Siddique is an Indian film actor and producer, who works in Malayalam cinema. He has appeared in more than 250 films. Siddique made his acting debut with the film Aa Neram Alppa Dooram, he got a break with the comedy film In Harihar Nagar. Due to its success, Siddique acted in a variety of comic roles during the early-1990s in films such as Godfather, Simhavalan Menon, Kasargode Khadarbhai, Mughamudra, Kunukkitta Kozhi, Welcome to Kodaikanal. Siddique turned to more serious roles with Lelam, he did a notable villain role in Sathyameva Jayathe, which led to a succession of similar roles. In 2004, he was awarded the Kerala State Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in Sasneham Sumitra and Choonda. Siddique ventured into production by co-producing the film Nandanam under Bhavana Cinema. In 2013, he received the Nandi Special Jury Award for Naa Bangaaru Talli. In India, he is both known for his villain roles. Siddique was born on October 1, 1962 at Edavanakkad, in Ernakulam, India.
He was the youngest child in a family of three with a sister. He did his primary schooling in his hometown and completed a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Government Polytechnic College, Kalamassery, he worked as an Electrical Engineer at Kerala State Electricity Board division at Thrissur, Kerala. After a few years of service at KSEB, he flew abroad to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and worked there for a few more years, he quit his job and came back. He started discovering his acting talents during his academic years at Government Polytechnic College, Kalamassery, he started his career as a mimicry artist from there. He has three children, he has a son Shaheen Siddique from his previous marriage. His eldest son Shaheen made his debut as an actor in the movie Pathemaari. Siddique started his career in the late 1980s with minor roles, his major break came in 1990 when, along with Mukesh and Asokan, he was cast as one of the heroes in In Harihar Nagar. The movie, directed by Siddique and Lal, went on to become a huge box office success, starting a streak of similar low-budget comedy movies featuring the cast.
Siddique became an essential part of such movies along with Jagadeesh. Films in the genre included Manthrikacheppu, Simhavalan Menon, Kasargode Khadarbhai, Mughamudra, Kunukkitta Kozhi, Mookkillarajyathu, Mimics Parade, Welcome to Kodaikanal, KaattilethadiTheverude Aana, Vaarafalam and Kinnaripuzhayoram, he was cast alongside leading actresses of the time like Parvathy, Sunitha and Suchithra. His performance in Godfather by Siddique-Lal was positively received by Malayalam movie viewers. Siddique did action roles in some films. For example, there is the case of Ayalathe Adheham. In Ekalavyan he played the role of a young police officer, supporting Suresh Gopi, his talent lies in how an actor should keep reinventing to be in Malayalam movie biz - learning from his experience and mistakes. His career curve shows a good inclination towards adapting to a variety roles - comedy, character roles and so on, he is one among the artists who rose from junior artist level to a major actor with his talent and hard work.
The mid-1990s did not go well for Siddique. He made a comeback in the late 1990s with supporting roles in Asuravamsam with Manoj K. Jayan, in Lelam and Crime File; these films ensured his return to the mainstream. In Sathyameva Jayathe, he played a cold-blooded villain with Suresh Gopi. Following the success of this film, Siddique was offered a number of opportunities to play villains. During this period, he acted in television serials, his role in Sthree with Vinaya Prasad was a huge hit among Malayalam television audiences. He anchored a musical programme called Sallapam on Doordarshan. Siddique has anchored other musical programmes including Sangeetha Samagamam in Amrita TV and Symphony in Kairali TV, in the 2000s. In 2002, he produced Nandanam, directed by Ranjith; the movie featured young actors Navya Nair. Siddique appeared in a small but different role in the film; this was a box-office hit despite the absence of major stars. Siddique started appearing in a number of different looks in his films.
