It has been 36 years since Jayan, the yesteryear superstar of Mollywood left us. It was on November 16, 1980, that the actor left to the other world, after a fatal accident, which occurred during the shoot of his film Kolilakkam.
Jayan was a real trendsetter of those times. He shot to fame within a short time, with back-to-back-hits, which earned him the tag of a superstar. His films were a real sensation in those days. But, more often than not, he was tagged as an action hero.
But, the actor who worked in more than 100 films, was much more than an actor who flexed his muscles alone. Here, we list the 5 best performances of the actor, which prove that he was much more than an action hero. Read on..
Anupallavi, which released in the year 1979, was one such film which showed the humorous side of Jayan. The film, which was in the lines of a family drama, had the actor in the role of a family-man.In fact, he handled the light humour effectively, shedding the image of an action hero and thereby silencing his critics.
Achaaram Ammini Osharam Omana (1977)
The film directed by Adoor Bhasi had Jayan in the role of a medical representative named, Prabhakar. It was indeed a role that demanded a subtle performance and the actor did that with ease. You ought to watch this movie to know his versatility.
Venalil Oru Mazha (1977)
Venalil Oru Mazha was the remake of the Tamil superhit film Mullum Malarum and in the movie Jayan portrayed the role of an Engineer, who comes to a village. The actor had hit the right chords in portraying the role of a disciplinarian engineer.
Etho Oru Swapnam (1978)
It was hard to imagine Jayan in the role of a sage, but the actor once again proved that he could fit in to any kind of roles with Etho Oru Swapnam, directed by Sreekumaran Thampi. He never went overboard in any of the sequences in the film and portrayed the role with cent percent conviction.
Well, Sharapancharam did have the mood of an action thriller, but we definitely can't leave out this movie, since the film featured one of the finest performances of Jayan. The actor played the role of Rajasekharan, a cruel and cunning character, who would go any extent to get what he wants. The actor nailed in with his performance as the anti-hero of the film.
From the above list, it has to be Harihan's Sharapancharam, which really explored the actor in him. In fact, the year 1979 was an eventful one for Jayan, considering the fact that the actor got many versatile roles to play. Again, it was in the year 1979 , that his blockbuster film Angadi released, which created a stir at the box office.
Even after 36 years of demise, the actor still holds a place in the hearts of Malayalam film audiences. And the reason for that is, he was not just a star but a great actor too.