Lissy (Malayalam actress)

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Lissy
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Lissy (2012)
Born (1967-02-03) 3 February 1967 (age 49)
Pazhanganadu, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Priyadarshan (1990-2014)
Children Kalyani, Siddharth

Lissy also Lakshmi (Malayalam: ലിസ്സി, also spelled in English media as Lizy or Lizzie or Lizzy) is a popular South Indian film actress of the 1980s. Though, was a leading heroine in Malayalam, she had also acted in several Tamil and Telugu. She was introduced to Tamil films by actor Kamal Hassan as his heroine in his home production, Vikram. She gave up acting after her marriage with famous film director Priyadarshan in 1990.

Early life[edit]

Lissy is born as the only child to Nellikaattil Pappachan (Varkey)[1] and Pookkattupady Ealiyamma at Pindimana, Pazhanganad, Kochi in Kerala. Her parents got divorced when she was very young and was brought up by her mother Pookkattupady Ealiyamma.[2] Lissy was raised a Roman Catholic Latin Rite and did her studies at St. Teresa's School and College.[3] She was very good at studies and scored high marks in S.S.L.C. She started her career at the age of 16 when she was studying for pre university degree. She had to discontinue her studies to concentrate on her career.[4] She was not interested to quit studies and acting in films initially. It was her mother who inspired her to become an actress.

Personal life[edit]

She later fell in love with the famous film director Priyadarshan, and got married to him on 13 December 1990.[5] After marriage, she gave up acting and adopted the name Lakshmi for religious reasons.[6] After the birth of her son, Lizzy adopted the Hindu religion from Arya Samaj. Her daughter Kalyani is studying in New York and her son Siddharth is studying in San Francisco. Lissy has filed for divorce on 1st of Dec 2014 at Chennai family court to be separated from Priyadarshan after a 24 years long marriage. She now resides in Chennai.

Lissy is the co-owner of Kerala Strikers from Celebrity Cricket League. Kerala Strikers is one of the newer teams that were introduced to CCL which is a non-professional men's cricket league in India, contested by Eight teams consisting of film actors from Eight major regional film industries of Indian cinema.

Career[edit]

Her debut into films happened in the early eighties and in a short period of time, she became one of the top heroines of the time. She was a common face in the eighties. Though Lissy had paired with almost all the top heroes of the eighties, it was along with Mohanlal and Mukesh, that she was able to create magic on screen. Even at the peak of her career, she acted as sister roles, the girl next door, and as the heroine's friend. Known for her stunning and mesmerizing looks, she was able to grab the hearts of viewers. Along with Malayalam films, Lissy also had appeared in several Tamil, and Telugu films. Lissy is most remembered for her roles in Chithram, Thalavattom, Odaruthammava Alariyam, and Boeing Boeing. She was introduced to Tamil films by Superstar Kamal Hassan as his heroine in his home production, Vikram.

Lissy is now making a comeback to films by doing a Tamil film as heroine playing her age by a National award winning director. Formal announcement will follow once the shooting commences in November.

Achievements[edit]

Lissy was awarded the Sthree Ratna Award by Kerala Kalakendram in the year 2013. She was also chosen as the Woman Achiever of the Year 2013 in Chennai by Jaguar.

Filmography[edit]

