Popular Malayalam actor Jagathy Sreekumar was seriously injured in a road accident at Panambra near the Calicut University at Thenhipalam in Malappuram district early on Saturday.
The police said that Jagathy, as he is known among his fans, sustained multiple fractures and injuries on his head, chest, and abdomen and also had a minor cut on his liver. The car in which he was travelling rammed into a median while negotiating a dangerous curve on the National Highway No. 17 at around 5.45 a.m.
The driver of the car also suffered injuries in the accident, the police said. Mr. Sreekumar and his driver were admitted to intensive care unit of the Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences in Kozhikode city. A team of doctors attending Jagathy has subjected him to an emergency surgery.
He is out of danger but his condition was critical. His was a case of polytrauma, a spokesman of the hospital said.
The injured actor and his driver were brought to the hospital from the accident site in another car. He was conscious at that time but soon his condition worsened. He was then put on a ventilator, he said.
Mr. Sreekumar has acted in more than 1,100 Malayalam films especially in comedy roles. He has won the State government’s award in different categories four times. He paired with actor Mohanlal in hit movies like Thalavattam and Kilukkam.