Well-known Malayalam film-theatre actor Kochu Preman died in a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram following a brief illness on Saturday, his family members said. He was 68. The actor was undergoing treatment for lung-related ailment, they said. Known for his unique style of dialogue delivery and facial expressions, Preman acted in over 250 films in his decades-long acting life.
Comic roles in blockbuster movies made him popular among film buffs. Beginning his acting career as a successful theatre artist, Preman entered tinsel town through the movie ‘Ezhu Nirangal’, released in 1979.
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His slapstick roles in hit movies like ‘Dilliwala Rajakumaran’, ‘Pattabhishekam’, ‘Thilakkam’ and so on were memorable. The actor appeared in several television serials also. Preman is survived by his actor-wife Girija and a son.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly V D Satheesan, ministers and MLAs were among those who condoled the death of the veteran actor.
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