Malayalam[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Ithiri Neram Othiri Karyam Latha Debut film
1983 Aana Annie
1983 Prashnam Gurutharam Girl Next Door
1983 Asthram Lilly
1983 Shesham Kazhchayil Sudha
1984 Aduthaduthu Rema
1984 Parannu Parannu Parannu Sudha
1984 Odaruthammava Aalariyam Minu
1984 Kaliyil Alpam Karyam Kalpana
1984 Athirathram
1985 Parayanumvayya Parayathirikkanumvayya Sridevi
1985 Puli Varunne Puli Subhashini
1985 Arante Mulla Kochu Mulla Bindu
1985 Onnanam Kunnil Oradikkunnil Meenakshi
1985 Mutharamkunnu P.O. K.P.Amminikutty
1985 Boeing Boeing Elena
1985 Aram + Aram = Kinnaram Sujatha
1985 Punnaram Cholli Cholli Rema
1985 Ayanam Lizy
1985 Angadikkappurathu Rathi
1985 Nirakkoottu Dr. Suma
1985 Onningu Vannengil Priya
1985 Aa Neram Alppa Dooram Valsala
1985 Kathodu Kathoram Theresa
1985 Thammil Thammil Kavitha's friend
1986 Thalavattam Anitha
1986 Rakkuyilin Raagassadasil Revathi Menon
1986 Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu Shobha
1986 Pappan Priyappetta Pappan Sarina
1986 Iniyum Kurukshethram Ammini
1986 Hello My Dear Wrong Number Sunitha Menon
1986 Chekkeranoru Chilla Chinnu
1986 Geetham Herself
1986 Dheem Tharikida Thom Rohini
1986 Adukkan Enteluppam
1986 Katturumbinum Kathukuthu Prabha
1986 Ennu Nadhante Nimmi
1986 Ayalvasi Oru Daridravasi Indira
1986 Vishwosichalum Illenkilum
1986 Ice Cream Rekha
1986 Illenjippokkal Malini
1986 Ashtabandham Subaida
1986 Revathikkoru Pavakutty Revathi Menon
1986 Mizhineerpoovukal Sofia
1987 Cheppu Mini
1987 Itha Samayamayi
1987 Sarvakalasala Jyothi
1985 Neeyetra Dhanya Laila
1987 Oru Sindoora Pottinte Ormaykku Bindu
1987 Adimakal Udamakal Raji
1987 Kottum Kuravayum
1987 Manivathoorile Aayiram Sivarathrikal Rani
1987 Naalkavala Nurse
1987 Ivide Ellavarkkum Sukham Anitha Mathew
1988 Vellanakalude Nadu Deepa
1988 Oru CBI Diary Kurippu Omana
1988 Arjun Dennis
1988 Mrithyunjayam Annie
1988 Manu Uncle Uma
1988 Aalilakuruvikal Rajamma
1988 August 1 Petty Thief
1988 Unnikrishnante Adyathe Christmas Sridevi
1988 David David Mr. David Liza
1988 Oru Vivada Vishayam
1988 Aattinakkare
1988 Oru Muthassi Kadha Thresia
1988 Chithram Revathy
1989 Charithram Renu
1989 Vadakkunokkiyantram Sarala
1989 Ammavanu Pattiya Amali Sulochana
1989 Douthyam Sarala
1989 Adikkurippu Veena
1989 Nair Saab Parvathi
1989 The News Jolly
1989 Aksharathettu Elsy
1989 Njangalude Kochu Doctor James's neighbour
1990 Maydinam Elizabeth
1990 Minda Poochakku Kalyanam Mini
1990 Kuttettan Revathi
1990 Rugmini Meera
1994 Chanakya Soothrangal Suhasini

Tamil[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Vikram Preethi
1987 Ananda Aradhanai
1988 Manasukkul Mathappu Anita
1990 Pagalil Pournami

Telugu[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Magadu
1989 Sakshi
1990 Doshi Nirdoshi Anuradha
1990 Iravayyava Shathabdam Rani
1990 Mamasri
1991 Aathma Bandham Shailaja
1991 Siva Shakthi

References[edit]

  1. ^ "നടി ലിസി പിതാവിന്‌ 5500 രൂപ വീതം നല്‍കണം". mangalam.com. Retrieved 10 June 2015.  zero width joiner character in |title= at position 37 (help)
  2. ^ "ലിസി എന്റെ മകള്‍". Mangalam Publications. Retrieved 23 June 2015.  zero width joiner character in |title= at position 16 (help)
  3. ^ Lissy Priyadarshan-ON Record, 2, 3, 4, Kannadi, Asianet News. Lissy talks about her schooling, her introduction into film industry in 11th grade at age of 16 years, how she met Priyadarshan, her faith and religion, her current life etc.
  4. ^ "തല ഉയര്‍ത്തിപ്പിടിക്കാന്‍ വീടുവിട്ടിറങ്ങി". mathrubhumi.com. Retrieved 9 July 2015.  zero width joiner character in |title= at position 8 (help)
  5. ^ http://newindianexpress.com/entertainment/interviews/article460867.ece
  6. ^ Interview with Lissy by T. N. Gopakumar, Kannadi, Asianet News

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