Ajay Kumar (born 31 August 1976), popularly known as Guinness Pakru, is an Indian actor. He has made an entry into the Guinness World 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 Athbhutha Dweepu, a Malayalam movie directed by Vinayan. The movie was later dubbed in Tamil and Telugu versions.
31 August 1976
|Athbhutha Dweepu directed by Vinayan|
The film Athbhutha Dweepu 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, Pakru made his directorial debut with the film Kutteem Kolum.
He was born Ajay Kumar, as the eldest son, of Radhakrishna Pillai and Ambujakshiyamma, on 31 August 1976 at his father's home in Mulavana, Kundara. His father was an auto driver and mother was an L.I.C agent who also worked at a telephone service agency on contract. Soon after his birth his family moved to Kottayam. Since his mother was often 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 until fourth grade and at C.M.S High School, Olassa until 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 age 18 he had completed 1000 mimicry stages.
He debuted through the children's film Ambili Ammavan (The Moon) in 1984. He now also acts in TV serials.
Pakru married Gayathri Mohan in March 2006. They have a daughter, Deeptha Keerthi, born on 14 April 2009. Pakru once said that Deeptha Keerthi was actually his second daughter. Before her, there was a daughter who lived only for two weeks.
Transformation to directorEdit
Pakru became a director with the 2013 Malayalam movie Kutteem Kolum, in which he also played the lead role in the movie. He may be the shortest director in filmdom. The film starred Aditya, Sanusha, Laya, Munna, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Vijayaraghavan and Ponnamma Babu. The camera was handled by Vinod Bharathi and music by Shaan Rahman.
Honours and awardsEdit
Pakru made an entry into the Guinness World 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 World Records. He was also presented with a Kerala State Film Award best supporting actor[[Tamil Nadu State Film Awar 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
- Ambili Ammavan (1985)....as Undapakru
- Ithaa Samayamaayi (1987)
- Antharjanam (1989)....Pakru
- Joker (2000)....as Joker
- Basket (2002)
- Kunjikoonan (2002)....as Suhasini
- Meesha Madhavan (2002)
- Malsaram (2003)....as Induchoodan
- Athbhutha Dweepu (2005)....as Prince Gajendran (Kerala State Film Award (Special Jury Award) in 2005)
- Manikyan (2005)....as Watchman
- Kilukkam Kilukilukkam (2006)
- Athisayan (2007)
- Mulla (2008)....Chandran
- Twenty:20 (2008)....as a worker in Tea shop
- Ee Pattanathil Bhootham (2009)....as Balan
- Sivapuram (2009)
- Puthiya Mukham (2009)
- Loudspeaker (2009)....as an agent
- Bodyguard (2010)....as Kudamaloor Balaji
- My Big Father (2010)....as Kunjumon
- Swantham Bharya Zindabad (2010)....as Vettoor Sivankutty
- Note Out (2011)
- Payyans (2011)
- Venicile Vyapari (2011)....as Kochukrishnan
- Rathinirvedam (2011)
- Killadi Raman (2011)....as Bada Bhai
- Snake & Ladder (2012)
- Perinoru Makan (2012)....as Murugan
- My Fan Ramu (2013)
- Housefull (2013)....as Dr. Shenayi
- Kutteem Kolum (2013)....as Vinayakan
- Immanuel (2013)....as Kannadi Kavi Shivan
- Abhiyum Njanum (2013)....as Veerabhadran
- Ring Master (2014)....as Achankunju
- 6 (2015).....as Vedalam
- 3 Wicketinu 365 Runs (2015)
- Punyalan Private Limited (2017)....as Bank Manager
- Ilayaraja (2019)
- Fancy Dress (2019)
- Mr. Pavanayi 99.99 (2019)
- Veerapakru (2020)
- Dishyum (2006) ....as Amitabh (Tamil Nadu State Film Award (Special Prizes))
- Arputha Theevu (2007)....as Kajendran
- Thalai Ezhuthu (2009).... as Kirthik
- Kaavalan (2011)
- 7aum Arivu (2011)
- Ariyaan (2012)
- Kuttiyum Kolum (2013)
- Fancy Dress' (2019)
- Savari Girigiri (Surya TV)
- Tom and Jerry (Asianet)
- Vallabhan C/O Vallabhan
- Cinemala (Asianet)
- Five Star Thattukada (Asianet)
- Chirikum Pattanam (Kairali TV)
- Comedy Festival (Mazhavil Manorama)
- Pokeeri Peekiri (Asianet Plus)
- Kuttykalavara (Flowers TV)
- Komedy Circus (Mazhavil Manorama)
- Comedy Utsavam (Flowers)
- Thakarppan Comedy (Mazhavil Manorama)
- Midumidukki (Flowers TV channel)
- Top Singer (Flowers TV)
- Music Ulsavam (Flowers TV)
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