Malayalam dubbing artiste Anandavally CR passed away at a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram. She was 67.
Anandavally was the voice of many strong women characters of the 1980s and '90s, including the much-loved character of Clara that actor Sumalatha played in Thoovanathumbikal. Dubbing for Geetha’s character in Aadaram won her the Kerala State Award for Best Dubbing Artiste in 1992. Another popular character for whom she dubbed is the melancholic role that Poornima played in her debut in Manjil Virinja Pookkal, which also introduced Mohanlal and Shankar as actors.
It was perhaps actor Geetha for whom she had dubbed the most, in movies like Paithirkam, Panjagni (the much appreciated character of Indira, based on a Naxal activist’s life), Ekalavyan and so on. She had also lent her voice for Madhavi in Akashadoothu, for Urvashi in Narayam, for Shobana in Golandhara Varthakal, for Ambika in Angadi, for Menaka in Poochakkoru Mookuthi, Suhasini in Ente Upasana, for Saritha, Lissy, Radhika, Seema and many others.
Anandavally first dubbed for a film in Devi Kanyakumari for the actor Rajasri, in the year 1974.
She also acted in films like Enippadikal, Swami Ayyappan, Katha Ithuvare, Vazhiyora KAzhchakal etc. In fact she began as an actor with the film Kadu and went on to do several minor roles before becoming a dubbing artiste.
She also dubbed for television serial actors and won the Kerala State Television Award for dubbing in Eeshawaran Sakshiyayi.
Andavally was born in an agricultural family at Veliyam in Kollam, to Tamil parents, according to reports. In school, she acted in plays and performed katha prasangam (storytelling).
She reportedly sang for plays as a teenager but had to act in one unexpectedly in 1969 - Chithalu Kayariya Bhoomi. After that, she performed in several plays of KPAC and Kalidasa Kalakendram, among others. She went on to become an announcer for All India Radio.
Her son – director Diphan – passed away in 2017. He had directed the film Puthiya Mukam with Prithviraj in the lead.