GK Pillai | 58 active years as an Actor in Malayalam movies

GK Pillai in Agnimrugam (1971)
GK Pillai in Agnimrugam (1971)

58 active years as an Actor !

With the possible exceptions of the legendary TR Omana, who was already 6 movies old when GK Pillai debuted in Snehaseema ( 1954), and Santo Krishnan, there is no one who so aptly deserves the title of the living Patriarch of Malayalam films as this proud and defiant Army man-turned-actor from Chirayinkeezhu in Kerala. Then again, he is elder to her by almost 15 years ! It could be safely assumed that when G Kesava Pillai aka GK Pillai started his career in Malayalam film industry,   most of us were just whims in our parents’ imagination.

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GK Pillai | Across the years onscreen in Malayalam cinema

GK Pillai in Padayottam (1982)
GK Pillai in Padayottam (1982)

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.

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