Jagathy N. K. Achary

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Jagathy N. K. Achary
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Malayalam Screenwriter Jagathy NK Achary in a cameo role in the film Deshadanakkili Karayarilla
Resting placeJagathy, Thiruvananthapuram
Other namesJagathy
Years active1950-1997
StyleSatire, Mythic Fiction, Whimsical, Thrillers, Horror, Speculative
ChildrenJagathy Sreekumar
Parent(s)Ananthapadmanabhan Achary

Jagathy N. K. Achary (1924–1997) was a Malayalam dramatist and writer who also worked in Malayalam films. He was known for his plays and screenplays. He is the father of Malayalam film actor Jagathy Sreekumar.

Life sketch[edit | edit source]

Jagathy N. Kochukrishnan Achary was born in 1924 at Krishnavilasam in Jagathy, Trivandrum, then capital of Travancore, to "Ananthapadmanabhan" Nanu Achary and Ponnammal. He had his education in Thiruvananthapuram and Scott Christian College, Nagercoil. After obtaining a BA in Literature, he followed up with a degree in Law.

Achary's paternal ancestors were involved in the construction works of many palaces and stately mansions in Travancore built during the latter half of the nineteenth century. His grandfather Krishnan Achari and his brother were given land to settle down in Jagathy. N. K. Achary’s father was Kottaram Moothchari under Moolam Thirunal and Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma of erstwhile Travancore.

He was married to Prasanna (Ponnamma) from Edavanacaud had three children: Jagathy Sreekumar, P. K. Krishnakumar and P. K. Jameela.

He died of old age diseases in 1997 at his Thiruvananthapuram residence. A road in Cotton Hill, Vazhuthacaud, Thiruvananthapuram is named after him.[1]

Education and career[edit | edit source]

He started his career as an employee at the palace.[2] Later, he joined the All India Radio as a staff artist where he worked as a programme executive at various stations and subsequently rose to the position of Station Director.[3]

Achary wrote many plays for the radio, crossing over to writing more than twenty plays for professional theatre,[4] and subsequently films. Many of his screenplays were published and enacted by amateur theatre groups all over Kerala.

He was a partner of the Kalanilayam Theatre group, for which he wrote many plays. During the 1960s-70s, Kalanilayam revolutionised Malayalam theatre, with its dramas like Raktharakshass, Kayamkulam Kochunni, Kadamattathu Kathanar, Iravikkodu Pillai, Naradan Keralathil, Taj Mahal, Sree Guruvayoorappan and Alavudinum Athbhuthavilakkum,[3] all simultaneously with his illustrious career in films. He was closely associated with directors such as K. G. George and Padmarajan; starting a drama school with the former in the 1980s and appearing in cameo roles in the later's films such as Moonnam Pakkam and Desatanakkili Karayarilla.[5]

Film career[edit | edit source]

Achary penned story, screenplay and dialogues for more than 24 Malayalam movies[6] and [5] also experimental films such as Sexilla Stundilla, Paathirapattu etc. He also wrote films with strong female characters in the 60s and 70s.

Filmography as screenwriter[edit | edit source]

Film Contribution Year Director
Inquilabinte Puthri Story, screenplay, dialogue 1988 Jayadevan
Karinagam Story, screenplay, dialogue 1986 K. S. Gopalakrishnan
Kalliyankattu Neeli Story, screenplay, dialogue 1979 M. Krishnan Nair
Snehikkan Samayamilla Story, screenplay, dialogue 1978 Viayanand
Kaavilamma Story, screenplay, dialogue 1977 N. Sankaran Nair
Penpuli Story, screenplay, dialogue 1977 Crossbelt Mani
Sreedevi Story, screenplay 1977 N. Sankaran Nair
Kenalum Collectorum Story, screenplay, dialogue 1976 M. M. Nesan
Swimming Pool Story, screenplay, dialogue 1976 J. Sasikumar
Sexilla Stundilla Screenplay, Dialogues 1976 B. N. Prakash
Kottaaram Vilkkaanundu Story, screenplay, dialogue 1975 K Sukumaran
Ullasa Yaathra Story, screenplay, dialogue 1975 A. B. Raj
Divyadharsanam Story, screenplay, dialogue 1973 J. Sasikumar
Sakthi Story, screenplay, dialogue 1972 Crossbelt Mani
Thapaswini Story, screenplay, dialogue 1971 M. Krishnan Nair
Kodungallooramma Story, screenplay 1968 Kunchacko
Anchu Sundarikal Story, screenplay, dialogue 1968 M. Krishnan Nair
Kayalkkarayil Story, screenplay, dialogue 1968 N. Prakash
Madatharuvi Story, screenplay, dialogue 1967 P. A. Thomas
Paathirapattu Story, screenplay 1967 N. Prakash
Bhagyajathakam Screenplay, Dialogues 1962 P. Bhaskaran
Velu Thambi Dalawa Story, Screenplay, Dialogues 1962 G. Vishwanath
Laila Majnu Screenplay, Dialogues 1962 P. Bhaskaran
Ummini Thanka Story, screenplay, dialogue 1961 G. Vishwanath
Achanum Makanum Story, screenplay, dialogue 1957 Vimal Kumar

References[edit | edit source]

  1. http://in.placelandia.com/map/jagathy-nk-achari-road-cotton-hill-vazhuthacaud-thiruvananthapuram-kerala-india.html
  2. Babu, Sathish (26 December 2012). "Imprints On Indian Film Screen: JAGATHY N.K.ACHARY". Imprintsonindianfilmscreen.blogspot.ae. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Jagathy ramblings". The Hindu. 3 May 2004. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  4. "Article: Samprathi Varthah Shrooyantham! | Some Updates…". Thiruvananthapuramupdates.wordpress.com. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Jagathi N.K. Achari – IMDb The Internet Movie Database
  6. "Profile of Malayalam Story Writer Jagathy NK Achari". En.msidb.org. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2016.

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