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Mala Aravindan
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BornT. K. Aravindan[1]
(1939-01-15)15 January 1939[2]
Vadavucode, Ernakulam, British India
Died28 January 2015(2015-01-28) (aged 76)
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
ResidenceKottavathil, Mala, Thrissur, Kerala
Other namesMala (മാള)
OccupationActor, Tabla percussionist
Years active1976–2015
Spouse(s)Geetha (1971–2015)

Mala Aravindan (15 January 1939 – 28 January 2015) was an Indian theatre and film actor. He was best known for his work as a comedian and character artist in Malayalam films. He has acted in over 500 films.

Early life[edit]

He was born at Vadavucode, Ernakulam district of Kerala state as the eldest son of Thanattu Ayyappan, an Excise department employee and Ponnamma, a school music teacher. Soudamini, late Ramanathan (died in 2004) and Prakashan are his siblings.[3] His father died when he was studying at seventh class.[4] Later when his mother got transferred, his family relocated to Mala in Thrissur district and he started using the place name as a prefix to his name.[5] He had his primary education from St Antony's High School, Mala, where his mother was a music teacher.[6][7] Seeing his talent in playing Tabla his mother joined him with Cochin Mohammed Ustad, a famous Tabla artist.[8] He joined for Pre University degree in Christ College, Irinjalakuda but dropped out in between to concentrate on his career.[9]

Career[edit]

Aravindan started his career as a Tabla artist. He joined stage plays and started playing Tabla as a background artist. Later, he moved into acting and started acting in professional stage plays of Kottayam National Theaters, Nadakashala, Suryasoma Theatres etc. He continued acting in dramas for 12 years. He has won Kerala State Nataka Academy's Best Actor award for his role in Sooryasoma's play Nidhi. He received State Award in 1978 and 6 other state level awards for the stage play Rasna.[7]

Aravindan started his film career with the movie Ente Kunju, but the film got never released. His first movie released was Thalirukal in 1967 in which he acted as a mental patient among many.[1] His first full-fledged role was in the 1968 movie Sindhooram, directed by Balakrishnan. But it is the critically acclaimed performance from the movie Tharavu which gave him the actual mileage. Since then he has acted in over 400 films for 33 years and established his own style which became his trademark. During the initial stages of his career, the Mala-Pappu-Jagathy trio was a guaranteed crowd-puller among Malayalam film audiences.His last film was Noolppaalam which is yet to be released. He was the president of the AMMA, the association of Malayalam film artistes.[10]

Mala was well known for his different acting techniques which included gestures, vocal variations and his unique laughing style. He was a jovial person who could shoot jokes at any situations. In one interview, Mala remembers once a random guy came to him and asked to tell some jokes. during the 1980s, Mala was a really busy artist since he was part of most of the movies doing various comedy roles. He also sang the popular song "neeyarinjo melemanathu" along with Mohanlal in the 1985 movie Kandu Kandarinju. His memorable characters are from movies Bhoothakannadi, Sallapam, Thaaravu, Mimics Parade, Kanmadam, Joker, Meesha Madhavan etc. In the late 90's, when the Mimicry trend took over Malayalam Cinema, there were movies like Moonu Kodiyum Munnooru Pavanum, Mimics Super 1000 which featured full-fledged Spoof characters imitating Mala Aravindan by various mimicry Artists. Mala was a great fan of actor Nagesh and his acting style was greatly influenced by Nagesh.

Personal life[edit]

Aravindan was married to Anna, on 1971, after 5 years of love relationship, who is a Christian, later changed her name as Geetha without converting religion.[11] The couple have two children, Kishore (Muthu) and Kala. Kishore is married to Deepthi and they have a son Vedavyasan. Kala is married to Surendran and they have two children Devi and Vishnu.[12]

Death[edit]

Mala Aravindan was admitted to Kovai Medical Centre Hospital in Coimbatore on 19 January 2015, following a massive heart attack and was shifted to the ICU on 24 January, where he was diagnosed as having diffused block. He was on ventilator support. The actor had earlier undergone an angiogram after being hospitalized.[13] He died on 28 January 2015 at 6:30 AM, just five days short of his 44th wedding anniversary[14] He was 76.[15] He is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.

