March 24th, 2012
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Actor Jose Prakash passed away

Thiruvananthapuram: Veteran Malayalam film actor, Jose Prakash (87),  popularly known for his villain roles, passed away at a private hospital in Kakkanad today. The singer turned actor was awarded the JC Daniel award on Friday. He appeared around 300 films mostly in Antagonist role.

Jose Prakash was working in army before entering film industry. Like other actors of that age he was not a theatre or stage artist.He had served for British Indian army for 8 years. He later left army and return to his homeland and start small business. Having interest in cinema and music from childhood he started a small club with his friends called Kottayam Arts Club in which he was the lead singer. Thrikkurissy Sukumaran Nair once saw his performance and called him as a singer for his debut directorial film Shariyo Thetto. It was Thikkurissy who gave him the name Jose Prakash. In this film philosophical number “Paadu pettu paadangalil” sung by Jose Prakash introduced a new trend in Malayan cinema.

His first break as an actor was Bhakta Kuchela in 1961.But his major break as a villain was Olavum Theravum in 1969 and he later went on to do many films mostly in villain roles.He and KP Ummer dominated Malayalam film industry in the role of antagonist.  Till date he had acted for more than 350 films in Malayalam language. He retired from film industry in 2003 due to health reasons. In 2003 his right leg had to be amputated due to Diabetes. His last film was Ente Veedu Appuvinteyum directed by Sibi Malayil. After a long gap of 8 years he did a small cameo role in Traffic. He was born as the eldest of 8 children of KJ Joseph & Eliyamma Joseph. He has 6 children, 4 sons and 2 daughters


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