KOCHI, KERALA: Malayalam actress KPAC Lalitha died at the age of 74 on Tuesday at a hospital in Kerala's Kochi after struggling a while with liver ailment.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan paid tribute to her. "Lalitha has become part of the history of an era, penetrating the hearts of different generations with her acting skills," he said.
Malayalam industry celebrities like Mohanlal, Mammootty, Manju Warrier, Prithviraj, etc expressed their condolescences.
KPAC Lalitha is one of the most popular and prominent actresses in Malayalam cinema, having done over 550 films in Malayalam and Tamil in her 50 years long career.
She was born as Maheswari Amma in Kayamkulam of Alappuzha. She got her famous name after joining K.P.A.C (Kerala People's Arts Club), a prominent drama troop in Kerala.
She got the national award for the character in 'Amaram' in 1999 and for 'Shantham' in 2000. For 5 years, she was the Chairperson of Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy.
She was married to the late Malayalam filmmaker Bharathan. She is survived by her son Sidharth and daughter Sreekutty.