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Day 236 : Edho Janma 'Kalpanayil'.....

Today morning I woke up to the news that Kalpana, the versatile actor who was more popular in comedy roles is no more. It was a shock as even if I have never met her, I have had many wonderful laughs watching her onscreen. For a person who lives far away from homeland, movies, books, food, and music are a way by which we re-connect to those roots. Kalpana thus has always been an inevitable part of my life and joy. She helped me laugh at times when I was down, missed home, or felt alone. There are many actors who played a role and so did she. I feel bad writing this post. I did not expect writing this post here so soon. I was planning initially to write about each of these actors but that involved research and I did not find that time. And now, I am writing something I never thought I would do.

Kalpana is one of the sisters of the popular heroine, Urvashi. The other is Kala Ranjini. Kalpana has acted in a lot of roles that helped use her comedy forte in Malayalam and has acted with almost all the established character artists. She has also done a few serious roles and has proved her excellence as an actor. Her role in 'Sathi Leelavathi' was brilliant and along those same lines, was the movie with Bhagyaraj, 'Chinna Veedu'. She has done a lot of roles in Malayalam that I do not know which ones to name now. In tamil, even though she has done handful roles, they have all stood apart and people have noticed that. For instance, the role in 'Dum Dum Dum' and the nurse in 'PKS'.

If I were to now name a few of my favorite Malayalam comedy roles, I would say the 'UDC clerk' in Dr. Pasupathy, 'Clara', the cook in CID Unnikrishnan, 'Mini kutty' from Innathe Program, Komalam from Pai brothers and so on.

Well, the recent one in Bangalore Days as Nivin's mother was also really commendable. For an actor who was so vivacious and energetic, it is sad to know that she is no more. I pray for her family's strength and may her soul rest in peace. 


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