Innocent (actor)

Innocent Vareed Thekkethala (born 28 February 1948) is an Indian film actor and politician. He predominantly works in Malayalam cinema in addition to Bollywood, English, Tamil, and Kannada films, mostly in comedic roles. He has acted in more than 750 films and has won several awards, including three Kerala State Film Awards. He served as the Member of Parliament in the 16th Lok Sabha of India representing Chalakudy constituency.

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Innocent in 2011
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
16 May 2014 – 23 May 2019
Preceded byK. P. Dhanapalan
Succeeded byBenny Behanan
Municipal Councillor of Irinjalakuda
Assumed office
Personal details
Innocent Vareed Thekkethala

(1948-02-28) 28 February 1948 (age 73)[1]
Irinjalakuda, Thrissur, Travancore-Cochin
(present-day Kerala), India
(m. 1976)
  • Actor
  • writer
  • politician

In 1979, he was elected as the Municipal Councillor of irinjalakkuda municipality. Innocent won the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Chalakudy Lok Sabha constituency as an independent candidate supported by the Left Democratic Front (LDF).[2] Innocent served as the President of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA), a guild of Malayalam artists from 2003 to 2018. He has written books based on his memories, and columns in magazines and newspapers.[3][4][5][6][7]

Early lifeEdit

Innocent was born on 28 February 1948 to Vareed Thekkethala and Margaret in Irinjalakuda, Travancore-Cochin (present-day Kerala), India.[8] He had his primary education from Little Flower Convent Higher Secondary School, Irinjalakuda, Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Irinjalakuda, and Sree Sangameswara NSS School, Irinjalakuda. He studied till eighth grade and discontinued his studies as he could not cope with studying. Innocent went to Madras (then) for his acting career and worked there as a production executive and during that time he acted in a minor role in the movie Nellu, which was one of his earlier movies. He fell ill, and came to Davangere in the 1970s for treatment for Typhoid, where his cousins George (studying medicine at JJM Medical College), Davis and his brother Sunny were running the Shamannur Match factory, at Davangere. Later, he was an active partner in the working of the factory. As Innocent was keen on the performance activities, he seized the opportunity to participate in Davangere, Kerala Samajam drama and received audience approval in entertainment events.

He left Davangere in 1974, set up a leather business, then a cycle renting business to make a living. Growing up, he had a few conflicts with his father, Vareed, because his brothers continued to have an excellent education and became successful doctors, lawyers, and judges. After some time, he joined politics and became Municipal councilor of Irinjalakuda.[9]

Film careerEdit

Innocent's mannerisms and diction is unique in Malayalam cinema and he wildly caught the attention of the Malayalam audience. This made him almost a phenomenon in the Malayalam comedy scene, also making him a hot favourite for mimicry artistes. His popularity can be gauged from the fact that many frontline directors in Malayalam (like Priyadarshan, Satyan Anthikkad, Fazil and Kamal) rarely make films without Innocent. He has proven his acting skills in serious and character roles in several films. He has been the president of Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) for 12 years. He has held the post for the last four consecutive terms.[10]

Innocent entered the film industry in 1972 with the movie Nrityashala. At first, he produced a few serious offbeat films, but he was not successful. In the long span of his career, Innocent has worked in more than 500 films in a variety of roles, mainly in Malayalam. He has also acted in a few Tamil and Hindi films.

Innocent played key comedy roles in superhits like Ramji Rao Speaking, Mannar Mathai Speaking, Kilukkam, Godfather, Vietnam Colony, Nadodikattu and Devaasuram. Innocent has also excelled in character and villain roles such as Keli, Kathodu Kathoram.

He proved his skills in other serious roles with a touch of laughter in films such as Kabooliwaala, Gajakesariyogam, Mithunam, Mazhavilkavadi, Manassinakkare, Thuruppugulan, Rasathanthram, and Mahasamudram. His effort, along with that of the superstars who starred in these films, played an important role in their success. His pairing with K. P. A. C. Lalitha was highly successful in movies such as Ponn Muttayidunna Tharavu, My Dear Muthachchan, Godfather and Manichitrathazhu.

