Maheshwari Amma, better known by her stage name KPAC Lalitha, passed away on Tuesday night in Kochi, just days before her 74th birthday. She had been battling a liver disease for a long time, which forced her to leave the film industry earlier than she would have liked.
KPAC Lalitha/Maheshwari Amma – Career
- She was born in Kayamkulam in 1948. When she entered the film industry, she took on the initials of her drama troupe and became known as KPAC Lalitha.
- She began her career in the acting through the Kerala People’s Arts Club, which is devoted to disseminating the ideas of Left-wing politics through plays
- Maheshwari Amma has played a variety of roles in her long and distinguished acting career, from female protagonist to comedy roles to supporting cast. She has also worked as a character artist in a number of Tamil films.
- K. S. Sethumadhavan ended up giving her screen name when he first introduced her in films with Koottukudumbam (1969), a big-screen adaptation of a play by KPAC. And she didn’t look back.
- Lalitha went on to appear in over 500 films over the course of her five-decade career.
- She won two National Awards for best supporting actress for her roles in Amaram (1990) and Shantham (1991). (2000).
- She also received four Kerala State Film Awards.
- She was also the chairperson of the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi.
Tributes pour in for the Actress
Mohanlal said he was at a loss for words in his extended Facebook post, referring to Lalitha as his family. She was an irreplaceable loss for Malayalam cinema and the Malayali audience, he said.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan recalled Lalitha’s tenure as chairperson of the Kerala Lalitha Nataka Akademi. He also mentioned that she was involved in a number of progressive movements. Lalitha’s death marked the end of an era in Malayalam cinema.
With the loss of Lalitha it is a big loss to the entire Malayalam film industry.
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