Sreenivasan, the veteran actor, director and screenwriter, who works predominantly in the Malayalam film industry, was put on ventilator support, on Wednesday, following bypass surgery at Apollo Adlux Hospital in Ernakulam.
Speaking to Silverscreen India, a hospital source said that there is nothing to worry about in the actor’s current health condition. “He continues to be on a ventilator support but is responding well to the treatment and medication. His condition is stable now.”
The source added that the 66-year-old actor has been hospitalised for almost one week after he developed heart-related issues. Tests had revealed that Sreenivasan had three blocks in the blood vessels, following which, bypass surgery was performed on the actor.
Sreenivasan was born in Patyam village in Kerala’s Kannur district on April 6, 1956. His mother was a homemaker and his father was a school teacher. After completing a bachelor’s course in economics from PRNSS college, he moved to Chennai in 1977 to study at the Film and Television Institute of Tamil Nadu.
He made his acting debut in Manimuzhakkam directed by PA Backer in 1976, and his first protagonist role came in 1979’s Sanghaganam. His work as a scenarist began with Odaruthammava Aalariyam (1984). His first film as a director was Vadakkunokkiyanthram (1989), which won the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues and the Kerala State Award for Best Popular Film.
As a writer and actor, he has frequently collaborated with directors such as Priyadarshan, Sathyan Anthikad and Kamal. He has also produced the Malayalam films Kadha Parayumbol and Thattathin Marayathu. He has acted in two Tamil films, Pullakuttikaran and Lesa Lesa.
Sreenivasan is a recipient of three Kerala state awards.
Some of his popular films as a writer include Sandesam, Mazhayethum Munpe, Gandhinagar 2nd Street and Thalayanamanthram, and Njan Prakashan.