KPAC Lalitha, veteran Malayalam actress passes away at 74, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan condoles her demise
Kochi: Veteran actress KPAC Lalita, who was ailing for some time, died at her home here on Tuesday night, three days before her 74th birthday.
Lalitha was made the president of the Kerala Sangeet Natak Akademi in 2016 when Pinarayi Vijayan became the chief minister.
At the age of 10, she acted in a play for the first time and later joined the Kerala People’s Arts Club (KPAC), a leading leftist drama troupe.
There she was given the screen name of Lalita and later, when she began acting in films, KPAC was added to her screen-name to differentiate it from another actress named Lalita.
In a career spanning over five decades, he painted grease in over 550 films.
After debuting in 1969 in “Kootukudumbham” directed by ace director KS Sethumadhavan, she had no reason to look back and was Lalitachechi to all.
Winner of two National and four Kerala State Film Awards, she was practically indispensable to legendary filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan in most of his films.
Till last year when her health deteriorated, she was very active in the film industry.
Married to enigmatic director Bharatan, who passed away in 1998, Lalita was in the flat of her son, actor-director Siddhartha, when he passed away.
There is also a daughter in his family.
Condolences have started pouring in and Vijayan in his message said that the Malayalam film industry has lost an actress who has acted alongside generations of actors, carved a niche of her own, and left an impression that will always be cherished by all. will remain in his mind.