Innocent (actor)

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Member of Parliament for Chalakudy
Assumed office
16 May 2014
Preceded by K.P. Dhanapalan
Personal details
Born Innocent Vareed Thekkethala
Irinjalakuda, Thrissur,
Thiru-Kochi, India
(now in Kerala, India)
Nationality Indian
Spouse(s) Alice
Children Sonnet
Parents Vareed Thekkethala, Margaret Thekkethala
Occupation Actor, politician, writer

Innocent Vareed Thekkethala, popularly known as Innocent, is an Indian film actor and politician. He is currently serving as the Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Chalakudy. He is one of the most successful actors in Malayalam cinema and is noted for his witty mannerisms and dialogue delivery in the typical Thrissur accent. He has acted in over 300 films and has won 3 Kerala State Film Awards.

Innocent won the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Chalakudy Lok Sabha constituency, comprising 3 assembly constituencies in Thrissur district and 4 assembly constituencies of Ernakulam district, as an independent candidate supported by the Left Democratic Front (LDF).[1] Innocent also served as the President of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA), from 2003 to 2018.[2]


Innocent's mannerisms and diction is unique in Malayalam cinema and he wildly caught the attention of the Malayalam audience. This made him almost a phenomenon in the Malayalam comedy scene, also making him a hot favourite for mimicry artistes. His popularity can be gauged from the fact that many frontline directors in Malayalam (like Priyadarshan, Satyan Anthikkad, Fazil and Kamal) rarely make films without Innocent. He has proven his acting skills in serious and character roles in several films. He has been the president of Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) for 12 years. He has held the post for the last four consecutive terms.[3]

Innocent entered the film industry in 1972 with the movie Nrityashala. At first, he produced a few serious offbeat films, but he was not successful. In the long span of his career, Innocent has worked in more than 500 films in a variety of roles, mainly in Malayalam. He has also acted in a few Tamil and Hindi films.

Innocent played key comedy roles in superhits like Ramji Rao Speaking, Mannar Mathai Speaking, Kilukkam, Godfather, Vietnam Colony, Nadodikattu and Devaasuram. Innocent has also excelled in character and villain roles such as Keli,Kathodu Kathoram.

He proved his skills in other serious roles with a touch of laughter in films such as Kabooliwaala, Gajakesariyogam, Mithunam, Mazhavilkavadi, Manassinakkare, Thuruppugulan, Rasathanthram, and Mahasamudram. His effort, along with that of the superstars who starred in these films, played an important role in their success. His pairing with K. P. A. C. Lalitha was highly successful in movies such as Ponn Muttayidunna Tharavu, My Dear Muthachchan, Godfather and Manichitrathazhu.

Innocent is one of the most imitated actors of Malayalam cinema and mimicry artistes have brought him closer to women and children among his fans. The best example of this can be seen in the widely popular Maveli (Mahabali) comedy cassettes which are brought out by various mimicry groups annually in association with the Onam festival of Kerala in the past few years. These cassettes satirise Mahabali, a benevolent King in Kerala's mythology, who is supposed to visit his subjects in Kerala every lunar year on the day of Onam. These cassettes tend to portray Maveli as a comic King who gets into all sort of troubles – the script makes use of many contemporary issues in Kerala – on his annual arrival in Kerala. Mimicry artistes uses Innocent's voice to represent Maveli and all his mannerisms and idiosyncrasies in speech are deftly mimicked to generate laughter in the audience.

Innocent's participation in stage shows guarantees him a leading role as an anchor or performer. His Kathaprasangam (oratory combined with poetry) Olayaal Menjoru is one of the regulars in Gulf stage shows.

Innocent has published his memoirs: Njan Innocent. He has published three other books: Mazha Kannadi (collection of short stories), Chirrikku Pinnil (an autobiography) and Cancer Wardile Chiri (Laughter in the Cancer Ward), an account of his experiences while undergoing treatment for throat cancer.[4] Innocent also writes columns in magazines and newspapers.