Awards[edit]

Filmography[edit]

  1. Kaalchilambu (2018) - Posthumously released
  2. Chaminte Company (2015)
  3. Nellikka (film)|Nellika (2015)
  4. Lal Bahadur Shastri (2014)
  5. Masala Republic (2014)
  6. Punyalan Agarbattis (2013)....Ayyappan
  7. Vallatha Pahayan (2013)....
  8. God for Sale (2013).... Velayudan
  9. August Club (2013).... Lazer
  10. Thappana (2012)
  11. Prabhuvinte Makkal (2012)
  12. Priyappetta Nattukare (2011).....Pappan
  13. Ninnishtam Ennishtam 2 (2011)
  14. Nanthuni (2010)
  15. Yakshiyum Njanum (2010)
  16. 9 KK Road (2010)
  17. Cheriya Kallanum Valiya Policum (2010).... Kunju
  18. Canvas (2010)
  19. Again Kasargod Khader Bhai (2010)
  20. Swantham Bharya Zindabad (2010).... Sakhav ACS
  21. T. D. Dasan Std. VI B (2009)
  22. Chagathikoottam (2009)
  23. Rahasya Police (2009)
  24. Paribhavam (2009)
  25. Venalmaram (2009)...Sankarankutty
  26. Doctor Patient (2009)
  27. Ee Pattanathil Bhootham (2009) Judge
  28. Twenty 20 (2008)
  29. Positive (2008)
  30. De Ignottu Nokkiye (2008)
  31. Mulla (2008)
  32. Shalabam (2008).... Kumaran
  33. Kaalchilambu (2008)
  34. Thavalam (2008)
  35. Mayabazar (2008)...Kumarankutty Ashan
  36. Mizhikal Sakshi (2008)....Kadarukutty Musaliar
  37. Chithreshalabagalude Veedu (2008)
  38. Panthaya Kozhi (2007) .... Chakrapani
  39. Arunam (2006)
  40. Oruvan (2006) .... Velu
  41. Achanteponnu Makkal (2006)
  42. Moonnamathoral (2006)
  43. Chanthupottu (2005)
  44. Finger Print (2005)
  45. OK Chacko Cochin Mumbai (2005)...Paramu
  46. Ponmudipuzhayorathu (2005) .... Thankappan
  47. Perumazhakkalam (2004)
  48. Rasikan (2004).....Shivankutti's Uncle
  49. Sethurama Iyer CBI (2004)
  50. Chitrakoodam (2004).... Shankaran Thattan
  51. Mullavalliyum Thenmavum (2003)
  52. Pattalam (2003)
  53. Varum Varunnu Vannu (2003)
  54. Kaliyodam (2003)
  55. Kadha (2003)
  56. Chithrathoonukal (2003)
  57. Njan Salperu Ramankutty (2003)
  58. Nandanam (2003)
  59. Valkannadi (2002)
  60. Oomappenninu Uriyadappayyan (2002)
  61. Jagathy Jagadeesh in Town (2002).... Kallan Bhaskaran
  62. Meesha Madhavan (2002)
  63. Puthooramputhri Unniyarcha (2002)... Paanan
  64. Kattuchembakam (2002)
  65. Aala (2002)
  66. Desam (2002).... Marthandan
  67. Suvarna Mohangal (2002)
  68. Swapnahalliyil Oru Naal (2002)
  69. Swaraga Ganga (2002)
  70. Grandmother (2002)
  71. Ee Bhargaveenilayam (2002)
  72. Puthuram Puthri Unniyarcha (2002)
  73. Andolanam (2001)
  74. Bhadra (2001)
  75. Unnathangalil (2001).... Joseph
  76. Karumadikuttan (2001)
  77. Kabani (2001)
  78. Thenthuli (2001)
  79. Pranayakalathu (2001)
  80. Kakki Nakshithrem (2001) .... Sreedharan
  81. Chithrathoonukal (2001)
  82. Ennum Sambavami Yuge Yuge (2001)
  83. Varnnakazhchakal (2000)
  84. Rapid Action Force (2000)...Jail warden
  85. Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal (2000)
  86. Joker (2000)
  87. Madhuranombarakattu (2000)