This can be seen in films such as Chota Mumbai, Nadiya Kollappetta Rathri, Vellinakshatram, The Tiger, Alibhai. He encouraged director Lal to create the sequel to In Harihar Nagar; the movie 2 Harihar Nagar was released in 2009 with the middle-aged actors Jagadeesh and Asokan coming together. Again in 2010, he appeared In Ghost House Inn. In April 2011, Siddique launched Kerala's first family magazine Family Facebook. Siddique is the editor of the monthly magazine, rich with stories of the players in the Malayalam film industry – actors, playback singers and others. Kerala State Film Awards2003: Second Best Actor -Sasneham Sumitra, ChoondaKerala State TV Awards2005: Best Actor:Kerala Film Critics Award2003 - Second Best Actor - Sasneham Sumitra 2017 - Second Best Actor Nandi Awards2013 - Special Jury Award- Naa Bangaaru TalliAsianet TV AwardsBest Actor- SthreeAmrita Film AwardS2008: Best Actor in a Supporting Role -Nadiya Kollappetta Rathri, Paradesi' 2009: Best Negative RoleAsianet Film awards2003: Asianet Best Fi
Ee. Ma. Yau is a 2018 Indian Malayalam-language satire film directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery and written by P. F. Mathews, it stars Vinayakan, Chemban Vinod Jose, Pauly Valsan, Bitto Davis, Kainakary Thangaraj Dileesh Pothan, Arya Salim in the main roles. The film had its premiere on 30 November 2017 and was theatrically released on 4 May 2018; the film revolves around the death and funeral of an older man from the Latin Catholic or Roman Catholic community in Chellanam, Ernakulam district. Lijo Jose Pellissery won the Best Director Award at the 48th Kerala State Film Awards for Ee. Ma. Yau; the film won the Best Director and Best Actor awards at the 49th International Film Festival of India. It won two awards at the International Film Festival of Kerala viz. the NETPAC Award for Best Asian film in Competition and the Golden Crow Pheasant Award for the best director. Set in Chellanam, a fishing village in Eranakulam, the film revolves around the death of Vavachan mestri. After returning from a long journey, Vavachan gets into a fight with Chowro after Chowro informs and shames Vavachan regarding a premarital relationship between his daughter Nissa and Sivanapan.
On arriving home, his wife Pennamma asks him to settle. When his son Eeshi returns home, Vavachan drinks and tells him that Vavachan's father had the most splendid funeral in all of Chellanam. Eeshi promises that Vavachan will have a big grand funeral. After some time, Vavachan dies. Eeshi's wife Sabeth informs neighbors about the death. Ayappan, the Panchayath ward member and Eeshi's friend takes control. Ayyappan asks Paanji and Lasar, two neighbours of Eeshi, to bring Dr. Gervasius to confirm the death, but Gervasius's wife tells them that he is drunk and asleep and they have to go to a head nurse living nearby to confirm the death. Arriving at the scene and seeing the injury in head, nurse tells them that she cannot do anything and only a doctor can confirm. Fr. Zacharia Parapurath, a rude vicar of the parish and a crime novel enthusiast hears about the head injury and informs the police; the next day, another wife of Vavachan arrives with her son and family and claims rights for the body. This leads to a clash between the families.
The family of the second wife alleges that they want justice. Fr. Zacharia, interested in finding mishap surrounding the death, tells Eeshi that he won't allow burial of Vavachan unless there is a proper investigation and autopsy. On hearing this unintelligent requirement from the vicar, a furious Eeshi slaps Fr. Zacharia, Fr. Zacharia out of vengeance and shame declares that he will not conduct or allow the burial in church cemetery; the gravedigger, digging the grave for Vavachan dies and his burial takes place in the same grave he dug for Vavachan. Ayyappan goes to police station to seek the help of circle inspector to clear the clouds. Inspector comes to Eeshi's house and tells that there is no crime element in the death and concurs with Dr. Gervasius's opinion, they lament Fr. Zacharia's attitude to matters of humanity. Since there is no positive confirmation from the Vicar about the burial, the morning rain, all the problems, going on Eeshi decides to take matters into his own hands. Eeshi digs a grave in his courtyard and forcefully makes everyone move-out from the courtyard, locks his family inside home.
Asks his father's forgiveness for not fulfilling his wishes and buries him. Everyone who came for the funeral looks at him with remorse and reverence. Kainakary Thankaraj as Valiyathuparambil Vavachan a.k.a. Vavachan Mesthiri Chemban Vinod Jose as Eeshi, Vavachan's son Vinayakan as Ayyappan, Eeshi's friend Pauly Valsan as Pennamma, Vavachan's wife Dileesh Pothan as Fr. Zazcharia Parappurath Arya Salim as Elisabeth, Eeshi's wife Bitto Davis as Paanji Krishna P. as Nissa Kunjunju as Chowro Sudarshanan as Manikan Anson as C. I. Mathen Liji as Karuthamolly The film's title is an abbreviation of "Eesho Mariyam Yauseppe", which in some Christian communities, is a prayer whispered in the ears of the deceased; the film, a satire, is set in the coastal village of Chellanam in Kochi and the story revolves around the death of Vavachan Mesthiri. Filming began in August 2017. Planned to shoot in 35 days, the film was completed in 18 days. Besides the main cast, most of the supporting roles were played by newcomers from Chellanam area.