Innocent is one of the most imitated actors of Malayalam cinema and mimicry artists have brought him closer to women and children among his fans. The best example of this can be seen in the widely popular Maveli (Mahabali) comedy cassettes which are brought out by various mimicry groups annually in association with the Onam festival of Kerala in the past few years. These cassettes satirise Mahabali, a benevolent King in Kerala's mythology, who is supposed to visit his subjects in Kerala every lunar year on the day of Onam. These cassettes tend to portray Maveli (Mahabali) as a comic King who gets into all sort of troubles – the script makes use of many contemporary issues in Kerala – on his annual arrival in Kerala. Mimicry artistes uses Innocent's voice to represent Maveli and all his mannerisms and idiosyncrasies in speech are deftly mimicked to generate laughter in the audience.

Innocent's participation in stage shows guarantees him a leading role as an anchor or performer. His Kathaprasangam (oratory combined with poetry) Olayaal Menjoru is one of the regulars in Gulf stage shows.

Innocent has published his memoirs: Njan Innocent. He has published three other books: Mazha Kannadi (collection of short stories), Chirrikku Pinnil (an autobiography) and Cancer Wardile Chiri (Laughter in the Cancer Ward), an account of his experiences while undergoing treatment for throat cancer.[11] Innocent also writes columns in magazines and newspapers.


Innocent was the Thrissur District Secretary of the Revolutionary Socialist Party during the 1970s. He had contested in the Irinjalakkuda municipal council elections as Revolutionary Socialist Party-backed candidate in 1979 and had won that election.[2] He was rumoured to be a Left Democratic Front (LDF)-supported independent candidate from the Irinjalakkuda assembly constituency in the 2006 Kerala Legislative Assembly elections but this did not happen.[12] Innocent won the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Chalakudy Lok Sabha constituency in Thrissur district as an independent candidate supported by the LDF.[2]

He lost in the Lok sabha elections 2019 to UDF candidate Benny Behanan.

Personal lifeEdit

He married Alice on September 26, 1976 and have a son Sonnet. Sonnet is married, with two children, Innocent Jr and Anna. Jr. Innocent has acted in a documentary as Innocent in childhood.[13] Both Innocent and his wife are cancer survivors.


Kerala State Film Awards
Kerala State Film Critics Award
  • 2009 – Best Actor – Patham Nilayile Theevandi
Asianet Film Award
Other awards

Partial filmographyEdit

As actorEdit

Malayalam films
  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2019 Gaanagandharvan Appukutta Panicker
Driving License (As himself) Guest Appearance
Lonappante Mamodeesa School Teacher Guest Appearance
Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu Bishop
2018 Odiyan Gopi Mash
Suvarna Purushan Rappayi
Njan Marykutty Priest
Kuttanadan Marpappa


2017 Aana Alaralodalaral Pathrose
GandhiNagaril Unniyarcha
Pullikkaran Staraa Omanakshan Pillai
Jomonte Suvisheshangal Palodan
2016 Swarna Kaduva Lolappan
2015 Kanal Natesan
Urumbukal Urangarilla Madhavettan
Ennum Eppozhum Kariyachan
2014 Thomson Villa Priest
Aamayum Muyalum Nallavan
Nagara Varidhi Naduvil Njan Davis
Njangalude Veettile Athidhikal
Bhaiyya Bhaiyya Kochuveettil Chacko
Malayalakkara Residency
Mannar Mathai Speaking 2 Mannar Mathai
2013 Philips and the Monkey Pen God
Geethaanjali Thankappan
Punyalan Agarbattis John Thakkolkaran
Oru Indian Pranayakatha Uthup Vallikkadan
2012 Puthiya Theerangal Father Michael
Husbands in Goa Nadar (TTE)
Arike Kalpana's father
Bhoopadathil Illatha Oridam Police Officer
Perinoru Makan Harischandran
Mullassery Madhavan Kutty Nemom P. O.
Kaashh Devasiya
Chattakaari Morris
Naughty Professor Mulavarikkal Francis
Doctor Innocent aanu Doctor Bargavan Pillai
2011 Snehaveedu Mathai
Living Together Krishnaprasad Kartha
Doctor Love Sathyasheelan
Pachuvum Kovalanum Bhadranpillai
Oru Marubhoomikkadha Mathayi
Swapna Sanchari Achuthan Nair
2010 Marykkundoru Kunjaadu Ittichan Muthalali
Cocktail Kalyan Krishnan
Oridathoru Postman Gangadharan
Pappy Appacha Nirappel Mathai
Cheriya Kallanum Valiya Policum
Again Kasargod Khader Bhai Father Francis Tharakan
Kanyakumari Express Minister
Aagathan Lawrence
Kadha Thudarunnu Lasar
Pranchiyettan & the Saint Vasu Menon
2009 Patham Nilayile Theevandi
Ee Pattanathil Bhootham Krishnan
Duplicate (2009 film) P Suresh
2008 Twenty:20
Veruthe Oru Bharya

