Salim Kumar is a person who deserves the title of a film legend. He was born on 1969 in Kerala to parents Gangadharan and Kausalya. He has worked in nearly two hundred and fifty films, mostly in Malayalam and is a very popular public figure in Kerala. He did his higher education in BA from Maharajas College in Ernakulam, which has a reputation for nurturing budding artists. During his course at Maharajas, he had won the University title for mimicry three years in a row.
He had wanted to be a singer when he was young, but realizing his latent talent in mimicry and other performance arts; He decided to pursue acting instead. From the late 1980’s, he had been an active figure in the television industry, being the host of a comedy program for a private channel. His first appearance in films was with the 1989 movie – ‘Swantham Ennu Karuthi’. He presently resides in Paravur-Ernakulam with wife Sunitha and two children, and is still very active in the film industry, his latest film being ‘Birds With Large Wings’ in which he played the role of a headmaster in a rural school.
He has mostly played the roles of comedians and has won numerous awards for his depictions of such characters. The noticeable achievements in his career include several film fare awards and even the most prestigious National Film award, which was granted for his exemplary performance in ‘Adaminte Makan Abu’. In the movie ‘Adaminte Makan Abu’, Salim Kumar plays the role of a poor family man who has been saving money throughout his entire life to go to Mecca.
Apart from Malayalam films, his performance in the Tamil film ‘ Mariyaan’ also received a lot of appreciations. Salim Kumar also runs his mimicry troops which he calls as ‘Cochin Stallions’. The troupe has managed to give recognition to several young aspiring artists in Kerala.
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An actor is one who proves himself in all genres and the National Award winner Salim Kumar can be called that. He has shown himself in every aspect of acting; comedy, mimicry and going beyond his forte pushing himself more he also took serious roles in his career. Salim Kumar was born in a simple family of North Paravur. He marks his birthday as 10th October 1969. He is the youngest son of Late Gangadharan who followed principals of Sahodaran Ayyappan all his life. His mother Late Kausalya was a simple woman but great in value. He cited in one his interview his father named him Salim Kumar so that he can never get exposed and start distinguishing people on any mere quality.
He completed his education from primary to higher secondary in North Paravur from Govt. Lower Primary School and Govt. Boys High School respectively. He says he always aspired to become a singer but later decided to go with mimicry which made him famous. He won the imitation competition of university thrice when he was studying B.A from Maharajas College, Ernakulam. After that, the journey has been started for his career from stage show of Cochin Kalabhavan to being gaining experience at Arathi Theatres, Cochin for a long 4 years. Meanwhile, he was also seen as a performer in ‘ Comicola’, aired on Asianet.
His jaunty and cheerful nature can be predicted from the name of his house, ‘ Laughing Villa’. The actor is married to Sunitha and has two children named Chandu and Aromal. He has been associated with UDF political party and politician K. Karunakaran. He displayed his all-roundedness in writing as well in the book called Ishwara Vazhakkillello, which is based on his memories. He also conducts comedy troops which help to bring much new talent in the spotlight and gives them a firm platform to showcase their talent. Actor Ramesh Pisharody is one such talent he discovered during his comedy troop called Cochin Stallions.
He marked his career in private Malayalam show as a host. He made his debut in movies with all of all family drama named ‘Ishtamanu Nooruvattam’ directorial of Siddique Shameer. He played the main role in the venture directed by Lal Jose called Achanurangatha Veedu. He displayed his incredible serious skills in the movie ‘Gramophone’ and ‘Perumazhakkalam’. He marked his presence in Kerala Cafe and did something unique which made everyone surprised when shook legs on hip-hop number ‘Coffee @ MG Road’.
Few months ago there were rumours of his denigrating health when he was admitted to the hospital. People spread the rumours of his liver disease later it was made clear that is because of his diabetic issues. The actor seemed highly disappointed with people and media for much misleading news.
He is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards including his 2010 National Award for best actor in Adaminte Makan Abu. Salim Kumar has also bagged Kerala State Film Awards, Filmfare Awards South, South Indian International Movie special Jury Award, Imagine India International Film Festival award, Asianet Film Awards, Jaihind TV Film Award, Amrita-FEFKA Film Award's Special Jury Award, and Kerala Film Critics Association Award's Special Jury Award. His work in ‘Achanurangatha Veedu’ was appreciated with awards like Kerala State Film second best actor Award, Sathyan Award and Bharathan awards. He was also awarded for his comic role in movie ‘Ayalum Njanum Thammil’ and ‘Annan Thambi’.