The film was produced by Rajesh George Kulangara, but director-producer Aashiq Abu bought the complete rights of the film. Ee. Ma. Yau had a preview screening on 30 November 2017; the film planned to release theatrically soon after the preview, was postponed to next year for undisclosed reasons. The film was released on 4 May 2018. Nirmal Jovial of The Week says that Ee. Ma. Yau will be counted among the classics of Malayalam cinema. Navamy Sudhish of The Hindu praises PF Mathews' screenplay and calls director Lijo Jose Pellissery and cinematographer Shyju Khalid as the heroes of the film. Gokul M. G. of Deccan Chronicle calls Ee. Ma. Yau as the one of the finest films in Mollywood in a long time, he added that nobody is leaving without shedding a drop of tear or without a heavy heart. Film Critic Veeyen, was all praise for the film, rated the film'Excellent' and wrote that ".. With ‘Ee. Ma. Yau’ Lijo Jose Pellissery surpasses himself, asserts once and for all that he’s a master craftsman who astutely sees his dough in a theme, as stiff and unmalleable as a corpse, crafts a chimerical ode to mortality.
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Prashant Pillai is a music producer and composer from India. After completing his Sound engineering in Chennai, he went on to work with A. R. Rahman. After a short stint with him, he moved on and settled in Pune, where he started scoring for ad jingles, web sonics, short films. Pillai considers A. R. Rahman to be his professional guide and mentor. In early 2004, Pillai got his first break to compose a radio jingle and went on to compose jingles, for both radio and television consumption. In the year 2007, Prashant scored music for Bejoy Nambiar's, critically acclaimed short film Rahu where he teamed with singer K. S. Krishnan. Bejoy's uncanny knack of selecting unusual and experimental sounds, resulted in Prashant working on a soundtrack, which he still claims to be his best. Rahu soundtrack features sons of the Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, they feature in the soundtrack for the Sufi song, "Betaabi". This song was used in a Malayalam film City of God. Prashant's first break in feature films came when debutant Lijo Jose Pellissery roped him for the Malayalam film Nayakan, in March 2010.
The film featured actors like Indrajith, Thilakan and Jagathy Sreekumar in pivotal roles. Academy Award winner A. R. Rahman released the music of the movie Prashant's mentor A. R. Rahman released the soundtrack of Nayakan on 16 March 2010, at Rahman's Panchathan Studios in Chennai; the Nayakan soundtrack features, 6 songs, one of, sung by Indrajith himself. Prashant worked on this project for over one and a half years, has fused in elements, new to the Malayali audience. In 2011, Prashant collaborated with Lijo once again for City of God; the movie stars Prithviraj and Indrajith as pivotal characters, along with Parvathi, Rima Kallingal and Shwetha Menon. In 2011, he made his debut into commercial cinema with the Bollywood film Shaitan, directed by his now close friend and director Bejoy Nambiar, for which Pillai has scored majority of the songs; the film, produced by Anurag Kashyap has a unique soundscape to it. In the same year Prashant scored the original background music for the Malayalam film Bombay March 12 starring National Award winner Mammootty directed by screenwriter Babu Janardhan.
2012 saw Prashant scoring the background music for Siddarth Bharathan's Nidra a remake of his father Bharathan's 1981 film titled Nidra. The film wasn't a commercial hit, but the film and its score was appreciated for its definitive style. Prashant scored background music for MTV Rush, a series of 12 short stories on the leading music and entertainment television channel MTV, directed by Bejoy Nambiar of Shaitan fame. Jan 2013 saw the release of Prashant's third soundtrack for Bejoy Nambiar, in his upcoming film, David; the soundtrack, supervised and co-produced by Prashant, is a compilation of various bands like Bram Fatura, Light Years Explode, MaatiBaani as artists like Remo Fernandes, Anirudh Ravichander and Mikey McCleary. Apart from sound design, Prashant's tracks in the film feature eminent singers like Lucky Ali, Shweta Pandit and Naresh Iyer; the film stars Vikram, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Isha Sharvani and Tabu among others, released in Hindi and Telugu. He composed the background score for the Hindi film Issaq directed by Manish Tiwary.
