Innocent (actor)

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Innocent
MP
Innocent (Actor) 2011.png
Member of Parliament for Chalakudy
Incumbent
Assumed office
16 May 2014
Preceded byK.P. Dhanapalan
Personal details
BornInnocent Vareed Thekkethala
(1945-02-28) 28 February 1945 (age 69)
Irinjalakuda, India
Spouse(s)Alice
ChildrenSonnet
ParentsVareed Thekkethala, Margaret Thekkethala
OccupationActor, Politician
Websitehttp://www.innocent.net.in/
 
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Innocent
MP
Innocent (Actor) 2011.png
Member of Parliament for Chalakudy
Incumbent
Assumed office
16 May 2014
Preceded byK.P. Dhanapalan
Personal details
BornInnocent Vareed Thekkethala
(1945-02-28) 28 February 1945 (age 69)
Irinjalakuda, India
Spouse(s)Alice
ChildrenSonnet
ParentsVareed Thekkethala, Margaret Thekkethala
OccupationActor, Politician
Websitehttp://www.innocent.net.in/

Innocent Vareed Thekkethala (ഇന്നസെന്റ് വറീത് തെക്കേത്തല) (born 28 February 1945), popularly known as Innocent, is an Indian film actor and politician. 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]

In 2013, 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] Innocent won the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Chalakudy Lok Sabha constituency in Thrissur district as an independent candidate supported by the Left Democratic Front.[4]

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.[5]

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 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]

Political life[edit]

Innocent was the Thrissur District Secretary of the Revolutionary Socialist Party during the 1970s. He had contested in the Irinjalakkuda municipal council elections as Communist Party of India (Marxist)-backed candidate in 1979 and had won that election.[4] He was rumoured to be a Left Democratic Front (LDF)-supported independent candidate from the Irinjalakkuda assembly constituency in the 2006 Kerala Legislative Assembly elections but this did not happen.[7] Innocent won the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Chalakudy Lok Sabha constituency in Thrissur district as an independent candidate supported by the LDF.[4]

Awards[edit]

Filmfare Awards

Kerala State Film Awards

Kerala State Film Critics Award

Asianet Film Award

Other awards

Filmography[edit]

Malayalam films[edit]

2010s[edit]

YearFilmCharacter
2014Thomson VillaPriest
2013Philips and the Monkey PenGod
Mannar Mathai Speaking 2Mannar Mathai
GeethaanjaliThankappan
Punyalan AgarbattisJohn Thakkolkaran
Oru Indian PranayakathaUthup Vallikkadan
2012Puthiya TheerangalFather Michael
Husbands in GoaNadar (TTE)
ArikeKalpana's father
Bhoopadathil Illatha OridamPolice Officer
Perinoru MakanBhama's father
Mullassery Madhavan Kutty Nemom P. O.Madhavankutty's father in law
KaashhDevasiya
ChattakaariMorris
Naughty ProfessorMulavarikkal Francis
Doctor Innocent aanuDoctor Bargavan Pillai
2011SnehaveeduMathai
Living TogetherKrishnaprasad Kartha
Doctor LoveSathyasheelan
Pachuvum KovalanumBhadranpillai
Oru MarubhoomikkadhaMathayi
Swapna SanchariAchuthan Nair
2010Marykkundoru KunjaaduIttichan Muthalali
CocktailKalyan Krishnan
Oridathoru PostmanGangadharan
Pappy AppachaNirappel Mathai
Cheriya Kallanum Valiya Policum
Again Kasargod Khader BhaiFather Francis Tharakan
Kanyakumari ExpressMinister
AagathanLawrence
Kadha ThudarunnuLasar
Pranchiyettan & the SaintVasu Menon

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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