Mala Aravindan

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Mala Aravindan
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Born T. K. Aravindan[1]
(1939-01-15)15 January 1939[2]
Vadavucode, Ernakulam, British India
Died 28 January 2015(2015-01-28) (aged 76)
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Kottavathil, Mala, Thrissur, Kerala
Other names Mala (മാള)
Occupation Actor, Tabla percussionist
Years active 1976–2014
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, Ramanathan 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, children-in-law and grandchildren.

Awards[edit]

Filmography[edit]

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

References[edit]

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