The credit for the success of a film goes largely to the actors and the director, but the people behind the scenes also have a very important role to play. We cannot imagine a film without a light attendant, make-up artist or cinematographer. A make-up artist has a huge responsibility on a film set. He has to make sure that the actors look their best on the screen. How the actors are presented is as important as their performance in front of the camera. One such leading makeup artist of the Malayalam film industry recently completed 50 years in showbiz.
The name Pandian would be familiar to any Malayalam film lover. The name has appeared on the end credits of many films over the decades. He has been playing stalwarts of the film industry over the years, from Prem Nazir to Fahadh Faasil. Pandian recently completed his golden jubilee in the industry. This special occasion was celebrated on the sets of the film ‘Vivekanandan Virlan’. He was felicitated in the presence of the cast and crew of the film, which was followed by the cutting of the cake.
A native of Tamil Nadu, Pandian entered Malayalam cinema at the age of sixteen as an assistant to actor Sathyan’s personal make-up man Krishnarajan. He served as Williams’ assistant on several films and also served as an assistant editor. He became a full-fledged make-up artist in the film Puliman, released in 1972.
In films by filmmakers such as Kamal, Sathyan Anthikad and Joshi, Pandian developed a reputation as a reliable make-up artist. He won the State Film Award in 2001 for his work on the make-up of Kamal’s Madhuronombarakattu. Pandian has worked with Malayalam actors apart from Telugu actors like NTR, SVR, Krishna and in Tamil with other actors like Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan. His latest film, Vivekanandan Viralan, is directed by Kamal.