  88. Mark Antony (2000)
  89. Ival Doupadi (2000)
  90. Aayiram Meni (1999)
  91. Udayapuram Sulthan (1999)
  92. Charlie Chaplin (1999)
  93. Magician Mahendralal from Delhi (1998).... Mammad
  94. Kanmadam (1998)
  95. Panchaloham (1998).... Karutha
  96. Thattakam (1998)
  97. Kulirkattu (1998)
  98. Thirakalkkappuram (1998)
  99. Manthri Maalikayil Manasammatham (1998)
  100. Kalyana Unnikal (1997)
  101. Kaliyoonjal (1997)
  102. Arjunan Pillayum Anchu Makkalum (1997)
  103. Hitler Brothers (1997)
  104. Junior Mandrake (1997)
  105. Sammanam (1997)
  106. Gajaraja Manthram (1997)
  107. Ekkareyanente Manasam (1997)....Sudhakaran
  108. Bhoothakannadi (1997)
  109. Anjarakalyanam (1997)
  110. Snehadoothu (1997)... Veeramani
  111. Kaduva Thoma (1997) .... D'Cruz
  112. Poomarathanalil (1997)...Ambujakshan
  113. Shobanam (1997)
  114. Ikkarayante Manasam (1997)
  115. Kudamattom (1997)
  116. Mimics Action 500 (1996)
  117. Sathyabhaamaykkoru Pranayalekhanam (1996)
  118. Sallapam (1996)
  119. Saamoohyapadom (1996)
  120. Dominic Presentation (1996) ....Father Joseph Medayil
  121. King Solomon (1996)
  122. Harbour (1996)
  123. Excuse Me Ethu Collegila (1996)
  124. Kinnam Katta Kallan (1996) ..... Constable Mathew Joseph
  125. Punnaram (1995)
  126. Puthukottyile Puthu Manavalan (1995)
  127. Mazhavilkoodaram (1995)
  128. Kokkarakko (1995)
  129. Special Squad (1995) .... Kochaugasthy
  130. Agnidevan (1995)
  131. Oru Abhibhashakante Case Diary (1995)
  132. Vadhu Doctoranu (1994) ... Chinnappan
  133. Pingami (1994)
  134. Manathe Kottaram (1994)
  135. Varabhalam (1994)
  136. Gothram (1994)
  137. Dollar (1994)... Vettukili Damodharan
  138. Kambolam (1994).... Kochappy
  139. Kadal (1994)...... Lasar
  140. Varanamalyam (1994) ..... Mathai
  141. Ponnu Chami (1993)
  142. Saubhaagyam (1993)
  143. Customs Diary (1993) .... Skariachan
  144. Aagneyam (1993)
  145. Vakkeel Vasudev (1993)
  146. Adheham Enna Idheham (1993)
  147. Sarovaram (1993)
  148. Koushalam (1993)
  149. Jackpot (1993)
  150. Venkalam (1993)
  151. Saubagyam (1993)
  152. Uppukandom Brothers (1993)
  153. Kanyakumariyil Oru Kavitha (1993)
  154. Pravaachakan (1993)
  155. City Police (1993)
  156. Utsava Melam (1992)
  157. Maanthrika Cheppu (1992)
  158. Kizhakkan Pathrose (1992)
  159. Kallan Kappalil Thanne (1992)....Appunni Mashu
  160. Annu Good Friday (1992)
  161. Ayalathe Adheham (1992)
  162. Ente Ponnu Thampuran (1992)
  163. Ezharaponnana (1992)
  164. Simhadhwani (1992)
  165. First Bell (1992)
  166. Welcome To Kodaikanal (1992)
  167. Poochakkaru Manikettum (1992)
  168. Oru Swapnam Pole (1992)
  169. Maanyanmar (1992)
  170. Neelakurukkan (1992)
  171. Congratulations Miss Anitha Menon (1992)
  172. Kasargod Khader Bhai (1992) ..... Mammooty
  173. Mr & Mrs (1992)
  174. Sandesham (1991)
  175. Kizhakkunarum Pakshi (1991)....Nanappan
