22 May 2000 | Remembering Bahadoor

Bahadoor in Ballatha Pahayan(1969)

Forget PK Kunjalu, I don’t think even the name Bahadoor would mean much to the current wired generation. There was a time when those rubber jaws, the wide expressive eyes, the predominant ears, all packed into a manic wiry frame had the movie-going public rolling in the aisles in laughter. More of slapstick and borderline buffoonery, Bahadoor ‘redefined’ the way Malayalam Cinema looked at comedy, as he weaned the audience away from the heavily borrowed  scenes and syntax from across the border, to a more earthy and closer-to-home approach, along with Adoor Bhasi.

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