Jose Prakash laid to rest
Posted on: 24 Mar 2012
Kochi: Malayalam actor Jose Prakash who passed away on Saturday at a private hospital here on Saturday, was laid to rest with full state honours on Monday. Many from the film world and prominent personalities took part in the last rites which was conducted at St Marys Basilica.
He was 86. He was admitted to the ICU of Kakkanad Sunrise hospital on Monday due to uneasiness. His end came at 2 pm . He was under treatment for some time for kidney related ailments. His right leg was amputed years back due to diabetes.The funeral is expected to take place here Monday.
He was a singer turned actor who had appeared in around 300 films mostly in antagonist role. He was awarded the JC Daniel Award for 2012 just two days back.
He dominated the Malayalam film industry in the role of villain for around 40 years. Later, he switched to character roles in mid 90s.Jose Prakash entered the cine field with his first movie `Seemanthaputhran' in 1926.
Jose Prakash was working in army before entering film industry. Like other actors of that age he was not a theatre or stage artist. He had served for British Indian army for 8 years. He later left army and return to his homeland and start small business. Having interest in cinema and music from childhood he started a small club with his friends called Kottayam Arts Club in which he was the lead singer.
Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair once saw his performance and called him as a singer for his debut directorial film Shariyo Thetto. Jose Prakash started his early career as a singer who lend his voice for Prem Nazir, Sathyaneshan Nadar etc
His first break as an actor was Bhakta Kuchela in 1961.But his major break as a villain was Olavum Theravum in 1969 and he later went on to do many films mostly in villain roles. He and KP Ummer dominated Malayalam film industry in the role of Antagonist and was a hard target for Heroes. Up to date he had acted for more than 350 films in Malayalam language. He retired from film industry in 2003 due to health reasons.
His last film was Ente Veedu Appuvinteyum directed by Sibi Malayil. After a long gap of 8 years he did a small cameo role in Traffic.
He was born on April 14, 1925 as the eldest of 8 children of K.J.Joseph & Eliyamma Joseph.He has a younger brother Prem Prakash who is also an actor. He has 6 children, 4 sons and 2 daughters