Innocent laid to rest at St Thomas Cathedral in Irinjalakkuda with state honours

Hundreds, including stars from the tinsel town and state ministers, took part in the funeral procession of the actor-comedian-turned-politician.

ByPTI

Published Mar 28, 2023 | 1:10 PMUpdatedMar 28, 2023 | 1:19 PM

Innocent funeral

The mortal remains of noted Malayalam actor and former Chalakudy MP Innocent was laid to rest on Tuesday, 28 March at the cemetery of a church in Irinjalakkuda in the Thrissur district with full state honours.

Hundreds, including stars from the tinsel town and state ministers, took part in the funeral procession of the actor-comedian-turned-politician.

Several people thronged St. Thomas Cathedral to catch a glimpse of their favourite actor.

On Monday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, state ministers, leaders of various political parties, and senior actors including Mammootty, Mohanlal and Dileep paid their respects to the actor, along with thousands of people from all walks of life.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled his demise.

Related: Innocent has left an indelible mark like the Cheshire Cat’s smile

Started acting career in 1972

Innocent began his acting career in 1972, and the last film he acted in was ‘Pachuvum Atbuthavilakkum‘ directed by Anoop Sathyan — son of ace director Sathyan Anthikad — is slated for release on 28 April.

Innocent funeral

Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala and others visiting the mortal remains of Innocent at the residence of the late actor. (Twitter)

Innocent was the former president of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) for 18 years, from 2000.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the actor was elected from the Chalakudy constituency in Thrissur district as an independent candidate supported by the Left Democratic Front (LDF).

Innocent, who had been under treatment at a private hospital in Kochi since 3 March, breathed his last at 10.30 pm on Sunday.

He was diagnosed with cancer twice and yet always maintained a positive attitude towards life, a fact remembered by many in their condolence messages.

Related: Innocent has gone to a shooting location which is unreachable

(Disclaimer: The headline, subheads, and intro of this report along with the photos may have been reworked by South First. The rest of the content is from a syndicated feed, and has been edited for style.)