GK Pillai, in conversation with TN Gopakumar of Asianet ( which you can watch here ) talks about being a part of more than 300 movies in Malayalam cinemas till date, and of course a fair share of TV soaps as well. For someone with such prolific output ( an average of 5 movies per year ), for me, his memorable ones came in the first two decades, after which, it was just “mindless cloning” of the ones that had already passed by.
As I mentioned here, picking out your favorite movies of GK Pillai is a strange exercise, and hence I have just settled down on a cross -section of his movies through the years through a set of images, which in itself, looks uncannily similar as far as onscreen characters go.
This also bring up interesting aspects like having played the SAME CHARACTER in TWO DIFFERENT MOVIES from Merryland – that of Sage Viswamitra in Harischandra (1955) and SreeRama Pattaabhishekam (1962) – a supporting role which I think has only been replicated by another actor in a supporting role – SP Pillai as the Paanan ( the traveling Bard ) in almost all of their Vadakkan Pattu movies ! No, we are NOT speaking about Prem Nazir who overdid himself with leading roles, but of the supporting cast here.
Here is GK Pillai reprising the role 7 years later.
Nair Pidicha Pulivaal (1958) was a milestone in GK Pillai’s career as well, apart from being one of the enduring classics in Malayalam film history.
It was his first full-blown attempt as a villain, though with comic aspersions, which I guess was how the screenplay wanted it.