By Online Desk
The inimitable Pratap Pothen on Monday paid homage to Nedumudi Venu, with whom he shared display area within the Bharathan-directed groundbreaking Malayalam hit Thakara launched in 1979.
Pratap Pothen performed the eponymous hero with Venu taking part in the position of Chellappanashari (a shrewd carpenter). Written by P Padmarajan the movie tells the story of a naive, mentally immature character who has a crush on Subhashini performed by Surekha. Trusting the phrases of Chellappanashari, he indulges in a bodily relationship with Subhashini whose father Mathu Mooppan, performed by KG Menon finds out concerning the relationship and beats up Thakara black and blue. Thakara wreaks revenge by killing Mooppan. To his disappointment, Subhashini spurns him when he proposes to her after killing her father. The movie ends with Thakara throwing himself earlier than a rushing practice.
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Following the passing away of Venu owing to post-Covid problems, Pothen took to Facebook to pay homage to the versatile actor saying, “You never say farewell to a friend who will live forever in your heart…how can I ever forget you my Chellappan Ashari…Bharathan and you will never die…you will live forever in the hearts of people who made you their own…as a whole generation weeps…I say there is no need for tears…let us celebrate his life his achievements and remember there will never be another Nedumudi Venu…”
Pothen, who together with Venu got here up with a sterling efficiency in one other Bharathan-directed film, Chamaram (1980), additional famous, “My Chellappen Asaari was unique…he was a total artist…legendary is the word I would use to describe his artistry and much more than that he had the unique ability to touch every person he meets and make them feel special…he genuinely loved people… the key word here is to listen…”
The actor went on so as to add that Venu was multi-talented as he would play mridangam or the tabla or sing and he would do all that with consummate talent. “He was a giant…I could go on and on about him…there will never be another one like you…”
Pratap Pothen signed off saying, “I will always love you for your kindness friendship and art…my only true friend in the Malayalam industry.”