Jose Prakash, Malayalam actor passes away

Kochi, March 24 (TruthDive): Renowned Malayalam actor Jose Prakash has passed away at a private hospital on Saturday. He was 87.

Doctors at the private hospital, where Jose Prakash was admitted on March 18, said that he had been suffering from multiple disorders. The end came at 2.30 p.m. following heart failure.

Jose Prakash was a singer turned actor who had appeared around 300 films mostly in antagonist role. He has been selected for last year’s J C Daniel award. This was announced by minister for cinema, K B Ganesh Kumar on Friday. The award comprises cash worth Rs 1 lakh, citation and plaque.

Jose Prakash dominated the Malayalam film industry in the role of villain for around 40 years. He will be remembered for his villainous roles in which he smoked a pipe and wore jackets – giving Malayalam films a touch of Hollywood, way back in the late seventies.

Jose Prakash was born as the eldest of 8 children of K.J.Joseph & Eliyamma Joseph. He has a younger brother Prem Prakash who is also an actor. He was settled around 30 years in Madras and later moved to Cochin. In 2003 his right leg had to be amputated due to Diabetics, after 2003 he retired from film industry due to this reason. He has 6 children, 4 sons and 2 daughters.

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 formed the Kottayam Arts Club, which was basically a musical troupe and in 1953 he sang for the first time in the film “Sheriyo Thetto”.

It was in 1961 that he got his first break in the film “Bhakta Kuchela” and in 1969 he became the most sought after villain after his role in “Olavum Theeravum”. His last film “Traffic” was released last year.

His co-actor in numerous films, veteran actress Sukumari said that with his passing away an era had come to a close. “He was one who was gentle and respected everyone. Whatever role he was offered, he did with absolute dedication. May be his stint in the Army was his strength,” said Sukumari.

The funeral is expected to take place here Monday.

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