Kuthiravattam Pappu | An eternal bookmark on simplicity and warmth onscreen

12 years since his Passing.

Kuthiravattam Pappu in Alkoottathil Thaniye (1984)Kuthiravattam Pappu was a magician on screen.

He was always the painfully – hilarious,  empathetic  yet  incalculably shrewd money-lender (Mithunam), or the considerate pimp ( Avaludey Raavukal), or the sleazy, slimy small-time real-estate agent (Vietnam Colony) or the explosive, pompous to the point of stupid, garrulous ‘Club Secretary ‘ in Mazha Peyyunnu, Maddalam Kottunnu, he had so much going on for you onscreen that you followed him almost breathlessly onscreen. He made you feel content ( I know, its a little bizarre, but it was the case for me) as he went about his business, making you well up, mostly with inconsolable laughter, but at some significant junctures with tears too. Kuthiravattam Pappu, you see , could make himself disappear while being present at the same time.

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