According to news reports in Malayala Manorama and The Hindu, KPAC Lalitha has been selected for the 2012 Thoppil Bhasi Award, as announced by the Thoppil Bhasi Foundation, and the award carries a cash prize of Rs.33,333 and a commemorative plaque. This award would be something very special with regards to KPAC Lalitha personally and professionally, for all those who have been following her performances on stage and onscreen from her KPAC days.
Thoppil Bhasi, the legendary playwright, master of screenplay and film director, was her mentor, and a father figure to her. In fact she says it very clearly in a chapter dedicated to him in her autobiography “Katha Thudarum” that there are four names that she pays obeisance to in her morning prayers, even BEFORE she invokes her favorite gods – her parents, her husband and Thoppil Bhasi. I guess that should give a fair idea of the place the master craftsman’s place in her life.
Kattum Poyi from Vazhve Mayam (1970)
Koottukudumbom (1969), her debut film was the screen adaptation of the same theater production from KPAC, scripted by Thoppil Bhasi, and she played the same character Saraswati, as she played on stage. Directed by KS Sethumadhavan, this and two more that came in quick succession, Vazhve Maayam (1970) and Anubhavangal Paalichakal (1971) were the the ones that cemented her career as a brilliant actress onscreen and not just theatre. All three were penned by Thoppil Bhasi, and just how Lalitha became the renowned KPAC Lalitha under the legendary theater production collective, he had scripted the success story of hers on celluloid too.
Kalyani Kalavani from Anubhavangal Palichakal (1971)
Here is wishing her many more years of memorable performances onscreen.
Updated :13 December, 2012.