It was 10 years back, on the very same day, that Malayalam cinema lost one of its finest talented actors. An actor who carved a place in our minds through his natural and effortless acting style.
Yes, we are talking about Oduvil Unnikrishnan, an actor who gave us some memorable characters. On this day, let us take a look at some of the finest characters made immortal by this actor.
Kaliyappan in Nizhalkuthu
The role of Kaliyappan in Nizhalkuthu, is one of the best in Oduvil Unnikrishnan's career. The role of a hangman who is filled with guilt was excellently portrayed by Oduvil Unnikrishnan. He went on to win the Kerala State Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film.
Krishna Kuruppu In Oru Cheru Punchiri
A simple little movie directed by M T Vasudevan Nair. The role of Krishna Kuruppu, was safe in the hands of Oduvil Unnikrishnan. The actor gave a powerful performance completely transforming in to the character.
Achuthan Nair In Sandesam
Oduvil Unnikrishnan played a pivotal character in the film Sandesam. The actor appeared as Achuthan Nair, the family friend of Raghavan Nair played by Thilakan. Oduvil Unnikrishnan was successful in bringing a homely feel to the character.
Peringodu Sankara Marar In Devasuram
The actor appeared only in a very few scenes, but still he was able to establish his presence as the character named Peringodar in the film. The song Vande Mukunda Hare still brings in the memories of the actor.
Achuthan Nampoothiri In Meesa Madhavan
It isn't like the role had some great moments to perform, but the fact is that we still can't imagine anybody other than Oduvil Unnikrishnan portraying the role of Achuthan Nampoothiri in Meesa Madhavan. Definitely, this shows the range of the actor.
Oduvil Unnikrishnan was born in the year 1944, in Thrissur district in Kerala. With his experience in theatre groups like KPAC, the actor forayed into films landing in small roles.
His debut feature film was the film Darshanam(1973) directed by renowned film-maker P N Menon. He went on to do some character roles in films and acted in more than 400 films.
Directors like Sathyan Anthikkad, Hariharan and Adoor Gopalakrishnan, made proper use of the actor in Oduvil Unnikrishnan. Incidentally, it was through Sathyan Anthikkad films that the actor attained such a popular status.
Oduvil Unnikrishnan was a regular face in Sathyan Anthikkad films and this strong association continued till Rasathanthram, which was incidentally the last film of Oduvil Unnikrishnan.
The actor has also won the prestigious Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor. His performance in Adoor Gopalakrishnan's Nizhalkuthu, fetched him the award.
It was on May 27, 2006, that the actor passed away after fighting a Kidney related disease.