Abdul Khader (7 April 1926 – 16 January 1989), better known by his
stage name Prem Nazir , was an Indian film actor. He is considered one of the
all time super stars in Malayalam cinema. He is referred to as the Nithya
Haritha Nayakan (Ever Green Hero) of Malayalam cinema.
Nazir holds four acting records in the Indian film industry; for
playing the lead role in nearly 610 films,for playing opposite the same heroine in 107 films (with Sheela)for acting in lead roles in thirty nine films which were released
in a single year (1979)and for acting opposite eighty heroines.He is regarded as one
of the most successful actors in Indian cinema, and is also known for his
powerful performances in films like Iruttinte Athmavu, Kallichellamma, Dhwani,
Murappennu, Anubhavangal Paalichakal, Padayottam, Vida Parayum Munpe, Azhakulla
Saleena, and Nadhi.
The Government of India
has honoured him with the Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, the third and fourth
highest civilian honours respectively, for his contribution towards Indian