Nilambur Ayisha

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Nilambur Aisha
OccupationFilm actress [1]
Years active1961–present

Nilambur Ayisha is an Indian actress in Malayalam movies. She started her career as a theater artist. Later she became a supporting actress in the Malayalam movies in late 1960s and 1970s. She has acted in more than 50 movies. She was the first woman to act in Malyalam movies and dramas from the Muslim community.[ citation needed ]


Early life

Ayisha was born in 1935[ citation needed ] at Nilambur in the Malappuram District of Kerala. Born into a rich family, She was interested in arts. At the age of 13, she was made to marry a 47-year old man. But her marriage was called off in the fifth day. She was a single mother since then.

Acting career

Ayisha began acting in dramas 1950s. She made her debut Feroke in 1953 at the age of 16 with playwright E.K. Ayamu’s ‘Ijju Nalloru Manushyan Aavan Nokku’ (1953). The show was performed at over 2,500 stages in various parts of the country. Later she went on to work in theatre with popular artists such as K.T. Mohammed, Vaikom Mohammed Basheer, Khan Kavil and P.J. Antony. She played the lead in plays such as Ithu Bhoomiyanu, Theekkanal, Srishti and Kafir written and directed by K.T Muhammed.

She has made her big screen entry with 1961 Hindi film The Elephant Queen , directed by Rajendra. Other cast included Helen and Azad. She played the role of a woman in a hunting family. She got an entry to the film as it was shot at her hometown. Later in the year she also did her debut film in Malayalam, Kandam Becha Kottu. It was followed by films like Subaida, Kuttikkuppayam, Olavum Theeravum and Kuppivala.

Awards and honours

In 2002, Ayisha received the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Award for Drama. [2] She has received are the S.L. Puram State Prize for her overall contribution to theatre.[ citation needed ] She won the Kerala State Film Award for the Second Best Actress for her role in Oomakkuyil Paadumbol in 2011.[ citation needed ] She was also awarded Premji Award in the year 2011.[ citation needed ]

Partial filmography

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  2. "Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Award: Drama". Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala. Retrieved 26 February 2023.