Post City of God Prashant composed the music for Lijo Jose Pellissery's Malayalam musical film titled Amen. The music become popular and the film subsequently became a major blockbuster; the album featured artists like Ramya Nambeesan, Alyssa Mendonsa and Lucky Ali This is a romantic comedy featuring actors Indrajith Sukumaran, Fahadh Faasil, Swati of Subramaniapuram fame and Kalabhavan Mani among others. Prashant was subsequently roped in by veteran filmmaker Lal Jose for Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal. In 2014, composed for Ajith Pillai's Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal and debutant Santhosh Nair's Money Ratnam. 2015 saw four of his films release one of, Double Barrel, his fourth collaboration with filmmaker Lijo Jose Pellissery and his debut Tamil film Andhra Mess. 2013 -16th Asianet Film Awards 2014 – Best Music Director – Amen 2013 – TTK Prestige-Vanitha Film Awards – Best Music Director – Amen A selected discography of Prashant's music albums A complete list of films done by Prashant Pillai Prashant Pillai's official website Prashant Pillai's writeup on meeting A.
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Lijo Jose Pellissery
Lijo Jose Pellissery is an Indian film director and actor of Malayalam cinema. Known for his unconventional, he is a recipient of the Best Director Award at the 48th Kerala State Film Awards and the Silver Peacock for the best director at the 49th International Film Festival of India, both for his film Ee. Ma. Yau, he received the Silver Crow Pheasant Award at the International Film Festival of Kerala 2018. Pellissery made his debut in 2010 with the crime film Nayakan and followed it up with the crime-drama City of God and the black comedy satire Amen, the last mentioned, a commercial success at the Kerala box-office, his fourth film, Double Barrel, an experimental film received only mixed reviews. His fifth film was again a crime-gangster film Angamaly Diaries, starring 90 new actors, which preceded Ee. Ma. Yau, released in 2018, his upcoming movie is Jallikkattu, based on a story by S. Hareesh. Lijo Jose Pellissery was born on September 12, 1979 in Chalakudy in Thrissur district of the south Indian state of Kerala to Lilly and Jose Pellissery, a known film and theater actor and a winner of a state award for best stage actor.
His schooling was at Carmel Higher Secondary School Chalakudy and, after graduating from the Union Christian College, Aluva, he earned a master's degree in business administration from the Indian Institute of Plantation Management, Bangalore.. By the time Lijo Pellissery was born, Jose Pellissery who co-owned a theater group by Sarathy Theatres, was active in Malayalam films and this gave the young Lijo an early grounding in films, his career started as an assistant to Manoj Pillai, an ad filmmaker, Pellissery soon started making short films of his own. One of his films, 3, was one of three films shortlisted for the best film award at the PIX Short Film Festival 2007, he debuted as a feature film director in 2010 with Nayakan, which narrated the story of a Kathakali artist who joined the underworld to take revenge on those who killed his family. Though the film was critically acclaimed, it failed at the box office, his next venture, City of God, one of the early New Generation films of Malayalam cinema and a multi-starrer featuring Indrajith Sukumaran, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Swetha Menon and Rima Kallingal used hyperlink cinema as its narrative structure and was a critical success but, again failed miserably at the box office.
It took another two years before he came up with his third movie, Amen, in 2013 which had Indrajith Sukumaran, Fahad Fasil, Swathi Reddy and Kalabhavan Mani in the lead roles and the movie succeeded at the box office while drawing good critical response. After a gap of two years, Pellissery released his fourth film, Double Barrel, a comic thriller, with Prithviraj Sukumaran, Indrajith Sukumaran, Sunny Wayne and Asif Ali in the lead roles. However, the film did not succeed commercially; the next project, Angamaly Diaries, a black comedy cloaked in a gangster plot that revolves around the locale of Angamaly, was scripted by popular actor, Chemban Vinod Jose. The film, made on a small budget of ₹30 million, was received well at the box office and drew critical acclaim. Ee. Ma. Yau, his next film based on a satire written by P. F. Mathews and with his regular composer, Prashant Pillai, scoring the music, was premiered on November 30, 2017 but the release was delayed due to undisclosed reasons. Before it was released on May 4, 2018, the film received the Kerala State Film Award for Best Director at the 48th Kerala State Film Awards.
