Sathyan's birth centenary on 9th November 2012Sathyan, who changed the hero concept in Malayalam film, will become hundred years old on 9th November, if he was still alive. He had relatively a small period as an actor. He started his acting career in 1952 after serving as a police officer. But during this period he really created several notable and unforgettable characters and he personified an era in Malayalam, cinema.
Some of his immortal characters he did in Malayalam cinema include Sreedharan Nair (Neelakkuyil), Pappu (Odayil ninnu), Palani (Chemmeen), Sreeni (Yakshi), Chellappan (Anubhavangal Palichakal) and Damdaran Mthalali (Krakana kkadal). Sathyan lived as therse characters in these films. In other films also he did excel in those roles which he appeared.
He could not continue his acting career due to serious illness which finally took his life in 1971, thus leaving a big gap in Malayalam cinema field.