Personal life[edit]

Innocent was born to Vareed Thekkethala and Margareetha at Irinjalakuda, Thrissur, Kerala. He had his primary education from Little Flower Convent Higher Secondary School, Irinjalakuda, Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Irinjalakuda, and Sree Sangameswara NSS School, Irinjalakuda. He studied till eighth grade and discontinued his studies as he could not cope with studying. Innocent went to Madras (then) for his acting career and worked there as a production executive and during that time he acted in a minor role in the movie Nellu, which was his first movie. He fell ill, and came to Davangere in the 1970s for treatment for Typhoid, where his cousins Varunny (known as George, studying medicine at JJM Medical College), Davis and his brother Sensilavose were running the Shamannur Match factory, at Davangere. Later, he was an active partner in the working of the factory. As Innocent was keen on the performance activities, he seized the opportunity to participate in Davangere, Kerala Samajam drama and received audience approval in entertainment events.

He left Davangere in 1974, set up leather business, then a cycle renting business to make a living. He always had constant conflict with his father, Vareed, because he thought he would be a burden. Later, he joined politics and became Municipal councilor of Irinjalakuda.[5]

He is married to Alice and has a son Sonnet. Sonnet is married, with two children, Innocent Jr. and Anna. Junior Innocent has acted in a documentary as Innocent in childhood.[6] Both Innocent and his wife are cancer survivors.

Political life[edit]

Innocent was the Thrissur District Secretary of the Revolutionary Socialist Party during the 1970s. He had contested in the Irinjalakkuda municipal council elections as Revolutionary Socialist Party-backed candidate in 1979 and had won that election.[1] He was rumoured to be a Left Democratic Front (LDF)-supported independent candidate from the Irinjalakkuda assembly constituency in the 2006 Kerala Legislative Assembly elections but this did not happen.[7] Innocent won the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Chalakudy Lok Sabha constituency in Thrissur district as an independent candidate supported by the LDF.[1]


Kerala State Film Awards

Kerala State Film Critics Award

  • 2009 – Best Actor – Patham Nilayile Theevandi

Asianet Film Award

Other awards

  • 2007 – Sathyan Award[7]
  • 2008 – Annual Malayalam Movie Award (Dubai) for Outstanding Performance
  • 2013 – TTK Prestige-Vanitha Film Awards – Lifetime Achievement Award[9]


As an actor[edit]

Malayalam films[edit]

