Google honoured P K Rosy, the first female actor in Malayalam cinema and the first Dalit actor, with a doodle on her 120th birthday on Friday.
Rosy, who was born in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, in 1903, developed an early interest in acting. She rose to prominence as the lead female in the 1928 film Vigathakumaran (The Lost Child). Her portrayal of an upper-caste woman in the film sparked outrage, particularly when the male protagonist kisses a flower in her hair. Rosy was reportedly expelled from the state, and she later married the truck driver and changed her name to “Rajamma” before relocating to Tamil Nadu.
Rosy’s brief career is all the more remarkable given that women were discouraged from pursuing careers in the arts.
J C Daniel, the director of ‘Vigathakumaran,’ and Rosy’s work on the set of the film inspired the Malayalam film ‘Celluloid,’ starring Prithvi Raj.
Despite the fact that her accomplishments were never recognised during her lifetime, many people look to her as an example.
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