KPAC Lalitha, a well-known Malayalam actor, died late Tuesday at her home in Tripunithura, near here, according to film industry sources.
She was 74 years old at the time. Sidharth Bharathan, an actor and director, and Sreekutty, her daughter, survive Lalitha. She was married to late Bharathan, the legendary Malayalam film director.
Lalitha had been confined to her bed for several months.
Lalitha began her acting career as a theatre artist with KPAC (Kerala People’s Arts Club), a theatre collective in Kerala, five decades ago. She is known for her versatility in playing a wide range of characters.
In 1969, she debuted in the film industry with K S Sethumadhavan’s ‘Koottukudumbam.’
In the late 1970s, Lalitha took a break from acting, but she returned in 1983 with Bharathan’s ‘Kattathe Kilikkoodu.’
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressed his condolences for her death, saying that her acting skills could help her win the hearts of people of all generations.
Lalitha was also the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi’s chairperson.