Year Film Character Director
2018 Suvarna Purushan Rappayi Sunil Puveily
Njan Marykutty Ranjith Sankar
Kuttanadan Marpappa Sreejith Vijayan
2017 Aana Alaralodalaral Pathrose Dileep Menon
GandhiNagaril Unniyarcha Jayesh Mynagappally
Pullikkaran Staraa Omanakshan Pillai Shyamdhar
Jomonte Suvisheshangal Palodan Sathyan Anthikad
2016 Swarna Kaduva Lolappan Jose Thomas
2015 Kanal Natesan
Urumbukal Urangarilla Madhavettan
Ennum Eppozhum Kariyachan
2014 Thomson Villa Priest
Aamayum Muyalum Nallavan
Nagara Varidhi Naduvil Njan
Njangalude Veettile Athidhikal
Bhaiyya Bhaiyya
Malayalakkara Residency
Mannar Mathai Speaking 2 Mannar Mathai
2013 Philips and the Monkey Pen God
Geethaanjali Thankappan
Punyalan Agarbattis John Thakkolkaran
Oru Indian Pranayakatha Uthup Vallikkadan
2012 Puthiya Theerangal Father Michael
Husbands in Goa Nadar (TTE)
Arike Kalpana's father
Bhoopadathil Illatha Oridam Police Officer
Perinoru Makan Harischandran
Mullassery Madhavan Kutty Nemom P. O.
Kaashh Devasiya
Chattakaari Morris
Naughty Professor Mulavarikkal Francis
Doctor Innocent aanu Doctor Bargavan Pillai
2011 Snehaveedu Mathai
Living Together Krishnaprasad Kartha
Doctor Love Sathyasheelan
Pachuvum Kovalanum Bhadranpillai
Oru Marubhoomikkadha Mathayi
Swapna Sanchari Achuthan Nair
2010 Marykkundoru Kunjaadu Ittichan Muthalali
Cocktail Kalyan Krishnan
Oridathoru Postman Gangadharan
Pappy Appacha Nirappel Mathai
Cheriya Kallanum Valiya Policum
Again Kasargod Khader Bhai Father Francis Tharakan
Kanyakumari Express Minister
Aagathan Lawrence
Kadha Thudarunnu Lasar
Pranchiyettan & the Saint Vasu Menon
2009 Patham Nilayile Theevandi
Ee Pattanathil Bhootham
Duplicate P Suresh
2008 Twenty:20
Veruthe Oru Bharya
Jubilee Kora
Innathe Chintha Vishayam Emmanuel
Calcutta News Kerala samajam president
2007 Katha Parayumbol Eepachan Muthalali
Ali Bhai Khalid Ahemmed Sayivu
Mission 90 Days
Inspector Garud Raghavan
2006 Baba Kalyani Car Dealer
Thuruppu Gulan Kochu Thoma
Kilukkam Kilukilukkam Kittunni
Rasathanthram Manikandan Aashari
Malamaal Weekly Joseph Anthony Fernandes
2005 Bus Conductor
Thanmathra Sukumaran Nair
Naran Kelappan
Udayon Rarichan
Thaskara Veeran Eappachan
Achuvinte Amma Paulose
2004 Made in USA Prof. Ponnachan PHD
Vesham Pappan
Maampazhakkaalam Chandran's Uncle
Greetings Aravindakshan Nair
Kaazhcha Fr. Kuriakose
Chitrakoodam Balan
Vettam K. T. Mathew
Wanted Unni's Uncle
Vamanapuram Bus Route Chandran Pillai
Thalamelam Kunjukuttan Thampuran
2003 Manassinakkare Chacko Mappila
Ammakilikkoodu Eradi
Pattalam Sivasankaran Nair
Balettan Achumama
Vellithira Ittiyavira
Chronic Bachelor Kuruvilla
2002 Kalyanaraman Ponjikkara Kesavan
Nammal Shanmughan
Nandanam Kesavan Nair
Yathrakarude Sradhakku Paul
Jagathi Jagathish in Town Neelakandan
Phantom The Priest
Savithriyute Aranjanam Ravunni
Snehithan Devassy
2001 Ishtam Narayanan
Ravanaprabhu Warrier
Uthaman Chacko Cherian
Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka Johnny Vellikala
Nakshathragal Parayathirunnathu Govinda Kamath
2000 Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal Jose
Life Is Beautiful Nambiar
Mr. Butler Captain K.G.Nair
Valliettan Ramankutty Kaimal
1999 Aakasha Ganga
Chandranudikkunna Dikhil
Udayapuram Sulthan Govindan Nair
Ustaad Kunji Palu
1998 Ayal Kadha Ezhuthukayanu Maamachan
Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala Achuthan Nair
Harikrishnans Sundaran
Vismayam Narayanan
1997 Chandralekha Iravi
Aniyathi Pravu Chellappan
Kalyana Unnikal Anthrayose
Superman Kochunni
1996 Hitler Madhavan Kutty's father
Excuse Me Ethu Collegila
Kireedamillatha Rajakkanmar Bharathan
Harbour Father Sebastian
Thooval Kottaram Radhakrishnan
1995 Kusruthikaatu Indira's Father
Mangalam Veettil Manaseswari Gupta Narayanankutty
Mannar Mathai Speaking Mannar Mathai
Pai Brothers Ganapathi Pai
Thirumanassu Kunjan Pillai Raman Nair
Puthukottyile Puthu Manavalan Pillai
1994 Bheesmacharya Raghavan
Pakshe Inashu
Rajadhani S.I. K.D.Damodharan
Pavam I.A. Ivachan
Chanakya Soothrangal Kuttan Pilla
Pavithram Erussery
Pingami Iyengar
1993 Aagneyam Pappachan
