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Born
Padiyath Kochumoideen Kunjalu

1930
Died22 May 2000(2000-05-22) (aged 69–70)
Nationality Indian
Years active1954–2000
SpouseJameela
Children3
Parents
  • Padiyath Blangachalil Kochumoideen
  • Khadeeja

Padiyath Kochumoideen Kunjalu (1930 22 May 2000), known by his stage name Bahadoor, was an Indian actor and comedian who, along with Adoor Bhasi, redefined the way in which comedy and funny scenes were perceived in the Malayalam cinema. They made a significant contribution toward establishing comedy as the predominant genre of Malayalam cinema. Bahadoor also appeared in some serious roles and in professional plays. His last film was Joker , which released shortly after his death. [1]

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Early life

Bahadoor was born as P. K. Kunjalu in 1930 in Kodungalloor, near Thrissur in Kingdom of Cochin (present day Kerala, India). As one of the nine children of Padiyath Blangachalil Kochumoideen and Khadeeja. Out of his eight siblings, seven were sisters. His family was financially poor and the seven young women added to the burden as the Kerala social system openly supported dowry at that time. He had affinity towards plays from very young age itself. He passed 10th Standard with First Class and joined Farook College, Calicut for Intermediate. He could not complete his studies due to financial troubles and had to start working for a living. He found his first job in a private bus as the bus conductor. He still wished to be an actor. He met Thikkurussi Sukumaran Nair through a relative. Thikkurussi gave him the chance to act in films and renamed him Bahadoor.

Family

He was married to Jameela. The couple have three children, Siddhiq, Muhammed and Rukiya.

Career

Bahadoor made his debut with a minor role in Avakasi (1954). [2] At that time he also acted in Akashavani and amateur-professional plays and got established as a good actor. Bahadoor got his first break with his role as Chakkaravakkan in Neela Production's Padatha Painkili . The film, which went on to become a big hit, marked Bahadoor's presence in the industry. He along with Adoor Bhasi formed a box office ruling combination and the duo is being compared to Laurel and Hardy. Bahadoor became the hero in Neelisali and Mucheettu Kalikkarante Makal. Bahadoor found time for acting in plays as well. He partnered a play production theatre which made blockbuster plays like Manikyakkottaram and Ballatha Pahayan. These plays were later made into feature films by him. In his entire career he appeared in a Tamil film Sathya starring Kamal Haasan, which was his only appearance in a non-Malayalam film to date, he played a supporting role as the father of Haasan's character. Bahadoor started a black and white processing studio in Trivandrum named K. C. Lab. But the studio's establishment was ill-timed as films were shifting to colour. This caused financial troubles for Bahadoor and finally the studio was taken over by people to whom Bahadoor was indebted. Bahdoor also started a film distribution company only to face failures. He produced few films all of which failed at the box office. Even with his commercial debacles from the industry, he could meet his family's monetary requirements and mark his presence in the field of acting. Bahadoor was last seen in Lohithadas's Joker . He did the role of a mentally ill veteran joker in a circus camp. In the film, he commits suicide by letting himself into the lion's cage in the circus den.

Awards

Kerala State Film Awards:

Death

During his final days, Bahadoor suffered various health ailments, like diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. Failing health made him leave the film industry. But, he returned through the film Joker , only to leave the world soon later. On 22 May 2000 around 10 am, Bahadoor felt severe chest pain at his home in Chennai and was taken to Vijaya Hospital nearby. He died at the hospital by 3 pm due to internal bleeding in his brain caused by a heart attack.

