More than five decades after he made his silver screen debut, renowned actor Madhu remains etched in the minds of cinemagoers thanks to the multi-faceted roles he essayed as actor, director and producer.

On Thursday, the veteran actor was felicitated in a glittering function held at Fine Arts Hall here, to mark his golden jubilee in the film industry.

Speaking on the occasion, poet O.N.V. Kurup said Madhu was among the most respected actors Malayalam film industry has ever seen. Coming together of the entire Malayalam film fraternity to felicitate him and the unanimous opinion across the State that he should have been conferred the Padma Shri long before indicate the immense respect and love he commands, he said.

Writer M.T. Vasudevan Nair said Madhu’s ability to live in the hearts of the people was more important than any award.

Earlier, Minister for Excise and Ports K. Babu inaugurated the function, organised jointly by Macta, Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce, Kerala Film Producers Association, Film Distributors’ Federation, Film Exhibitors Federation, Film Exhibitors Association, Kerala State Film Academy, Kerala State Film Development Corporation, Kerala State Cultural Welfare Board, AMMA, and Fefka.

Madhu was honoured in 2004 by the Kerala government with the J.C. Daniel Lifetime Achievement Award.