Mala Aravindan

Mala Aravindan (15 January 1939 – 28 January 2015) was an Indian film actor. He was best known for his work as a comedian and character artist in Malayalam films. He has acted in over 500 films.

Mala Aravindan
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Born
T. K. Aravindan[1]

(1939-01-15)15 January 1939[2]
Vadavucode, Ernakulam, British India
Died28 January 2015(2015-01-28) (aged 76)
Other namesMala (മാള)
OccupationActor, Tabla percussionist
Years active1976–2015
Spouse(s)Geetha (1971–2015)

Early lifeEdit

He was born in Vadavucode, Ernakulam district of Kerala state as the eldest son of Thanattu Ayyappan and Ponnamma. His father was an Excise department employee and his mother, a school music teacher. Soudamini, late Ramanathan (died in 2004) and Prakashan are his siblings.[3] His father died when he was studying at seventh class.[4] Later when his mother got transferred, his family relocated to Mala in Thrissur district and he started using the place name as a prefix to his name.[5] He had his primary education from St Antony's High School, Mala, where his mother was a music teacher.[6][7] Seeing his talent in playing Tabla his mother joined him with Cochin Mohammed Ustad, a famous Tabla artist.[8] He joined for Pre University degree in Christ College, Irinjalakuda but dropped out in between to concentrate on his career.[9]

CareerEdit

Aravindan started his career as a Tabla artist. He joined stage plays and started playing Tabla as a background artist. Later, he moved into acting and started performing in professional stage plays of Kottayam National Theaters, Nadakashala, Suryasoma Theatres etc. He continued acting in dramas for 12 years. He has won Kerala State Nataka Academy's Best Actor award for his role in Sooryasoma's play Nidhi. He received State Award in 1978 and 6 other state level awards for the stage play Rasna.[7]

Aravindan started his film career with the movie Ente Kunju, but the film was never released. His first movie released was Thalirukal in 1967 in which he acted as a mental patient among many.[1] His first full-fledged role was in the 1968 movie Sindhooram, directed by Balakrishnan, although it is his critically acclaimed performance from the movie Tharavu which gave him the actual mileage. Since then he has acted in over 400 films for 33 years and established his own style which became his trademark. During the initial stages of his career, the Mala-Pappu-Jagathy trio was a guaranteed crowd-puller among Malayalam film audiences. His last film was Noolppaalam which is yet to be released. He was the president of the AMMA, the association of Malayalam film artistes.[10]

Mala was well known for his different acting techniques which included gestures, vocal variations and his unique laughing style. He was a jovial person who could shoot jokes at any situations. In one interview, Mala remembers once a random guy came to him and asked to tell some jokes. during the 1980s, Mala was a really busy artist since he was part of most of the movies doing various comedy roles. He also sang the popular song "neeyarinjo melemanathu" along with Mohanlal in the 1985 movie Kandu Kandarinju. His memorable characters are from movies Bhoothakannadi, Sallapam, Thaaravu, Mimics Parade, Kanmadam, Joker, Meesha Madhavan etc. In the late 1990s, when the Mimicry trend took over Malayalam Cinema, there were movies like Moonu Kodiyum Munnooru Pavanum, Mimics Super 1000 which featured full-fledged Spoof characters imitating Mala Aravindan by various mimicry Artists. Mala was a great fan of actor Nagesh and his acting style was greatly influenced by Nagesh.

Personal lifeEdit

Aravindan was married to Anna, on 2 February 1971, after 5 years of love relationship, who is a Christian, later changed her name as Geetha without converting religion.[11] The couple have two children, Kishore (Muthu) and Kala. Kishore is married to Deepthi and they have a son Vedavyasan. Kala is married to Surendran and they have two children Devi and Vishnu.[12]

DeathEdit

Mala Aravindan was admitted to Kovai Medical Centre Hospital in Coimbatore on 19 January 2015, following a massive heart attack and was shifted to the ICU on 24 January, where he was diagnosed with diffused block. He was on ventilator support. The actor had earlier undergone an angiogram after being hospitalized.[13] He died on 28 January 2015 at 6:30 AM, just five days short of his 44th wedding anniversary.[14] He was 76.[15] He is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.

