For Malayalees, Appani Sarath is a household name. The slender villain with sharp eyes has carved his place in the hearts of movie buffs with the Lijo Jose Pellissery directorial Angamaly Diaries. The movie proved to be lucky for him and made him an overnight star, and an actor much in demand. Angamaly Diaries was followed by movies such as Velipadinte Pusthakam, Pokkiri Simon, Pipin Chuvattile Pranayam. Gradually, he spread his wings to Kollywood where he debuted with master director Mani Ratnam’s Chekka Chivantha Vaanam. His journey did not end there. He widened his area by venturing into the web platform. In web Series Auto Shankar, he plays the serial killer Gowri Shankar a.k.a. Auto Shankar whose tales of horror shook Madras city in the 80s. He was lauded for his portrayal as the titular character in this binge-worthy series.
Here are a few interesting facts to know about the actor.
- Appani Sarath’s real name is Sarath Kumar. However, he is known as Appani Sarath or Appani Ravi among his fans. Appani is his character’s name in Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Angamaly Diaries, which made him popular.
- He was one among those 86 newbies who debuted with the film. However, his character was noticed and he stayed.
- He hails from Thiruvananthapuram, not Angamaly as many viewers believe. Although the makers of Angamaly Diaries were primarily looking for actors from the place, they chose Sarath because they were impressed by his skill.
- His wife Reshma is a dancer. The actor considers her as his lucky charm. Because it was on the day he confessed his love to her that the audition of Angamaly Diaries occurred. On the day she said yes, Sarath got a call from Chemban Vinod Jose (writer of Angamaly Diaries) about his selection. The couple got married in 2017 and have a daughter.
- Sarath has a background in theatre. It has been his forte since school days. When fellow students went for tuition after daily classes, Sarath preferred to be in the theatre workshop where he honed his skills. He has directed and acted in plays and mimes. One among them is Cyclist which received the State Youth Welfare Board Award. For a while, he worked in children’s theatre too.
- Although he got into movies, he still works for theatre. He intends to bring an application, theatre life, for those who love the medium.
Upcoming movies of this award-winning actor includes Professor Dinkan and Ikkayude Shakadam.
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