Harisree Ashokan is a well-known Mollywood Actor, who is known for his comical roles in movies. Before taking the step to act in Films, Harisree first joined the Kalabhavan of Cochin, as a mimicry artist. The legendary Actor Jayaram was also a part of the Kalabhavan. Ashokan’s birth name is Babu, and he was born in Thrissur, in Kerala. He studied till his Tenth Standard in Ernakulam and then went to Cochin to complete his schooling. He came back to Thrissur to gain a Diploma in the field of Telecom Engineering.
In the year 1984, he joined the Telecom services of Cochin, as an assistant to the lineman. In the year 1987, He was persuaded to join Kalabhavan, for his mimicry talent, while working as a lineman. He worked as a mimicry artist for another six years. Harisree loved comical acting and has performed in many events. In one such event, famous director Siddique noticed Ashokan’s unique humour sense and gave him a substantial role in his movie Ramji Rao Speaking.
This was the key to Ashokan’s entry into Films. So far the comedy king has acted as a chum to many legendary Actors such as Mammooty, Mohanlal, Prithviraj, Suresh Gopi, Dileep, Jayasurya, Jayaram and many more. He began his journey in the career in the year 1986 through a small role in the film Pappan Priyappetta Pappan. He has so far done more than a hundred movies in Malayalam Film Industry. Some of the movies of Harisree are Manushya Mrugam, 15 August, Amma Ammayiamma, Ee Mazha Thenmazha, Pigman, Geethanjali and many more.
His recent flicks include the blockbuster Bhaskar The Rascal and 3 wicketinu 365 Runs. His upcoming releases for the year 2016 are Gali Brothers with Srikanth in the lead and Ee Parakkum Thalika 2 with Dileep as the Hero. Harisree Ashokan tied the knot with Preetha, and the lovely couple has two children named Sreekutty and Arjun.
Asha Sarath, famous for her role in 'Kumkumapoovu', is a Malayalam serial actress hails from Perumbavoor, Ernakulam. She was born in Perumbavoor as a daughter of famous classical dancer Smt. Kalamandalam Sumathy. At a very young age, Asha was bought into the field of classical dance by her parents. She got trained in all forms of classical dance including: Mohiniyattam, Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam as well. In college days, Asha always used to get prizes for her performances on classical dance. In 1992, she got first prize in All India Dance Fete held in Benares. She is married to Sarath a business entrepreneur in Dubai.
Asha Sarath acted in Tele-Serial 'Nizhalum Nilavum Parayunnathu' and bagged Kerala State Television Award for second best actress. She came to fame-dome on her role with 'Kumkumapoovu' serial, which was telecast by Asianet. On 'Kumkumapoovu', Asha acted as a mother of two and also as a Professor in a parallel college with the character role 'Professor Jayanthi'. 'Kumkumapoovu' became one of the most highly acclaimed serial that aired by Asianet in recent times.
She too acted in few movies as well after her grand success of 'Kumkumapoovu' tele-serial. She got good roles in 'Friday' as well as in 'Parvathy' which were both critically acclaimed movies. Her major outbreak in movies was with Mohanlal in Major Ravi's magnum opus project 'Karmayodha'. Recently Asha got another breakthrough role in 'Drishyam' movie as IPS officer. Her role was well accepted and she too got offer to act in same character role in 'Papanasam' with Kamal Haasan.
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Asha Sarath is a trained classical dancer turned actress who mostly acts in Malayalam movies. Asha Sarath was born on November 15, 1976 at Perumbavoor, Ernakulam, Kerala, India to the Keralite parents V.S.Krishnan Kutty Nair and Kalamadalam Sumathy. Asha Sarath’s mother is a renowned classical dancer and she is the youngest sibling to two elder brothers Balagopal and Late Venugopal. Asha Sarath started her training in classical dances from her mother at a very tender age. Asha is a trained Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam and Kuchipudi. She, for the first time, came into the limelight in the year 1992 when she won All India Dance Fete held in Banaras. After winning the contest, acting offers in films and television serials came pouring in for Asha; but she choose to be selective and decided to appear in Malayalam TV serials and tele-films . Asha became famous by acting in the Malayalam tele-film Nizhalum Nilavum Parayunnathu, she played the role of Parvathy in this tele-film and it fetched her State Film Award. Another notable role in Malayalam serial/tele-film which fetched her another state film award is for the role of Jayanthi in the serial Kumkumapoovu. Asha Sarath also starred in various famous hit and popular Malayalam films such as-Friday, Karmayodha, Ardhanaari, Drishya, Angels, etc. Some of the notable Malayalam TV serials in which Asha Sarath worked and won awards and accolades are-Kumkumapoovu, Dream City, Ponnam Poovam, Jathaka Kathakal, etc. Asha Sarath is married to Sarath and they have two daughters. Presently Asha Sarath, along with her family, is settled in Dubai.
