GK Pillai, an actor who can truly be called a living legend, has been announced the recipient of the RAGAMALIKA – JAYAN AWARD for 2011 , instituted by the Jayan Samskarika Vedi in memory of the late Jayan, actor, who passed away on 16 November 1980. GK Pillai debuted in Malayalam films in 1954, at the age of 29, way, way before any actor currently active in the industry faced the arc lights, in Associated Pictures’ Snehaseema, playing the role of an octogenarian ! That makes him, rightly, the oldest living actor in Malayalam film industry who is still active in his profession, and prolific in his creative output, even after 57 years ! And the number of films he has beena part of ? Frankly, I have no idea. He has been that prolific. Of course, the oldest living actor right now would be the legendary Pappukkutty Bhagavathar, but he hasn’t been active in movies post 70’s as an actor, though he surprised everyone with his rendition in Marykkundoru Kunjaadu lately. Though his debut was in Snehaseema ( 1954), I think the movie that actually got him noticed, as an actor and a gruff villain has to be Nair Pidicha Pulival (1958), yet another one from the Associated Pictures’ stable.
A clipping from the movie.
GK Pillai should also be the actor who must have acted in almost all of Uday Studios’ production, or atleast the one who must have done the maximum number, who can ever forget his almost permanent place in every single Vadakkan Pattukal – based movie that came out of Udaya Studios.
I remember the the earliest appearance of GK Pillai and Jayan together onscreen in Kannappanunni (1977), a role that made the general public sit up and take notice of the latter, and mostly the producers who were looking at a new star rising.
Coming back to the Ragamalika – JAYAN Award 2011, it includes a Cash prize of Rs10,000, a memento & citation, and will be presented to him on 16-11.2011 at the Y.M.C.A.Hall. Thiruvananthapuram, by Sreekumaran Thampi, as the chief patron of the Jayan Samskarika Vedi.
I also hope that the Documentary planned on Jayan, and presumably in the making since the past one year would be released and I can lay my hands on a legal copy of the same soon. The official site on Jayan which has been blissfully announcing that it will be “released Soon“ would soon be a reality, I really hope.
Here is the teaser of the documentary.
Update : 26 Dec 2011.
Photographs from the event : courtesy Sreekumaran Thampi, the prime force behind the Ragamalika – JAYAN Award.