AwardsEdit

FilmographyEdit

  1. Kaalchilambu (2018) - Posthumously released
  2. Noolpalam (2016)
  3. Chaminte Company (2015)
  4. Nellikka (2015)
  5. Lal Bahadur Shastri (2014)
  6. Masala Republic (2014)
  7. Punyalan Agarbattis (2013) as Ayyappan
  8. Vallatha Pahayan (2013) as
  9. God for Sale (2013) as Velayudan
  10. August Club (2013) as Lazer
  11. Thappana (2012)
  12. Prabhuvinte Makkal (2012)
  13. Priyappetta Nattukare (2011) as Pappan
  14. Ninnishtam Ennishtam 2 (2011)
  15. Nanthuni (2010)
  16. Yakshiyum Njanum (2010)
  17. 9 KK Road (2010)
  18. Cheriya Kallanum Valiya Policum (2010) as Kunju
  19. Canvas (2010)
  20. Again Kasargod Khader Bhai (2010)
  21. Swantham Bharya Zindabad (2010) as Sakhav ACS
  22. T. D. Dasan Std. VI B (2009)
  23. Chagathikoottam (2009)
  24. Rahasya Police (2009)
  25. Paribhavam (2009)
  26. Venalmaram (2009) as Sankarankutty
  27. Doctor Patient (2009)
  28. Ee Pattanathil Bhootham (2009) Judge
  29. Twenty 20 (2008)
  30. Positive (2008)
  31. De Ignottu Nokkiye (2008)
  32. Mulla (2008)
  33. Shalabam (2008) as Kumaran
  34. Kaalchilambu (2008)
  35. Thavalam (2008)
  36. Mayabazar (2008) as Kumarankutty Ashan
  37. Mizhikal Sakshi (2008) as Kadarukutty Musaliar
  38. Chithreshalabagalude Veedu (2008)
  39. Panthaya Kozhi (2007) as Chakrapani
  40. Athisayan (2007)
  41. Arunam (2006)
  42. Oruvan (2006) as Velu
  43. Achanteponnu Makkal (2006)
  44. Moonnamathoral (2006)
  45. Chanthupottu (2005)
  46. Finger Print (2005)
  47. OK Chacko Cochin Mumbai (2005) as Paramu
  48. Ponmudipuzhayorathu (2005) as Thankappan
  49. Perumazhakkalam (2004)
  50. Rasikan (2004) as Shivankutti's Uncle
  51. Sethurama Iyer CBI (2004)
  52. Chitrakoodam (2004) as Shankaran Thattan
  53. Mullavalliyum Thenmavum (2003)
  54. Pattalam (2003)
  55. Varum Varunnu Vannu (2003)
  56. Kaliyodam (2003)
  57. Kadha (2003)
  58. Chithrathoonukal (2003)
  59. Njan Salperu Ramankutty (2003)
  60. Nandanam (2003)
  61. Valkannadi (2002)
  62. Oomappenninu Uriyadappayyan (2002)
  63. Jagathy Jagadeesh in Town (2002) as Kallan Bhaskaran
  64. Meesha Madhavan (2002)
  65. Puthooramputhri Unniyarcha (2002) as Paanan
  66. Kattuchembakam (2002)
  67. Aala (2002)
  68. Desam (2002) as Marthandan
  69. Suvarna Mohangal (2002)
  70. Swapnahalliyil Oru Naal (2002)
  71. Swaraga Ganga (2002)
  72. Grandmother (2002)
  73. Ee Bhargaveenilayam (2002)
  74. Puthuram Puthri Unniyarcha (2002)
  75. Andolanam (2001)
  76. Bhadra (2001)
  77. Unnathangalil (2001) as Joseph
  78. Karumadikuttan (2001)
  79. Kabani (2001)
  80. Thenthuli (2001)
  81. Pranayakalathu (2001)
  82. Kakki Nakshithrem (2001) as Sreedharan
  83. Chithrathoonukal (2001)
  84. Ennum Sambavami Yuge Yuge (2001)
  85. Varnnakazhchakal (2000)
  86. Rapid Action Force (2000) as Jail warden
  87. Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal (2000)
  88. Joker (2000)
  89. Madhuranombarakattu (2000)
