Noted Malayalam actor and theatre artiste KTC Abdullah passes away
The actor had appeared in over 35 Malayalam films
Actor Abdullah, who was last seen as the stepdad of Soubin Shahir's character in Sudani from Nigeria, has passed away at his hometown in Kozhikode. He was 82.
Abdullah has appeared in over 35 films. Apart from the one in Sudani..., his most memorable roles were in Arabikadha and Gaddamma. He was playing an important role in Shanu Samad's Mohabbathin Kunhabdulla when he passed away.
Before making his debut in cinema through Ramu Karyat's Dweep in 1977, Abdullah was a noted theatre artiste in Kozhikode and worked as a production manager for a long time. A former employee of KTC (Kerala Transport Company), Abdullah made his foray into films when Grihalakshmi Productions was formed and he became a part of it in a managerial capacity.
Sudani... director Zakariya recalls his days with Abdullah on the sets. "When he first started out, he never asked anyone for roles. He used to come in for parts that found no takers. It was only during the later part of his life that everyone called him and offered him roles. He had a great sense of humour. He was very fond of Soubin and used to joke around with him."
Actor Hareesh Peradi says Abdullah played a major part in shaping his career. "I got to experience that great mind's benevolence first-hand. I first met him in 1989 when I excitedly went to act in an Akashvani drama as a theatre actor. I was only 20 years old back then, and Abdullah sir wrote a letter to help me."
CV Sarathi of E4 Entertainment says, "KTC Abdullah is known to many as Majeed's father in Sudani. Sadly, even though he was acting throughout his career, he was getting notable characters only towards the twilight of his life. But his contribution to cinema is immeasurable. Not many people know that Abdullah sir was the pillar of Grihalakshmi Productions in its heyday and the one-man-army who single-handedly looked after the production of such gems like Vadakkan Vereragadha, Ahimsa, Vartha etc. [Director] Hariharan sir once said that Vadakkan Veeragadha was realised that way because it was executed as conceived by the abilities of KTC's production set-up (or KTC army as sir called it) under the able leadership of its captain, KTC Abdullah. If a man is remembered by the films he was associated with, I'm sure Abdullah sir will be remembered as long as Malayalam cinema is there."