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Maheshwari Amma (born February 25, 1947), better known by her stage name K. P. A. C. Lalitha, is an Indian film and stage actress who works primarily in Malayalam theatre and Malayalam cinema. In a career spanning five decades, she has starred in over 550 films. She is the current chairperson of the Kerala
Kerala
Sangeetha Nadaka Academy. She was married to the late Malayalam filmmaker Bharathan.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography 5 Awards 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] K. P. A. C. Lalitha was born as eldest among five children as Maheshwari Amma on February 25, 1947 in Aranmula, Pathanamthitta, Kerala
Kerala
to Kadaykatharayil Veettil K. Ananthan Nair and Bhargavi Amma. She has four siblings: Indira, Babu, Rajan and Shyamala. Her father was a photographer who was from Kayamkulam
Kayamkulam
and mother was a housewife who was from Aranmula. She spent most of her childhood at Ramapuram near Kayamkulam, Alappuzha. Her family migrated to Changanassery, Kotttayam for her to join dance class.[1] She learned to dance when she was a child under the Chellappan Pilla and then with Kalamandalam Gangadharan. She started acting in plays when she was 10 years old.[2] Her first appearance on stage was in the play Geethayude Bali. She later joined K.P.A.C. ( Kerala
Kerala
People's Arts Club), which was a prominent leftist drama troupe in Kerala. She was given the screen-name Lalitha and later, when she started acting in movies, the tag K.P.A.C. was added to her screen-name to differentiate it from another actress known as Lalitha.[citation needed] Career[edit] Her first movie was the film adaptation of Koottukudumbam directed by K. S. Sethumadhavan. In 1978 she married Bharathan, a noted Malayalam film director.[3] She took a break from film acting for sometime, doing only a few films. The second era of her career started with Kattathe Kilikkoodu (1983) directed by her husband. During this time, she did many critically acclaimed roles including those in Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam (1986), Ponn Muttyidunna Tharavu (1988), Mukunthetta Sumitra Vilikkunnu (1988), Vadakku Nooki Yanthram
Vadakku Nooki Yanthram
(1989), Dasharatham (1989), Venkalam (1993), Godfather (1991), Amaram
Amaram
(1991), Vietnam Colony (1993), Pavithram
Pavithram
(1993), Manichitrathazhu
Manichitrathazhu
(1994), Sphadikam
Sphadikam
(1995), and Aniyathi Pravu (1997). She won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Amaram
Amaram
(1991), a film directed by her husband Bharathan.[citation needed] In 1998, when Bharathan
Bharathan
died, she took a break for a few months, only to come back with a brilliant performance in Sathyan Anthikkad directed Veendum Chila Veetukaryangal (1999). K.P.A.C. Lalitha's notable roles in recent years were in Shantham (2000), Life Is Beautiful (2000) and Valkannadi (2002). She won her second National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Shantham (2000), directed by Jayaraj.[4] She still appears in films.[5] K.P.A.C. Lalitha has acted in over 500 films in Malayalam cinema. Apart from Malayalam, she has acted in some Tamil films including Kadhalukku Mariyadhai
Kadhalukku Mariyadhai
(1997), Alaipayuthey (2000) and Kireedam (2007). Particularly, her performance in Tamil film Kadhalukku Mariyadhai
Kadhalukku Mariyadhai
as Shalini's mother won her critical acclaim. Personal life[edit] Lalitha has a daughter Sreekutty and a son Sidharth who debuted as an actor in the movie Nammal, which was directed by Kamal. After a short career in acting, he chose a career in film direction. In 2012, he made his directorial debut with Nidra, which is the remake of 1984 film with the same title written and directed by his father Bharathan.[citation needed]. Now Sidharth Bharathan
Bharathan
is scaling to heights with good movies; Chandrettan Evideya and Varnyathil Aashanka are running well. Lalitha published an autobiography, titled Katha Thudarum (Story To Be Continued), which won the Cherukad
Cherukad
Award in 2013.[6] Filmography[edit] Main article: K. P. A. C. Lalitha filmography Awards[edit]

National Film Awards

1990: Best Supporting Actress - Amaram[7] 2000: Best Supporting Actress - Shantham

Kerala
Kerala
State Film Awards

1975: Second Best Actress - Neela Ponman, Onnum Lelle (1975) 1978: Second Best Actress - Aaravam 1990: Second Best Actress - Amaram 1991: Second Best Actress - Kadinjool Kalyanam, Godfather, Sandhesam

Asianet Film Awards

2000: Best Supporting Actress - Shantham 2007: Best Supporting Actress - Thaniye, Nasrani, Aakasham 2011: Best Supporting Actress - Snehaveedu

Filmfare Awards South

2009: Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award

Other awards

2007: Premji
Premji
Award[8] 2009: Thoppil Bhasi
Thoppil Bhasi
Prathibha Award 2009: Annual Malayalam Movie Award (Dubai) for Best Outstanding Performances[9] 2010: Bharat Murali Award[10] 2011: Bahadoor
Bahadoor
Award[11][12] 2011: Kambisseri Karunakaran Award[13] 2012: Thoppil Bhasi
Thoppil Bhasi
Prathibha Award 2014: Kalaratna Fellowship by Kerala
Kerala
Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Vanitha Film Award - Lifetime Achievement SIIMA - Lifetime Achievement PK RosY Award Vanithalokam Award

