Innocent Vareed Thekkethala popularly known as Innocent, is an Indian film actor and politician. He was born in Irinjalakuda in Thrissur district of the state of Kerala. He is one of the most successful and leading comedy actors of Malayalam cinema. He is noted for his witty mannerisms and dialogue delivery in the typical Thrissur accent. In 2013, Innocent was diagnosed with throat cancer (lymphoma) and was hospitalised. But sources close to him stated the cancer was in its early stages for which he duly took treatment. Innocent is currently a sitting member of parliament representing the Chalakudy constituency in the Lok Sabha.