From the 80's child actors were also given screen space to perform as well as importance. It all started after Shalini became the little super star of Mollywood as well as Kollywood. There was a belief back then that if Shalini was there in a movie the success of the movie is assured so it is imaginable that how much demand will Baby Shalini's call sheet had. It is indeed true that there was a time when child actors were not noticed much as most of the roles that they got were flashback roles of male leads child hood. Among these unnoticed child actors there were some gems who turned out to be big stars. Kamal Haasan is an ample example. However it is indeed fun to know how movie career of actors evolved who started as child actors. This list here contains all the actors in Malayalam who has started their career from childhood and is stil in the movie industry.
When you hear the word fire brand the name that swiftly comes to our mind is Suresh Gopi. Suresh Gopi, Shaji Kailas and Renji Panicker gave another dimension to political as well police movies in Malayalam. But it is an unknown fact that Suresh Gopi started his career as a child actor for the movie Odayil Ninnu’ (1965), directed by ace director KS Sethumadhavan. Odayil Ninnu was the movie adaptation of a brilliant literary work by P. Kesavadev. Odayil Ninnu movie had Sathyan, Prem Nazir, K R Vijaya etc in lead roles. Suresh Gopi had barely 2 or 3 scenes in the movie. He played the role of a feudal lords son in the movie. Suresh Gopi now is one of the most respected and admired actor in Kerala. He has won national award for his performance in the movie Kaliyattam.
Eventhough Madhavan was considered as chocalte boy of movie indistury all over India a decade ago keralites will beg to differ as they have another name to tell. They have considered Kunchacko Boban as choclate boy back then. He made a dream like debut through the movie Aniyathi Pravu with Shalini as female lead. The movie became a sensation after a while and became the most succesful love story in Mollywood history. Fazil is the director of the movie. However little do people know that Kunchacko Boban made his debut not as a lead actor but as a child actor through the movie Dhanya released in 1981. The movie had Mohanlal in lead role.
Vineeth Kumar made his debut through the movie Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha (1989). The cat eyes kid grabbed attention of everyone and became famous within no time. He even won Kerala State Film Awards for his performance. After Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha there was no turning back for Vineeth Kumar. He became part of movies like Padippura (1989), Anagha (1989), Dasharatham (1989), Bharatham (1991), Inspector Balram (1991), Sargam (1992), Midhunam (1992), Adwaytham (1993), Vishnu (1994), Thacholi Varghese Chekavar (1995), Azhakiya Ravanan (1996) and Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu as a child actor. Bharatham was the popular one as Vineeth had a lot to perform in the movie. His movie entry as adult happened through ‘Sharjah To Sharjah’ (2001). He even directed his debut venture Ayaal Njanalla.
Baiju without no doubt was the best child actor Malayalam movie industry has ever seen. His way of acting with ease and that too in his childhood is phenomenal. He made his acting debut through the movie Maniyanpilla Adhava Maniyanpilla which was also actor Maniyan Pilla Raju's first movie in a lead role. Baiju was exceptional in that movie and has won people's heart. After Maniyanpilla Adhava Maniyanpilla there was no turning back for him. The movie which made him famous as lead was Kudumbapuranam.
Indrajith without no doubt is an immensely talented actor who made people his fan after his career best performance in the movie Ee Adutha Kalathu. Indrajith's first movie is considered to be Oomappenninu Uriyadappayyan. However many doesn't knows that he made his debut through a big budget multi starer super hit movie. Padayani was the movie in which he did the childhood role of Mohanlal's character. Padanyani had an ensemble cast which include, Mammootty, Devan, Mohanlal, Adoor Bhasi, Priya, Shobana, Sukumaran etc. Padayani’ was the remake super hit Hindi movie Yaadon Ki Baarat.
Vineeth is a member of distinguished family which had actresses like Lalitha, Padmini, Ragini, Sobhana and Sukumari. He was trained in classical dance since he was 6. His movie entry happened when he was teenager through the movie ‘Idanilangal(1985). But the movies which made hm famous where Nakhakshathanga and Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal’ (1986). Nakashathangal was directed by Hariharan mean while ‘Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal’ was directed by padmarajan. Both the movies gave him stardom and was the start of his glorious movie career.
Late actor Jishnu has shook the movie industry with his movie debut movie Nammal. Jishnu is the son of ace actor Raghavan He along with legendary director Bharathan's son Siddharth made their debut through Nammal and with their charm and acting skills they won the heart of millions. However Nammal was not the first movie of Jishnu he made hid debut through the movie Kilipattu (1987). Jishnu's death was indeed a great lose to Malayalam movie industry. His evolution as an actor through the years was spectacular.
Biyon aka Biyon Gemini made his movie debut through the movie Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha (1989) he was a succesful child actor back then and has been a part of lot of good movies like, Kakka Thollayiram,Bharatham,Money Order,Sooryamanasam, Thalastaanam, Mahaatma, Aayiram Meni, Thenkasipattanam etc. His first movie in a lead role was through Kunthapura in 2013.