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Male actor Jayan from India, famous due to bollywood



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Krishnan Nair ( 1938-16 November 1980) better know by his stage name Jayan was a popular actor of the Malayalam film industry in the 1970s. He is considered as one of the superstars in Malayalam cinema. He had prominent roles as an action hero.


Early life

Jayan was born in 1938 in Kollam, Kerala, India as the first child of his father Thevalli, Kottaram Veetil Madhavan Pillai and mother Bharathiyamma. His birth-name was Krishan Nair . He had a Younger brother Soman Nair. Jayan's formal education ended 10th grade at Kollam Govt. Boys High school, then he joined the Indian Navy. The first accolades for his acting skills reached him when he was a Navy officer. He used to act in plays during various functions like anniversaries. The encouragement from his friends and colleagues in Navy gave him the desire to act in films. Jayan served the Indian Navy for 16 years. Then he left the Navy to try his hand in the film industry.


Jayan started his career with acting in minor roles. His first film was Shapa Moksham (1974). Jayan got his first major break with Thacholi Ambu (1978) in which he acted as a co-hero. What made Jayan a superstar was his negative hero role in Sarapanjaram (1979). He catapulted to fame riding on Machismo roles that endeared him to the masses, and he established himself as one of the most popular Malayalam film actors of his time. He is also touted as the first action hero in Malayalam cinema.

Jayan was very different from the typical Malayalam film stars of the then time in the sense that he had a good physique that befitted an action hero. With Jayan the advent of Serious Action movies began. The usual theme of family melodrama and "Romance-Songs-Running-in-between-trees" ended. Movies exploited his masculine physique and often could one see him appeared bare-chest in most of the scenes. His onscreen dress code, most famous for the Elvis bellbottoms, his masculine image and the nature of his death turned him into something of a legend in Kerala. Jayan was also known for having a very different and unique method of dialogue delivery and he has contributed many memorable lines to Malayalam film history.

In the late '90s and the early part of the 21st century, there was a resurgence in the popularity of Jayan in Kerala. A whole new generation of people (mostly teenagers) developed a Jayan "fad" and his old movies came into prominence again. This resurgence was mostly because of popular mimicry stage artists in the State, whose imitations of the star quickly caught on, and very soon, similar shows became common place in popular culture, mostly in college stage events, television programs and mimicry stage shows. This fad quickly came under criticism since most of them made a mockery of the star's typical mannerisms.


Jayan was killed in an accident on 16 November 1980, on the sets of the movie Kolilakkam. He was 42 then and at the height of his popularity. Jayan always did the stunts himself, and for this movie he was performing a particularly dangerous stunt that involved him boarding an airborne helicopter from a moving motorbike. The shot was okayed by the director in the first take, but some of Jayan colleagues insisted on a re-take as they were not satisfied with its perfection. During the re-take, he fell off the helicopter and succumbed to his injuries. There have been some conspiracy theories regarding the circumstances of his death. There are unverified claims that some colleagues who were jealous of his popularity conspired against him, though none have been proven

The memories of this popular star today stands immortalized in Malayalam film history with his loud, colourful, dress code, machismo mannerisms and unique speaking style together with the sudden resurgence of popularity nearly two decades after his tragic death.

Madhu, a famous malayalam actor prominent in 70s once said in an interview "Jayan will be masculine and young forever. No one can see him as an old man ever".


Ariyappedatha Rahasyam (1981) .... Raghu
Kolilakkam (1981)
Gargjanam (1981) .... (half part acted.Balance part completed by Rajnikanth)
Sanchari (1981)
Thadavara (1981) .... Seema
Aakramanam (1981)
Panchapandavar (1981)
Abhinayam (1981) .... Raghu
Agnisaram (1981)
Love in Singapore (1980) .... Suresh
Angaadi (1980) .... Babu
Anthappuram (1980) .... Ambika
Benz Vasu (1980)
Ethikkara Pakky (1980)
Idi Muzhakkam (1980)
Kaanatha Valayam (1980)
Karimpana (1980) .... Muthan
Kari Puranda Jeevithangal (1980)
Manushya Mrugam (1980) .... Babu/Gopi
Meen (1980)
Deepam (1980)
Chaakara (1980) .... Sethumadhavan
Moorkhan (1980) .... Vinod
Naayattu (1980)
Ethikkara Pakki (1980) .... Adimakannu
Paallattu Kunjikannan (1980)
Theenalangal (1980)
Chandrahasam (1980)
Sakthi (1980) .... Vijayan/Rajan Varma
Aavesham (1979) .... Gopi/Ravi
Angakkuri (1979)
Anupallavai (1979)
Avano Atho Avalo (1979)
Chuvanna Chirakukal (1979)
Kazhukan(1979) .... Velu
Venalil Oru Mazha(1979)
Irumpazhikal (1979) .... Jayabharathi
Ivide Kattinu Sugandam (1979)
Mamangam (1979) .... Moosa
Mochanam (1979)
Poottatha Pootukkal 1979)Tamil
Prabhu (1979)
Puthiya Velicham (1979) .... Venu
Vellayani Paramu (1979)
Sarapanjaram (1979) .... Rajasekharan
Sayoojyam (1979)
Oru Ragam Pala Thalam (1979)
Pennorumbettal (1979)
Sanndhyaragam (1979)
Pushyaragam (1979)
Sigharangal (1979)
Kadathanattu Makkam (1978)
Mukkuvane Snehicha Bhootham (1978)
Aana Paachan (1978)
Adavukal Pathinettu (1978)
Ee Manohara Theeram (1978)
Iniyum Puzha Ozhukum (1978) .... Vidhubaala
Itha Oru Manushyan (1978)
Jayikkanaayi Janichavan (1978)
Kaathirunna Nimiksham (1978)
Lisa (1978)
Mattoru Karnan (1978)
Soothrakkari (1978)
Thacholy Ambu (1978)
Yeatho Oru Swapnam (1978)
Kanyaka (1978)
Kalpavruksham (1978)
Asthamayam (1978)
Pattalam Janaki (1978)
Adimakkachavadam (1978)
Sathrusamharam (1978)
Midukkipponnamma (1978)
Madanolsavam (1978) .... Dr. Jayakumar
Angikaram (1977)
Acharam Ammini Osaram Omana (1977) .... Sudhakaran
Itha Ivide Vare (1977)
Ormakal Marikkumo? (1977)
Randu Lokam (1977)
Rathi Manmathan (1977)
Rajaparampara (1977)
Anjali (1977)
Aval viswasthayayirunnu (1977)
Abhinivesam (1977)
Kavilamma (1977)
Sukradasa (1977)
Ivanente Priyaputhran (1977)
Aparajitha (1977)
Adyapadham (1977)
Tholakkan Enikku Manassilla (1977)
Amrudha Vahini (1976)
Ashirvadam (1976)
Panchami (1976)
Yavvanam Daham (1976)
Mallanum Mathevanum (1976)
Agnipushpam (1976)
Ullasayathra (1975)
Shapa Moksham (1974)