  176. Mimics Parade (1991) ..... Mammooty
  177. Ganamela (1991).... Appukuttan
  178. Neelagiri (1991)
  179. Keli (1991)
  180. Maydinam (1991) .... Coach Warrier
  181. Agninilavu (1991)
  182. Amina Tailors (1991) .... Jabbar
  183. Uncle Bun (1991)
  184. Kalari (1991)
  185. Mahassar (1991) .....Shivadasan
  186. Kadinjool Kalyanam (1991)
  187. Mookilla Rajyathu (1991)
  188. Daivasahayam Lucky Centre (1991)
  189. Kalamorukkam (1991)
  190. Georgootty C/O Georgootty (1991)
  191. Ponnaranjanam (1990)
  192. Enquiry (1990)
  193. Maydinam (1990)
  194. Mukham (1990)
  195. Kottayam Kunjachan (1990) ..... Anthru
  196. Indhanam (1989)
  197. Puthiya Karukkal (1989)
  198. Mahayanam (1989)
  199. Carnival (1989)
  200. Jeevitham Oru Ragam (1989)
  201. Kodugallur Bhagavathi (1989)
  202. Ammavanu Pattiya Amali (1989)
  203. Annakutty Kodambakkam Vilikkunnu (1989)... Maducakkuzhi Achan
  204. Prabhatham Chuvanna Theruvil (1989)
  205. Agnichirakulla Moham (1989) .... Govindan
  206. V I P (1989).... Kuttoos
  207. Pattana Pravesham (1988)
  208. Kandathum Kettathum (1988).... Sadananthan
  209. Moonnam Mura (1988)
  210. Athirthikal (1988)
  211. Sankhanadam (1988)
  212. Janmatharam (1988).... Karunan
  213. Unnikrishnante Adyathe Christmas (1988)
  214. Onninu Purake Mattonnu (1988) .... Appu
  215. Loose Loose Arappiri Loose (1988)
  216. Janmandharam (1988)
  217. Ulsavapittennu (1988)
  218. Swargam (1987)
  219. Nirabhedangal (1987) .... Krishan
  220. Agnimuhurtham (1987)
  221. Oru Sindoora Pottinte Ormakku (1987)
  222. Ivare Sookshikkuka (1987)
  223. Mangalya Charthu (1987)...Pappan
  224. Kottum Kuravayum (1987)
  225. Athinumappuram (1987)
  226. Kalam Mari Katha Mari (1987) .... Koya
  227. Revathikkoru Pavakkutty (1986)
  228. Pappan Priyappetta Pappan (1986)
  229. Oppam Oppathinoppam (1986)....Neelakandan
  230. Kunjattakilikal (1986)
  231. Naale Njagalude Vivaham (1986).... Mathachan
  232. Ennu Nadhante Nimmi (1986)
  233. Nyayavidhi (1986).... Mathunni
  234. Ente Entethumathrem (1986)
  235. Manjamantharangal (1986)
  236. Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku (1986)
  237. Adukkan Entheluppam (1986)
  238. Geetham (1986)
  239. Shyama (1986)
  240. Alorugi Arangorugi (1986)
  241. Moonnu Masagalkku Munbu (1986)
  242. Prathyekam Sradhikkukka (1986) ...Detective Veerabhadran
  243. Atham Chithira Chothi (1986)..... Pushkaran
  244. Snehamulla Simham (1986)
  245. Veendum (1986)
  246. Padayani (1986)
  247. Icecream (1986)
  248. Rareeram (1986).... Aravindakshan
  249. Ponnumkudathinu Pottu (1986)
  250. Katturumbinum Kathukuthu (1986).... Johny
  251. Ithramathram (1986) .... Augustine
  252. Oru Yugasandhya (1986).... Kuttappan
  253. Akalagalil (1986)
  254. Love Story (1986)
  255. Ninnishtam Ennishtam (1986)
  256. Upahaaram (1985).... Sundareshan
  257. Vellarikka Pattanam (1985)
  258. Premalekhanam (1985)
  259. Koodum Thedi (1985) .... Vasu
