Bahadoor

  • Birthplace: Kodungalloor, British India
  • Awards: Kerala State Film Awards: Second Best Actor – 1973 – Madhavikutty, Kerala State Film Awards: Second Best Actor – 1976 – Aalinganam, Thulavarsham, Kerala State Film Awards: Best Comedy Artist – 1970 – Various films, Kerala State Film Awards: Best Comedy Artist – 1972 – Various films

Biography

Kunjalu Kochumoideen Padiyath (1930 – 22 May 2000), known by his stage name Bahadoor, was a Malayalam film comedian who, along with Adoor Bhasi, redefined the way in which comedy and funny scenes were perceived in Malayalam cinema. They made a significant contribution toward establishing comedy as the predominant genre of Malayalam cinema. Bahadoor also appeared in some serious roles and in professional plays.

Bahadoor was born as P. K. Kunjalu in 1930 in Kodungalloor, near Thrissur, British India. As one of the nine children of Padiyath Blangalil Kochumoideen and Khadeeja. Out of his eight siblings, seven were sisters. His family was financially poor and the seven 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.


Movies

1958 - Ragini