Malayalam actor Paravoor Bharathan, who is known for his comedic roles, passed away on Wednesday morning. He had been undergoing treatment for a long time and was last seen on-screen in "Changathikoottam" in 2009.
Bharathan, 86, began his career as a theatre artist in the 1940s and made his acting debut in the Malayalam film industry in the early 1950s with "Rakthabandham", where he appeared in a negative role. He has acted in more than 1,000 films.
Some of his notable films are "In Harihara Nagar", "Aniyan Bava Chetan Bava", "Mazhavilkavadi", "Peruvannapurathe Visheshangal", "Mrigaya", "Aniyathipraavu", "Gajakesariyogam" and "Meleparambil Aanveedu".
He was also honoured with the Bahadoor Award in 2004.
The actor, who hails from North Paravoor, is survived by his wife Thankamani, who has been part of the theatre and film industry, three sons (Pradeep, Madhu, Ajayan) and daughter (Bindu).
Check out celebrity condolences below:
A big loss to our industry and us lovers of malayalam cinema! Paravoor Bharathan sir. Meeshayilla Vasu from Mazhavil Kavadi forever frown emoticon
Jude Anthany Joseph
Rest in peace Paravur Bharathan sir. Thanks for the infinite jokes.
Check out some of Paravoor Bharathan's comedy roles below: