Jagathy Sreekumar

Sreekumar P. K. (born 5 January 1951), better known by his stage name Jagathy Sreekumar, is an Indian film actor[1] who has starred in over 1000 Malayalam films in a career spanning almost four decades.[4][5][6] Hailed as one of the greatest comedians of all-time in Malayalam cinema, he is also known for his highly nuanced character roles. He is the son of acclaimed dramaturge and writer, the late Jagathy N. K. Achary.[7]

Jagathy Sreekumar[1]
Birth nameSreekumar P. K.
Born (1951-01-05) 5 January 1951 (age 69)
Jagathy, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India[1]
Years active1975 – 2012[1]
2019 – Present
Mallika Sukumaran
(m. 1974; div. 1976)

Shoba (m. 1979)

Kala Sreekumar[2]
Parvathy Shone[3]
Sreelakshmi Sreekumar
Parent(s)Jagathy N. K. Achary
Relative(s)P. C. George

Jagathy Sreekumar won five Kerala State Film Awards among numerous other awards for his roles in various films. He has also directed two films and written screenplays for two more. His stage name is derived from the neighborhood of Jagathy in Trivandrum from where he hails. He is an outspoken orator holding strong views, quite unlike his onscreen image and his speeches are still popular.

With 1,070-odd Malayalam films to his credit (as of 2005),[8] he was reckoned as one of the most prolific actors in the industry, however Jagathy was involved in a vehicle accident in March 2012 and was hospitalized for over a year. He is still recovering from his injuries. His film career has been being on hold since the accident.[9] It has been reported via various news outlets that Jagathy Sreekumar is back to acting through a television ad.[10][11]


Sreekumar is the son of Malayalam dramatist and writer Jagathy N. K. Achary (1924–1997) (also fondly known as Jagathy) and his wife Prasanna from the famed Edavancaud family of Mavelikkara. N. K. Achary was Station Director at All India Radio, Trivandrum. Sreekumar has two siblings, Krishnakumar and Jameela; and 2 step-siblings Murali and Sugadamma.

"My father was my strength. He used to take me to movies and bring home scripts of plays for me to read. Being in All India Radio, my father had contacts with stalwarts in this field. He created many opportunities for me to interact with them. This helped me in my career.", says Jagathy Sreekumar about his father.[8] He attended the Model School in Trivandrum, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Botany from Mar Ivanios College, Trivandrum. After college he briefly worked as a medical representative before later becoming an actor.[12]

Jagathy married Mallika Sukumaran in 1974 and divorced in 1976. He married Shoba in 1980. They have a son, Rajkumar, and a daughter, Parvathy.[3] Just days before the March 2012 road accident that took away years of his life, Jagathy had publicly revealed that he had a daughter Sreelakshmi Sreekumar, with actress Kala, also said to be his second wife.[13]

On 10 March 2012, he was seriously injured in a road accident at Panambra near the Calicut University at Tenhipalam in Malappuram district.[14] He was immediately rushed to MIMS Hospital in Calicut, where he remained for one month. Later, he was taken to Vellore Christian Medical College for advanced treatment. He underwent multiple surgical procedures. He remained in hospital for twelve months, appearing in public for the first time in March 2013, unable to speak.[15] In 2014, he was again taken to Vellore for further check-ups and returned to his home later. Recently he appeared in a private channel during onam with Nedumudi Venu in which he sang old songs.


Sreekumar was a Class V student at Model School in Trivandrum when he first got the opportunity to act in a school play. He continued to act in plays written by his father NK Achary for Kalanilayam, in big and small roles. By this time he joined Mar Ivanios College, Trivandrum.

His first film was Chattambi Kalyani.[16] His role earned him recognition. With the highest number of Malayalam films to his credit, he is one of the most popular actors in the Malayalam film industry.[17] His popular films include Yodha, Kilukkam, Mookilla Rajyathu, Avittam Thirunaal Aarogya Sriman, Kilukil Pambaram, Oru CBI Diary Kurippu, Vaasthavam, Urumi, Palunku etc. He has directed two films, written stories for two films and sung in about ten films.

