Payyanur: Unnikrishnan Namboothiri, who portrayed the grandfather in the movie 'Desadanam', passed away at a hospital in Payannur on Wednesday.
He was 98.
He had been undergoing treatment for Covid-19 at a private hospital in Kannur for the past one week.
The actor, who handles mostly comedic roles, was discharged on Sunday after testing negative for the virus.
Unnikrishnan made his acting debut with Jayaraj’s 'Desadanam' (1997) at the age of 76. The film, which revolves around the personal turmoil faced by the parents of a child who is to be inducted into the priesthood by a monastery, won the National Award for Best Regional film.
He went on to act in popular films such as 'Kalyanaraman', 'Rappakkal', 'Udayon' and 'Oral Maathram'.
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