“20 Mollywood celebrities passed away in 8months”.
Is 2016 turning to a bad year for Mollywood?. New year 2016 just started , but Malayalam film industry already witnessed shocking demises of 9 film members . In social media #worstyear2016 hash tag has been shared widely among Keralites on the wake of 9 celebrities deaths with in 60 days of 2016. Here I am listing 7 shocking deaths of Kerala movie celebrities happened in 2016.
1.Rajesh Pillai (41 years old)
- He is the man who started celebrated new wave of film revolution in Mollywood with his intelligent movie “Traffic. It wasn’t just an inspiration for the young directors to bring variety scripts, it also helped drowning Mollywood industry to resurrect with quality films. The much awaited Malayalam movie “Vetta” released in theaters and the next day we lost its director Rajesh. Non- alcoholic Liver Cirrhosis was the medical clarification. He had been undergoing liver related treatments for quite long. Post to his death, lot of fake news started propagated in social media like , he is heavy consumer of soft drinks and it took toll by ending his life finally. But later it confirmed that its through hereditary he got liver related
2.Mohan Roop (53 years old)
Not much film goers know about this director.
- Varkala born Mollywood film Director Mohan Roop was found dead at Thrissur.
- His main film is Vettah starring Mohanlal, Mammootty and Sreenivasan.
- Evare Sookshikkukka (1986), Varshangal Poyathariyathe (1987), Shilpi (1988), Excuse Me, Ethu Collegila (1991), Sparsham (1998), Kankal Ariyamal (2010), Thoothuvan (2011) etc. He has won Dr Ambedkar’s national award of Bharathiya Lalithakala Academy.
- He has directed more than 100 short films, documentaries, music albums and ad films. He leaves behind his wife Preetha and children Mrinal and Nila.
3.ONV Kurup:(84 years old)
- Noted Malayalam poet and lyricist O N V Kurup passed away at a private hospital at Trivandrum. He was 84.Kurup was suffering from age-related ailments.
- His contribution to Malayalam poetry is immense and he did a pivotal role in bringing poetic feel and lyrics to Malayalam film songs.
4.Kalabhavan Mani (45 years old)
- This is was really shocking. Multi talented Mollywood actor Mani passed away due to liver related diseases. He had acted in almost all south Indian film industry.The shocking news came out on march 6th. As per hospital, Mani got admitted in Amritha hospital around two days before and due to the pressure from family hospital authorities kept it under wrap. Later his brother Ramakrishna requested the authorities to investigate about the involvement of poisons content in the body. Thrissur police will be in charge of probing.
5.Kalpana (51 years old )
- Famous south Indian film celebrity found dead at Hyderabad hotel room . She was suffering from diabetics issues for quite long. But she refused to stop acting She got divorce from the director Anil and was living with her daughter.
6.Anandakuttan (61 years old)
- Cinematographer Anandakuttan died due to Cardiac arrest.
- He died on Feburary 14th.
7.Raja Mani: (60 years old)
- Famous Malaylam movie Back ground music scorer Raja Mani died. “He suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and passed away .In 1985, Rajamani made his Malayalam debut with “Nullinovikkaathe”. He composed music for nearly 70 films and rendered background score for over 700 films.His son, Achu Rajamani, who too is a music composer.
8.Shan Johnson:(29 years old)
- Late Kerala music director Johnson’s daughter Singer Shan found dead at her home in Chennai. Intial reports says that it was cardiac arrest. Following her father and brother, now its sister ,tragedies are keep on hunting this family.
- She died on February 5.
9.Kollam G Pillai :(84 years old)
- Cine actor Kollam G Pillai died (84) due to age related ailments. He got theater background and done 100 plus serials, documentaries and short films.
10.Akbar Kakkattil:(62 years old)
- Famous Creative writer from Calicut died on 17 February 2016.
11. Saji Paravoor:
- Mohanlal and Suresh Gopi Starred film Janakan fame director Saji Paravur aka N. R. Sanjeev died at KIMS hospital in Thiruvananthapuram at 4 p.m.
- He assisted vertran director Lenin Rajendran in early career.
- He got admitted founding uncomfortable from Roshhan Andrrews latest project “School bus” set , he was about to leave for Bangakok but withdrew due to ill health.
12. VR Gopalakrishnan:
- Malayalam director and scriptwriter V R Gopalakrishnan was found dead at his home on Ramanathapuram in Palakkad in Kerala.
- The scriptwriter has worked on many scripts of noted director Priyadarshan. He also turned director and went on to direct films like Kaakkathollayiram, Bharya and Kazhchaykkappuram.
- Gopalakrishnan has worked on many of actor Dileep’s films as scriptwriter. Films like Ee Parakkum Thalika, Anukudumbam.com and Pilots saw him as scriptwriter
13. Sudhakaran: (73 years old)
- Malayalam drama and film actor Sudhakaran passed away on Monday, 4 January, at a private hospital in Kozhikode due to age-related ailments. Sudhakaran, father of actor Sudheesh, was under treatment for quite some time.
14. Mala Aravindan:
- Malayalam’s favorite comedian Mala Aravindan also passed away in the year 2016.
15. V D Rajappan: (67 years old)
- Famous Kadhaprasangam, (story telling performance) artist V D Rajappan Passed away.
- VD Rajappan had similar poverty stricken childhood.
16. Jishnu Raghavan :(35 years old)
- I wrote this article Fighting story of Cancer survivors from Mollwyood in my blog around 1 year before. In that article I had written about the courage and positivity approach Jishnu had shown to the deadly cancer. But today i am deeply saddened to add Jishnu to this list of people. I am not writing more. Today 25th March Mollywood actor Jishnu yield to throat cancer after fighting two years. RIP Jishnu.
- I remember my school friend (Venerini school) “Sangeeth” first said about her dad Razak” to me in drawing period way back in 2002. She said her dad is very simple and loving. Years after in 2016 i read about the demise of our Razak.
- Reason for death : kidney-related ailments
18. Sasi Shanker:
- Noted film maker Sasi died sarkar dadakunjikoonan
- Directed nine movies
- Bagged the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues for “Narayam” in 1993.
- “Mr. Butler” and “Manthramothiram,” ,Tamil movie, “Perazhagan” “Kunjikoonan.”
- Reason for death : kidney-related ailments
- Notable movies: Manjadikkuru, Bangalore Days, Junior Mandrake and Kannadikadavath.
20. Rajan Sankaradi:
We cannot miss any more talents in this way .So I am praying that let good things happen Mollywood fraternity in the coming months of 2016.