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Monday, 25 October 2021 1.29 PM IST

I am jealous of Mohanlal in that regard, Nedumudi Venu said during interview back then


Mohanlal - Nedumudi Venu combo is something that the audience liked in Malayalam cinema like the Mohanlal-Jagathy combination. Many hit movies were born in this alliance. Many characters like Thalavattom, Orkapurathu, Chithram, Thenmavin Kombathu, Appu, His Highness Abdullah etc. have become ingrained in the minds of the Malayalees. When Mohanlal won the National Award again through Vanaprastham, Nedumudi Venu interviewed Mohanlal for Doordarshan.

In that interview, Nedumudi reveals her jealousy towards Mohanlal as an actor. Nedumudi said that he loves Kathakali very much but has never acted in a Kathakali role in a film.

I'm so jealous of Lal. There is no point in being jealous of those who deserve a national award or beyond. Jealousy is not because of that. Many things we aspire to be in life, for example a singer, a percussionist, a Kathakali actor, etc., are fulfilled by us through film roles we get. There have been many such fortunes. But as one of my favorite art forms, I did not have the good fortune to act as a Kathakali actor. And another thing is that in Vanaprastham, Lal does Minukku role (Poothana) Pacha role (Arjuna), Kathi role (Keechakan), Vattamudi (Hanuman) and Thaadi (Dussasanan). Even artists like Krishnan Nair Asan, who has made Kathakali his career, have never had the opportunity to play such diverse roles in Kathakali. Nedumudi Venu said at the time that his biggest jealousy for Lal was that he was able to play all those roles.

Nedumudi Venu passed away while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Thiruvananthapuram due to stomach ailments. He has acted in more than 500 films in Malayalam and Tamil. He has written scripts for several films and directed the movie 'Pooram'. He has won two National Film Awards and six Kerala State Film Awards.

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