Devaasuram Warrier
Injakkadan Mathai & Sons Inchakkadan Mathai
Kabuliwala Kannas
Manichithrathazhu Unnithan
Midhunam Kurup
Sakshal Sreeman Chathunni
Vietnam Colony K. K. Joseph
1992 Kizhakkan Pathrose
Aayushkalam Gopala Menon
Ennodishtam Koodamo Family Doctor
Makkal Mahathmayam
Malootty Sankaran
My Dear Muthachan K. P. Adiyodi
Kasargode Khaderbhai Fr. Tharakandam
Ente Ponnu Thampuran Varkey
Utsava Melam
Aparatha Lonappan
1991 Anaswaram
Agni Nilavu Sakuni
Aakasha Kottayile Sultan Dr. Chenthrappinni
Adwaitham Seshadri Iyer
Amina Tailors Lonappan Mashu
Apoorvam Chilar
Ganamela Sreedhara Panikkar
Godfather Swaminathan
Kadinjool Kalyanam Panikkar
Keli Lazer
Kilukkam Kittunni
Kilukkampetti Scariah
Eagle Appukuttan/Murugadas
Maydinam Ouseph
Mimics Parade Fr. Tharakkandam
Oru Tharam Randu Tharam Moonu Tharam Adithya Pilla
Pookkalam Varavayi Pothuval
Sandesam Yaswanth Sahai
Ulladakkam Kunjachan
Kizhakkunarum Pakshi Girijavallabha Panikkar
1990 Anantha Vruthantham Padmanabhan
Kalikkalam Velayil Chandy
Kottayam Kunjachan Mikhael
No.20 Madras Mail Narayanan Nadar
Cheriya Lokavum Valiya Manushyarum
Dr. Pasupathy Dr. Pasupathi/Bhairavan
Kouthuka Varthakal Suryanarayana Iyer
Mukham Anthony
Nagarangalil Chennu Raparkam
Ottayal Pattalam
Gajakesariyogam Ayyappan Nair
Rajavazhcha Ittoopp
Saandhram Paulo
Sasneham Eanasu
Superstar Devasyya
Thalayanamanthram Daniel
Thooval Sparsam
1989 Swagatham Labrador bhai
Chakkikotha Chankaran Bhagavathar
Innale Shankara Pillai
Jathakam Kunjuraman
Kaalal Pada
Annakutty Kodambakkam Vilikkunnu Avarachan
Aavanikunnile Kinnaripookkal Keshava Pilla
Mazhavil Kavadi Shankarankutty Menon
News Bhargavan Pillai
Peruvannapurathe Visheshangal Adiyodi
Pradeshika Varthakal Kunjhambu Nair
Ramji Rao Speaking Mannar Mathai
Antharjanam Vathapally Varkey
Varavelpu Chathutty
Varnam Bhaskaran Pillai
1988 August 1
Dhwani Rappayi
Moonnam Mura Kisan Jacob
Mukunthetta Sumitra Vilikkunnu Ramendra
Pattana Pravesham Puthanpurackal Balan
Ponn Muttyidunna Tharavu P.V. Panikkar
Simon Peter Ninakku Vendi Vaniyambadi Chandran
Vellanakalude Nadu
Witness Sankunni Nair
Puavrutham Kelu Nair
Charavalayam Kumaran
Oru Muthassi Katha Thampuran
1987 Ayitham Joseph
Sreedharante Onnam Thirumurivu Sadasivan
Jaalakam Gopi Kurup
Nadodikkattu Balagopalan
Oru Minnaminunginte Nurungu Vettam
Sarvakalashala Innachan
Ponnumkudathinu Pottu
Ivide Ellavarkkum Sukham Cheriyachen
Unnikale Oru Kadha Parayam
Yagagni Madhavan
Itha Samayamayi
Swathi Thirunal Krishna Ravu
1986 Ee Kaikalil Ittoopp
Nyayavidhi Channar
Rareeram Lonappan
Ayalvasi Oru Daridravasi Kuttan Pillai
Dheem Tharikida Thom
Ente Sonia
Oridathu Dr Rajasekharan
Ente Entethu Mathram
Atham Chithira Chothi Mathan
Nilakurinhi Poothappol Kuttan Nair
Revathikkoru Pavakkutty Bhasi Pillai
Ice Cream Police Inspector
Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam Kunji Kannan Nair
Sunil Vayassu 20 Anthony
Amme Bhagavathi
Pappan Priyappetta Pappan
Koodanayum Kaattu
Prathyekam Sradhikkukka Pothachan
Katturumbinum Kaathukuthu
Oru Kadha Oru Nunakkadha
Ithile Iniyum Varu Dasappan
Naale Njangalude Vivaaham
Doore Doore Oru Koodu Koottam
Meenamaasathile Sooryan Adhikari
Illenjippookkal Kaduvappara Pappu
Vivahitare Itihile Kuriachan
Oru Yugasandhya Sreedharan Nair
Gandhi Nagar second Street Policeman
Chilambu Enashu
Yuvajanotsavam Kunjunni Nair
1985 Kandu Kandarinju Thomas
Kathodu Kathoram Kapyar
Ee Lokam Ivide Kure Manushyar Ouseppu
Ayanam Chakkunni
Oru Nokku Kanan Innochen
Akkare Ninnoru Maran Shankaran
Meenamasathile Sooryan Adhikari
Vasantha Sena Thirumeni
Aram+Aram=Kinnaram Driver
Puli Varunne Puli Saami
Avidathepole Ivideyum
Ambada Njaane Kumaran
Punnaaram Chollicholli
Archana Aaradhana
Scene No 7
1984 Koottinilamkili Office Staff
Pavam Poornima Unnithan
Panchavadi Palam Barabas
1983 Prathijnja
Mouna Raagam Freddy/Valyappan
Prem Nazirine Kanmanilla Film Producer
Lekhayude Maranam Oru Flashback
1982 Ilakkangal
1981 Vida Parayum Munbe
1980 Kochu Kochu Thettukal
1978 Randu Pennkuttikal
1974 Nellu
1973 Jesus
Urvasi Bhaarathi
Football Champion [10]
1972 Nrithashala

