The first film he produced and acted
in was "Sthree" (1950), but the one that stabilised
his stature as an actor, was "Jeevitha Nauka,"
(1951). Made by K and K Productions and directed by K. Vembu,
it starred him along with B. S. Saroja in the lead. A roaring
hit and a trendsetter, "Jeevitha Nauka" was further
dubbed into four languages including Hindi. The next year
he acted in "Navalokam" based on a social theme
along with Miss Kumari as his heroine. The year 1952 witnessed
another big hit "Visappinte Vili") in which he
teamed up with Prem Nazir, an aspiring novice then, was
an instant success and the two went on to make an impressive
pair in a couple of films.
Thereafter it was films and films all the way,
which established Thikkurissy's stature as a mature and much-sought-after
Having penned the story, screenplay, dialogue
and lyrics for "Shariyo Thetto", the next year, besides appearing
in the pivotal role and directing it, he created a unique record,
which has not been surpassed so far.
He had been a lyricist for several films which
include "Sthree'... "Palunku Paathram", "Devasundari", "Urvashi
Bharathi", "Poojapushpam" and "Balloon".
While he pursued a predictable pattern in
screenplays, he had a penchant for punchy dialogue that
went well with the audience. He tinged his lines honeydew
of romanticism adding pinch of erotica for extra effect.
Noted for its choice of words and subtlety of expression,
'Kaarkoonthal Kettinethinu Vaasanathailam , from "Urvashi
Bharati" ranks at par with the finest piece in Malayalam.
Among the movies scripted by him are
"Sree Ayyappan", "Muthalali" and "Aana Valarthiya Vanambadi".
He donned the director's mantle for many a successful film
including "Nurse", "Poojapushpam", "Saraswati", "Chilampoli",
"Achante Bharya" and "Urvashi Bharati". As far as acting
goes, he was at home with any type of role, benign or bizarre,
majestic or macabre. Whatever the part, he plunged himself
heart and soul into its interpretation. For him, acting
was not an act of imitation but an intimate art of innovation
and improvisation. This was exactly why he could associate
himself with avant-garde as well as mainstream films evincing
equal flair and felicity in both.
It was a kind of exploration! Thikkurissy comes to life
every time you watch him play a character on screen. School
master, Decent Sankaran Pillai.... and many more, he played
them all. The great actor may be gone but his films shall
As somebody remarked a movie actor never dies for he shall
always live in his movies. So will Thikkurissy.
He also evinced a keen skill in oratory and earned considerable
fame as an eloquent speaker and his speeches were noted
for their literary flavour. This ability to engage and enthrall
audiences stood him in good stead when he embarked on the
He was also responsible for naming personalities
and organisations that made their mark.Renowned director
Priyadarsan was christened by him. So was the great Prem
Nazir. Mohanlal's Production company was named 'Pranavam'
by Thikkurissy. There are many institutions including Barbershops
to Business Hotels, which he has inaugurated.