He made his debut in the black and white film Rest House (1970). In a career spanning over 4 decades, Kunchan has done over 650 films, in minor and significant roles with 3 generations of actors. Though it can be said that his career never scaled incredible heights, his presence cannot be overlooked in Malayalam cinema. Today as he celebrates his 63rd birthday, we look at 4 of his most popular outings on screen.
Kuttiyappan (Kottayam Kunjachan): Kuttiyappan is a sight for sore eyes. In tacky red shirts, bell bottoms, a thick ugly leather belt and ill-fitting coolers, he likes to think he is the coolest dude in town or “the pacha parishkari” as Aleyamma’s (KPAC Lalitha) characters reminds her daughters. At the pennukanal, Kuttiyappan shrugs at his prospective bride Mollykutty, maintaining that “it’s highly unlikely for people to not like him,” all the while flashing his teeth with delight. If there is something called effortless comedy, this is it.
Mr Freddy (Nagarangalil Chennu Raparkam): The Anglo-Indian landlord, who speaks in broken Malayalam, is petrified of his wife and gets highly offended when Kunjoottan (Sreenivasan) instructs him to make him some “Paal kanji”— “What you country bumpkin! What Paal kanji? I will throw you out of my house.”
Ramanan (Aye Auto): “Haiiii Kulla, Eye Munda” squeals a man on a bike, dressed in white pants, printed t-shirt and a quirky earring, at a cop every time he passes him at a traffic signal. It goes on for a while, till one day he gets caught— “Enthada ninety peru?” “Remanan sir,” stammered the man. It’s hilarious to watch all that bluster draining out when the cop gives him the right “treatment.” What a cameo!
Freddy (Ulladakkam): Freddy is a mean cook, it’s just that he gets the heebie-jeebies every time he meets psychiatrist Dr. Sunny. That’s enough for the otherwise cheerful Freddy to break into confessional mode. From cheating on his latest girlfriend to some other interesting titbit, he is convinced that the doctor can read his mind. Hilarious Kunchan.
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