Kerala

Film director K.K. Haridas passes away

He had a knack for making comedies

K.K. Haridas, 53, who died in Kochi on Sunday, directed some enjoyable comedies in the 1990s that are still being watched on television and the internet. His first film, Vadhu Doctoranu, released in 1994, is considered his best.

It was one of those films narrated in rustic background with some brilliantly funny sequences. The 90s were a fertile period for that. The genre has almost become extinct in Malayalam cinema now.

The strength of Vadhu Doctoranu was its script, written by Reghunath Paleri. The film was about a KSEB engineer who married a veterinary doctor believing her to be a medical doctor.

Jayaram and Nadia Moidu were superb in the lead roles and were supported by character actors such as Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Jagathy Sreekumar, Mala Aravindan, and KPAC Lalitha. “It remains one of my favourite films,” Jayaram told The Hindu over phone.

He said he had begun working with Haridas long before Vadhu Doctoranu. “He was the associate director of many popular films I worked with director Rajasenan, including Meleparambil Aanveedu and Ayalathe Addeham,” he said.

“I was impressed with his work; the role of an associate director is very important on a film set, as he does about 70% of the director’s work.”

Though Haridas could not make another film of the quality of Vadhu Doctoranu, he did come up with a few fine comedies such as Kakkaykkum Poochaykkum Kalyanam, which was one of the earliest films that cast Dileep in the lead role. Kinnam Katta Kallan and Kokkerakko are among the comedies that still elicit positive comments on YouTube.

Born in Mylapra village in Pathanamthitta district, Haridas was residing in Chembumukku near Kakkanad.

The funeral is slated to be held at 10 a.m on Monday at a public crematorium near Edappally.

Haridas is survived by wife Anitha and two children Haritha and Suryadas. Musician Kannur Rajan was his brother-in-law.

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