Veteran Malayalam actor Mamukkoya, known for his comic roles in an acting career spanning over four decades, was laid to rest at a burial ground in Kozhikode on Thursday with state honours as hundreds turned up for his one final glimpse. The actor died at a private hospital in Kozhikode on Wednesday after being hospitalised earlier this week when he suffered a heart attack during the inauguration of a soccer tournament. He was 76.
His body was kept for public display on Wednesday at the Kozhikode Town Hall, where thousands turned up to pay their last respects, and then later moved to his home in Arakkinar Kozhikode.
Hundreds turned up at his home and the nearby Arakkinar Mujahid mosque this morning to pay their last respects, before his body was taken to the Kannamparambu kabristhan for being laid to rest there.
At the burial ground, after brief prayers, Mamukkoya’s body was buried with state honours close to 11 AM. Hundreds of people from all walks of life, including politicians and members of the film industry, turned up to bid farewell to the veteran comedian whose career spanned more than four-and-half decades.
He had recently returned to acting after surviving cancer, sources said.
The veteran actor was known for his sharp comic timing, spontaneity and wit entwined with his Kozhikode slang of Malayalam. Born in 1946, Mamukkoya was a theatre artist from his school days and worked as a wood measurer and a carnival actor before entering the world of films with Nilambur Balan’s movie Anyarude Bhoomi.
Subsequently, he acted in around 500 films, including comedies like Sandesam, Nadodikkattu, Innathe Chintha Vishayam, His Highness Abdullah, Thalayanamanthram, Varavelpu and Ramji Rao Speaking.
Phrases in his dialogues, like Nariyal ka pani in the film Sandesam and ‘Gafoor ka dost’ in Nadodikkattu, were appreciated by audiences and are still popular among Malayalam film enthusiasts.
Mamukkoya won several awards and honours for his various roles during his extensive career. He received the state government’s best comedian award for his performance in Innathe Chintha Vishayam, a Special Mention from the State Film Awards Jury for his performance in Perumazhakkalam and also won the Abu Dhabi Kala Ratna award.
The actor is survived by wife and four children.
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