Malayalam actress and comedian Adoor Pankajam passed away at her
son"s home in Kerala, on Saturday, at 9.00 pm. She took her last
breath in the Adoor town at the age of 85. Her last rites were
performed on Sunday afternoon.
The actress had done 412 films encompassing four decades of her
acting career. In 1965, she acted in the National Award winning
Malayalam movie Chemmeen and was well known for her role
in this film. Adoor Pankajam is sister to another Malayalm actress,
Adoor Bhavani, who passed away last year. Both the sisters were
honored by the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy in 2008 for their
contributions to drama and theatre.
The veteran actress was suffering from age-related ailments for
a long time. She is survived by son Ajayan and daughter-in-law
Ambili. Her acting career started at a young age of 12 years with
the stage play 'Madhu Madhuryam" by Kalanilayam Theaters. She
performed in her second drama 'Rakthabandham" after this.
Adoor Pankajam made her debut in the movies with
Premalekhanam produced by Pappa Soman. But another movie
of hers titled Vishappinte Vila, directed by Boban
Kunchacko, was released first. Her last film Kunjikkoonan
starring Dileep, was released in 2002.
Pankajam, along with her sister Adoor Bhavani launched a Theater
troupe in 1976, which was known as Adoor Jaya Theaters. But later,
Bhavani left the project as the sisters split. Pankajam continued
with theater for more than 18 years along with her husband