KPAC Lalitha : Biography
KPAC Lalitha is a Malayalam film actress and the wife of famous Malayalam film director Bharathan (late).
Theater is a word with a magic ring. The Theater magic works its spell on the other side of the curtain on some people. One such person is KPAC Lalitha. She needs no formal introduction to the world of Theatre, as well as to the Malayalam Cinema. Her very name suggests her association with the oldest Theater of Kerala, KPAC. She Ventured into Acting in 1969 in “Kootukudumbham”. She needed a stage name to suite the stage as well as the person. The attachment of KPAC was, inevitable.
Now Lalitha ‘s son also follows her footprints. Arjun was studying for B.Sc in visual communications and was assisting director Jayaraj behind the camera, for the movie “Kannaki”, when the opportunity to be in the front of the camera was offered to him. The film “Nammal” launched him into the world of cinema, a promising actor with a legacy of mother who has been part of the cinema, for the last 40 years, and a father who was a genius in film making.
KPAC Lalitha :Career
Lalitha became nostalgic about the theater and her stage life. She came into the stage at the golden era of drama, where men stopped acting as women in dramas. She found stage life quite satisfying. She was offered a part, in a motion picture and the KPAC Theater refused to allow any of its actors into the movies. Nevertheless, she also mused her wish, but was refused. When the drama “Kootukudumbham”, was being made a movie, KPAC Lalitha was an obvious choice and so were the rest of the cast. She managed to be faithful to both cinema and theater, from 1969 to72. By then, she acted in not less than 4 to 5 films along with dramas of KPAC as well. In 1972, she shifted permanently to
Madras, the heart of Malayalam film world. As her fellow actors like Ummar were ardent supporters of the communist party, “Enippadi” directed by Mr. Vasu, “Neelakkandi” by Mr. Madhu, her initial films, were all themes related to the communist movement. Lalitha only kept a placid relationship with the communist party, though her father was one of its strong followers.
Lalitha’ s dazzling talent was well matched with her choice of movies and there was no looking back. She continued to act in, many movies, with some very prominent director’s of Malayalam cinema, like Mr.Sathanyan Anthikkadu, Mr. K Madhu, and Mr. Lohitha Das. Then came the movie “Amaram”, which fetched her many awards, including “The State Award”. The best performances come from an actor or actress, when he or she internalizes a character completely, and that is what lalitha did in their role, in “Amaram”, this theory is immaculately kept word by word in her role as “fisherwomen”, who lives among the seashore villages. A perfectionist by nature, Mr. Lohitha Das, the director of the movie suggested that, she go there to mingle for a while in the day today life of the fisher folks, and a natural like Latlitha did not waist time adapting to her unique role. The language of the fisher folk s is not easy to adapt to any one out side their community. But Lalitha made it all look easy. The Director Lohitha Das thought, to learn and adept to their language will be an added advantage to a “natural”, like Lalitha. The result was an ever-shining role of the fisher women, whom Lalitha adapted, quite naturally, which bagged her a state Award. The language of the local fishermen was not easy to adapt for an educated persons conversation, which she found difficult while dubbing for the movie. However, seeing her on screen, even the original fisherwomen will be put to shame, that natural she was.
The earlier days, things were not so smooth sailing, in the cinema field, as it is in today’s virtual world. Each part of the movie from story conception, to the production and then to the completion is done with utmost precision. Today everything happens with a click of computer keyboards and with more mechanized instruments. Now with all the new, developments, things are so much easier and not time consuming. If you watch the earlier movies, dialogues were more dramatic and in the recent years the incidents and dialogues are typical of our day-to-day life.
The treatment of the actress’s in general has always been good, though there are enough rumors and stories to contradict the statement. More over she walked in with a banner of KPAC, which worked in favor of her always. In addition, the silver feather on to her image was that she has a famous and creative, husbands backing. She vouches that, if you behave and maintain a professional approach to your role, you come out unharmed and victorious.
Lathitha, then talks about some of her all time favorites, like: “Vashvemayam”, “Anubhavangal Pallichakal”, by Adoor Gopalakrishnans, “Swayamvaram”, “Chakravakam” by Bhasi, “Amaram”, “Shantham”, “Valkkannadi” by Anil Babu. Her enigmatic performances had fetched her four state awards and she was nominated for the national awards too. The first being the State award for Srishti and later for “Godfather” and then for “Amaram” which was, priceless, as far as her acting was concerned.
KPAC talks about, the shift over to the small screen, from the celluloid. In her 40 years of acting career, she never felt so close to the audiences as she is now, with the small screen audience. Her entire relationship with the audience changed, as she became an everyday subject of talk in the households. It was as if, they have welcomed you into their family, like a relative or a long lost, friend. A feeling of togetherness, a total ease is there with the Television audience- she says. They flocked around to get glimpse of the actress as well as to meet her, on the road, the flash of emotions that come across their face is apparent to watch.