Murali (Malayalam actor)

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Murali
Murali (actor).jpg
Born (1954-05-25)May 25, 1954
Kudavattoor, Kollam,
Kerala State, India
Died August 6, 2009(2009-08-06) (aged 55)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986 - 2009
Spouse(s) Mini
Children Karthika
Parents P. Krishna Pillai, K. Devaki Amma

Murali (Malayalam: മുരളി, 25 May 1954 - 6 August 2009) was an Indian actor and author. He mainly appeared in Malayalam and Tamil films. 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.[1] 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 closely associated with the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

Early life[edit]

Murali was born on 25 May 1954 as the first of five children to P. Krishna Pillai and K. Devaki Amma at Kudavattoor, Kollam, Kerala, India.[2] He did his schooling from Kudavattoor L. P. School and Thrikannamangalam S. K. V. High School. He passed the 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 Ll. B 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.[3]

Career[edit]

Film actor[edit]

Murali debuted in films 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, Chankoram, 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.[4]

Stage actor[edit]

Murali was actively involved with Natyagriham, a drama venture started by actor Narendra Prasad. Murali won critical acclaim for his portrayal of Ravana in the Malayalam play Lanka Lakshmi, which was based on C. N. Sreekantan Nair's novel of the same name. He was also associated with G. Sankara Pillai in doing theatre plays.

Author[edit]

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).

Politician[edit]

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.

Death[edit]

Murali died in Thiruvananthapuram on 6 August 2009 at the age of 55, due to acute diabetes which led to a heart attack at 8.20 PM IST.[5]

Awards[edit]

National Film Awards:

Kerala State Film Awards:

Kerala state TV Awards

  • 2005-Best Actor - Aranazhikaneram

Filmfare Awards:

Other awards:

  • Madras Film Fans Award
  • Kerala Film Critics Award
  • Shivaram Award
  • Best columnist award: for his feature "Vyazhaporul" in the Malayala Manorama newspaper

Filmography[edit]

As Actor[edit]

Malayalam[edit]

