Eminent Malayalam – Tamil actor Murali, a national award winner also, died in a hospital, Thiruvanandhapuram on Thursday night after a brief illness.
An acute diabetic patient, Murali was admitted to a private hospital today and the end came as he suffered a heart attack, hospital sources said.
Murali, 55, is survived by wife and a daughter.
Murali had acted in around 200 films in his 30-year career. Last week he had just come back from Cape Town in South Africa, where he was shooting for Tamil actor Suriya’s Aadhavan, directed by K.S Ravikumar and produced by Udayanidhi Stalin.
He won the National award (Bharath) for the best actor in 2001 for his performance in “Neythukaaran” (Weaver) and had won four State awards for acting.
“Njhaattadi” (1979) directed by late ‘Bharat’ Gopi was his first film. His notable films include ‘Panchaagni’, ‘Laal Salaam’, ‘Venkalam’, ‘Amaram’, ‘Champakulam Thachan’, ‘Gershome’, ‘Ekaantham’, ‘Chamayam’ and ‘Meenamaasathile Sooryan’.
In theatre, his role of ‘Ravana’ in the play ‘Lankalakshmi’ directed by C N Sreekantan Nair had been widely appreciated.
The funeral will take place today evening at 5 pm with state honours, till then his body will be kept at the VJT Hall in Thiruvananthapuram.