A life-size statue of Mollywood’s evergreen matinee idol, who created a record by acting in more than 600 movies, is to be set up in Thiruvananthpuram
In view of increasing demands from cultural and film circles, the state government has decided to erect Prem Nazir‘s statue at a suitable spot in the city.
Cultural Affairs Minister KC Joseph had informed the state assembly in a submission on January 8, that steps were being taken to identify a suitable location for erecting the statue of the actor, who dominated Malayalam cinema from the ‘50s to early ‘80s. The government had already sanctioned Rs 10 lakh for the memorial project based on the request submitted by actor Suresh Gopi on behalf of the Trivandrum Film Fraternity, but it had got delayed in finding an ideal site. The minister said the government would provide enough funds for the memorial.
An all-time superstar of Malayalam, Prem Nazir (Abdul Khader in real life) commanded a great fan following among Malayalis. A Padma Bhushan awardee, apart from box office hits, Nazir had essayed memorable roles in films like Iruttinte Athmavu, Kallichellamma, Murappennu and Anubhavangal Paalichakal, based on eminent Malayalam literary works.
Today, marks the 25th death anniversary (January 16, 1989) of the evergreen legend. Malayalam Superstar Mohanlal remembers the actor on social networking sites – “remembering Prem Nazir Sir – The Ever Green Actor.” Ramachandra Babu tweeted, “25 Years without PREM NAZIR, the Legendary Actor and Human Being!”