Malayalam Actor Jagadish
P. V. Jagadish Kumar (born June 12, 1958), popularly known as Jagadish, is an Indian film actor and screenwriter best known for his comic performances in Malayalam cinema. He became popular through performances in films such as In Harihar Nagar, Godfather, Mukhachitram, Welcome to Kodaikanal, Thiruthalvaadi, Mantrikacheppu, and Hitler.
A post graduate M.Com. rank holder, Jagadish\'s transition from a college lecturer to a film actor was a smooth one. He was a lead actor in a number of movies during the 1990s, although he mostly does character roles.
Jagadish debuted in films with a minor role in My Dear Kuttichathan (1984), which was India\'s first 3-D film. Jagadish became an established actor with his roles in Mutharamkunnu P.O. (1985), Nandi Veendum Varika (1986), Manivathoorile Aayiram Sivarathrikal (1987) and Vandanam (1989). In his early career, Jagadish wrote stories and screenplays for a few films including superhits like Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu (1986) (story), Manivathoorile Aayiram Sivarathrikal (1987) (dialogue) and Adhipan (1989) (screenplay). Jagadish\'s performance as Appukkuttan in In Harihar Nagar (1990), directed by Siddique-Lal was highly acclaimed. Jagadish proved himself again with terrific comic timing with his role as Mayeen kutty in Godfather (1991), which also was directed by the same director duo. The scenes from films are still favoured a lot in TV comedy programmes. With the success of the above movies, Jagadish became one of the most popular actor in the early to mid-1990s. He acted in the leading role in more than 30 low-budget films some of which were successes in box office and also he thrilled the audience with a different role in Shaji kailas\'s Sthalathe Pradana payyans(1993). He acted in family oriented movies Sthree dhanam, Bharya, Ponnaranthottathe Rajavu, Mr and Mrs etc. He also acted in slap stick comedies like Pavam IA Ivachan, Kunukkitta Kozhi etc. Most of the movies he shared the hero role with the likes of Mukesh and Siddique. In his prime also, he acted in supporting roles with the super stars Mammootty, Mohanlal and Jayaram. The roles in Butter flies, Minnaminunginum Minnukettu and Jackpot earned loud aplause from the audience.
In late 90s and 2000s Jagadish failed to reinvent himself as an actor and continued doing the same kind of roles as his younger days which did not go well with the audience. Also new generation of comedy actors were aplenty. He did a lot of character roles in big movies and also started being the chief judge for a comedy programme Vodafone Comedy Stars in Asianet. He played anchor role in some award functions also.
Jagadish has established the image of the comic hero who evokes spontaneous laughter with his own brand of humour. From comedy roles, Jagadish has moved on in to important roles that has made him dear to the audience. He is one of the few performers who are compatible both in front of the camera and on the stage in front of full audience. He comes alive on stage with his self-mocking stances and improvised dialogues.
Jagadish again got a vital break in his career in 2009 again with his hilarious role of Appukkuttan in Harihar Nagar 2, a sequel to In Harihar Nagar. The movie went on to become a huge hit and Jagdish\'s Appukkuttan was again the star of the plot. This proved to be vital for Jagdish as he gets another opportunity as hero in another movie, Decent Parties. He is also planning to direct a movie with Mammootty in lead role.