Jagathy Sreekumar

Sreekumar P. K. (born 5 January 1951), better known by his stage name Jagathy Sreekumar (Ambili Chettan) or Jagathy, is a versatile Indian film actor[1] who has starred in over 1500 Malayalam films in a career spanning almost four decades.[4][5][6] Widely regarded as one of the greatest actors and the greatest comedian in Indian cinema of all time,[7][8][9] 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.[10]

Jagathy Sreekumar[1]
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Birth nameSreekumar P. K.
Born (1951-01-05) 5 January 1951 (age 70)
Jagathy, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India[1]
Medium
NationalityIndian
Alma materMar Ivanios College, Thiruvananthapuram
Years active1975 – 2012[1]
2019 – Present
Genres
Spouse
(m. 1974; div. 1976)

Shoba
(m. 1979)

Kala Sreekumar[2]
ChildrenRajkumar
Parvathy Shone[3]
Sreelakshmi Sreekumar
Parent(s)Jagathy N. K. Achary
Prasanna
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),[11] he is reckoned as one of the most prolific actors in the industry. Jagathy was involved in a vehicle accident in March 2012 and was hospitalized for over a year. He is still[when?] recovering from his injuries. His film career has been on hold since the accident.[12] As of March 2021, it has been reported via various news outlets that Jagathy Sreekumar is back to acting through a television advertisement.[13][14]

Early life and familyEdit

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 two 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.[11] He attended the Higher Secondary School in Cheriyanad, Chengannur, 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.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

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.[16]

AccidentEdit

On 10 March 2012, he was seriously injured in a road accident at Panambra near the Calicut University at Tenhipalam in Malappuram district.[17] 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.[18] 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.

Acting careerEdit

When Sreekumar was a fifth grade 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.[19] 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.[20] 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" .[11] He acted in just one language other than Malayalam: in Aadum Koothu, a Tamil film directed by the Malayalam director T. V. Chandran.[21]

AwardsEdit

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[25]
  • 2005 - Prem Nazir Award for his contributions to Malayalam cinema spanning three decades[26]
  • 2005 - Sathyan Memorial Award[27]
  • 2011 - The Kochi Times Film Award - Best Actor in a Negative Role in Urumi[28]
  • 2012 - Thikkurussy Award for Most Popular Actor[29]
  • 2015 - Asianet Comedy Awards 2015 (Lifetime Achievement Award)[30]

Partial filmographyEdit

MalayalamEdit

HindiEdit

  • Gulabi Raaten (1990)

TamilEdit

As a playback singerEdit

As directorEdit

As writerEdit

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

Dialogue, screenplayEdit

  • Champion Thomas (1990)

TelevisionEdit

As actorEdit

As producerEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Suku Palkulangara (2013), ജഗതി: ചിരിയുടെ നിത്യവസന്തം [Jagathy: Chiriyude Nithyavasantham] (in Malayalam), Kerala: Sign Books, ISBN 978-81-926086-1-7, archived from the original on 21 August 2014, retrieved 22 May 2013

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