External links

Jayan Nostalgia homepage in Manorama Online portal
Aakramanam(1981) Aana Paachan (1978) Aavesham (1979) Abhinayam(1981) Abhinivesam(1977) Acharam Ammini Osaram Omana (1977) Adavukal Pathinettu (1978) Adimakkachavadam(1978) Adyapadham(1977) Agnipushpam(1976) Agnisaram(1981) Amruthavahini(1976) Angaadi (1980) Angakkuri (1979) Angeekaram Anjali(1977) Anthappuram (1980) Anubhoothikalude Nimisham (1978) Anumodhanam(1978) Anupallavai (1979) Aparajitha(1977) Ariyappedatha Rahasyam (1981) Ashirvadam (1976) Asthamayam(1978) Aval Kanda Lokam(1978) Aval oru devalayam(1977) Avano Atho Avalo (1979) Benz Vasu (1980) Chakara(1980) Chandrahasam(1980) Chuvanna Chirakukal (1979) Deepam(1980) Ee Manohara Theeram (1978) Ethikkara Pakky (1980) Ente shatrukkal(1982) Evan ente priya puthran(1977) Hemandha Ratri(1978) Idi Muzhakkam (1980) Iniyum Puzha Ozhukum (1978) .... Vidhubaala Irumpazhikal (1979) Itha Ivide Vare (1977) Itha Oru Manushyan (1978) Ivide Kattinu Sugandam (1979) Jayikkanaayi Janichavan (1978) Kaanatha Valayam (1980) Kaathirunna Nimiksham (1978) Kadathanattu makkam(1978) Kallu karthiyani(1979) Kalpavruksham(1978) Kamadenu (1976) Kannappanunni(1977) Kanyaka(1978) Kari Puranda Jeevithangal (1980) Karimpana (1980) Kavilamma(1977) Kazhukan(1979) Kolilakkam (1981) Komaram(1982) Lisa (1978) Love in Singapore (1980) Madanolsavam (1976) Makam Piranna Manga (1977) Mallanum mathevanum(1976) Mamangam (1979) Manassoru Mayil(1977) Manushya Mrugam (1980) Mattoru Karnan (1978) Meen (1980) Midukkipponnamma(1978) Mochanam (1979) Moorkhan (1980) Mukkuvane snehicha bhootham(1978) Naayattu (1980) Ormakal Marikkumo? (1977) Oru ragam pala thalam(1979) Orkuka Vellapozhum Paallattu Kunjikannan (1980) Paavadakari(1978) Palkadal (1976) Panchami (1976) Pattalam janaki(1978) Pennorumbettal(1979) Pichathikuttappan (1979) Poottatha Pootukkal (1980) Tamil Prabhu (1979) Pushyaragam(1979) Puthiya Velicham (1979) Rajaparampara(1977) Randu Lokam (1977) Randu pennkuttikal (1978) Rathi Manmathan (1977) Ratrikal Ninakku vendi (1979) Sakthi (1980) Sanchari(1981) Sanndhyaragam(1979) Sarapanjaram (1979) Sarppam(1979) Sathrusamharam(1978) Sayoojyam (1979) Shapa Moksham (1974) Sigharangal(1979) Snehayamuna(1977) Snehikkan smayamilla(1978) Soothrakkari (1978) Sukradasa(1977) Thacholy Ambu (1978) Thadavara (1981) Theenalangal(1980) Tholakkan enikku manassilla(1977) Ullasayathra(1975) Vellayani paramu (1979) Venalil oru mazha(1979) Vishwaroopam (1978) Yeatho Oru Swapnam (1978)

Gargjanam(half part acted.Balance part completed by Rajnikanth) Panchapandavar (not released)

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