Karayogam President

Jubilee Thomas Kora
Innathe Chintha Vishayam Emmanuel
Calcutta News Kerala samajam president
2007 Katha Parayumbol Eepachan Muthalali
Ali Bhai Khalid Ahemmed Sayivu
Mission 90 Days
Inspector Garud Raghavan
2006 Baba Kalyani Car Dealer
Thuruppu Gulan Kochu Thoma
Kilukkam Kilukilukkam Kittunni
Rasathanthram Manikandan Aashari
Malamaal Weekly Joseph Anthony Fernandes
2005 Bus Conductor Majeed
Thanmathra Sukumaran Nair
Naran Kelappan
Udayon Rarichan
Thaskara Veeran Eappachan
Achuvinte Amma Paulose
2004 Made in USA Prof. Ponnachan PHD
Vesham Pappan
Maampazhakkaalam Chandran's Uncle
Greetings Aravindakshan Nair
Kaazhcha Fr. Kuriakose
Chitrakoodam Balan
Vettam K. T. Mathew
Wanted Unni's Uncle
Vamanapuram Bus Route Chandran Pillai
Thalamelam Kunjukuttan Thampuran
2003 Manassinakkare Chacko Mappila
Ammakilikkoodu Eradi
Pattalam Sivasankaran Nair
Balettan Achumama
Vellithira Ittiyavira
Chronic Bachelor Kuruvilla
2002 Kalyanaraman Ponjikkara Kesavan
Nammal Shanmughan
Nandanam Kesavan Nair
Yathrakarude Sradhakku Paul
Jagathi Jagathish in Town Neelakandan
Phantom The Priest
Savithriyute Aranjanam Ravunni
Snehithan Devassy
2001 Ishtam Narayanan
Ravanaprabhu Warrier
Uthaman Chacko Cherian
Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka Johnny Vellikala
Nakshathragal Parayathirunnathu Govinda Kamath
2000 Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal Jose
Life Is Beautiful Nambiar
Mr. Butler Captain K.G.Nair
Valliettan Ramankutty Kaimal
1999 Aakasha Ganga
Chandranudikkunna Dikhil
Udayapuram Sulthan Govindan Nair
Ustaad Kunji Palu
1998 Ayal Kadha Ezhuthukayanu Maamachan
Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala Achuthan Nair
Harikrishnans Sundaran
Vismayam Narayanan
1997 Chandralekha Iravi
Aniyathi Pravu Chellappan
Kalyana Unnikal Anthrayose
Ishtadanam Advocate Dharmapalalan Thambi
Superman Kochunni
1996 Hitler Madhavan Kutty's father
Excuse Me Ethu Collegila
Kireedamillatha Rajakkanmar Bharathan
Harbour Father Sebastian
Thooval Kottaram Radhakrishnan
1995 Kusruthikaatu Indira's Father
Mangalam Veettil Manaseswari Gupta Narayanankutty
Mannar Mathai Speaking Mannar Mathai
Pai Brothers Ganapathi Pai
Thirumanassu Kunjan Pillai Raman Nair
Puthukottyile Puthu Manavalan Pillai
1994 Bheesmacharya Raghavan
Pakshe Inashu
Rajadhani S.I. K.D.Damodharan
Pavam I.A. Ivachan
Chanakya Soothrangal Kuttan Pilla
Pavithram Erussery
Pingami Iyengar
1993 Aagneyam Pappachan
Devaasuram Warrier
Injakkadan Mathai & Sons Inchakkadan Mathai
Kabuliwala Kannas
Manichithrathazhu Unnithan
Midhunam Kurup
Sakshal Sreeman Chathunni
Vietnam Colony K. K. Joseph
1992 Kizhakkan Pathrose
Aayushkalam Gopala Menon
Ennodishtam Koodamo Family Doctor
Makkal Mahathmayam
Malootty Sankaran
My Dear Muthachan K. P. Adiyodi
Kasargode Khaderbhai Fr. Tharakandam
Ente Ponnu Thampuran Varkey
Utsava Melam
Aparatha Lonappan
1991 Anaswaram
Agni Nilavu Sakuni
Aakasha Kottayile Sultan Dr. Chenthrappinni
Adwaitham Seshadri Iyer
Amina Tailors Lonappan Mashu
Apoorvam Chilar
Ganamela Sreedhara Panikkar
Godfather Swaminathan
Kadinjool Kalyanam Panikkar
Keli (film) Lazer
Kilukkam Kittunni
Kilukkampetti Scariah
Eagle Appukuttan/Murugadas
Maydinam Ouseph
Mimics Parade Fr. Tharakkandam
Oru Tharam Randu Tharam Moonu Tharam Adithya Pilla
Pookkalam Varavayi Pothuval
Sandesam Yaswanth Sahai
Ulladakkam Kunjachan
Kizhakkunarum Pakshi Girijavallabha Panikkar