  1. *Manjadikuru (2013) (posthumously).... Sanyasi Maaman
  2. *Patham Adhyayam (2009).... Kumaran Ashari
  3. *Kshatriyavamsam (2009)
  4. *Sound Of Boot (2008)
  5. *Swarnam (2008)
  6. *Pranayakalam (2007)... ASI Varghese
  7. *Veeralipattu (2007)
  8. *Naalu Pennugal (2007)
  9. *Drishttantham (2007)
  10. *Vinodayathra (2007)
  11. *Eakantham (2006)....Ravunni Menon
  12. *Pulijanmam (2006).... Kari Gurukkal
  13. *Photographer (2006)
  14. *Babakalyani (2006)
  15. *Vasthavam (2006)
  16. *Achante Ponnumakkal (2006)
  17. *Vadakkumnadhan (2006)
  18. *The Tiger (2005)
  19. *Kanne Madanguka (2005)..... Bhagyanadhan
  20. *Iruvattom Manavatti (2005)
  21. *Kochi Rajavu (2005).... Dileep's father
  22. *Runway (2004).... Bhai
  23. *Nizhalkuthu (2004)
  24. *Pravasam (2004)
  25. *Maratha Naadu (2004).... Kunjikka
  26. *The Fire (2003).... Sacaria George
  27. *Anyar (2003)
  28. *C.I.D. Moosa (2003).... Chief Minister
  29. *Gramophone (2003)
  30. *Shivam (2002)
  31. *Shesham (2002)
  32. *Jagapoka (2002)
  33. *Neyythukaaran (2001)
  34. *Sukhamo Sukam (2001)
  35. *Dada Sahib (2000).... Doctor
  36. *Devadoothan (2000)
  37. *Sparsham (2000)
  38. *Susanna (2000).... Josekutty
  39. *Kallu Kondoru Pennu (2000) ..... Haridas
  40. *Kannadikadavathu (2000)
  41. *Garshom (1999)
  42. *The Godman (1999).... Home Minister
  43. *Independence (1999)
  44. *Pathram (1999).... Shekharan
  45. *The Truth (1998)
  46. *Kaikudunna Nilavu (1998)
  47. *Thalolam (1998)
  48. *Thirakalkkappuram (1998)
  49. *Kattathoru Penpoovu (1998) (Actress Sangeetha)
  50. *Rakthasakshikal Sindabad (1998)
  51. *Bhoopathi (1997)
  52. *Gangothri (1997)
  53. *Guru (1997)
  54. *Karunyam (1997)
  55. *Adivaram (1997)
  56. *Irattakuttikalude Achan (1997)
  57. *Sankeerthanampole (1997)
  58. *Thoovalkottaram (1996)
  59. *Sammohanam (1996)
  60. *Rajaputhran (1996)
  61. *Aayiram Navulla Ananthan (1996)
  62. *Kanakkinavu (1996) (Actress Sukanya)
  63. *Chaitanyam (1995)
  64. *Mangala Soothram (1995)
  65. *The King (1995)
  66. *Indian Military Intelligence (1995)
  67. *Achan Kombathu Amma Varambathu (1995)
  68. *Prayikkara Pappan (1995) (Actress Geetha)
  69. *Sakshyam (1995) (Actress Gouthami)
  70. *Sankeerthanam (1994)
  71. *Chakoram (1994) (Actress Santhikrishna)
  72. *Sammohanam (1994) (Actress Archana)
  73. *Akashadoothu (1993) (Actress Madhavi)
  74. *Bhoomi Geetham (1993)
  75. *Magreeb (1993)
  76. *Porutham (1993)
  77. *Chamayam (1993) (Actress Sithara)
  78. *Janam (1993).... Balachandran
  79. *Naaraayam (1993) (Actress Urvashi)
  80. *Venkalam (1993) (Actress Urvashi)
  81. *Mahanagaram (1992)
  82. *Kauravar (1992) (Actress Santhikrishna) ..... Rajagopal
  83. *Aadhaaram (1992)
  84. *Champakkulam Thachan (1992) (Actress Monisha)
  85. *My Dear Muthachan (1992)
  86. *Sathyaprathijna (1992)
  87. *Kamaladalam (1992)
  88. *Sadayam (1992)
  89. *Arthana (1992)
  90. *Snehasagaram (1992) (Actress Sunitha)
  91. *Valayam (1992) (Actress Parvathi)
  92. *Aardram (1992) (Actress Sunitha) .... Uppan Raghavan
  93. *Kanalkkattu (1991)
  94. *Inspector Balram (1991)
  95. *Amaram (1991)
  96. *Aakasha Kottayile Sultan (1991)
  97. *Dhanam (1991)
  98. *Kadavu (1991)
  99. *Keli (1991)
  100. *Adayalam (1991)
  101. *Oru Yathrayude Anthyam (1991)
  102. *Kizhakkunarum Pakshi (1991)....Johny
  103. *Pookkalam Varavayi (1991)
  104. *Vishnulokam (1991)
  105. *Saanthwanam (1991)
  106. *Ulladakkam (1991)
  107. *Kalikkalam (1990)
  108. *Appu (1990)
  109. *Aye Auto (1990)
  110. *Ee Kannikoodi (1990)
  111. *Lal Salam (1990) (Actress Geetha)
  112. *Maala Yogam (1990)
  113. *Kuttettan (1990)
  114. *Kshanakathu (1990)
  115. *Unnikuttanu Joli Kitti (1990)
  116. *Ee Thanutha Veluppankalathu (1990)
  117. *Orukkam (1990)....Chandru
  118. *Vidhyarambham (1990)
  119. *Ardham (1989)
  120. *Varavelppu (1989)
  121. *Asthikal Pookkunnu (1989)
  122. *Dasharatham (1989)
  123. *Padippura (1989)
  124. *Mathilukal (1989)
  125. *Maharajaavu (1989)
  126. *Pandu Pandoru Desathu (1989)
  127. *Kaalal Pada (1989)
  128. *Anagha (1989) .... Thommachan
  129. *Kireedam (1989)
  130. *Naaduvazhikal (1989)
  131. *Moonnam Mura (1988)
  132. *Padippura (1988)
  133. *Arjun Dennis (1988)
  134. *Ayitham (1988).... Kacheri Mani Iyyer
  135. *Mattoral (1988)
  136. *Samvalsaragal (1988)
  137. *Puravrutham (1988) .... Achu
  138. *Kanakambarangal (1988) .... Ananthan Balussery
  139. *Vida Parayan Mathrem (1988)
  140. *Oohakachavadam (1988)
  141. *David David Mr David (1988)
  142. *Oru Maymasapulariyil (1987)
  143. *Swathi Thirunal (1987)
  144. *Rithubetham (1987) .... Appu
  145. *Nombarathipoovu (1987)
  146. *Jalakam (1987)
  147. *Archanapookkal (1987)
  148. *Ezhuthapurangal (1987)
  149. *Neeyethra Dhanya (1987)
  150. *Nombarathi Poovu (1987) (Actress Madhavi)
  151. *Panchagni (1986) (Actress Chithra)
  152. *Chidambaram (1986)
  153. *Meenamasathile Sooryan (1986) .... Subair
  154. *Pagal Nilavu (1985)
  155. *Porutham (1993) (Actress Sreelekshmi)
  156. *Njattadi (1979)

Tamil[edit]

  1. Sadhurangam (2011) - Posthumous film
  2. Aadhavan (2009)
  3. Polladhavan (2007)
  4. Majaa (2005)
  5. Raam (2005)
  6. Raajjiyam (2002)
  7. Gemini (2002)
  8. Dumm Dumm Dumm (2001)
  9. Desiya Geetham (1998)

As Producer[edit]

  • Lisa(1978)
  • Mukhchithram(1991)

Story[edit]

  • Ennu Nadhante Nimmi(1986)

References[edit]

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