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RIP Philomina

What we remember Philomina for is her natural way of dialogue delivery. Even though most of her roles were of the loving grandmother/mother with a bad mouth, she used to perform them with ease. She died on Jan 2, 2006 in Chennai.

She started her film career in 1964 with the movie Kuttikkuppayam and her last one was Meerayude Dukhavum Muthuvinde Swapnavum in 2005.

Entering the film industry with eight years of experience in professional drama, she worked with the drama troupe of P J Antony in the early days. She used to say it was her initial experience with a great actor like Antony that helped her shape her film career.

She got a state award for supporting actress for her performance in ‘Thurakkata Vathil,’ ‘Olavum Theeravum’ and ‘Thaniyavarthanam.’ Her roles in ‘Chatta,’ ‘Kudumbapuranam,’ ‘Godfather,’ ‘Uppukandam Brothers,’ ‘Venkalam,’ ‘Thalayanamandram’ and ‘Kakkothikavile Appuppanthadikal’ would also be remembered for long[An actor with a difference]

From The Hindu

Better times rolled and this versatile actor established herself. Her individualistic voice and unique style of dialogue delivery were her greatest assets. Philomina used to very proudly claim that no one ever dubbed for her.

There were many instances, she said, when production managers did not pay the full remuneration at the end of shooting schedules but had to come back to her for want of the right person to do the dubbing. That was the time, she used to say with that hearty laugh of hers, when they would be squeezed to the last paise due to her.

It was Sathyan Anthikad who first cast Philomina in a comic role. Perhaps he was inspired by what he saw of this actress in films like `College Girl.’ The film `Madanmaar Londonil,’ gave this talented actress a new image. From then, with a keen sense of commitment to her job and a passion for acting, she transformed herself into the most popular comedienne of Malayalam cinema. [Passing of a versatile actor]

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