Mala Aravindan

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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)

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.

Early life[edit | edit source]

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]

Career[edit | edit source]

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 life[edit | edit source]

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]

Death[edit | edit source]

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.

Awards[edit | edit source]

Filmography[edit | edit source]

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

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