Guinness Pakru

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Guinness Pakru
Born Ajay Kumar
(1976-08-31) 31 August 1976 (age 42)
Kollam, Kerala, India
Other names Guinness Pakru
Occupation Actor, Director
Years active 1984–present
Notable work Athbhutha Dweepu directed by Vinayan
Spouse(s) Gayatri Mohan(married on March 2006)
Children Deeptha Keerthi
Parent(s) Radhakrishna Pillai, Ambujakshiyamma
Awards Kerala State Film Awards
special award - 2006
Guinness Book of Records tamilnadu state award Film dishum (best supporting actor)

Ajay Kumar, known as Guinness Pakru, is a Malayalam comedy actor. He has made an entry into the Guinness World Records for being the shortest actor (2 ft 6 in (76 cm))[1] to play a character in a full-length film. He played the lead role in Albhutha Dweep, a Malayalam movie directed by Vinayan. The movie was later dubbed in Tamil.

The film Albutha Dweep starred him as dwarf prince Gajendra of the kingdom Vamanapuri on a fantasy island, where the men were cursed to be dwarfs and women were of normal height. Around 300 dwarves acted in that film.[2][3] In 2013, Guinness Pakru has also made his directorial debut through his film Kutteem Kolum..

Early life[edit]

He is born as Ajay Kumar, as the eldest son, of Radhakrishna Pillai and Ambujakshiyamma, on 31 August 1976 at his father's home in Mulavana, Kundara, Kollam. His father was an auto driver and mother was a L.I.C agent who also worked at Telephone service agency on contract. Soon after his birth his family moved to Kottayam. Since his mother often got transferred they moved from one place to other and finally settled at Pandavam, Aymanam, Kerala.[4] He has two younger sisters, Kavitha and Sangeetha.[5] He studied at C.M.S L.P School, Chalukunnu till his fourth grade[6] and at C.M.S High School, Olassa till S.S.L.C.[7] Then he joined Baselius College, Kottayam and completed his pre degree and graduation from there. He is a BA graduate in economics and has a diploma in computer science. He started his career as a mimicry artist and later moved to films. He worked as a mimicry artist in mimicry troupes like Mangalam Mimics, Nadirsha's Cochin Universal and Kottayam Nazeer's Cochin Discovery.[8] By the time he reached 18 years of age he completed 1000 mimicry stages. He debuted through the children’s film Ambili Ammavan (The Moon) in 1984. He now also acts in TV serials.

Personal life[edit]

Pakru married Gayathri Mohan in March 2006.[9][10] They have a daughter Deeptha Keerthi born in 14 April 2009.[11] Pakru once told that Deeptha Keerthi was actually his second daughter. Before her, there was a daughter, who lived only for two weeks.

Transformation to director[edit]

Guinness Pakru (Ajayakumar) also turned into director with the 2013 Malayalam movie Kutteem Kolum. He also played the lead role in the movie. He could well be the shortest director in filmdom as well. The film had Aditya, Sanusha, Laya, Munna, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Vijayaraghavan and Ponnamma Babu. Camera was handled by Vinod Bharathi and music by Shaan Rahman.

Honours and awards[edit]

He had made an entry into the Guinness World Records for being the shortest lead actor (2 ft 6 in (76 cm)) to play a character in a full-length film. His accomplishment is cited on the 167th page of the 2008 edition of the Guinness Book of Records. Apart from this world record, he was also presented with a Kerala State Film Award and a special Tamil Nadu State Film Award for his performance in the film Dishyum in 2006.[12][13]

Guinness World Records
Kerala State Film Awards
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

Filmography[edit]

As actor[edit]

Malayalam
Tamil

As director[edit]

Television[edit]

Serials
  • Savari Girigiri (Surya TV)[14]
  • Tom and jerry(Asianet)
  • Vallabhan C/O Vallabhan
  • Cinemala (Asianet)
  • Five Star Thattukada (Asianet)
Shows
  • chirikum pattanam (Kairali TV)
  • Comedy festival (Mazhavil Manorama)
  • Pokeeri Peekiri(Asianet Plus)
  • Kuttykalavara (Flowers)
  • Komedy Circus (Mazhavil Manorama)
  • Comedy Utsavam (Flowers)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Indian comedy star Ajay Kumar is world's smallest actor". The Daily Telegraph. 22 April 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Undapakru, shortest actor". MSN India. Archived from the original on 6 February 2008. 
  3. ^ "shortest actor". Yahoo! Movies News. Archived from the original on 5 July 2008. 
  4. ^ "Mangalam-varika-18-Mar-2013". mangalamvarika.com. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  5. ^ V. N. Rakhi (14 August 2014). "അമൃതമായി അഭയമായി അമ്മ". manoramaonline.com. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "എനിക്കൊരു പരിപാടി നടത്തണം". mangalamvarika.com. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "മിഠായികള്‍ തന്ന കസേര". Mangalamvarika: 24. 1 April 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "ജയസുര്യയുടെ ദുരിതകാലം". mangalamvarika. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Kerala's dwarf hero weds tall princess". Deccan Herald. 
  10. ^ "Short hero, Undapakru ties a tall knot". My-Kerala.com. 
  11. ^ http://www.mathrubhumi.com/movies/interview/128777/
  12. ^ "UndaPakru' enters Guinness book". keralamax. 
  13. ^ "Undapakru in Guinness book". BizHat. 
  14. ^ "ജീവിതം മാറ്റിമറിച്ച അത്ഭുതദ്വീപ്‌". mangalam varika. 10 June 2013. p. 37. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 

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