Jagathy Sreekumar

Jagathy Sreekumar

Jagathy Sreekumar at AMMA meeting in 2008
Birth name Sreekumar Achary
Born (1951-01-05) 5 January 1951
Trivandrum, Thiru-Kochi, India (present-day Kerala, India)
Years active 1975 – 2012
Spouse Mallika Sukumaran (1976–1979)
Children Rajkumar, Parvathi, Sreelakshmi[2]
Parent(s) Jagathy N. K. Achary, Prasanna

Sreekumar Achary (born 5 January 1951), better known by his stage name Jagathy Sreekumar, is an Indian film actor who has starred in over a 1,000 Malayalam films in a career spanning almost four decades. He's popular mainly for his comedy roles.[3]

Jagathy is on the Guinness Book of World Records for essaying roles in more than a thousand films. He has won 5 Kerala State Film Awards for roles in various films. He has also directed two films and has written screenplays for two films. His stage name is derived from the neighbourhood of Jagathy in Thiruvananthapuram from where he hails.

Jagathy met with an accident on March 2012 and has been hospitalized for over a year. He's still recovering from his injuries. His film career has been on hold since the accident.[4]


Sreekumar was born on 5 January 1951 in Jagathy, Thiruvananthapuram.[5] He is the son of Malayalam dramatist and writer Jagathy N. K. Achary (1924–1997) (also fondly known as Jagathy) and his wife Prasanna from the famed Edavancaud family of Mavelikkara. N. K. Achary was an All India Radio employee. He has two brothers, Krishnakumar and Jameela Murali (Step brother) and a sister, Sugadamma (Step sister). Even from childhood, Jagathy Sreekumar had the dream of becoming an actor.[3] Jagathy attended the Model School in Trivandrum, and graduated with a bachelor's degree from Mar Ivanios College, Trivandrum. After college he worked as a Medical Representative and later became an actor.[6]

Jagathy married Mallika Sukumaran in 1976 and divorced in 1979. He later married Shobha in 1984. They have a son, Rajkumar, and a daughter, Parvathy. He also has a daughter Sreelakshmi with his third wife Kala.[2]

On 10 March 2012, he was seriously injured in a road accident at Panambra near the Calicut University at Tenhipalam in Malappuram dt. .[7] He was immediately rushed to MIMS Hospital in Kozhikode, where he remained for one month. Later, he was taken to Vellore Christian Medical College for advanced treatment. He underwent multiple surgical procedures. He remained in hospital for twelve months, appearing in public for the first time in March 2013, unable to speak.[8] In 2014, he was again taken to Vellore for further check-ups and returned to his home later. In between as part of recovery he tried walking of his own and fell down, hitting his head into a stand and getting a minor cut. Now, he is slowly recovering from the complications caused by the accident. Recently he appeared in a private channel during onam with Nedumudi Venu where he was found singing old songs. He made a visit to a college function near Kottayam were his daughter Srilakshmi ran down to stage and spent some time with him on stage & later revealed that her father recognized her and she updated him about her studies and that made him really happy.


Sreekumar Achary was a Class V student at Model School in Thiruvananthapuram when he first got the opportunity to act in a play. By the time he joined Mar Ivanios College, Thiruvananthapuram, he had become an experienced theatre person.[3]

His first film was Chattambi Kalyani. His role earned him recognition. With 1,100-odd Malayalam films to his credit, he is reckoned to be one of the most popular actors in the Malayalam film industry.[9] He has directed two films, written stories for two films & sung in 10 odd films. He considers acting a serious profession. Nevertheless, his contribution to cinema was neglected and never was considered at any awards.[3] He acted once in a language other than Malayalam: in Aadum Koothu, a Tamil film directed by the Malayalam director T. V. Chandran.[10]Narasimham was the 1000th movie of Jagathy Sreekumar. He holds the world record for acting in maximum number of films.


Kerala State Film Award


As an actor




As a playback singer

As director

As writer

Dialogue, screenplay

Television serial


Further reading


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