Kuthiravattam Pappu - How Padmadalakshan became Pappu for Malayalee Audience ?

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Kuthiravattam Pappu in a scene.

Two decade have gone past that Kuthiravattam Pappu left us. Kozhikode's street still apprise the stories of how Padmadalakshan became the 'Pappu' of Malayalam cinema. After that standing with his counterparts he never gloom in cinema field. His acting become big lessons for young generation stars and still reading in by books.

  • Actor's Life
Kozhikode Kuthiravattam 'Panaghatuveetil' Raman and Devi's son pappu's life was 
hard on him as a beginner. His miserable life led him to stop his studies in the middle. Padmadalakshan still survive as he loved art as much as anything else in his life. 

  • Acting Career

Kozhikode's Raja Theatre and Akashvani's  'Deshaposhini' (Radio program) witness the presence of Kuthiravattam Pappu's comedy. 

He cemented his place among biggies of Malayalam drama artists like Balan K.Nair, Kunjandi, Bhaskaran, Kunjava. After that Kuthiravatam Papu turns to drama writing, he jointly prepared 'Kappayill Nin Cinemayileke' with his friend Venu, make way for cinema director Ramu Karyat, to watch his first drama. 

Ramu karyat thrilled with Pappu's skill to offer him a role in his movie called 'Mutupadam', that open the doors of opportunity for Kuthiravattam Pappu.

On 1964  'Bhargavinilayam' set that,  Bepoor Sultan Vaikom Muhammed Basheer named Padmadalakshan as "Kuthiravattam Pappu", that name birth his fate through which it climb the success ladder quickly in Malayalam film fraternity.

His Kozhikodan style and his accent gave him a different identity and fans in the South Indian industry. He nurtured  and pampered every character essayed in his career. He never misused his freedom for his style and acting.

One cannot forget Pappu's mannerism in films like 'Manichitrathazhu', 'Thenmavin Kombathu', 'Chandralekha', 'Kalyana Unnikal', 'Oru Muthassi Katha', 'Aaram Thampuran', 'Sundarakilladi', 'Thooval Kottaram', 'Mr. Butler'.

  • Family

His Up's and Down's witnessed by his wife -  Padmini, and Children - Bindu, Biju, Binu and Son in Law - Gopikrishanan. Kuthiravattam Pappu's son Binu Pappu is also a well known actor and assistant director in Malayalam film fraternity.  

In 1977, Kuthiravattam Pappu bestowed with the Best Comedian Award. Director Ranjith was supposed to do the solo movie with Kuthiravatom Papu and actress Sukumari.

But Kuthiravattam Pappu's death takes it all with him.With his 32 years long term in Malayalam cinema ends on his 62nd year of birth. He looms behind the Silver screen.

His memories will always last with his laugh to the death........

Published - 25 Feb, 2010          Last updated - 31 March, 2023

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