The film won him the Silver Peacock Award for the best director at the 49th International Film Festival of India, 2018, held in Goa in November 2018 followed by the Sinema Zetu International Film Festival Award for Best Direction. A fan of film makers such as K. G. George, Akira Kurosawa, Quentin Tarantino and Francis Ford Coppola, Pellissery uses non-linear style of narrative, his early films had established actors in the lead roles but Angamaly Diaries marked a change where the entire cast were newcomers with 86 new actors making their debut, subsequently accomplishing a triumph in the form of a 11-minute uninterrupted long take in the climax. Lijo Jose Pellissery on IMDb Mathrubhumi Kappa TV. "Lijo Jose Pellissery - The Happiness Project - Kappa TV". YouTube video. Retrieved 2018-12-01. AsianetNews. "Lijo Jose Pellissery - Kerala State Film Award for Best Director Responds on Asianet News". Retrieved 2018-12-02. Gokul M. G.. "Dazzling LJP magic". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-12-02. "'Jallikkattu Is About The Beast In Man': A Conversation With Filmmaker Lijo Jose Pellissery".
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City of God (2011 film)
City of God is a 2011 Indian crime thriller film directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery and written by Babu Janardhanan. It tells a team of land mafia criminals in the city of Kochi, it stars Prithviraj, Rajeev Pillai, Parvathy, Rima Kallingal and Swetha Menon. The film uses the hyperlink cinema format as its narrative structure, a technique first used by Satyajit Ray in his Kanchenjungha. City of God is not a remake and shares no resemblance to the 2002 Brazilian film of the same name, although both use non-linear narrative structure; the film was subsequently dubbed and released in Hindi under the same name by Wide Angle Media Pvt Ltd in 2014. City of God was one of the first among the "New Generation" Malayalam movies, although the trend was just becoming recognised during 2011. Had it been released a little moviegoers and analysts feel the film would have better received at the box office. City of God starts with a road accident and the story traces the life of the four families who are associated with the accident.
Each family has a different perspective on the city of Cochin. The first story revolves around the life of Tamil migrants. One of them, has a special affection towards another migrant, Marathakam. Marathakam was married but she had run away from her old husband in Pollachi due to his unbearable torture. Marathakam and Swarnavel know that they love each other; because of some personal benefits, Lakshmi breaks their relationship and forces Marathakam to marry another migrant. But on the night of the marriage, Marathakam learns that her new husband is a thief and returns to Swarnavel, they realize. The second husband, stricken with envy, takes revenge by bringing the first husband from Pollachi; the following day, Swarnavel tries to escape on a moped. The next story deals with the life of his forehand Jyothi Lal; as per the instructions of Sony, Jyothi Lal and his gang kill a plot owner, the husband of Liji Punnose. Liji Punnosse identifies her husband's murderer as Jyothi Lal and associates with another businessman, plot revenge and destroy Sony and Jyothi Lal.
Liji promises to marry Shamir if he can kill Jyothi Sony by arranging it with another gang. Sony has an eye on the growing actress Surya Prabha. Surya is leading an unpleasant married life with Mehaboob, a friend and business partner of Sony. Sony, with the intention of collecting Surya Prabha, cheats Mehaboob in the construction business. Sony forces Surya to have an illicit relation to get the papers. Jyothi Lal rescues Surya from this predicament. In the story, he rescues her from a suicide attempt. Jyothi Lal takes Surya to Sony's guest house to collect the papers and they pick up Sony on the way. However, their vehicle is in the same accident which Marathakam had. Sony dies at the scene of the accident; the gang arranged by Shamir and Liji Punnoose arrives at the accident and tries to kill Jyothi Lal, too. Jyothi Lal escapes with Surya and they began to realise the importance of each other in their future life. Liji goes to Dubai for further business. In the final scene and Marathakam marry each other and settle in a scenic village, living ever after.
