Murali is one of the great actors the malayalam film industry has seen. As a versatile actor , the strong characters are always safe in his hands.The Malayalam film history has really blessed with the great contributions of the great actor Murali. In connection with the 6th year of his demise on 6 th August , Kerala remember the great actor.
He mainly appeared in Malayalam and Tamil films. From the villain in Panchaagni to the Appa Mestri in Neytukaran..how many roles,versatile acting..Yes, Murali is having a special place in the minds of Malayali. He won the National Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of a communist freedom fighter and professional weaver in the film Neythukaran (2002). He was also a stage actor and television actor.
He was known for his powerful portrayal of character roles, lead roles, and negative roles. His last film was Aadhavan.Besides acting, he was the chairman of the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy from 2006 until his death. He also authored five books, and was also a Sangeetha Nataka Academy award winner.
He contested the 1999 Lok Sabha polls as a communist candidate without success. He was also the Director of the CPI(M) promoted television company Malayalam Communications, which runs Malayalam TV channels Kairali TV, People TV and WE TV.
He started his film career playing villain roles and soon turned into a character actor. The 1992 film Aadhaaram, in which he played the lead role, gave a ‘break’ to his career. The film was well received in the box office and Murali ascended to the status of a star in Malayalam film, which he enjoyed for a couple of years. He was associated with the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
Murali was born on 25 May 1954 as the first of five children to P. Krishna Pillai and K. Devaki Amma at Kudavattoor, Kollam. He has four siblings. He did his schooling from Kudavattoor L. P. School and Thrikannamangalam S. K. V. High School. He passed pre-degree from M.G. College, Thiruvananthapuram and his Degree from Devaswom Board College, Sasthamkotta. He was an active member of the Students Federation of India. He took an LLB degree from the Thiruvananthapuram Law Academy.
After studies, he worked for some years as Lower Division Clerk in the Department of Health, Government of Kerala and as Upper Division Clerk in the office of Kerala University. He was married to Mini and has a daughter Karthika.
Murali debuted with the lead role in Njattadi, directed by Bharath Gopi. But the film was never released. He then got chance to act in Chidambaram, directed by the National Award-winning filmmaker Aravindan. He then acted in Meenamasathile Sooryan and Panchagni, directed by Lenin Rajendran and Hariharan, respectively.
Panchagni got released first and it gave him the break in his acting career. He soon established himself as a powerful actor in the Malayalam film industry. Aadhaaram, directed by George Kittu, was the first film to be released with Murali in a lead role. He acted in a variety of roles, ranging from lead roles to villain roles, and won accolades. Some of his other notable films include Nee Ethra Dhanya, Dhanam, The King, Pathram, Chakoram, Veeralippattu, Achan Kombathu Amma Varambathu, Meenamasathile Sooryan, Swarnam, Kaarunyam and The Truth.
Murali acted in the longest TV commercial ever on Indian TV, spanning 150 seconds. This was for Air Deccan in 2005.
Murali authored five books. His book on Kumaranasan, Abhinethavum Asante Kavithayum (Actor and Asan’s Poetry) won him the Sangeetha Nataka Academy award. One of his other critically acclaimed books was Abhinyathinte Rasathanthram (Chemistry of Acting). Murali contested the 1999 Lok Sabha polls from the Alappuzha constituency as a Left Democratic Front candidate, but lost to V. M. Sudheeran of Indian National Congress.
The rememberance itself is a great tribute. Remembering one of the most precious artists of Malayalam film industry Bharat Murali with all respects. By sitting in the abode of God and the angels,he may be weaving the emotions which nobody can imitate. Can hear the claps in the sky,that come out as beautiful stars,twinkling ever..
“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.”
? Shannon L. Alder