  260. Akkare Ninnoru Maran (1985)
  261. Makan Ente Makan (1985)
  262. Oru Nokku Kanan (1985) .... Vidyadharan Mashu
  263. Kandu Kandarinju (1985) .... Kittan
  264. Maniyara (1985)
  265. Akkachide Kunjuvava (1985)
  266. Oru Kudakeezhil (1985) .... Pushpangathan
  267. Scene No 7 (1985)
  268. Black Mail (1985)
  269. Akalathe Ambili (1985)
  270. Shantham Bheekaram (1985)
  271. Shatru (1985) .... Thamarakshan/Kottada Vasu
  272. Thathamme Poocha Poocha (1984)
  273. Koottinilamkili (1984)
  274. Manithali (1984).... Subaid
  275. Vanitha Police (1984)
  276. Poochakkoru Mookkuthi (1984)
  277. Swantham Sarika (1984)
  278. Kaliyil Alpam Karyam (1984)
  279. Kadamattathachan (1984).... Ithappiri
  280. NH 47 (1984)
  281. Pavam Krooran (1984).... Mathulan
  282. Velichamillatha Veethikal (1984)
  283. Ethirppukal (1984)
  284. Theere Pratheekshikkathe (1984)....Karunan
  285. Vepralam (1984)
  286. Sreekrishnaparundu (1984)
  287. Belt Mathai (1983)...Kuttan Pilla
  288. Aana (1983).... Thomas
  289. Pourusham (1983)
  290. Mazhanilavu (1983) .... Mathukutty
  291. Ee Yugam (1983)
  292. Rathilayam (1983)....Lonappan
  293. Thavalam (1983)...Vaasu
  294. Maniyara (1983).... Moideenkutty
  295. Kolakomban (1983)
  296. Nizhal Moodiya Nirangal (1983).... Kuruppu
  297. Coolie (1983)
  298. Pooviriyum Pulari (1982)
  299. Kakka (1982)
  300. Mylanchi (1982) .... Moosa
  301. Ethiralikal (1982) .... Pareed
  302. Komaram (1982)
  303. Kolakomban (1982)
  304. Ariyappedatha Rahasyam (1981).... Gopi
  305. Aarathi (1981)
  306. Greeshmajwala (1981) .... Nair
  307. Swapnaraagam (1981)
  308. Sphodanam (1981) ...Vasu Pilla
  309. Vayal (1981)....Naanu Nair
  310. Arayannam (1981) .... Antony
  311. Sambavam (1981)
  312. Thadavara (1981) .... Karnan
  313. Raktham (1981)
  314. Tharavu (1981) .... Thanki
  315. Sphodanam (1981)
  316. Avatharam (1981) .... Parasahayam Thankappan
  317. Itha Oru Dhikkari (1981).... Kumar
  318. Thakilu Kottampuram (1981) ... Vasu
  319. Dhandha Yudham (1981)
  320. Oru Vilippadakale (1981)
  321. Daliyapookkal (1980)
  322. Kaavalmaadam (1980).....Rappai
  323. Adhikaram (1980) .... Appukuttan
  324. Deepam (1980) .... Subrahmanyam
  325. Arangum Aniyarayum (1980) .... Ananthan
  326. Chakara (1980) .... Kochu Pilla
  327. Thaliritta Kinakkal (1980)
  328. Eden Thottam (1980)
  329. Muthuchippikal (1980) .... Sadashivan
  330. Aavesham (1979)
  331. Angakkuri (1979)
  332. Agnivyooham (1979)
  333. Kannukal (1979) .... Kuruppu
  334. Madhurikkunna Rathri (1978)
  335. Samayamayilla Polum (1978)
  336. Sindooram (1976) - Debut film
  337. Olavum Theeravum (1970)
  338. Madhuvidhu (1970)
  339. Velutha Kathreena (1968)
  340. Thokkukal Kadha Parayunnu (1968)
  341. Pathirapattu (1967)(uncredited role)
  342. Thalirukal (1967) (uncredited role)
  343. Ente Kunju (unreleased)

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