31 August 1976
Kottayam, Kerala, India
|Other names||Undapakru, Guinness Pakru|
|Notable work||Athbhutha Dweepu directed by Vinayan|
|Spouse(s)||Gayatri Mohan(married on March 2006)|
|Awards||Kerala State Film Awards
special award - 2006
Guinness Book of Records
Ajay Kumar, known as Undapakru or Guinness Pakru, is a popular Malayalam comedy actor. He has made an entry into the Guinness Book of Records for being the shortest actor (2 ft 6 in (76 cm)) 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. In 2013, Guinness Pakru has also made his directorial debut through his film Kutteem Kolum..
He is born as Ajay Kumar, as the eldest son, of Radhakrishnan and Ambujakshiyamma, on 31 August 1976 at 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. He has two younger sisters, Kavitha and Sangeetha. He studied at C.M.S L.P School, Chalukunnu till his fourth grade and at C.M.S High School, Olassa till S.S.L.C. 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. 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.
Transformation to director
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
He had made an entry into the Guinness Book of 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.
- Guinness Book of Records (2008 edition) - Shortest actor to play a lead character in a full length movie
- Guinness Book of Records (2013 edition) - Shortest film director in the world to direct a full length movie
- Ring Master (2014).... as Achankunju
- Abhiyum Njanum (2013).... as Veerabhadran
- Immanuel (2013) - ....as Kannadi Kavi Shivan
- Kutteem Kolum (2013) - ....as Vinayakan
- Housefull (2013) ... as Dr. Shenayi
- My Fan Ramu (2013)
- Perinoru Makan (2012) ... as Murugan
- Snake & Ladder (2012)
- Killadi Raman (2011) as Bada Bhai
- Rathinirvedam (2011)
- Venicile Vyapari (2011) ... as Kochukrishnan
- Payyans (2011)
- Note Out(2011)
- Swantham Bharya Zindabad (2010)....as Vettoor Sivankutty
- My Big Father (2010)......as Kunjumon
- Bodyguard (2010).....as Kudamaloor Balaji
- Loudspeaker (2009)....as an agent
- Puthiya Mukham (2009)
- Sivapuram (2009)
- Ee Pattanathil Bhootham (2009)....as Balan
- Twenty:20 (2008)....as a worker in Tea shop
- Mulla (2008).....Chandran
- Athisayan (2007)
- Kilukkam Kilukilukkam (2006)
- Manikyan (2005)... Watchman
- Athbhutha Dweepu (2005)....as Prince Gajendran (got Kerala State Film Award (Special Jury Award) in 2005)
- Relax (2003)
- Malsaram(2003).... Induchoodan
- Meesha Madhavan (2002)
- Kunjikoonan (2002).....as Suhasini
- Joker (2000)....as Joker
- Ithaa Samayamaayi (1987)
- Ambili Ammavan....as Undapakru (1985)
- Ariyaan (2012)
- 7aum Arivu (2011)
- Kaavalan (2011)
- Arputha Theevu (2007)....as Kajendran
- Dishyum (2006) ....as Amitabh- Tamil Nadu State Film Award (Special Prizes)
- Kuttiyum Kolum (2013)
- Savari Girigiri (Surya TV)
- Tom and jerry(Asianet)
- Vallabhan C/O Vallabhan
- Cinemala (Asianet)
- Five Star Thattukada (Asianet)
- Comedy festival (Mazhavil Manorama)
- Pokeeri Peekiri(Asianet Plus)
- Kuttykalavara (Flowers)
- Komedy Circus (Mazhavil Manorama)
- Comedy ulsavam(Flowers)
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