Malayalam film industry is blessed with versatile actors who could fit into any kinds of roles. And definitely, such actors are the valuable treasures of the industry.
Today, we are going to talk about those comedians who turned villains for certain films. Take a look.
Let us begin with the master actor who has amazed us all with his acting skills. Jagathy Sreekumar, who is well known for his comedy roles has done a good number of comical villain characters. But, Passenger and Urumi had the actor doing roles with complete negative shades, and he simply excelled in those roles.
Kalabhavan Mani entered the film industry as a comedian and later shifted to villain roles before becoming a mainstream hero. It was through Vallyettan that the actor got a chance to play a role with a slight negative shades. His villainous act in Chotta Mumbai received much appreciation.
It is difficult to imagine him as a villain, but he has portrayed certain villain characters with elan. Keli directed by Bharathan had him in the role of a womanizer. Later, in 2005 he did the main villain role in Mammootty starrer Thaskaraveeran.
This National Award winner too has tried his hands in doing characters with negative shades. The film Pigman had him doing the role of a doctor with slight negative shades.
Who would forget Inspector Sahadevan of Drishyam? We all loved to hate that character and it was portrayed by Kalabhavan Shajon who was till then a comedian. This film proved his ability to do any kinds of roles.
Tini Tom who came to film as a comedy artist did a rather serious role in the film Beautiful. The character which had a negative shade was safe in his hands.
We have heard a lot about villains turning into comedians. Actors like Cochin Haneefa, Janardhanan, Rajan P Dev, Baburaj, Bheeman Raghu etc were once best known for their villain roles but later they opted for a role reversal.
But, comedy actors have not had that liberty to choose much. So, comedians turned villains are comparitively lesser in number. Most of the times, we have seen comedians getting sterotyped with same kind of roles.
Actors like Jagathy Sreekumar and Innocent have went on to perform some character roles but still main villain roles didn't come their way so often. But, whenever they did something different, they did make it a point to amaze us.
It has to be noted that, the skills of comedy actors in Malayalam cinema are beyond our expectations. Salimkumar and Suraj Venjaramoodu, who went on to win National Awards for Best Actor stand as a testimony to that.