Veteran Malayalam actor KPAC Lalitha passes away
Veteran Malayalam star, K.P.A.C. Lalitha, who was known for her versatile performance throughout her career, recently passed away. The actor breathed her last on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at Thripunithura, Kerala. The actor was 74 years old and was ill for some time.
K.P.A.C. Lalitha's real name was Maheshwari Amma. She was an indisputable component of the Malayalam cinema for both commercial as well as artistic films. Her career span over five decades in which she worked in over 550 films. The actor is survived by her two children, son Siddharth and daughter Sreekutty Bharathan.
K.P.A.C. Lalitha was born in Kayamkulam to Kadaykatharayil Veettil K. Ananthan Nair, a photographer, and Bhargavi Amma, a homemaker. At a very early age, Lalitha began taking dance lessons. She performed on stage for a play at the age of 10 years. Later, she joined Kerala People's Arts Club, aka K.P.A.C., which was known for its leftist drama troupe in Kerala. She was also given her stage name Lalitha, which later became K.P.A.C. Lalitha as the tag was added to her name. K.P.A.C. Lalitha worked in hundreds of films across her career. Some of her films are, Apporvam, Chillar, Makkal Mahatmiyan, My Dear Muthachan, Gajakesariyogam, Arjuna Pillaiyum, Kannanum Polisum, and more. She had two National Film Awards in her name and four Kerala State Film Awards.
K.P.A.C. Lalitha's sudden demise left the entire film industry devastated. Many prominent stars from Mollywood paid their heartfelt tribute to the late actor. actor-director Prithviraj Sukumaran took to his Twitter handle to share a photo of the late actor. He mentioned how he had the privilege to work with her and wrote, "Rest in peace Lalitha aunty! It was a privilege to have shared the silver screen with you!" "One of the finest actors I’ve known," the actor added.
She was last seen in the film Home. A number of her upcoming films in various stages of production are pending release.
Lalitha had been suffering from liver cirrhosis. A few months before, she had needed a liver transplant and her daughter Srikutty had sent out a message asking for donors who could be available immeditately.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan condoled Lalitha’s death. “She has become part of history with her acting skills, by winning a place in the hearts of various generations. Her acting career was one that began in theatre and Malayalis considered her a part of their family. She has won people's hearts with her social commitment,” he said.