1990 Anantha Vruthantham Padmanabhan
Kalikkalam Velayil Chandy
Kottayam Kunjachan Mikhael
No.20 Madras Mail Narayanan Nadar
Cheriya Lokavum Valiya Manushyarum
Dr. Pasupathy Dr. Pasupathi/Bhairavan
Kouthuka Varthakal Suryanarayana Iyer
Mukham Anthony
Nagarangalil Chennu Raparkam
Ottayal Pattalam
Gajakesariyogam Ayyappan Nair
Rajavazhcha Ittoopp
Saandhram Paulo
Sasneham Eanasu
Superstar Devasyya
Thalayanamanthram Daniel
Thooval Sparsam
1989 Swagatham Labrador bhai
Chakkikotha Chankaran Bhagavathar
Innale Shankara Pillai
Jathakam Kunjuraman
Kaalal Pada
Annakutty Kodambakkam Vilikkunnu Avarachan
Aavanikunnile Kinnaripookkal Keshava Pilla
Mazhavil Kavadi Shankarankutty Menon
News Bhargavan Pillai
Peruvannapurathe Visheshangal Adiyodi
Pradeshika Varthakal Kunjhambu Nair
Ramji Rao Speaking Mannar Mathai
Antharjanam Vathapally Varkey
Varavelpu Chathutty
Varnam Bhaskaran Pillai
1988 August 1
Dhwani Rappayi
Moonnam Mura Kisan Jacob
Mukunthetta Sumitra Vilikkunnu Ramendra
Pattana Pravesham Puthanpurackal Balan
Ponn Muttyidunna Tharavu P.V. Panikkar
Simon Peter Ninakku Vendi Vaniyambadi Chandran
Vellanakalude Nadu
Witness Sankunni Nair
Puavrutham Kelu Nair
Charavalayam Kumaran
Oru Muthassi Katha Thampuran
1987 Ayitham Joseph
Sreedharante Onnam Thirumurivu Sadasivan
Jaalakam Gopi Kurup
Nadodikkattu Balagopalan
Oru Minnaminunginte Nurungu Vettam
Sarvakalashala Innachan
Ponnumkudathinu Pottu
Ivide Ellavarkkum Sukham Cheriyachen
Unnikale Oru Kadha Parayam
Yagagni Madhavan
Itha Samayamayi
Swathi Thirunal Krishna Ravu
1986 Ee Kaikalil Ittoopp
Nyayavidhi Channar
Rareeram Lonappan
Ayalvasi Oru Daridravasi Kuttan Pillai
Dheem Tharikida Thom
Ente Sonia
Oridathu Dr Rajasekharan
Ente Entethu Mathram
Atham Chithira Chothi Mathan
Nilakurinhi Poothappol Kuttan Nair
Revathikkoru Pavakkutty Bhasi Pillai
Ice Cream Police Inspector
Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam Kunji Kannan Nair
Sunil Vayassu 20 Anthony
Amme Bhagavathi
Pappan Priyappetta Pappan
Koodanayum Kattu
Prathyekam Sradhikkukka Pothachan
Katturumbinum Kaathukuthu
Oru Kadha Oru Nunakkadha
Ithile Iniyum Varu Dasappan
Naale Njangalude Vivaaham
Doore Doore Oru Koodu Koottam
Meenamaasathile Sooryan Adhikari
Illenjippookkal Kaduvappara Pappu
Vivahitare Itihile Kuriachan
Oru Yugasandhya Sreedharan Nair
Gandhinagar 2nd Street Policeman
Chilambu Enashu
Yuvajanotsavam Kunjunni Nair
1985 Kandu Kandarinju Thomas
Kathodu Kathoram Kapyar
Ee Lokam Ivide Kure Manushyar Ouseppu
Ayanam Chakkunni
Oru Nokku Kanan Innochen
Akkare Ninnoru Maran Shankaran
Meenamasathile Sooryan Adhikari
Vasantha Sena Thirumeni
Aram+Aram=Kinnaram Driver
Puli Varunne Puli Saami
Avidathepole Ivideyum
Ambada Njaane Kumaran
Punnaaram Chollicholli
Archana Aaradhana
Scene No. 7
1984 Koottinilamkili Office Staff
Paavam Poornima Unnithan
Panchavadi Palam Barabas
1983 Prathijnja
Mouna Raagam Freddy/Valyappan
Prem Nazirine Kanmanilla Film Producer
Lekhayude Maranam Oru Flashback
1982 Ilakkangal
1981 Vida Parayum Munbe
1980 Kochu Kochu Thettukal
1978 Randu Penkuttikal
1974 Nellu
1973 Jesus
Urvashi Bharathi
Football Champion[16]
1972 Nrithasala
Other language films
Year Title Role Language
1998 Doli Saja Ke Rakhna Colonel Vincent Hindi
2003 Lesa Lesa Tamil
2004 Nothing But Life Prof. Ponnachan PhD English
2006 Malamaal Weekly Anthony Hindi
2012 Shikari Sitharam Setu Kannada
2019 Naan Avalai Sandhitha Pothu Tamil


