KPAC Lalitha dies at 74; Mammootty, Mohanlal, Prithviraj pay tribute

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Published by Shafali Nagar on 23 Feb 2022

The veteran artist Maheshwari Amma passed away on Tuesday night in Kochi, just three days before her 74th birthday. She was popularly known by her stage name KPAC Lalitha. The veteran artist was battling a liver-related ailment for a long time, which also forced her to retire from the industry sooner than she would have liked.

In her career, Maheshwari Amma has performed a variety of roles, from playing the female protagonist to comedy roles to supporting cast. Also, she has worked in many films in Tamil. The veteran artist entered the performing arts through Kerala People’s Art Club and when she entered the film industry, she adopted the initials of her drama troupe and came to be known as KPAC Lalitha.

It was director K.S. Sethumadhavan who gave her screen name when he launched her in movies. Lalitha went on to act in more than 500 movies in a career spanning five decades. She bagged national awards and she was also the winner of four Kerela State Film Awards.

The Malayalam industry is mourning the death of the veteran artist. Malayalam superstar Mammootty called her “someone who was very dear to him”, in his Facebook post, while condoling her passing. On the other hand, Manju Warrier remembers her as a motherly figure.

The veteran artist was married to famous film director Bharathan, who died in 1998. She is survived by her daughter Sreekutty and son Sidharth, who is also an actor and director.

Lalita’s last rites will be held in Wadakkanchery on Wednesday evening.


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