Veteran Malayalam actress Aranmula Ponnamma died at a private
hospital in Thiruvananthapuram yesterday evening (February 21). The
96-year-old actress, who is known for her roles as caring and
loving mother, was suffering from age-related ailments. She is
survived by two daughters.
Aranmula Ponnamma started her acting career at the age of 29
with the play 'Bhagyalakshmi' opposite Augustine Joseph. Later, she
made her film debut with late Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair's movie
Sasidharan. Then she continued playing the roles of a
caring, loving and suffering mother and grandmother.
The senior Malayalam actress starred in hundreds of movies in
her career spanning six decades. She played the mother or
grandmother of first generation actors like Thikkurissy Sukumaran
Nair, second generation actors like Prem Nazir and Sathyan and
third generation actors like Mohanlal and Suresh Gopi.
However, Ponnamma won many awards including the state's
prestigious JC Daniel award for lifetime achievement in 2006. She
was honoured with National and State film awards in best supporting
actress category for her performance in the film
Kathapurushan, directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan in