Innocent (actor)

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Innocent
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BornInnocent Vareed Thekkethala
(1945-02-28) 28 February 1945 (age 68)
Irinjalakuda, India
OccupationActor
Years active1972–present
Spouse(s)Alice
ChildrenSonnet
ParentsVareed Thekkethala, Margaret Thekkethala
Website
http://www.innocent.net.in/
 
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Innocent
Innocent (Actor) 2011.png
BornInnocent Vareed Thekkethala
(1945-02-28) 28 February 1945 (age 68)
Irinjalakuda, India
OccupationActor
Years active1972–present
Spouse(s)Alice
ChildrenSonnet
ParentsVareed Thekkethala, Margaret Thekkethala
Website
http://www.innocent.net.in/

Innocent Thekkethala (born 28 February 1945), popularly known as Innocent, is an Indian film actor and producer. He was born in Irinjalakuda in Thrissur district of Kerala, India. He is one of the most successful and leading comedy actors of Malayalam cinema. He is noted for his witty mannerisms and dialogue delivery in the typical Thrissur accent.[1]

Recently Innocent was hospitalized for throat cancer, and it has been confirmed he suffers from lymphoma, a type of cancer of lymphocytes.[2] But sources close to him insisted there is no room for worry as the cancer was in its early stage and could be treated. He survived cancer.[3]

Career[edit]

Innocent's mannerisms and diction is unique in Malayalam cinema and he wildly caught the attention of the Malayalam audience. This made him almost a phenomenon in the Malayalam comedy scene, also making him a hot favorite for mimicry artistes. His popularity can be gauged from the fact that many frontline directors in Malayalam (like Priyadarshan, Satyan Anthikkad, Fazil and Kamal) rarely make films without Innocent. He has proven his acting skills in serious and character roles in several films. He has been the president of Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) for 12 years. He has held the post for the last four consecutive terms.[4]

Innocent entered the film industry in 1972 with the movie Nrityashala. At first, he produced a few serious offbeat films, but he was not successful. In the long span of his career, Innocent has worked in more than 500 films in a variety of roles, mainly in Malayalam. He has also acted in a few Tamil and Hindi films.

Innocent played key comedy roles in superhits like Ramji Rao Speaking, Mannar Mathai Speaking, Kilukkam, Godfather, Vietnam Colony, Nadodikattu and Devaasuram. Innocent has also excelled in character and villain roles such as Keli,Kathodu Kathoram.

He proved his skills in other serious roles with a touch of laughter in films such as Kabooliwaala, Gajakesariyogam, Mithunam, Mazhavilkavadi, Manassinakkare, Thuruppugulan, Rasathanthram, and Mahasamudram. His effort, along with that of the superstars who starred in these films, played an important role in their success. His pairing with K. P. A. C. Lalitha was highly successful in movies such as Ponn Muttayidunna Tharavu, My Dear Muthachchan, Godfather and Manichitrathazhu.

Innocent is one of the most imitated actors of Malayalam cinema and mimicry artistes have brought him closer to women and children among his fans. The best example of this can be seen in the widely popular Maveli (Mahabali) comedy cassettes which are brought out by various mimicry groups annually in association with the Onam festival of Kerala in the past few years. These cassettes parodies Mahabali, a benevolent King in Kerala's mythology who is supposed to visit his subjects in Kerala every lunar year on the day of Onam. These cassettes tend to portray Maveli as a comic King who gets into all sort of troubles - script makes use of many contemporary issues in Kerala - on his annual arrival in Kerala. Mimicry artistes uses Innocent's voice to represent Maveli and all his mannerisms and idiosyncrasies in speech are deftly mimicked to generate laughter in the audience.

Innocent's participation in stage shows guarantees him a leading role as an anchor or performer. His Kathaprasangam (oratory combined with poetry) Olayaal Menjoru is one of the regulars in Gulf stage shows.

Innocent's name was heard in politics as an LDF-supported independent candidate from the Irinjalakkuda assembly constituency in the 2006 Kerala assembly elections. But he made it clear that he didn't have the mindset of a politician. Any how he was the District Secretory for RSP earlier in his political Life.[5]

Innocent has published his memoirs in a book: Njan Innocent. He has published two other books: Mazha Kannadi (collection of short stories) and Chirrikku Pinnil (an autobiography). Innocent writes columns in magazines and newspapers.

Personal life[edit]

Innocent is born to Vareed Thekkethala and Margaret at Irinjalakuda, Kerala. He is married to Alice and has a son Sonnet. Sonnet is married and have two children junior Innocent, Anna. Junior innocent has acted in a documentary as Innocent's childhood. [6]

Awards[edit]

Kerala State Film Awards

Kerala State Film Critics Award

Asianet Film Award

Other awards

Filmography[edit]

Malayalam films[edit]

2010s[edit]

YearFilmCharacterDirector
2012Puthiya TheerangalFather MichaelSathyan Anthikkad
2012Husbands in GoaNadar (TTE)Saji Surendran
2012ArikeShyamaprasad
2012Doctor Innocent aanuDoctor Bargavan PillaiAjmal
2011SnehaveeduMathaiSathyan Anthikkad
2011Living TogetherKrishnaprasad KarthaFazil
2011Doctor LoveSathyasheelanK. Biju
2011Pachuvum Kovalanum-Thaha
2011Swapna SanchariAchuthan NairKamal
2010Marykkundoru KunjaaduIttichan MuthalaliShafi
2010Cocktail-Arun Kumar
2010Oridathoru PostmanGangadharanShaji Aziz
2010Pappy AppachaNirappel MathaiMamas
2010Cheriya Kallanum Valiya Policum-Haridas Kesavan

2000s[edit]

1990s[edit]

1970s - 1980s[edit]

Hindi films[edit]

Tamil films[edit]

Kannada films[edit]

English films[edit]

References[edit]

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