Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Untimely Death of Malayalam Movie Legends – Lessons to be Learnt


Just glance through the list of the some legends of Malayalam movie and the age at which they died – Bharathan (51), Padmarajan (45), Narendra Prasad (57), NF Varghese (53), Lohithadas (54), Rajan P Dev (56), Murali (55) and now Cochin Haneefa (59). What do all these deaths have in common? They all died at a young age leaving a big vacuum in the world of cinema.

We all mourn the death of these great people. But do we ever given a thought why they died at a very young age?

Let us take Bharathan for example. In the late eighties I have seen an interview with him in Doordarshan. In the 15 minute interview he had finished smoking two cigarettes. Just think of this – a person who smokes even while giving a TV interview, how many cigarettes he may be smoking a day?

Most of the artists had to drink to invoke the artistic mind (at least that is what they claim) and those mentioned above are not an exception. Another bad habit all these people have – lack of exercise. We eat all kinds of food but never do any exercise when we are healthy. I can surely say beyond doubt that excessive alcoholism and/or chain smoking and/or lack of exercise has taken the life of all the above greats of Malayalam movie that could have been easily avoided.

Now if we think that this is just confined to film personalities we are wrong. It is becoming the latest trend now. Just look around – we may know of someone who is in their forties or fifties dying of heart attack. Reason – lot of us are following the same life style of eating a lot without any exercise, excessive drinking and smoking.

We are adamant and never change our habits till it is late. Padmarajan for example during the last few days of his life quit smoking. But it was too late. I recently tried to advise someone about the eating habits. One of my friend’s father who is in his fifties eats a lot and never does any exercise. I told him it is time to eat less and do more exercise. What he told me is that he is perfectly fine now and will see when he gets sick. This is the mentality of most of us and this attitude needs to be change.

To me smoking even a cigarette a day over a period of time is bad and you will be forced to pay the price of it later. Social drinking is fine but drinking daily and that too drinking low quality stuff is equivalent to inviting an early death. Now about our food habits – our food habits are designed for people who do lot of physical work. Now with more white collar jobs we hardly do any physical work but eat the same kind of food our ancestors used to eat after doing tons of physical work. It is time to stop eating excessively to keep ourselves healthy.

Now have we learned any lessons from the untimely death of these film stars? I don’t think so. I recently read an interview with the famous Malayalam actor Salim Kumar when he proudly claimed “I smoke at least 20 beedis a day”. Why don’t these people learn from experience?

It is time to change the way we live. Other wise we are bound to hear more and more news of these untimely deaths.

QUIT SMOKING, DRINK JUDICIOUSLY, EAT WISELY AND EXERCISE PROPERLY TO LIVE A HEALTHY LIFE!

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14 Comments:

Anonymous rocksea said...

aduthathu mohanlal aayirikkumo?

July 31, 2009 9:20 AM  
Blogger Rockus said...

Good write-up. We were talking about this a couple of days back just before Rajan.P.Dev passed away. A cousin who works in the industry once told me that cigarettes, alcohol, and women are the three creative ingredients. Different people working in the industry uses different combination of the 3 three. Of course there are exceptions.

July 31, 2009 9:28 AM  
Blogger Brijesh Nair said...

rocksea,
I wish not...

Rockus
I have heard the same a lot of times.

July 31, 2009 9:29 AM  
Blogger Kiran KV said...

"..... But do we ever given a thought why they died at a very young age? "

Young age means 46 to 56 age period ? All of these peoples died in their old age.. right ?

July 31, 2009 12:54 PM  
Blogger scorpiogenius said...

Kiran, what do you call 80s and 90s then?

40s and 50s are still hugely productive years for anyone. 60s are termed the 'youth' of old age, and leaving the stage in the 50s is indeed dying young enough.

July 31, 2009 1:33 PM  
Blogger babusyed said...

//Most of the artists had to drink to invoke the artistic mind (at least that is what they claim)//

remember balachandran chullikad saying in an interview: " Q: thaangal kanjaavadichittaano kavitha ezhuthunnathu? A: kanchaavadichaal kavitha poyittu oru kathezhuthaan polum pattilla"

August 01, 2009 9:49 AM  
Blogger Brijesh Nair said...

Kiran KV..

Fifties should be the prime age for everything.I fully agree with scorpiogenius.

August 01, 2009 10:03 AM  
Blogger Kiran KV said...

"The average Indian’s life expectancy at birth has gone up to over 66 years for men and 71 years for women. "
And also in Government sectors they limit the service period as 55 in Kerala and 60 years for Central government. Because of What ???? It is not a young age. It is old age.
Also i am not support anybody to start drink or smoke :)

August 01, 2009 1:55 PM  
Blogger Brijesh Nair said...

Kiran,
The average life expectancy was less few decades back because of the lack of advances in the medical field. Now the average life expectancy is less now due to the unhealthy way we live. that is my take on it.

August 02, 2009 8:20 PM  
Anonymous Startonomics said...

Agree to a great extent.

August 07, 2009 7:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They way drinking is picturised in malayalam movies is questionable, most movies show kallu kudichu pussakunathu as a thamsha. It is not a thamsha, alcholisim needs serious professional help to get rid of the habbit, if not they will have serious health issues for themeselves or create trouble for others by drunken driving, wife beating etc. You can have a blogpost of clips showing kallu kudi in mallu movies.

August 08, 2009 5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brijesh,
You bring up the interesting point about lack of exercise. The average Keralite does not have a healthy lifestyle. It is a shame that the state with highest levels of literacy probably also has the highest number of courch potatoes.

South Asians are at very high risk for heart disease compared to other populations in the world. According to the current trends, 60% of all the world's heart patients will soon be in India. See
https://www.southasianheartcenter.org/why-southasians/cadstatistics.html

Undisciplined food habits, genetic predisposition to heart diseases and lack of awareness about such diseases are factors leading to this..


Smoking is a factor too...but more people die of heart disease than that and many other diseases combined..

Schools and TV channels in India need to promote sports and athletics. The many TV channels that host singing and dancing contests could also organize some sports contests. That would help the motivate the younger generation to stay healthy and perhaps get us a couple of medals in the world stage.

February 02, 2010 8:30 PM  
Anonymous blr_voice twitter said...

really it is an important fact that
you r pointing out

high time that mallus change their
habits concerning food and exercise. when i tell my mom to some sports she will answer that she isnt overweight,so no need for that and sports is for young people anyway.

another thing i simply dont understand is drinking. Mallu are proud to say that they are/were drunk. there is nothing against few drinks occasionally or at parties. But every weekend and for a lot of mallus everday !??

seriously we need a change of attitude towards these habits!!!
actors/directors and other celebrities need to lead that change. they should be our role models!

February 03, 2010 1:43 AM  
Blogger Arun Shankar said...

But Kochin Haneefa seems to be an exception. It is said that he never drank. His untimely death due to liver sclerosis may be attributed to some other reason.

February 04, 2010 8:02 AM  

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