  • Pavam IA Ivachan (1994)
  • Keerthanam (1995)


  • Vida Parayum Munpe (1981)
  • Ilakkangal (1982)
  • Ormakkayi (1982)
  • Lekhayude Maranam Oru Flashback (1983)

Playback singingEdit

  • Aanachandam – Gajakesariyogam (1990)[17]
  • Kandallo – Sandram (1990)
  • Kunukupenmaniye – Mr Butler (2000)
  • Onnam Malakeri – Kalyanaraman (2002)
  • Sundarakeralam – Doctor Innocentanu (2012)


Year Title Role Channel
2020-Present Comedy Masters Judge Amrita TV
2020 Kudumbavilakku Himself Asianet
2019–2021 Comedy star season 2 Judge Asianet
2019 Utsavam Super Star Mentor Flowers TV
2018 Top Singer Guest Flowers TV
2018 Nakshatra thilakkam Guest Mazhavil Manorama
2018 Chaya Koppa yile kodum kattu himself Mazhavil Manorama
2017 Comedy super night 2 guest Flowers TV
2017 Star Chat Guest WE TV
2016 J B junction Guest Kairali TV
2016 Badai Bungalow Guest Asianet
2016 Comedy Carnival himself Mazhavil Manorama
2013 Point blank Guest Asianet News


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