Gayathri more popularly known as Gayathri arun, is a popular Malayalam actress who acts mainly in TV serials which are telecasted on Asianet TV. Gayathri is currently seen acting in the hit, successful and popular TV show of Asianet TV, “Parasparam” as the main female protagonist of the show and essaying the role of Deepthi.
Gayathri is basically from the Alappuzha district of Kerala and currently living with her husband, who works as a Sales Manager in a Multinational Organization. They are blessed with a baby girl. In the serial Parasparam, she is being seen playing Deepthi, who is an ambitious and studious girl who wants to become an IAS officer but under some strained situation gets married to a man who is not highly educated. The rest of the plot comprises how Deepthi is being supported by her husband in pursuing her education and ambition and how Deepthi gains the love and trust of her family and mother-in-law and also saves the family from troubles.
In real life too, Gayathri’s character resembles Deepthi as she also had an ambition of becoming an actress but thankfully in real life she did not had to struggle like Deepthi, told Gayathri Arun in a recent interview to the Vanitha magazine. Hence, actress Gayathri Arun thinks that it seems to her that the role of Gayathri Arun is tailor made for her only.
Her performance in Parasparam shot her to instant fame and made her a household name and since then, she has been flooded with offers from films and serials but Gayathri wants to keep things simple and does not want to compromise on her family life. Gayathri Arun for her brilliant acting in Parasparam won the 2014 “Best Face Heroine Award” in the Asianet Television Awards which was held in Kozhikode.
Gayathri Arun is also a trained singer and has been a guest judge on Asianet TVs reality singing show Idea Star Singer. Parasparam started airing on Asianet TV in the year 2013 and is still going strong till date.
Zareena is the original name of the south Indian actress Nadhiya. She was born in the year 1966 in Mumbai to the Muslim father, Moidu and the Hindu mother, Lalitha. Nadhiya has a younger sister called Haseena. In 1984, she entered the film industry through the Malayalam movie ‘Nokketha Doorathu Kannum Nattu’, along with Padmini and Mohanlal. The film was a super hit and it was remade in Tamil in the year 1985, as ‘Poove Poochudava’. Nadhiya acted in that movie too, with S.Ve. Shekar.
Notable films in her career were Koodum Thedi, Kandu Kandarinju, Pookalai Parikaatheergal, Uyire Unakkaga, Nilave Malare, Anbulla Appa, Rajathi Raja, Raja Kumaran, M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi, Thaamirabharani, Pattalam, Mirchi and Drushyam and more recently Bruce lee. Her hit movies include Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu movies.
She quit acting after 1989, as she got married to Shirish. She made her re-entry in Raja Kumaran, opposite Prabhu. After that she was not seen much in films. Director Raja brought Nadhiya back to the industry by his film M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi, as the mother of Jayam Ravi.
Nadhiya is very choosy when it comes to her characters in the films. When she was at the peak, everything she wore became the fashion. Many young girls in the 1990s wore Nadhiya bangles, Nadhiya skirts, Nadhiya earrings. Nadhiya impressed everyone by her acting as well as style. This simple and stylish actress has two kids, Sanam and Jana.
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Zareena Moidu or popularly known as Nadhiya was born on 24 October 1966, to Malayali parents in Pali Hill, Mumbai. She did her primary schooling at Jehangir Bur Jorji Vachha Parsi Girls High School and attended initial years of college at Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art. Nadhiya also has a younger sibling named Haseena, who is residing in Doha at present. Nadhiya got pretty much busy with the movie shootings in the first year of college and hence she was not able to study further and left her studies in the middle. Nadhiya has acted in many Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu films. Her first movie came out in 1984 titled “Nokketha Dorrathu Kannum Nattu.”
The same film was remade in Tamil in 1985, and Nadhiya was offered the lead role in that also, and this marked her Tamil debut. Nadhiya has shared the silver screen with many famous actors and actresses of Tamil and Malayalam cinema industry. She has also acted with the superstar of the generation, Rajinikanth, in the movie “Rajathi Raja” and this was her last appearance.
She moved to the United States with her two daughters and her husband Shirish Godbole in 1988. In the US, she continued her studies and did an associated degree in Media Management and B.A. in Communication Arts. Being away from the stardom for years, she made a comeback in 2004 with the Tamil blockbuster “M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi”. The movie was a blockbuster and earned Nadhiya a lot of acclamation for her role. In the year 2008, she was appointed to represent the brands ‘Arokya Milk’ and ‘Thangamayil Jewellery’ and in 2013, she hosted a game show called ‘Jackpot’ broadcasted on Jaya TV channel.
She is currently living in Mumbai and is shooting for her new Telugu film “A...Aa” starring Nithin and Samantha under the direction of Trivikram which will be released in 2016.