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Born P. K. Kunjalu
Died 22 May 2000
Years active 46

Bahadoor was a famous Malayalam film comedian who along with Adoor Bhasi redefined the way in which comedy and funny scenes were perceived in Malayalam cinema. They gave a significant contribution to the Malayalam cinema in establishing comedy as the predominat genere. Bahadoor was also well established in professional plays. Other than comedies he also put his signature in serious roles.


Early life

Bahadoor was born as P. K. Kunjalu in 1930 in Kodungalloor, Thrissur, Kerala , India. as one of the 9 children of Padiyath Blangalil Kochumoideen and Khadeeja. Out of his 8 siblings, 7 were women. His family was financially poor and the 7 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.


Bahadoor made his debut with a minor role in Avakasi(1954). 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 Chakkaravakkal in Nila Production's Padatha Painkili. The film which went on to become a big hit marked Bahadoor's presence in the industry. Then there was no turning back. He along with Adoor Bhasi formed a box-office ruling combination and the duo is being compared to Laurel and Hardy. Bahadoor became hero in Neelasari and Mucheettu kalikkarante Makal. Bahadoor found time in 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. Bahadoor started a black and white processing studio in Trivandrum named K. C. Lab. But the studio's erection 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 (2000). He did the role of a mentally ill veteran joker in a circus camp. In the film, he commits suicide by letting himself in to the lion's cage in the circus den.


Kerala State Film Awards:

  • Best Comedy Artist - 1970 - Various Films
  • Best Comedy Artist - 1972 - Various Films


On 22 May 2000, Monday at 10 in the morning Bahadoor felt severe chest pain and was taken to Vijaya Hospital. He died in the hospital by 3:00 PM due to internal bleeding in brain.

Selected filmography

  • Kandam Bacha Kotte (1961)
  • Chitra Mela (1967) .... (segment "Penninte Prapancham")
  • Balyakalasakhi (1967)
  • Agniputhri (1967)
  • Kadalpalam (1969)
  • Vazhve Mayam (1970)
  • Aranazhikaneram (1970)
  • CID Nazir (1971) .... Pappu
  • Maravil Thirivu Sookshikkuka (1972) .... Puncture Antony
  • Panitheeratha Veedu (1973)
  • Nellu (1974) .... Seythali
  • Thomashleeha (1975)
  • Rathi Nirvedham (1978) .... Kochammani
  • Theekkadal (1980) .... Shekharan Pillai
  • Sakthi (1980) .... Paramu Pillai
  • Lava (1980) .... Govindan
  • Aravam (1980) .... Murukayya
  • Vilkkanundu Swapnangal (1980) .... Mammukka
  • Palangal (1981) .... Varkey
  • Kathayariyathe (1981) .... Raman Nair
  • Sara Varsham (1982) .... Ravunni Nair
  • Ponnum Poovum (1982) .... Khadir
  • Kurukkante Kalyanam (1982) .... Soopi Hajiyar
  • Piriyilla Naam (1984) .... Vareechan
  • Ivide Thudangunnu (1984) .... Kurup
  • Appunni (1984) .... Hajiyar
  • Adiyozhukkukal (1984) .... Muni Kakka
  • Koodum Thedi (1985) .... Judy's Father
  • Janakeeya Kodathi (1985) .... Suma's Father
  • Azhiyatha Bandhangal (1985) .... Easwara Pillai
  • Adhyayam Onnu Muthal (1985) .... Maash
  • Makan Ente Makan (1985) .... Sankan Nair
  • Anu Bandham (1985) .... Madhavan
  • Ente Kanakkuyil (1985) .... Sankara Pillai
  • Kathodu Kathoram (1985) .... Paily
  • Pappan Priyapetta Pappan (1986) .... Padmanaban/Pappan
  • Revathikkoru Pavakkutty (1986) .... Ayyappan Pillai
  • Oppam Oppathinoppam (1986)
  • Adukkan Entheluppam (1986) .... Peter
  • Naradhan Keralathil (1987) .... Kuttan Pillai
  • Anantaram (1987) .... Mathai
  • Aranyakam (1988) .... Nanu
  • Oru CBI Diary Kurippu (1988) .... Thomachan
  • Oru Sayahnathinte Swapnam (1989) .... Kunju Krishna Kaimal
  • Orukkam (1990) .... Kumaran
  • Oliyampukal (1990) .... T. P. Chackochan
  • Kilukkampetti (1991) .... Muthachan
  • Soorya Gayathri (1992) .... Kunjali
  • Malootty (1992) .... Kuttan Pillai
  • Sphadikam (1995) .... Kurup
  • Man of the Match (1996)
  • Joker (2000)

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