Veteran actress KPAC Lalitha, who had been ill for some time, died Tuesday evening at her home – three days before her 74th birthday, industry sources said.
She became President of Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy in 2016 when Pinarayi Vijayan became the Chief Minister.
At the age of 10, she first acted in a play and later joined the Kerala People’s Arts Club (KPAC), a prominent left-wing drama group.
There she was given the screen name Lalitha and later when she started acting in movies, KPAC was added to her screen name to distinguish it from another actress known as Lalitha.
In a career spanning more than five decades, she had applied the grease paint in more than 550 films.
She debuted in “Kootukudumbham”, directed by top director K. S. Sethumadhavan, in 1969, then she had no reason to look back and was Lalithachechi to everyone.
She has won two national and four Kerala State Film Awards and has been practically indispensable to legendary filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan in most of his films.
Until last year when her health deteriorated, she was very active in the film industry.
Married to the enigmatic director Bharathan, who passed away in 1998, Lalitha was in the flat of her son, actor-director Siddarth, when she died.
She also leaves behind a daughter.
Condolences started pouring in and Vijayan said in his message that the film industry in Malayalam has lost an actress who has played with many generations of actors, creating her own space and leaving a mark that will always be in everyone’s minds. etched.
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