  90. Mark Antony (2000)
  91. Ival Doupadi (2000)
  92. Aayiram Meni (1999)
  93. Udayapuram Sulthan (1999)
  94. Charlie Chaplin (1999)
  95. Magician Mahendralal from Delhi (1998) as Mammad
  96. Kanmadam (1998)
  97. Panchaloham (1998) as Karutha
  98. Thattakam (1998)
  99. Kulirkattu (1998)
  100. Thirakalkkappuram (1998)
  101. Manthri Maalikayil Manasammatham (1998)
  102. Kalyana Unnikal (1997)
  103. Kaliyoonjal (1997)
  104. Arjunan Pillayum Anchu Makkalum (1997)
  105. Hitler Brothers (1997)
  106. Junior Mandrake (1997)
  107. Sammanam (1997)
  108. Gajaraja Manthram (1997)
  109. Ekkareyanente Manasam (1997) as Sudhakaran
  110. Bhoothakannadi (1997)
  111. Anjarakalyanam (1997)
  112. Snehadoothu (1997) as Veeramani
  113. Kaduva Thoma (1997) as D'Cruz
  114. Poomarathanalil (1997) as Ambujakshan
  115. Shobanam (1997)
  116. Ikkarayante Manasam (1997)
  117. Kudamattom (1997)
  118. Mimics Action 500 (1996)
  119. Sathyabhaamaykkoru Pranayalekhanam (1996)
  120. Sallapam (1996)
  121. Saamoohyapadom (1996)
  122. Dominic Presentation (1996) as Father Joseph Medayil
  123. King Solomon (1996)
  124. Harbour (1996)
  125. Excuse Me Ethu Collegila (1996)
  126. Kinnam Katta Kallan (1996) as Constable Mathew Joseph
  127. Punnaram (1995)
  128. Puthukottyile Puthu Manavalan (1995)
  129. Mazhavilkoodaram (1995)
  130. Kokkarakko (1995)
  131. Special Squad (1995) as Kochaugasthy
  132. Agnidevan (1995)
  133. Oru Abhibhashakante Case Diary (1995)
  134. Vadhu Doctoranu (1994) as Chinnappan
  135. Pingami (1994)
  136. Manathe Kottaram (1994)
  137. Varabhalam (1994)
  138. Gothram (1994)
  139. Dollar (1994) as Vettukili Damodharan
  140. Kambolam (1994) as Kochappy
  141. Kadal (1994) as Lasar
  142. Varanamalyam (1994) as Mathai
  143. Ponnu Chami (1993)
  144. Saubhaagyam (1993)
  145. Customs Diary (1993) as Skariachan
  146. Aagneyam (1993)
  147. Vakkeel Vasudev (1993)
  148. Adheham Enna Idheham (1993)
  149. Sarovaram (1993)
  150. Koushalam (1993)
  151. Jackpot (1993)
  152. Venkalam (1993)
  153. Saubagyam (1993)
  154. Uppukandom Brothers (1993)
  155. Kanyakumariyil Oru Kavitha (1993)
  156. Pravaachakan (1993)
  157. City Police (1993)
  158. Utsava Melam (1992)
  159. Maanthrika Cheppu (1992)
  160. Kizhakkan Pathrose (1992)
  161. Kallan Kappalil Thanne (1992)....Appunni Mashu
  162. Annu Good Friday (1992)
  163. Ayalathe Adheham (1992)
  164. Ente Ponnu Thampuran (1992)
  165. Ezharaponnana (1992)
  166. Simhadhwani (1992)
  167. First Bell (1992)
  168. Welcome To Kodaikanal (1992)
  169. Poochakkaru Manikettum (1992)
  170. Oru Swapnam Pole (1992)
  171. Maanyanmar (1992)
  172. Neelakurukkan (1992)
  173. Congratulations Miss Anitha Menon (1992)
  174. Kasargod Khader Bhai (1992) as Mammooty
  175. Mr & Mrs (1992)
  176. Sandesham (1991)
  177. Kizhakkunarum Pakshi (1991)....Nanappan
  178. Mimics Parade (1991) as Mammooty
