Filmmaker KK Haridas, known for making comedies, passed away at a hospital in Kochi on Sunday. He had directed more than 15 films, most of them coming out in the latter half of the nineties. Haridas, had, for years, worked as an assistant and later an associate, before turning a director with the 1994 film Vadu Doctoranu (The bride is a doctor). That was also the comeback film of actor Nadhiya Moidu, after a small gap. The movie has Jayaram in the lead, playing a husband who is terribly disappointed at his wife being a veterinary doctor, and not the physician he thought her to be.
Comedies featuring younger actors such as Vijayakumar and Dileep followed – films like Kokkarakko, which is about a few young men stealing chicken, and Kakkakum Poochakkum Kalyanam in which Dileep plays a dejected man who keeps failing at his suicide attempts and hires a goon to kill him...but then he falls in love.
Haridas had, by then, set in a certain trend of blending in humour with romance.
Kinnam Katta Kallan where Jagathy appears as an adorable burglar is still a hit on YouTube which features several of its funny bits with Sreenivasan and Mala Aravindan playing cops who are ill-treated by Jagadish, who plays a senior cop.
Kalyanapittennu is about five women playing siblings, and the troubles that come from new marriages. Panchapandavar, Onnamvattam Kandapol, Ee Mazha Then Mazha, all followed.
KK Haridas's movies used to release back to back, sometimes two a year. But by year 2000, Haridas slowed down. A movie or two would come once in four or five years, films like Vacation and Magic Lamp.
His last film was Josettante Hero, with Anoop Menon in the lead, that came out in 2012. It is about a producer called Jose, whose last few films were flops and a successful female actor who he once introduced comes to act in his film. “Malayalis have always accepted good stories, these trends are all created by us filmmakers,” he said in an interview back then, when asked about the new kind of filmmaking that was taking shape.
Haridas is survived by his wife Anitha and two children.