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P. Sukumaran Nair

(1948-06-10)10 June 1948
Died16 June 1997(1997-06-16) (aged 49)
Years active1973 – 1997
(m. 1978)
  • Parameshwaran Nair
  • Edappal Ponnamkuzhi Veettil Subhadramma

Edappal Ponnamkuzhi Veettil Sukumaran Nair (10 June 1948 – 16 June 1997), popularly known as Sukumaran, was an Indian film actor and producer of Malayalam films.[1][2]

Sukumaran became a popular film star in Malayalam cinema during the 1970s. He was considered one of the superstar trios of Malayalam cinema during the late 1970s and early 1980s along with Soman and Jayan. Later, he became known for his character roles and antagonistic roles during the 1980s and 1990s, notably the villain in CID Unnikrishnan B.A., B.Ed.(1994) and Onnaam Muhurtham(1991), playing character roles in films like Souhrudam(1990). In 1978, he won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in M. T. Vasudevan Nair's Bandhanam. As a producer, he produced such films as Irakal and Padayani.

In 16 June 1997, Sukumaran suffered a massive heart attack and died. He was 49 at the time of his death.

Early life

Sukumaran was born at Edappal, Ponnani taluk, Malabar District, Madras Presidency, British India (Present-day Malappuram District, Kerala, India) in the year 1948 as the eldest son of Parameshwaran Nair and Subhadra P Nair.[3] He had two younger brothers and a sister. Dr Sethumadhavan, Dr Sivadasan and Smt Sathee Devi. He had his primary education from St. Thomas Higher Secondary School, Pala.[4] and he also studied in CMS Boys School, Thrissur. After completing his master's degree in English literature from University College, Trivandrum with gold medal, he began a job as a college lecturer for three years at Government College, Kasaragod and Scott Christian College, Nagercoil, Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu.


During his tenure teaching English at Scott Christian College in Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, Sukumaran got an offer to act in the Malayalam movie Nirmalyam, directed by M. T. Vasudevan Nair. He accepted the role of a defiant youngster in the film. The film went on to win accolades from all over and won a couple of National Film Awards as well. Despite being noted as a talented actor, Sukumaran did not receive any offers for some time after. He was thinking of returning to the teaching profession, when he was offered a role in Shankupushpam.[5] With that film, Sukumaran carved a niche for himself in the Malayalam film industry. He worked with director P. Venu in the film Thacholi Thankappan (1983). Thakilu Kottampuram, directed by Balukiriyath was one of his Best films in the 80s, He then went on to act in substantial roles in films such as Avalude Ravukal, Angadi, Bandhanam, Etho Oru Swapnam, Manasa Vacha Karmana, Ahimsha, Spodanam, Shalini Ente Koottukari, Angakkuri, Kolilakkam, Theekkadal, Sandarbam, Witness and Kottayam Kunjachanan.[6] His role as a defiant police officer in Oru CBI Diary Kurippu and its sequel Jagratha, directed by K. Madhu, was noted for its characterisation and earned cult status when the third sequel in the series, Sethurama Iyer CBI, had Sai Kumar portraying the son of the police officer, with the mannerisms and voice tone of Sukumaran. Sukumaran won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor in 1978 for his role in Bandhanam.[3] Sukumaran had his own production company, called Indraraj Creations. One of his productions Irakal, directed by K. G. George, was selected for the Indian Panorama in the International Film Festival of India (IFFI).[3] The Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) had sidelined and unofficially banned Sukumaran from films for around three years during the mid-90s, for some of the comments he made on the industry and its politics.[7] His last film was Shibiram, directed by T. S. Suresh Babu. Sukumaran died suddenly due to a massive heart attack on 16 June 1997.

Personal life

Sukumaran married actress Mallika Sukumaran on 17 October 1978.[8] They have two sons, both Malayalam film stars in their own right: Indrajith Sukumaran and Prithviraj Sukumaran. Actress Poornima Mohan and journalist Supriya Menon are his daughters-in-law.[9]





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  2. ^ "Sukumaran Malayalam Actor 20th Death Anniversary". (in Malayalam). Retrieved 12 May 2021.
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  4. ^ "CINIDIARY - A Complete Online Malayalam Cinema News Portal". Archived from the original on 3 July 2015. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  5. ^ Weblokam – Profile: Page 1 Archived 9 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ ""സുകുമാരന്‍ അഭിനയിച്ചാല്‍ തിയേറ്റര്‍ ലഭിക്കാതിരുന്ന 'അമ്മ'യുടെ വിലക്ക് കാലം"". Archived from the original on 18 July 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  8. ^ "പൃഥ്വിയ്ക്ക് എന്തെങ്കിലും വിഷമമുണ്ടായാല്‍ ഇന്ദ്രനാണ് ദുഃഖം :Interview with Mallika Sukumaran". 16 October 2015. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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