See also[edit]

Bharathan National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress Kerala
Kerala
State Film Awards

References[edit]

^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53Ps6KvdlDM ^ [1] Archived 7 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine. ^ " KPAC Lalitha - Malayalam celebrities the stories and the gossips". Movies.deepthi.com. Retrieved 2015-11-18.  ^ [2] Archived 24 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine. ^ [3][dead link] ^ " Cherukad
Cherukad
Award for KPSC Lalitha". Dcbooks.com. Archived from the original on 19 November 2015. Retrieved 18 November 2015.  ^ "Directorate of Film Festival" (PDF). Iffi.nic.in. Retrieved 2015-11-18.  ^ " KPAC Lalitha won the Premji
Premji
Award". Mallufilmworld.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2015-11-18.  ^ "Annual Malayalam Movie Awards(AMMA) Announced". Archived from the original on 15 December 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2011.  ^ " KPAC Lalitha gets Bharat Murali Award - Filmibeat". Entertainment.oneindia.in. 2010-08-09. Retrieved 2015-11-18.  ^ "Latest Malayalam Movies". Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2011.  ^ "കെ.പി.എ.സി ലളിതയ്ക്ക് ബഹദൂര്‍ പുരസ്‌കാരം". Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 11 December 2013.  ^ " KPAC Lalitha Bags Kambiserry Karunakaran Award". Moovyshoovy.com. Retrieved 2015-11-18. 

External links[edit]

K. P. A. C. Lalitha on IMDb Profile, msidb.org; accessed 18 November 2015.

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National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress

1984–2000

Rohini Hattangadi
Rohini Hattangadi
(1984) Vijaya Mehta
Vijaya Mehta
(1985) Manjula Kanwar (1986) Surekha Sikri
Surekha Sikri
(1987) Uttara Baokar (1988) Manorama (1989) K. P. A. C. Lalitha (1990) Santha Devi
Santha Devi
(1991) Revathi
Revathi
(1992) Neena Gupta
Neena Gupta
(1993) Surekha Sikri
Surekha Sikri
(1994) Aranmula
Aranmula
Ponnamma (1995) Rajeshwari Sachdev
Rajeshwari Sachdev
(1996) Karisma Kapoor
Karisma Kapoor
(1997) Suhasini Mulay
Suhasini Mulay
(1998) Sudipta Chakraborty and Sohini Haldar (1999) K. P. A. C. Lalitha (2000)

2001–present

Ananya Khare (2001) Raakhee
Raakhee
(2002) Sharmila Tagore
Sharmila Tagore
(2003) Sheela (2004) Urvashi (2005) Konkona Sen Sharma
Konkona Sen Sharma
(2006) Shefali Shah
Shefali Shah
(2007) Kangana Ranaut
Kangana Ranaut
(2008) Arundathi Nag
Arundathi Nag
(2009) Sukumari
Sukumari
(2010) Leishangthem Tonthoingambi Devi (2011) Dolly Ahluwalia
Dolly Ahluwalia
and Kalpana (2012) Amruta Subhash
Amruta Subhash
and Aida El-Kashef (2013) Baljinder Kaur (2014) Tanvi Azmi
Tanvi Azmi
(2015) Zaira Wasim
Zaira Wasim
(2016)

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Filmfare Award South for Lifetime Achievement

1983–1989

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
(1983) Sowcar Janaki
Sowcar Janaki
(1984) Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
(1985) Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair (1986) Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
(1987) Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
(1988) Ilaiyaraaja
Ilaiyaraaja
(1989)

1990–1999

Padmini (1990) M. T. Vasudevan Nair (1991) L. V. Prasad
L. V. Prasad
(1992) Gemini Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
(1993) K. Balachander, Kasinathuni Viswanath, B. Saroja Devi, Madhu, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Soumitra Chatterjee
Soumitra Chatterjee
(1994) Nagesh & Manorama (1995) Krishna & Sharada (1996) Nedumudi Venu
Nedumudi Venu
& S. Janaki
S. Janaki
(1997) Allu Rama Lingaiah & Lakshmi (1998) Pandari Bai
Pandari Bai
& Mugur Sundar (1999) D. Ramanaidu & Sheela (2000)

2001–2010

M. S. Viswanathan
M. S. Viswanathan
& Dasari Narayana Rao
Dasari Narayana Rao
(2001) Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao & Vishnuvardhan (2002) K. J. Yesudas
K. J. Yesudas
& Vijayashanti (2003) K. R. Vijaya & Ramoji Rao (2004) Thilakan
Thilakan
& Sukumari
Sukumari
(2005) Krishnam Raju
Krishnam Raju
& P. Susheela
P. Susheela
(2006) Sivakumar
Sivakumar
& Jaya Prada
Jaya Prada
(2007) Veturi Sundararama Murthy
Veturi Sundararama Murthy
(2008) Ambareesh & KPAC Lalitha (2009) Chiranjeevi
Chiranjeevi
& Jayasudha (2010)

2011–present

S. P. Muthuraman
S. P. Muthuraman
& Seema (2011) Bapu & Vani Jairam
Vani Jairam
(2012) Balu Mahendra
Balu Mahendra
& Jayabharathi
Jayabharathi
(2013) I. V. Sasi
I. V. Sasi
& Raadhika (2014) Mohan Babu (2015) Vijaya Nirmala (2016)

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