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Prem Nazir, the nithya haritha nayakan, is doubtlessly the first ever superstar of Malayalam cinema and one of the most successful actors of Indian cinema. The eternal romantic hero bid a goodbye to the world, on January 16, 1989. In this 26th year of his memory, let's have a glance into the life and career of the veteran actor.
Prem Nazir was born as Abdul Khader in Chirayinkeezhu, in the princely state of Travancore to Akkode Shahul Hamid and Asma Beevi. The actor completed his graduation from Saint Berchmans College, Changanassery. He was active in theatre plays during his college days.
The actor made his acting debut with the play The Merchant Of Venice, as Shylock. He made his movie debut with 1952 released Marumakal. He rose to fame with his second movie Vishappinte Vili. It was in the sets of Vishappinte Vili, he changed his stage name into Prem Nazir, upon the insistence of the veteran actor Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair.
The legendary actor rose to stardom during the early 1950's with some popular family dramas. Prem Nazir became extremely popular among the family audience, for his portrayal of the romantic-family man roles. The actor was extremely conscious about his image among the audience and was very particular about the roles he play.
Prem Nazir holds two Guinness World records: for playing the lead roles in a record, 524 films (501 in Malayalam and 23 in Tamil) and for acting with the same female lead (Sheela) in more than 100 films. Prem Nazir also gained popularity with his Vadakkan pattu and CID movie series.
The actor was also famous for his disciplined lifestyle. Prem Nazir was a teetotaler and his contemporaries describes him as a down-to-earth human being. The actor has penned a book named Enne Thediyethiya Kadhapathrangal, based on the characters he played.
The veteran actor was awarded with the third highest civilian award of the country, Padma Bhushan in 1983. Prem Nazir was a permanent member of National Film Award Jury as well. The Prem Nazir Award was established in the memory of the legendary actor, in 1992 for the excellence in Malayalam cinema industry.
Here is the list of the best 10 movies of Prem Nazir...
The first horror movie of Mollywood, Bhargavi Nilayam is extremely popular for its music. Prem Nazir played the role of a young musician in the movie. The song Thaamasamenthe Varuvaan, is one of the classic film songs of Malayalam.
The social-drama which has Prem Nazir and Sharadha in the lead roles, is again famous for the classic songs composed by Baburaj. It is doubtlessly one of the best movies in Prem Nazir's career.
The classic movie was an adaption of a short story written by M T Vasudevan Nair, portrayed Prem Nazir as a failed lover and loving brother.
It is the most popular movie among the CID movie series of Prem Nazir. The movie, which portrayed him as a CID, went on to become a huge success.
Prem Nazir went through a complete image makeover, with his negative character in Kallichellamma. The actor played a drunkard abusive husband in the movie, which had his lucky pair Sheela in the title role.
The most challenging role in Prem Nazir's career was Bhranthan Velayudhan from the movie Iruttinte Athmavu. Prem Nazir replaced the popular drama artist Nellikkodu Bhaskaran as the lead actor of the movie, upon the insistence of his producer. But scenarist MT Vasudevan Nair was not satisfied with the casting; but later got convinced by watching Nazir's performance in the movie.
One of the classic movies in Prem Nazir's career. The movie is still popular for the evergreen song, Aayiram Paadasarangal Kilungi.
Ara Kallan Mukkal Kallan
One of the classic comedy movies of Malayalam movie industry. Prem Nazir teamed up with his lucky co-star Adoor Bhasi in the movie.
Prem Nazir teamed up with his next generation actors, Mammooty, Mohanlal and Shankar in this period drama. It was the first movie in South-Asia to shot in 70 mm film format.
Prem Nazir played the role of Shobana's father in this musical love story. It was the last completed project of Prem Nazir. The actor passed away during after the filming of Kadathanadan Ambadi. His voice was later dubbed by actor Shammi Thilakan in the movie.