Other language films[edit]

Year Film Character Language
2012 Shikari Kannada
2006 Malamaal Weekly Anthony Hindi
2004 Nothing But Life Prof. Ponnachan PhD English
2003 Lesa Lesa Tamil
1998 Doli Saja Ke Rakhna Colonel Nair Hindi


  • Pavam IA Ivachan (1994)
  • Keerthanam (1995)


  • Vida Parayum Munpe (1981)
  • Ilakkangal (1982)
  • Ormakkayi (1982)
  • Lekhayude Maranam Oru Flashback (1983)

Playback singing[edit]

  • Aanachandam – Gajakesariyogam (1990)[11]
  • Kandallo – Sandram (1990)
  • Kunukupenmaniye – Mr Butler (2000)
  • Onnam Malakeri – Kalyanaraman (2002)
  • Sundarakeralam – Doctor Innocentanu (2012)


  1. ^ a b c "In Kerala, Left backs Independent Innocent". The Indian Express. 7 March 2014. Archived from the original on 29 August 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "ചിരിച്ചും ചിന്തിച്ചും ചിരിപ്പിച്ചും ഇന്നസന്റ്‌". Archived from the original on 13 March 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Movies | Interviews |". Manorama Online. Archived from the original on 13 December 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Innocent (12 December 2013). Cancer Wardile Chiri. Mathrubhui Books. p. 127. ISBN 9788182661110. ASIN 8182659108. 
  5. ^ "CINIDIARY - A Complete Online Malayalam Cinema News Portal". Archived from the original on 7 May 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2018. 
  6. ^ "Mangalam Varika 15 Oct 2012". Archived from the original on 29 March 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Innocent". Archived from the original on 23 March 2008. 
  8. ^ "16th Ujala Asianet Film Awards 2014 – Winners List". 11 January 2014. Archived from the original on 17 May 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "TTK Prestige-Vanitha Film Awards: Shobhana, Prithviraj win best actor, actress awards". 20 January 2014. Archived from the original on 7 March 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  10. ^ [1] Archived 9 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2015-04-24. 


Innocent is also called Sanapala Vallabhai Patel

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