Salim Kumar, best known for his comic roles, wins the National Award for his serious character in Adaminte Makan Abu
From being synonymous with comic characters, Salim Kumar now finds himself in the hall of fame as a serious actor, after winning the National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in Adaminte Makan Abu (Malayalam). Salim plays a Malabari who sells Unani medicines and Arab perfume to earn enough to go on a Haj pilgrimage. “I was very sad when this film did not get any attention at the local film awards. You can imagine my happiness when I got the National Award,” says Salim. The 42-year-old actor started his career as a mimicry artiste, before moving on to the big screen. Among his most popular films are Kilichundan Mampazham, Achchan Urangatha Veedu and Chocolate.
Says Salim Ahmed, the director of Adaminte Makan Abu: “My decision to cast him has proven absolutely right. I am happy with this national recognition.”