K.P.A.C Lalitha is known for her character Mayavathi Amma in the super hit comedy serial ‘Thattiyum Muttiyum.’ She is one of the finest Malayalam Cinema and Serials actors, known for her acting in very distinctive and versatile roles in hundreds of movies. She has won National Award twice for the movies Amaram (directed by her husband) in 1991 and Shantam in 2000. She has also won several state awards and many television awards.
In 2013, her autobiography Kadha Tudarum won the Cherukad award. She was born Maheshwari in 1947, in Alappuzha, Kerala, India. She is a part of the Malayalam Cinema Industry and Tele Serial Industry. She began her career at the age of 10 by acting in plays. Her first play was Geethayude Bali. Later she joined K.P.A.C, a renowned drama troupe in Kerala. K.P.A.C Lalitha became her screen name once she entered the movies. Her first movie was an adaptation of a top-rated K.P.A.C drama Koottukudumbam.
She got married in 1978 to Bharathan, an acclaimed Malayalam Film Director. She took a break from doing films after her marriage to raise her two children, Siddharth and
, only to return to acting in later years, doing more roles that are powerful. She is known for humor and serious roles. She is much praised for her role in Kodiyettam, Manichithratazhu, Vadakunokki Yanthram, Malooty, Vietnam Colony, Venkalam, to name a few. She took a break from movies, when she lost her husband in 1998. She was brought back to acting by Satyan Anthikad, giving her a powerful role in Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal in 1999. She has a very distinctive voice, which many directors have used to her advantage. She has dubbed her voice for many popular actresses as well. The movie Mathilukal by
highlights her voice as the heroine Narayani. She has acted in the comedy serial Sathi Leelavathi with
and Kalpana on Amrita TV. She is now part of a very popular comedy serial on Mazhavil Manorama named ‘Thattiyum Muttiyum,’ where she acts as a Mother-in-law, who constantly fights with her Daughter-in-law Mohanavalli (Manju Pillai), only to patch up within no time.
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K.P.A.C Lalitha is a well-known actress on Malayalam Big screen and Mini Screen. Her birth name is Maheswari Amma but she is famous on her screen name K.P A.C Lalitha. She was born in the Alappuzha district of Kerala and started her career at 10. Her first stage performance was in the play “Geethayude Bali.” Her performance made her join the famous troop K.P.A.C (Kerala Peoples Arts Club), which later collaborated with her name. Her first movie was “Koottukudumbam.”Later she acted as heroine opposite to veteran actor in the movie “
.” She is the wife of famous filmmaker Bharatan.
Lalitha started her acting excellence in K.P.A.C, and she played many lead roles supporting roles. She was married to Bharatan in 1978, and both had a great time together. She won 2 National awards for her roles in Amaram(1990) and Shantham(2000). She won Kerala film awards four times and got the Cherukad award in 2013 for her autobiography Kadathudarum. The tragedy that shook her was her husband’s death. Her son Siddharth is an upcoming film director. He played a lead role in the movie Nammal, directed by Kamal, and his career as a director started with the remake of his father’s famous movie Nidra in 2012. Lalitha also played a lead role in the movie Nidra, directed by his son. She now has a handful of movies and is doing a famous Comedy serial Thattiyum Muttiyum in Mazhavil Manorama Channel.
She starred with almost all famous stars from Prem Nazir to Prithviraj and showed her excellence in the field of dubbing. She dubbed her voice for famous actress Saradha in several movies. The audiences like her so much for her acting, and she is a good human being.
The multilingual actress Lalitha had been a part of the Indian film industry, right from the black and white period to the digital era. Right from the lead star to the grandma roles, she took every role as a challenge and did them with perfection. Lalitha had done 550+ films in a career span of 5 decades in Malayalam and Tamil. She was last seen in “
” with “
.” Due to several health issues, she had been hospitalized, and after seeing improvement in health, she was discharged and had been staying with her son,
, in Kochi. But, fate had different plans, and she breathed her last on 22nd February 2022 in Kochi. She has a lot of films waiting for release. Some of them are Tamil films “Maamanithan” with
and Veetla Visheshanga with
, Mollywood films Bheeshma Parvam with “
,” “Djinn” with
, directed by Sidharth Bharathan, “Oruthee,” Ente Priyathamanu, Paris Payyans, Next Token Number Please, Dairy Milk, “Pettamma” and Lasarinte Lokam.