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PK Rosy, the first leading lady in Malayalam film, is honored with a Google Doodle

On February 10, in honor of PK Rosy's 120th birthday, Google created a Doodle in her honor. Rosy is known as the first starring lady in Malayalam film. She was depicted in the doodle staring off into the horizon against a background of crimson flowers.


Trivandrum, presently Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, was the birthplace of PK Rosy in 1903. Rajamma was her real name at birth.


Since she was very young, she had an interest in the arts. Her uncle supported her in this by arranging for her to take acting and piano lessons. Rosy studied the hybrid style of Tamil and Malayali folk theater known as Kakkirasi Nattakam at a nearby performing arts institution.                                                                                                                                                                                    The first Malayalam feature film, Vigathakumaran (1928), saw Rosy land a part. It was directed by JC Daniel, who is said to be responsible for naming the actress Rosy.


Acting as a career was highly despised at that time. The fact that Rosy, a Dalit actress, portrayed a woman from the Nair community in the movie also sparked anger.


She was not permitted to attend the film's premiere, but she nonetheless went.


Additionally, there were rumors that members of the upper caste set fire to her home.


The actor finally relocated to Tamil Nadu, wed a truck driver, and established himself in a peaceful life as Rajammal. Even her children didn't know about her filmography when they were growing up.


Rosy's tale was lost to memory over time. However, it wouldn't be found again until the 1960s.


She resumed talks with director JC Daniel of the Vigathakumaran biography in 2013.


The novel Nashta Naayika and movies like Ithu Rosiyude Katha (This is Rosy's Story) and The Lost Child were all inspired by Rosy.


The PK Rosy Film Society is the name given to the group of female performers in Kerala who want to pay tribute to her legacy.

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