Priyadarshan mourns Innu, Sathyan Anthikkad says he was ‘The Basheer who did not write’

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Innocent, Priyadarshan, Sathyan Anthikad | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Filmmakers Priyadarshan and Sathyan Anthikad, close friends of Innocent, opened up about their relationship with the actor, recollecting fond memories while working with him.

Priyadarshan, who affectionately called Innocent as ‘Innu’, noted that the latter had the talent to laugh and make others laugh in any circumstances of life. “I have seen various expressions of Innu. Stubbornness, love, little pride… he uses them wherever it is required. However, the general look of it all was simplicity,” he said.

“I once told Innu that his stories remind me about RK Narayanan’s ‘Malgudi Days’. His stories had such a unique feature wherein animals, trees and humans are all made characters,” Priyadarshan added.

Calling Innocent ‘The Basheer who did not write,’ Sathyan Anthikad said that he has always found the actor as the most educated person in Malayalam film industry. “He (Innocent) learnt the book of life. Although he always said that he studied till Class 8 only, his knowledge is much above the master degrees of others,” Anthikkad said.

“Whenever I and Sreenivasan meet to discuss screenplays, we always called Innocent to join us. It was Innocent who gave the name ‘Bheem Singh Ka Beta Ram Singh’ to the hero in the movie ‘Gandhinagar 2nd Street’. He has made such contributions to many stories,” he added.

Innocent breathed his last on Sunday while undergoing treatment for cancer related complications at VPS Lakeshore Hospital in Kochi. The funeral will be held on Tuesday at St Thomas Cathedral, Irinjalakuda.

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