Popular Malayalam film star Padma Shri Jayaram was in Kuwait recently to inaugurate Joyalukkas Exchange branches across Kuwait. During his short visit he took time off to speak to The Times, Kuwait about his association with the Joyalukkas brand and his foray into acting.
“I started my career as a mimicry artist,” he revealed and humbly mentions his first visit to Kuwait in the late 80’s at the start of his career. Following that visit, Jayaram has made several more and performed here on many occasions to the delight of his fans. Recounting his early career, he said he joined Kalabhavan, a professional mimicry troupe in Kochi. At the age of 22, he was introduced into the cinema field by script writer and filmmaker Padmarajan ,who gave Jayaram his launching pad with the 1988 film 'Aparan'. Jayaram subsequently acted in several hit films and became one of the Superstars of Malayalam film industry through the film Meleparambil Aanveedu(1993) which was directed by Rajasenan. It was the biggest hit of that time, which broke several records. He also forayed into Tamil cinema.
Soft spoken, Jayaram comes across as an extremely friendly person to interact with. Speaking about his association with Joyalukkas Exchange, he says Joy is not only a good friend but also an extremely affable and well-natured person who has succeeded with his perseverance and hard work. This he notes is an extremely rare quality that Joy Alukkas possesses.
“I am honoured to be representing the company for the past 5 years since the exchange itself stands for trust, convenience and innovative solutions,” he points out. In 2011, Jayaram was bestowed with the Padma Shri award, the highest civilian honour for his work as an artist, percussionist, chenda player and mimicry artist. "For a person like me, it is the ultimate recognition. I just can't ask for more,” he noted.
- Staff Report