Adoor Bhasi was the top comedian artiste of Malayalam Cinema during .60's.70's and 80's.Even though several other actors namely S.P.Pillai,Paul Vengola,Manavalan Joseph,Alummoodan,Bahadoor etc were comedians during those period, he was in the unchallenged position as the Best Comedian throughout
his cinema acting career.This quality was inborn to him because he was the son of E.V.Krishna Pillai, a wonderful humorist writer of short stories and essays.His father was also famous as a lawyer,dramatist and social activist as member of
Travancore Legislative assembly.His mother Maheswari Amma's father was C.V.Raman Pillai, the author of first historical novel of Malayalam 'Marthandavarma.' C.V.Raman Pillai is much respected for his novels like 'Dharma Raja' and 'Ramaraja Bahadoor' etc also.Bhasi's real name was K.Bhaskaran Nair and was born on March 2, 1927..In his childhood days Adoor Bhasi was staying at 'Rosscote Bunglaw' of C.V.Raman Pillai at Trivandrum and he shifted to Adoor after the demise of his father at an early age of 44.
After finishing school studies at Adoor, he returned back to Trivandrum and passed a diploma course in Textile Chemistry.He could not take up a job permanently in that sector but for twelve years worked as Manager of a Press and also a magazine at Trivandrum..During these period he used to act in radio drama skits of All India Radio Station in Trivandrum.This enabled him to make contacts with famous people like Kainikkara
Kumara Pillai,Kainikkara Padmanabha Pillai,Thikkurissi,Jagathy N.K.Achari,P..K.Venukkuttan Nair,Veera Raghavan Nair,T.N.Gopinathan Nair, Aranmula Pannamma,Mavelikkara Ponnamma etc.The appreciation he received from all these eminent artists gave him confidence to act in films.His elder brother 'Chandraji' had entered in to Hindi films and later returned to Chennai and was acting in south Indian films at that time.This was also a reason which inspired him to join cinema field.
Adoor Bhasi's debut film was 'Thiramala' in which he had a small role and in the next film 'Mudiyanaya Puthren'(1961) he was noted for his character.From thereon Adoor Bhasi became an inevitable part of Malayalam cinema till his death on 29th March 1990.He was unmarried.
Adoor Bhasi acted in many number of films and in several films he appeared with S.P.Pillai and Bahadoor as a trio but in large number of films Adoor Bhasi and Bahadoor was the combination like Laurel and Hardy.During the 70's there were several commercial films released which were directed by 'Sasi Kumar' and 'A.B.Raj' most of them with Prem Nazir as the hero.Many C.I.D. type films were also made mainly for emtertainment purpose only.Adoor Bhasi and Bahadoor would be given roles in these films as hero's assistants or friends.
It was the duty and task for Bhasi and Bahadoor to create comedy for such films since their roles would not be in the screen play.The theme and dialogues for the comedy scenes were written by themselves for most of these type films.They included female artists like Meena,Sreelatha etc also with them to workout their comedy plot.(Later things have changed and comedy artists will have their distinct roles and dialogues written by script writers itself.)Adoor Bhasi felt this task easy since he was the son of a humorist writer and so he had the talent and imagination to create and write comedy scenes whenever necessary.
During his earlier days in cinema, once Adoor Bhasi,Thikkurissi and some other film workers met the then
Chief Minister of Kerala 'Pattom Thanu Pillai'.When 'Pattom' came to know that 'Adoor Bhasi' was 'E.V.Krishna Pillai's son and grandson of C.V.Raman Pillai, he was astonished and told him to earn name and fame and not spoil father's name.In the course of time Adoor Bhasi earned good reputation and fame much more than E.V.Krishna Pillai.
Adoor Bhasi directed three Malayalam films -Reghu Vamsam,Acharam Ammini Osaram Omana, and Aadya Paadam.He sang comedy songs for several films.He was in the title role as hero for the film 'Viruthan Sanku'
directed by Venu.In most of the films he handled comedy roles but he could present other type of roles as well.He got awards for his character roles rather than comedy because during those times there was no award for comedy artists.He got Kerala government Best actor award in 1974 for his excellent character role as
Out of the comedy songs sung by him,"Kuruvi petti nammude petti kaduva pettiku votilla" in 'Sthanarthi Saramma', "Oru roopa notu koduthal oru laksham koode porum" in 'Lottery Ticket' and "Thallu thallu thallu thallu pannasu vandi" in ' Chattakkari' were very famous.
Some of his Films
|Thikkurissi and Adoor Bhasi|
Sambhavami Yuge Yuge
Vilakku Vangiya Veena
Maravil Thiruvu Sookshikkuka
Sasthram Jayichu Manuhsyan Thottu
Thacholi Marumakan Chandu
Arakkallan Mukkal Kallan
Alibabayum 40 Kallanmarum
Itha Ivide vare
|C.V.Raman Pillai on his 60th Birthday.|
Cheiyachante Kroora krityangal
Manivathoorile Ayiram Sivarathrikal