K. K. Aroor

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K. K. Aroor
K. Kunju Nair

OccupationFilm actor
Years active1938–1964

K. K. Aroor was an Indian film actor, singer and music composer in Malayalam cinema. He was the first hero ever in Malayalam movies, with Balan in 1938, the first talkie ever made in Malayalam.[1]

Biography[edit | edit source]

K. K. Aroor was born as K. Kunju Nair on 1907 to Madathil Gopala Pillai and Parvathy Amma at Alappuzha district. He has a brother, Raman Nair. Kunju Nair was forced to drop out of school after eighth standard due to his family's troubled financial situation. He had always aspired to be an actor. He landed a few odd jobs. Later he joined P.S.V Nadana Sabha, a drama troupe in Kottakkal. He worked there for 18 years, mainly portraying female characters. It was during this time that he saw a newspaper advertisement that called for young actors to act in Balan. He was selected to play the lead role.[2] He changed his name to K. K. Aroor. There were 23 songs in Balan all were composed by Ibrahim and K.K.Aroor and written by Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai.[3] Then he played a negative role in Jnanambika. He later joined Harikatha Kalakshepam, another drama troupe. In 1973, P. A. Thomas gave him a small role in his film Kudumbini, and with that movie he retired from cinema.

He was married to Pankajakshiyamma with whom he had a son, Vasudevan. He struggled financially and that forced him to work as a server in a tea shop during the last days of his life. He died on 1984 at Palai.[4]

Filmography[edit | edit source]

As an Actor[edit | edit source]

As a playback singer[edit | edit source]

  • Bhaarathathin Ponvilakkaam as Balan (1938)
  • Athisukhamee Jeevitham as Balan (1938)
  • Vishaadam Thingum as Jnaanaambika (1940)

As a music composer[edit | edit source]

All songs are from Balan (1938)

  1. Bhaarathathin Ponvilakkaam
  2. Jayajagadeeshwara
  3. Jaathakadoshathaale
  4. Raghukula Nayakane
  5. Ha Sahajasaayoojyame
  6. Durnnaya Jeevithame
  7. Athisukhamee Jeevitham
  8. Aaghoshangalenthu Cheyyaam
  9. Aadayaabharanaadikondu
  10. Lokam Anaswarame
  11. Sree Vaasudeva Parane
  12. Deenadayaaparane
  13. Snehame Slaakhyam
  14. Madanavilolane Naadha
  15. Maanini Maniyothum
  16. Chethoharamaam madyapaanamathe
  17. Parama Guruve
  18. Shock Shock
  19. Kaaminimaar
  20. Maaran Khorasarangal
  21. Enoodidham Kadhikkanadhikaparibhavam
  22. Bhakthaparaayana
  23. Aaha Malsodari

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Rajmohan. "History of Malayalam Cinema". cinemaofmalayalam.net. Archived from the original on 30 July 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  2. "KERALA KESARI 1951 - The Hindu". thehindu.com. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  3. "Remembering Malayalam's first talkie - The New Indian Express". newindianexpress.com. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  4. "From tinsel world to a tea shop - The Hindu". thehindu.com. Retrieved 6 August 2014.

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