Selected filmography

1950s

YearTitleRoleNotes
1954 Avakasi
Baalyasakhi Pachu Pilla
1955 Aniyathi Bhasi
1957 Padatha Painkili Chakkara Vakkan
Jailppulli Muthu
1958 Mariakutty Kasim
Nairu Pidicha Pulivaalu Keshu

1960s

YearTitleRoleNotes
1960 Umma Mammooj
1961 Kandam Bacha Kotte Khader
JnaanasundariJohn
Unniyarcha Kittu
1962 Puthiya Akasam Puthiya Bhoomi Sankaran/Gopakumar
Veluthambi Dalawa Macauly's butler
1963 Ammaye Kaanaan Naanu
Ninamaninja Kalpadukal Mammooju
1964 School Master Damodharan
Aadyakiranangal Velu
Kutti Kuppayam Avuran Mullakka
Kalanju Kittiya Thankam K. Ramachandran Maithanam
1965 Porter Kunjali Pareed
Daham Aliyar
Jeevithayaathra Kochappan
Kuppivala Poker/Chellathodu
Subaida Mammu
1966 Tharavattamma Mr. Menon
1967 Kasavuthattam Pokker
Chitra Mela Segment: "Penninte Prapancham"
Balyakalasakhi
Ashwamedam Krishnandaji
Agniputhri Appunni Nair
1968 Viplavakarikal Govindan
Velutha Kathreena Appayi
Punnapra Vayalar Paappi mooppan
Kadal Paul
Yakshi Paramu
1969 Ballatha Pahayan Aliyar
Kadalpalam Appu
Adimakal Bhargavan
Urangatha Sundary Panicker
Velliyazhcha Madanan

1970s

YearTitleRoleNotes
1970 Vazhve Mayam Kuttappan
Aranazhikaneram Kunjucherukkan
Nizhalattam Kurup
Cross Belt Thilakan
Bheekara Nimishangal Sankaran
Mindapennu Unnikrishanan
Oonjal Appu Nair
Thurakkatha Vathil Narayanankutty
1971 C.I.D. Nazir Pappu
Rathri Vandi
Sindooracheppu Mammad
Achante Bharya Balan Nair
Line Bus Vareed
Anadha Shilpangal Balakrishnan
Sumangali Keeri Keshava Kuruppu
Vilakku Vangiya Veena Prathapan
Ernakulam Junction Kunjali
Thettu Kochappi
Anubhavangal Paalichakal Hamsa
1972 Miss Mary Raju
Kandavarundo Venu
Omana Lonappan
Professor Magician
Chembarathi Vasu
Taxi Car Nadathara Rajappan
Achanum Bappayum Abdulla
Aradimanninte Janmi Ouseppu
Adyathe Kadha Kuttan Pilla
Panimudakku Salim/Ummer
Maravil Thirivu Sookshikkuka Puncture Antony
1973 Panitheeratha Veedu
Interview Kuttappan
Nakhangal Pappu
Kapalika Gopalan
Azhakulla Saleena Daiman Mathai
Chuzhi Abbas
Dharmayudham Vikraman
Maram Mollakka
Manushyaputhran Kochu Govindan
Achani Appu
Panitheeratha Veedu Moideen Kakka, Hameed
Kaadu Sekhar
Padmavyooham Paulose
Kalachakram Prabha
Divya Darshanam Velappan Panikkar
Jesus
Yamini Doc Chandran
Ladies Hostel Kuttan Pilla
Udayam Ittiyavara
Swargaputhri Kunjali
Panchavadi Keshava Pilla
1974 Rajahamsam Keshavan Nair
Chattakkari Rahim
College Girl Damu
Panchathanthram Guptha
Poonthenaruvi Poovan
Thacholi Marumakan Chandu Pokkan
Manyasree Viswamithran Balachandran
Night Duty Readymade Krishnankutty
PattabhishekamBahadoor
Bhoomidevi Pushpiniyayi Appunni
Ayalathe Sundari Pappu Pilla
Nellu Seythali
1975 Neela Ponman Paappi
Thomashleeha
Alibabayum 41 Kallanmarum Shukkur
Ayodhya Jayaraman
Babumon Panikkar
Penpada Vasu
Love Marriage Gopi
Hello Darling Appukuttan
Picnic Venu
Pravaham Kunnel Raghavan
1976 Themmadi Velappan Kuttappan
Thulavarsham Ayappan
Ayiram Janmagal A. Krishnan
Aalinganam Rajashekharan
Chirikudukka Babu, Paraman
Ayalkkari Varghese
Panchami Philippose
Prasadam
Light House Damu
1977 Randu Lokam Govindan
Angeekaram Gangadharan
Abhinivesham Rajan
Samudram Shekhardas
Aparadhi Ouseppachan
Anugraham Madhavan Pilla
Shankupushppam Mammad
Poojakkedukkatha Pookkal Kuttan Pilla
1978 Rathi Nirvedham Kochammani
Itha Oru Manushyan Nanu
Agni
Kanyaka Aliyar
Ee Manohara Theeram Mathai
Arum Anyaralla Pralokam Pappu
1979 Neelathamara Achuthan Nair
EzhunirangalPappachan
Ivide Kattinu Sugandam Raman Pilla
Itha Oru Theeram Sankara Pilla
Allauddinum Albhutha Vilakkum Hakkim Moulavi Sahib