Indrajith as Swarnavel, a migrant Tamil construction worker who lives in Kochi. Prithviraj as Jyothi Lal, a wealthy youth and the right-hand man of Sony. Rajeev Pillai as Sony Vadayaatil, a wealthy business-man who has involvement in illegal activities. Rohini as Lakshmi, a Tamil construction worker in Kochi and friend of Marathakam. Parvathy as Marathakam, a Tamil woman. Swetha Menon as Liji Punnose, a Dubai-based wealthy businesswoman, forced to stay in Kerala after her husband gets murdered. Rima Kallingal as Surya Prabha, an actress, in some disturbed relationships. Arun Narayan as Shameen, a land mafia party Rajesh Hebbar as Punnose, a businessman and husband of Liji. Jagadish as Circle Inspector Pavamani. Anil Murali as Podiyadi Soman Sreehari as Babychan Kishore Sathya as Mehboob Sudheer Karamana as Nachimuthu Prashant Pillai scored both background and songs with a variety touch. Three songs are in two in Malayalam and one in Hindi; the background score is known for its dark theme. To make a more realistic feel, Lijo Jose Pellissery uses two songs as being played on the radio, one song on a marriage function, one for the movie shooting and other two as background scores.
The film had a delayed release on 23 April 2011. It received predominantly positive reviews from critics. Veeyen of Nowrunning.com said, "City of God is no City of Dreams. It's a bleeding city that wails all night and day. A city where en eternal eclipse has cast a shadow over the rights and wrongs. A city where God has deserted his illusory throne and vanished without a trace." Indiaglitz said, City of God is a movie with feelings and appeal for the proponents of differently made experimental cinema. Director Lijo, Anil Mathew and their crew needs to be applauded for the efforts in keeping away cliches and commercial thrusts on the narrative structure, though they may find it a little difficult to cruise in the box-office." Rediff said, "T
Lalu Alex, is an Indian film actor who works in Malayalam cinema. In a career spanning four decades, Lalu Alex has acted over 250 movies and is known for his character roles, comic roles and antagonistic roles in Malayalam movie industry. Lalu Alex started his acting career as a supporting actor in the movie Ee Ganam Marakkumo in 1978 and associated with notable movies in his earlier career including Idi Muzhakkam, Meen and Thrishna directed by IV Sasi, he has acted in three Tamil movies. He started his career in the movie Ee Gaanam Marakkumo in 1978, he was able to work in I. V. Sasi's significant films such as Thrishna and Ahimsa, his appeared in I. V. Sasi's Ee Nadu, playing the role of SP Alexander. After that he acted in villainous character roles in films like I. V. Sasi's Kanamarayath, Alkootathil Thaniye, John Jaffer Janardhanan, Balachandra Menon's Karyam Nissaram, Prasnam Gurutharam. Director Joshiy gave Lalu Alex roles in films like Aa Ratri, Alakadalin Akkare, Minimol Vathikanil, Muhurtham 11.30 and Nair Saab.
He has worked with directors such as K. Madhu in Chathuangam, he worked with Sathyan Anthikkad in Kalikkalam Oral Mathram and Kamal in Manjupole Oru Penkutty and Niram. In the 1990s, Lalu Alex turned to comic roles. Alex's use of comedy, dialogue and performance skill has rendered him as a notable figure in the industry. Lalu Alex and actor Kunchako Boban appear in films together. Lalu Alex was born as the second child among three children to Alex and Lisy at Piravom, Muvattupuzha Taluk, he has Samuel and a younger sister, Susan. Lalu Alex has been married to Betty since 1986, they have three children named Ben Lalu Alex, Sen Lalu Alex and Ciya Lalu Alex. Ben acted in the Malayalam movie Orkut Oru Ormakoot. Sandai Bheema Airport 2004 Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actor - Manjupoloru Penkutti 2003 - Second best actor - Manjupole oru penkutty 2009 Best Actor in a Villain Role – Evidam Swargamanu 2009 Best Villain — Lalu Alex for Evidam Swargamanu 2010 Kala Ratnam Award of KALA Abu Dhabi 2014 Abhinaya Keerthi Puraskaram for his momentous contribution to the Malayalam film industry by Ernakulam District Pravasi Association Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as part of Metro Fest 2014 http://en.msidb.org/displayProfile.php?category=actors&artist=Lalu%20Alex&limit=182 Lalu Alex on IMDb
Kathakali is one of the major forms of classical Indian dance. It is a "story play" genre of art, but one distinguished by the elaborately colorful make-up, costumes and facemasks that the traditionally male actor-dancers wear. Kathakali is a Hindu performance art in the Malayalam-speaking southwestern region of India. Kathakali's roots are unclear; the developed style of Kathakali originated around the 17th century, but its roots are in the temple and folk arts, which are traceable to at least the 1st millennium CE. A Kathakali performance, like all classical dance arts of India, synthesizes music, vocal performers and hand and facial gestures together to express ideas. However, Kathakali differs in that it incorporates movements from ancient Indian martial arts and athletic traditions of South India. Kathakali differs in that the structure and details of its art form developed in the courts and theatres of Hindu principalities, unlike other classical Indian dances which developed in Hindu temples and monastic schools.