  179. Ganamela (1991) as Appukuttan
  180. Neelagiri (1991)
  181. Keli (1991)
  182. Maydinam (1991) as Coach Warrier
  183. Agninilavu (1991)
  184. Amina Tailors (1991) as Jabbar
  185. Uncle Bun (1991)
  186. Kalari (1991)
  187. Mahassar (1991) as Shivadasan
  188. Kadinjool Kalyanam (1991)
  189. Mookilla Rajyathu (1991)
  190. Daivasahayam Lucky Centre (1991)
  191. Kalamorukkam (1991)
  192. Georgootty C/O Georgootty (1991)
  193. Ponnaranjanam (1990)
  194. Enquiry (1990)
  195. Maydinam (1990)
  196. Mukham (1990)
  197. Kottayam Kunjachan (1990) as Anthru
  198. Indhanam (1989)
  199. Puthiya Karukkal (1989)
  200. Mahayanam (1989)
  201. Carnival (1989)
  202. Jeevitham Oru Ragam (1989)
  203. Kodugallur Bhagavathi (1989)
  204. Ammavanu Pattiya Amali (1989)
  205. Annakutty Kodambakkam Vilikkunnu (1989) as Maducakkuzhi Achan
  206. Prabhatham Chuvanna Theruvil (1989)
  207. Agnichirakulla Moham (1989) as Govindan
  208. V.I.P. (1989) as Kuttoos
  209. Pattana Pravesham (1988)
  210. Kandathum Kettathum (1988) as Sadananthan
  211. Moonnam Mura (1988)
  212. Athirthikal (1988)
  213. Sankhanadam (1988)
  214. Janmatharam (1988) as Karunan
  215. Unnikrishnante Adyathe Christmas (1988)
  216. Onninu Purake Mattonnu (1988) as Appu
  217. Loose Loose Arappiri Loose (1988)
  218. Janmandharam (1988)
  219. Ulsavapittennu (1988)
  220. Swargam (1987)
  221. Nirabhedangal (1987) as Krishan
  222. Agnimuhurtham (1987)
  223. Oru Sindoora Pottinte Ormakku (1987)
  224. Ivare Sookshikkuka (1987)
  225. Mangalya Charthu (1987) as Pappan
  226. Kottum Kuravayum (1987)
  227. Athinumappuram (1987)
  228. Kalam Mari Katha Mari (1987) as Koya
  229. Revathikkoru Pavakkutty (1986)
  230. Pappan Priyappetta Pappan (1986)
  231. Oppam Oppathinoppam (1986) as Neelakandan
  232. Kunjattakilikal (1986)
  233. Naale Njagalude Vivaham (1986) as Mathachan
  234. Ennu Nadhante Nimmi (1986)
  235. Nyayavidhi (1986) as Mathunni
  236. Ente Entethumathrem (1986)
  237. Manjamantharangal (1986)
  238. Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku (1986)
  239. Adukkan Entheluppam (1986)
  240. Geetham (1986)
  241. Shyama (1986)
  242. Alorugi Arangorugi (1986)
  243. Moonnu Masagalkku Munbu (1986)
  244. Prathyekam Sradhikkukka (1986) ...Detective Veerabhadran
  245. Atham Chithira Chothi (1986) as Pushkaran
  246. Snehamulla Simham (1986)
  247. Veendum (1986)
  248. Padayani (1986)
  249. Icecream (1986)
  250. Rareeram (1986) as Aravindakshan
  251. Ponnumkudathinu Pottu (1986)
  252. Katturumbinum Kathukuthu (1986) as Johny
  253. Ithramathram (1986) as Augustine
  254. Oru Yugasandhya (1986) as Kuttappan
  255. Akalagalil (1986)
  256. Love Story (1986)
  257. Ninnishtam Ennishtam (1986)
  258. Upahaaram (1985) as Sundareshan
  259. Vellarikka Pattanam (1985)
  260. Premalekhanam (1985)
  261. Koodum Thedi (1985) as Vasu
  262. Akkare Ninnoru Maran (1985)
  263. Makan Ente Makan (1985)
