Kochi | Noted Malayalam film actor Kalabhavan Mani (45), who enthralled film viewers in comedy as well as villain roles, passed away at a private hospital here.
Mani, who was also popular with a number of folk songs, was undergoing treatment for liver and kidney diseases at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences.
He was admitted to the hospital Saturday, and passed away at 7.15 PM Sunday.
His body would be cremated at his house in Chalakkudy at 5 pm today.
Idavela Babu, an office bearer of AMMA (Association of Malayalam Movie Artists), said Mani’s body would be shifted to Thrissur Government Medical College for post-mortem after questions were raised about the presence of poisonous material in his stomach. A special team of doctors would perform the post-mortem at Thrissur Medical College Monday morning. Police and Amrita Hospital authorities are tight-lipped about the exact cause of death. Babu said arrangements are being made in Thrissur and his hometown Chalakkudy for his fans and public to pay their last respects.
Mani, born on January 1, 1971, was an auto rickshaw driver when he started his career as a mimicry artiste at the famous Kalabhavan, a centre for learning performing arts in Ernakulam.
Entering Malayalam film industry as a comedian, Mani later became an active artiste in South Indian films, including Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam, especially essaying villain roles.
In a career spanning more than two decades, Mani has acted in around 200 films.
Mani began his acting career in the Siby Malayil directed Malayalam film Aksharam and proved his ability as serious actor in Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum, where he played a blind street singer.
His performance in Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum won special accolades from both national and state film award juries.
Mani is survived by wife and daughter.
The Malayalam film industry expressed shock over the actor’s untimely demise. It is an irreparable lose for us, noted film director Kamal said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the demise of Mani. “A promising career is cut short. Kalabhavan Mani was multifaceted and popular. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family and fans, he tweeted condoling Mani’s death,” he added.
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