Though a widely popular actor, he did not believe in acting "for awards" .[8] He acted in just one language other than Malayalam: in Aadum Koothu, a Tamil film directed by the Malayalam director T. V. Chandran.[18]


Kerala State Film Award
Kerala Film Critics Award
Asianet Film Awards
Jaihind TV Awards
Other awards
  • 2003 - Bahadoor Award for his contributions to Malayalam cinema[22]
  • 2005 - Prem Nazir Award for his contributions to Malayalam cinema spanning three decades[23]
  • 2005 - Sathyan Memorial Award[24]
  • 2011 - The Kochi Times Film Award - Best Actor in a Negative Role in Urumi[25]
  • 2012 - Thikkurussy Award for Most Popular Actor[26]
  • 2015 - Asianet Comedy Awards 2015 (Lifetime Achievement Award)[27]

Partial FilmographyEdit



  • Gulabi Raaten (1990)


As a playback singerEdit

As directorEdit

As writerEdit

  • Champion Thomas (1990) (story)
  • Witness (1988) (story)

Dialogue, screenplayEdit

  • Champion Thomas (1990)

Television serialsEdit

As actorEdit

  • Crime Branch (Kairali TV)
  • Hukka Huwwa Meckado (Asianet)
  • Ellam Mayajalam (Asianet)
  • Swami Ayyappan (Asianet)
  • Devimahatymyam (Asianet)

As producerEdit

  • Hukka Huwwa Meckado (Asianet)
  • Ellam Mayajalam (Asianet)

Further readingEdit

  • Suku Palkulangara (2013), ജഗതി: ചിരിയുടെ നിത്യവസന്തം [Jagathy: Chiriyude Nithyavasantham] (in Malayalam), Kerala: Sign Books, ISBN 978-81-926086-1-7

External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Jagathy Sreekumar - Official". Facebook. Archived from the original on 2 August 2019. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "List of Malayalam Movies acted by Jagathy Sreekumar". malayalachalachithram.com. Archived from the original on 22 January 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Jagathy Sreekumar - Movies, Biography, News, Age & Photos". BookMyShow. Archived from the original on 21 January 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  6. ^ "The Hindu : Entertainment Thiruvananthapuram : Jagathy on Jagathy Sreekumar". web.archive.org. 11 August 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  7. ^ Deepika Jayaram (5 January 2018). "https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/malayalam/movies/news/king-of-comedy-jagathy-sreekumar-celebrates-his-birthday/articleshow/62382636.cms". The Times of India. External link in |title= (help)
  8. ^ a b c "Jagathy on Jagathy Sreekumar". Archived from the original on 11 August 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2007.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link). The Hindu. 10 June 2005
  9. ^ "Malayalam actor Jagathy Sreekumar injured in accident". The Hindu. 10 March 2012. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  10. ^ "ജഗതി ശ്രീകുമാർ അഭിനയരംഗത്തേക് തിരിച്ചെത്തുന്നു". Cinema Diary. Archived from the original on 20 February 2019. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  11. ^ "ജഗതി ശ്രീകുമാര്‍ അഭിനയരംഗത്തേയ്ക്ക് തിരിച്ചു വരുന്നു". Malayala Manorama. Archived from the original on 20 February 2019. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  12. ^ "CINIDIARY - A Complete Online Malayalam Cinema News Portal". Archived from the original on 19 May 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  13. ^ "No more a happy occasion: Jagathi's return reduced to public fight between daughters". thenewsminute.com. 29 June 2015. Archived from the original on 28 February 2019. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Malayalam actor Jagathy Sreekumar injured in accident". The Hindu. 10 March 2012. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
  15. ^ Jagathy stoic and silent Archived 1 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine - The Hindu, 4 March 2013
  16. ^ asianetnews (31 July 2011). "Chat Show,Jagathy Sreekumar -On Record 31 July Part 1". Archived from the original on 9 February 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2018 – via YouTube.
  17. ^ Weblokam Archived 16 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine. www.weblokam.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.[Dead link?]
  18. ^ /0601/05/1060105004_1.htm Jagathi Sreekumar Archived 7 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine. Weblokam. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  19. ^ "Film Critics Award 1991" – via YouTube.
  20. ^ The New Indian Express | India News Online | Latest Indian Movies, Gallery | Business & Finance News | Sports, Cricket News Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine. Newindpress.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  21. ^ "Mammootty: Actor of the decade". OneIndia Entertainment. 24 August 2009.
  22. ^ Actor Jagathy Sreekumar selected for Bahadur Award – Oneindia Malayalam Archived 17 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Thatsmalayalam.oneindia.in. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  23. ^ The Hindu : Kerala News : Prem Nazir award for Jagathy Archived 28 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine. The Hindu. (8 March 2005). Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  24. ^ The Hindu : Kerala / Kollam News : Sathyan Memorial Award for Jagathy Archived 27 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine. The Hindu (19 January 2005). Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  25. ^ "The Kochi Times Film Awards 2011". 23 June 2012. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  26. ^ Press Trust of India (7 January 2012). "'Aadminte Makan Abu chosen best film by Thikkurissy foundation". IBN Live. Archived from the original on 19 January 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  27. ^ Vinodadarshan. "Winners of First Asianet Comedy Awards 2015 :Complete List & Telecast time". Archived from the original on 19 December 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2016.