Saturday

Remembering Monisha!


Yesterday while scrolling through TV channels, i happened to see the movie 'Adhipan' being aired in Kiran TV. I needn't get in detail about the movie as it is not the topic of discussion here. The movie really took me back to the memories of a fine actress called Monisha Unni (Monisha). Coincidentally, its her 18th death anniversary tomorrow. 




Recently i happened to read an article by one Bala Menon which tells us about life of Sreedevi Unni(her mother) after her death and the last few moments of Monisha's life. I am sure all her fans&film lovers will get disturbed after reading this, just because many still hesitate to accept her death. I am not going to get in detail about that as i am a great fan of her too. No one will ever forget 'Gouri' of 'Nakhashathangal', which introduced her to the film world. It bagged her the National Film Award for the best actress, the youngest recipient for that and the only actress to receive this award for debut film. The very first scene which comes to my memory when i think about her is the famous song 'Manjal Prasadavum Nettiyil Charthi' written by ONV Kurup..i think everyone shares the same memory:)..She went on to act in about 20 more films which included Tamil and Kannada movies. The characters in Perumthachan and Kamaladalam really proved her acting talent. It's known to everyone that she was an exceptional dancer, had her first stage performance at an age of 9 and went on to win many awards for Bharatanatyam and all. Her dancing talent was well used in Kamaladalam directed by Sibi Malayil. How can we ever forget that movie which showcased the brilliant performances of Mohanal and Monisha? The role of 'Kunhikkavu Thamburatti' in Perumthachan was the strongest character of her career. She had a divine look in that film:)..Still everyone remembers almost every character portrayed by her. I love her song sequences in movies like Aryan and Kudumbasametham!


I always feel that the song 'Manjal Prasadavum' was written about her. Till now i haven't seen an actress with such grace in our film industry..To me she was the face of Kerala woman. A very talented actor,dancer with a lot of innocence,genuine charm and delightful smile on her face always! Her face always had the innocent expression, which always reflected in her characters too. December 5,1992 will be always remembered as a black day for the cultural society of Kerala, the day which left the film lovers in immense pain . She joined the list of artists like Jayan, Shobha etc who left us when their career was at the peak. 'Nrithyavedi', an organisation founded by Sreedevi Unni in 1979 was renmaned to 'Monisha Arts' in memory of her, which provides a good platform to many young artists. It's not essential that it has to be December 5 for us to remember her as she still lives in all our hearts. While seeing her mother acting in movies these days, we just wish that she was alive..she left us leaving a lot of great characters behind. Perhaps she would have been the best actor in India by now, that much talent she possessed. It's sheer coincidence that December 5,1992 happened to be a Saturday and i am publishing this blog on another Saturday! Monisha..you will live in our hearts forever!I dedicate this writeup in memory of this great actress and a mother who came back strongly to life after suffering so much from fate's cruelty. 



16 comments:

karthika said...

dis ones really a touching article cheta....a gr8 writeup abt an eternal beauty....monisha was indeed one of the finest actressess malayalam cinema has ever had......her demise was a gr8 loss to our film industry.....as she was such a graceful dancer n talented actress.....as u said cheta....she still lives in our memory n will remain so forever......

aravindk2004 said...

GOod one thamburu :) nice job!

Gautham said...

@karthika: thanks a lot:)..ya she will live in our memories forever!
@aravind: thanks chetta:)

aswathy said...

ua wae f seletin topics is just ravshin!!!!!

Gautham said...

@aswathy: thanks a lot dear:)

NEEYA ............ said...

Heart-touching...
Manjal Prasadavum is written abt her...So true....
I love her the most in "Kamaladalam"...Especially in those dance sequences...
Her loss is a loss which can't be replaced ever!!!

Gautham said...

@neethu: one of the greatest loss for our film industry..'Kamaladhalam' was so fabulous..sadly this year the entire media forgot her:(..there was no news of her at all..too sad!:(

Anonymous said...

So touching. Nicely remembered. Agree with all your views.

Gautham said...

thanks:)

Bala Menon said...

Hi Gautam,
Touching article, Gautam. I am the same Bala Menon who interviewed Monisha's mother in Dubai in 1996 - for an article in Gulf News.
Best wishes
Bala Menon
Toronto, Canada
menonb@gmail.com

Gautham said...

@bala menon: thank you sir..thank you so much :)..i never expected that you will read this or comment on my blog..this is such a wonderful inspiration for writers like me :)

RESHMI said...

The words are endless.., for her talent, beauty & also for the courage of her mother.Still she lives in our memory and'll remail forever

Sarath Kumar said...

realy i missu

krishnaraj krishnaraj said...

We are really missing monisha she is a multi talented actresses.

Balamurugan Uthandi said...

She is good in acting and dance.
I can never forget her performance in tamil movies.

Anish Nair said...

Indeed Monisha's untimely death was a great loss to Malayalam movie industry..she was a versatile and talented actress..may her soul rest in peace..