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Kollam Ajith, the familiar henchman of Malayalam movies

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Kollam Ajith, the familiar henchman of Malayalam movies Ajith challenged almost all the superstars of Mollywood on screen.

It was in 1983 that a 21-year-old turned up at Mollywood maestro P Padmarajan's shooting location requesting an opportunity to work as an assistant director under him. Padmarajan engaged in a brief discussion with him, regarding his skills, experience and vision. In less than an hour, the master director cast him as an actor in his next 'Parannu parannu parannu.' That young talent who stunned P Padmarajan in the very first meeting was none other than Kollam Ajith. He aced numerous antagonist characters in the industry then forth.

A bit of mystery, a trail of romance, subtle libertinism, a prepossessing heroine and a character for Kollam Ajith – that was the formula P Padmarajan followed in his movies during his peak time. Ajith left behind his directorial whims temporarily and nurtured his acting career. The result was a series of memorable villain characters who adorned colourful costumes and reared a mane.

Ajith challenged almost all the superstars of Mollywood on screen. His character as antagonist Nambiar's (Thilakan) henchman in the much popular Mohanlal-Sreenivasan movie 'Nadodikkattu' being one of the most noticed roles. Malayalam movie lovers cannot forget his 'Mr. India Goonda' (the bodybuilder goon) in 'Aaraam Thampuran'. Ajith's characters were noticed and acknowledged even when they were cameo or negative. His roles in 'Manu Uncle', 'Aparan' and 'No.20 Madras Mail' showcased his talent as a stunt-artist.

Ajith also essayed some positive character roles in movies like 'Olympian Anthony Adam' in which he performed the role of a police officer. He even debuted as a protagonist character in the year 1989 movie 'Agnipravesham'. He brushed up his directorial skills almost 34 years later after his debut to present the industry a much-discussed movie that spread a strong message against terrorism. In his movie 'Pakal Pole' (2017) Ajith unleashed his exquisite skills as a character artist and left the viewers in tears.

'Ivan Ardhanari' was another milestone in his career. Ajith stunned the Malayalam cinema audience with his unconventional performance which unfortunately turned out to be his last. Outlanders might view Ajith as a frantic youngster who aggressively acted out miscellaneous roles, mostly as henchman, in almost all genres of Malayalam cinema. But as he dies at the age of 56, Ajith, who had been a director and script writer as well, hasn't left any of his talents unfurnished.

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