  264. Oru Nokku Kanan (1985) as Vidyadharan Mashu
  265. Kandu Kandarinju (1985) as Kittan
  266. Maniyara (1985)
  267. Akkachide Kunjuvava (1985)
  268. Oru Kudakeezhil (1985) as Pushpangathan
  269. Scene No 7 (1985)
  270. Black Mail (1985)
  271. Akalathe Ambili (1985)
  272. Shantham Bheekaram (1985)
  273. Shatru (1985) as Thamarakshan/Kottada Vasu
  274. Thathamme Poocha Poocha (1984)
  275. Koottinilamkili (1984)
  276. Manithali (1984) as Subaid
  277. Vanitha Police (1984)
  278. Poochakkoru Mookkuthi (1984)
  279. Swantham Sarika (1984)
  280. Kaliyil Alpam Karyam (1984)
  281. Kadamattathachan (1984) as Ithappiri
  282. NH 47 (1984)
  283. Pavam Krooran (1984) as Mathulan
  284. Velichamillatha Veethikal (1984)
  285. Ethirppukal (1984)
  286. Theere Pratheekshikkathe (1984) as Karunan
  287. Vepralam (1984)
  288. Sreekrishnaparundu (1984)
  289. Belt Mathai (1983) as Kuttan Pilla
  290. Aana (1983) as Thomas
  291. Pourusham (1983)
  292. Mazhanilavu (1983) as Mathukutty
  293. Ee Yugam (1983)
  294. Rathilayam (1983) as Lonappan
  295. Thavalam (1983) as Vaasu
  296. Maniyara (1983) as Moideenkutty
  297. Kolakomban (1983)
  298. Nizhal Moodiya Nirangal (1983) as Kuruppu
  299. Coolie (1983)
  300. Pooviriyum Pulari (1982)
  301. Kakka (1982)
  302. Mylanchi (1982) as Moosa
  303. Ethiralikal (1982) as Pareed
  304. Komaram (1982)
  305. Kolakomban (1982)
  306. Ariyappedatha Rahasyam (1981) as Gopi
  307. Aarathi (1981)
  308. Greeshmajwala (1981) as Nair
  309. Swapnaraagam (1981)
  310. Sphodanam (1981) as Vasu Pilla
  311. Vayal (1981) as Naanu Nair
  312. Arayannam (1981) as Antony
  313. Sambavam (1981)
  314. Thadavara (1981) as Karnan
  315. Raktham (1981)
  316. Tharavu (1981) as Thanki
  317. Sphodanam (1981)
  318. Avatharam (1981) as Parasahayam Thankappan
  319. Itha Oru Dhikkari (1981) as Kumar
  320. Thakilu Kottampuram (1981) as Vasu
  321. Dhandha Yudham (1981)
  322. Oru Vilippadakale (1981)
  323. Daliyapookkal (1980)
  324. Kaavalmaadam (1980) as Rappai
  325. Adhikaram (1980) as Appukuttan
  326. Deepam (1980) as Subrahmanyam
  327. Arangum Aniyarayum (1980) as Ananthan
  328. Chakara (1980) as Kochu Pilla
  329. Thaliritta Kinakkal (1980)
  330. Eden Thottam (1980)
  331. Muthuchippikal (1980) as Sadashivan
  332. Aavesham (1979)
  333. Angakkuri (1979)
  334. Agnivyooham (1979)
  335. Kannukal (1979) as Kuruppu
  336. Madhurikkunna Rathri (1978)
  337. Samayamayilla Polum (1978)
  338. Madhuram Thirumadhuram (1976) as vakeel
  339. Sindooram (1976) - Debut film
  340. Olavum Theeravum (1970)
  341. Madhuvidhu (1970)
  342. Velutha Kathreena (1968)
  343. Thokkukal Kadha Parayunnu (1968)
  344. Pathirapattu (1967)(uncredited role)
  345. Thalirukal (1967) (uncredited role)
  346. Ente Kunju (unreleased)

TelevisionEdit

  • Mouna Nombaram
  • Vallarpadathamma

ReferencesEdit

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