1980s

YearTitleRoleNotes
1980 Theekkadal Shekharan Pillai
Sakthi Paramu Pillai
Lava Govindan
Aravam Murukayya
Prakadanam Master
Vilkkanundu Swapnangal Mammukka
1981PalangalVarkey
Sanchari Sankaran
GrihalakshmiRaman Pilla
Greeshmajwaala Unnithan
Guha Chandrasekhara Kaimal
Kathayariyathe Raman Nair
1982 Sara Varsham Ravunni Nair
Ponnum Poovum Khadir
Beedikunjamma Velu Nair
Anuraagakkodathi Gopalan
Kurukkante Kalyanam Soopi Hajiyar
1983 Nizhal Moodiya Nirangal Kakka
Eettillam Njodi Vasu
Visa Kuttyalikka
Mandanmmar Londanil Choyi Mooppan
Swapname Ninakku Nandi Bakker
Maniyara Hassanali
Naseema School Master
Veena PoovuKudayaani
Mazha Nilaavu Abdulla
1984 Piriyilla Naam Vareechan
Ivide Thudangunnu Kurup
Appunni Hajiyar
Vellam Kuttan Nair
Manithali Kunjanikka
Kaliyil Alpam Karyam Rarichan Nair
Oru Sumangaliyude Katha Kumaradas
Thacholi ThankappanAbu
Kudumbam Oru Swargam Bharya Oru DevathaKrishna Pilla
Adiyozhukkukal Muni Kakka
1985 Koodum Thedi Judy's Father
Janakeeya Kodathi Suma's Father
Azhiyatha BandhangalEaswara Pillai
Adhyayam Onnu Muthal Maash
Makan Ente Makan Sankan Nair
Anu Bandham Madhavan
Ente Kanakkuyil Sankara Pillai
Oru Sandesham Koodi Rajasekharan Nair
Kathodu Kathoram Paily
Kiratham Musliyar
1986 Pappan Priyappetta Pappan Padmanaban/Pappan
Revathikkoru Pavakkutty Ayyappan Pillai
Oppam Oppathinoppam
Oru Yugasandhya Pappu Pilla
Kochu Themmadi Kelappan Nair
Katturumbinum Kathu Kuthu Minister
Adukkan Entheluppam Peter
1987Kaalathinte SabhdamNanu Pilla
Naradhan Keralathil Kuttan Pillai
Anantaram Mathai
Neeyallengil Njan Pilla
Ithrayum Kalam Khader
1988 Aranyakam Nanu
Sathya Rajarathinam Mudaliyar
Oru CBI Diary Kurippu Thomachan
1989 Bhadrachitta
Devadas Raman Nair
Crime Branch Mukundan Nair
Oru Sayahnathinte Swapnam Kunju Krishna Kaimal

1990s

YearTitleRoleNotes
1990 Orukkam Kumaran
Thoovalsparsham Nair
Oliyampukal T. P. Chackochan
1991 Kilukkampetti Muthachan
1992 Soorya Gayathri Kunjali
Malootty Kuttan Pillai
1993 Ghoshayathra Saidukka
1994VaranamaalyamKunjunni
Parinayam Kizhakkedam
1995 Sphadikam Kurup
1996 Vanarasena Lambodaran
Man of the Match
1997 Oru Yathramozhi Pappan
2000 Joker Abookka

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