In an old interview, Jagathy Sreekumar said that only a few people can be called actors in Malayalam cinema. In an interview with Kairali, Jagathy also mentioned that these are the people he felt he should call actors.
“We have only a handful of actors. The stars are a handful. We have a lorry full of stars. Those actors are Thilakan, Bharat Gopi, Nedumudi Venu, Urvashi, Mohanlal, and Oduvil Unnikrishnan. I have respect for them rather than just my colleagues. Because these all are talented artists. None of them are stars. The stardom may be given by the media and the audience. But they are all artists;” says Jagathy.
Jagathy also said that their holistic evaluation of the character, subtle expressions, and their sincere work in conveying it to the audience are the reasons why he thinks of them as good actors.
He commented that some people keep accurate timing while saying dialogue but some people take time and say dialogue. Jagathy says that Nedumudi Venu is the one who keeps the timing accurate. "Often when we say dialogue, our performance depends on the reaction of the person standing by," he added.
Jaghathy Sreekumar is an Indian cinema actor, director, and playback singer who has appeared in over 1500 Malayalam films throughout the period of his four-decade career. He is widely recognized as one of Malayalam cinema's most influential actors and greatest comedians. Jagathy is also known for his nuanced character performances.
The actor has been staying away from the silver screen for the past eight years. This was due to being seriously injured in a road accident at Panambra near Calicut University in Thenjipalam, Kozhikode. Reports suggest that Jagathy is likely to continue acting later this year.