Google has marked the 120th birthday of PK Rosy, the first female lead in the history of Malayalam cinema, with a special doodle. Born on February 10, 1903, in Thiruvananthapuram, PK Rosy made her debut in JC Daniel’s groundbreaking film, “Vigathakumaran.”
The animated caricature of PK Rosy was shared on Twitter by Google, with the caption: “Today’s Doodle Honors PK Rosy, the first female lead to be featured in Malayalam cinema.” PK Rosy, whose real name was Rajamma, was born into a Palaya family in Nandankode, Trivandrum. Despite the loss of her father at a young age and the resulting financial hardship, PK Rosy pursued her love of the arts and found her calling as an actress.
In 1928, PK Rosy learned the traditional dance form of Kakkirasi and was soon offered the role of Sarojini in JC Daniel’s film. The premiere of “Vigathakumaran” was met with anti-film demonstrations due to the casting of Dalit women in the roles of Nair women, a decision that did not sit well with the Nair community. Nevertheless, PK Rosy’s talent and bravery broke down barriers and paved the way for future generations of female actors in the Malayalam film industry.
Google’s doodle serves as a fitting tribute to this trailblazer, who continues to inspire with her resilience and passion for the arts.