K.T.S. Padannayil, a Malayalam actor popular in various films for his comedy roles, died here on Thursday morning. He was just eighty-eight. The actor had been treated for age-related illness in a hospital in Kadavantra.
The filmmaker Aniyan Bava, Chetan Bava, brought Padannayil to Mollywood and has appeared for a number in movies like Sreekrishnapurathe Nakshathrathilakkam, Adyathe Kanmani, Swapnalokathe Balabhaskar, Kunjiramaianam, Amar Akbar Anthony, and Rakshadhikari Baiju.
He easily slipped into some comical roles with his toothless smile into his trademark. Padannayil was active in the state’s professional drama scene before entering the city of Tinsel.
The actor in him could not wait until he played the key character in the 21-year-old Vivahadhallal play. He has played with professional dramatic troops including Changanssery Geetha, Vaikom Malavika and Attingal Aiswarya in several plays.
Padannayil did not shut off his ‘murukkan kada,’ a tiny shop in Kannankulangara in Thrippunithura, despite its long partnership with theatre and cinema.
He remembered the shop providing him a regular income as a constant income from the film industry was little guaranteed.
Padannayil’s death CM condoles The death of Padannayil was condored by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
Mr. Vijayan said in his condolences that Padannayil portrayed characters reflecting the truth of life on the screen.