The traditional themes of the Kathakali are folk mythologies, religious legends and spiritual ideas from the Hindu epics and the Puranas. The vocal performance has traditionally been performed in Sanskritised Malayalam. In modern compositions, Indian Kathakali troupes have included women artists, as well as adapted Western stories and plays such as those by Shakespeare; the term Kathakali is derived from Katha which means "story, or a conversation, or a traditional tale", Kali which means "performance and art". Elements and aspects of Kathakali can be found in ancient Sanskrit texts such as the Natya Shastra; the Natya Shastra is attributed to sage Bharata, its first complete compilation is dated to between 200 BCE and 200 CE, but estimates vary between 500 BCE and 500 CE. The most studied version of the Natya Shastra text consists of about 6000 verses structured into 36 chapters; the text, states Natalia Lidova, describes the theory of Tāṇḍava dance, the theory of rasa, of bhāva, gestures, acting techniques, basic steps, standing postures – all of which are part of Indian classical dances including Kathakali.
Dance and performance arts, states this ancient Hindu text, are a form of expression of spiritual ideas and the essence of scriptures. The roots of Kathakali are unclear. Jones and Ryan state. Kathakali emerged as a distinct genre of performance art during the 16th and 17th centuries in a coastal population of south India that spoke Malayalam; the roots of Kathakali, states Mahinder Singh, are some 1500 years old. According to Farley Richmond and other scholars, Kathakali shares many elements such as costumes with ancient Indian performance arts such as Kutiyattam and medieval era Krishnanattam though a detailed examination shows differences. Kutiyattam, adds Richmond, is "one of the oldest continuously performed theatre forms in India, it may well be the oldest surviving art form of the ancient world". Kutiyattam, was performed in theatres specially designed and attached to Hindu temples dedicated to the Shiva and to Krishna; the designs of these theatres matched the dimensions and architecture recommended as "ideal" in the ancient Natya Shastra, some of them could house 500 viewers.
Krishnanattam is the immediate precursor of Kathakali, states Zarrilli. Krishnanattam is dance-drama art form about the life and activities of Hindu god Krishna, that developed under the sponsorship of Sri Manavedan Raja, the ruler of Calicut; the traditional legend states that Kottarakkara Thampuran requested the services of a Krishnanattam troupe, but his request was denied. So Kottarakkara Thampuran created another art form based on Krishnanattam, called it Ramanattam because the early plays were based on the Hindu epic Ramayana, which over time diversified beyond Ramayana and became popular as'Kathakali'. Another related performance art is Ashtapadiyattom, a dance drama based on the Gita Govinda of the twelfth-century poet Jayadeva, told the story of Krishna embodied as a humble cowherd, his consort Radha, three cow girls. Kathakali incorporates several elements from other traditional and ritualistic art forms like Mudiyettu and Padayani besides folk arts such as Porattunatakam that shares ideas with the Tamil Terukkuthu tradition.
The south Indian martial art of Kalarippayattu has influenced Kathakali. Despite the links, Kathakali is different from temple-driven arts such as "Krishnanattam", Kutiyattam and others because unlike the older arts where the dancer-actor had to be the vocal artist, Kathakali separated these roles allowing the dancer-actor to excel in and focus on choreography while the vocal artists focused on delivering their lines. Kathakali expanded the performance repertoire and standardized the costume making it easier for the audience to understand the various performances and new plays. Kathakali is structured around plays called Attakatha, written in Sanskritized Malayalam; these plays are written in a particular format that helps identify the "action" and the "dialogue" parts of the performance. The Shloka part is the metrical verse, written in third person – entirely in Sanskrit - describing the action part of the choreography; the Pada part contains the dialogue part. These Attakatha texts grant considerable flexibility to the actors to improvise.
All these plays were derived from Hindu texts such as the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Bhagavata Purana. A Kathakali