Prem Nazir, Malayalam cinema’s evergreen hero and its first superstar, was the eternal romantic and hero for a generation of viewers of Malayalam cinema. He defined the image of the hero and his professionalism and humanness is still the talk of tinsel town.
Nazir was born in Chirayinkeezhu in the princely state of Travancore to Akkod Shahul Hamid and Asuma Beevi on 7th April 1926.
He holds two Guinness World Records for playing the lead role in 524 films (501 in Malayalam and 23 in Tamil) and for acting with the same heroine, Sheela, in 100 plus films. His Padayottam is Malayalam’s first 70 mm film and another film, Thacholi Ambu, was the first cinemascope.
He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1983 by the President of India in recognition of distinguished services of a high order to the nation in the field (acting).
In commemoration of 100 years of Indian Cinema, India Post released a set of a stamp depicting 50 iconic film personalities. Among them Prem Nazir the evergreen hero of Malayalam movie also included.
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