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Sreekumar P K, better known by his stage name Jagathy Sreekumar, and popularly as Jagathy, is an Indian film actor[1] who has starred in over 1200 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.

Jagathy Sreekumar[1]
Birth nameSreekumar PK
Born5 Jan 1951
Trivandrum, Thiru-Kochi, India (present-day Kerala, India)[1]
Years active1975 – 2012[1]
ChildrenRajkumar, Parvathi,[3] Sreelakshmi Sreekumar
Parent(s)Jagathy N. K. Achary, Prasanna Achary

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 Thiruvananthapuram from where he hails. He was an outspoken orator holding strong views, quite unlike his onscreen image and his speeches are still popular on Youtube 7 years after his hiatus from the silver-screen.

With 1,070-odd Malayalam films to his credit (as of 2005),[7] 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.[8] It has been reported via various news outlets that Jagathi Sreekumar is back to acting through a Television Ad for a Thrissur based Water Theme Park[9][10]



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, Thiruvananthapuram. 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 Jagathy NK Achari[7] He attended the Model School in Trivandrum, and graduated with a bachelor's degree Zoology from Mar Ivanios College, Trivandrum. After college he briefly worked as a medical representative before later becoming an actor.[11]

Jagathy married Mallika Sukumaran in 1976 and divorced in 1979. He married Shobha 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 Sreelekshmi Sreekumar, with actor Kala, also said to be his second wife.[12]

On 10 March 2012, he was seriously injured in a road accident at Panambra near the Calicut University at Tenhipalam in Malappuram dt.[13] He was immediately rushed to MIMS Hospital in Kozhikode, 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.[14] 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 Thiruvananthapuram 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 the time he joined Mar Ivanios College, Thiruvananthapuram, he had become an experienced theatre person.[7]

His first film was Chattambi Kalyani.[15] 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.[16] His popular films include Yodha, Kilukkam, Mookilla Rajyathu, Avittam Thirunaal Aarogya Sriman, Kilukil Pambaram, Oru CBI Diary Kurippu, Vaasthavam, Urumi (film), 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" .[7] He acted in just one language other than Malayalam: in Aadum Koothu, a Tamil film directed by the Malayalam director T. V. Chandran.[17]


Kerala State Film Award




  • 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. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
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  4. ^ "List of Malayalam Movies acted by Jagathy Sreekumar". Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  5. ^ "Jagathy Sreekumar - Movies, Biography, News, Age & Photos". BookMyShow. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  6. ^ "The Hindu : Entertainment Thiruvananthapuram : Jagathy on Jagathy Sreekumar". 2010-08-11. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  7. ^ a b c d "Jagathy on Jagathy Sreekumar". Archived from the original on 11 August 2010. Retrieved 2007-01-26.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link). The Hindu. 10 June 2005
  8. ^ "Malayalam actor Jagathy Sreekumar injured in accident". Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  9. ^ "ജഗതി ശ്രീകുമാർ അഭിനയരംഗത്തേക് തിരിച്ചെത്തുന്നു". Cinema Diary.
  10. ^ "ജഗതി ശ്രീകുമാര്‍ അഭിനയരംഗത്തേയ്ക്ക് തിരിച്ചു വരുന്നു". Malayala Manorama.
  11. ^ "CINIDIARY - A Complete Online Malayalam Cinema News Portal".
  12. ^ Retrieved 2019-02-28. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ "Malayalam actor Jagathy Sreekumar injured in accident". The Hindu. 10 March 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
  14. ^ Jagathy stoic and silent - The Hindu, 4 March 2013
  15. ^ asianetnews (31 July 2011). "Chat Show,Jagathy Sreekumar -On Record July 31 Part 1" – via YouTube.
  16. ^ Weblokam Archived 16 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.[Dead link?]
  17. ^ /0601/05/1060105004_1.htm Jagathi Sreekumar Archived 7 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine. Weblokam. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  18. ^ 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. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  19. ^ "Mammootty: Actor of the decade". OneIndia Entertainment. 24 August 2009.
  20. ^ Actor Jagathy Sreekumar selected for Bahadur Award – Oneindia Malayalam. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  21. ^ The Hindu : Kerala News : Prem Nazir award for Jagathy. The Hindu. (8 March 2005). Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  22. ^ The Hindu : Kerala / Kollam News : Sathyan Memorial Award for Jagathy. The Hindu (19 January 2005). Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  23. ^ "The Kochi Times Film Awards 2011". 23 June 2012.
  24. ^ Press Trust of India (7 January 2012). "`Aadminte Makan Abu chosen best film by Thikkurissy foundation". IBN Live. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  25. ^ Vinodadarshan. "Winners of First Asianet Comedy Awards 2015 :Complete List & Telecast time".