to the industry. He was the one to recognize Kamal Hassan’s potential and gave him the lead in his film, Adiyapadam. Adoor passed away on 29th March 1990. The Panchayat of Pathanamthitta is building a memorial for AdoorBhasi. A movie on Adoor’s biography by Harikumar is being made called Mareecham. The script is by Harikumar, who is Adoor’s Nephew.