Kalabhavan Mani

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Kalabhavan Mani
KalabhavanManiMay2010.JPG
Legendary Kalabhavan mani in 2011
Born Kunnisseri Veettil Raman Mani
(1971-01-01)1 January 1971
Chalakudy, Kerala, India
Died 6 March 2016(2016-03-06) (aged 45)
Kochi, Kerala, India
Occupation Film actor, Playback Singer, Music Director
Years active 1991 – 2016
Spouse(s) Nimmy Mani
Children Sree Lakshmi Mani
Parent(s) Chenathunad Kunnisseri Veettil Raman (1925-2001)
Ammini Raman (1932-2012)

Kunnisseri Veettil Raman Mani (1 January 1971 – 6 March 2016), better known by his stage name Kalabhavan Mani, was a South Indian film actor and singer. Mani started his career as a mimicry artist with the Kalabhavan troupe. He has starred in over 200 films, including Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu films, and is renowned for his humourous character and, and villain roles. He received the National Film Award – Special Jury Award and Kerala State Film Award for his performance as Ramu in Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum (1999).[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Kalabhavan Mani was born as the sixth among seven children to Chenathunad Kunnisseri Veettil Raman and Ammini in Chalakudy Thrissur District, Kerala State on New Year's Day in 1971. He had an elder brother, Velayudan (deceased),[3] younger brother, RLV Ramakrishnan (dancer) and four sisters, Thankamani, Leela, Santha and Ammini,Jr. He studied at Glps East school Chalakudy till fourth grade and Government Boys School, Chalakudy till tenth grade.[4]

Mani was married to Nimmy on 22 September 1999 and has a daughter. He was once an autorickshaw driver from Chalakudy.[5] His brother, R. L. V. Ramakrishnan acted in Bamboo Boys in a cameo role, starring alongside Cochin Haneefa, his brother, Harishree Ashokan and Salim Kumar.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

He started his career as a mimicry artist with the drama group Cochin Kalabhavan.[6] He started his acting career in the Malayalam film Aksharam as an auto rickshaw driver.[citation needed] He has acted in more than 200 films in Malayalam. He started his career as a mimicry artist in Kalabhavan, Kochi. He started his acting career in the Malayalam film Aksharam as an auto driver. Since then, he has acted in several movies as a comedian. His first leading role was in the film Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum. His first music album was (Thushima Guntharo)Kannimanga Prayathil. He has since established a parallel industry of folk songs (nadan pattu) selling a record number of releases. He has also released a few religious songs and Mappila Pattukal. Mani's started his career portraying comedic roles in Malayalam films which later shifted to character and villain roles. He then turned out to be playing hero characters in movies like Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njanum, Karumadikuttan, Ben Johnson, Ayirathil Oruvan, Valkannadi, Lokanathan IAS, Kerala Police, Red Salute etc. Eventually he portrayed negative characters. Mani is well known for his down-to-earth behavior and providing various humanitarian aids to people in need.[7] Mani was approached and offered a seat in the 2016 Kerala Legislative Assembly election by LDF. He had openly told that he was a Leftist and used to Campaign for CPI(M) and left parties during elections.

Charity[edit]

Mani has provided generosity and charity work to people living in poverty. Reportedly, on an average day, around 20 people from less privileged backgrounds used to come to visit him at his residence. He then wholeheartedly donated money, repaid debts and offered to help them. He therefore often referred to as the title of "poor man's superstar" in Kerala.[8] As a fund-raiser and performer, he also had contributed money to the local festivals of the religious organisations and provided funds to the schools in his village.[9][10] He adopted 2 Adivasi Colonies in Athirappilly area and fed them. He used to take Adivasi kids to Tour and used to spend time with them.

Death[edit]

Kalabhavan Mani died on 6 March 2016, aged 45. At the first stage, he was admitted at Amrita Hospital, Kochi. It was revealed that the actor was going through spontaneous combustion for a period of time. After being admitted at the hospital for 1 hour, he spontaneously combusted and his body parts went flying everywhere, including his genitalia on the nurse's face.[citation needed] The police registered a case as unnatural death due to the presence of excessive methyl alcohol (a toxic chemical found in illicitly distilled liquor, Arrack) with acetaminophen in Kalabhavan Mani's body.[11]

On 8 March 2016, based on the initial autopsy report and statements of witnesses, the police said that serious liver illness along with alcohol consumption may have caused his death and it might have been a suicide attempt. Four months prior to his death, doctors had categorically warned him against drinking alcohol and was counseled for severe depression. However, Mani in his phase of depression and informed severe liver damage conditions, ignored the doctors' warnings and continued with alcoholism. Even on the day before he died, he was allegedly reported consuming alcohol (Beer) with friends in the outhouse of his house.[12][13]

His unexpected death led to a case by his friends and family which has been filed for investigation through Kochi City Police.[14] On 18 March 2016, based on the forensic test from the Regional Chemical Examiner’s Laboratory, death cause was identified with high probability a highly poisonous chemical, Chlorpyrifos - usually used in insecticides, which is banned in many countries for residential use, it is considered as a hazardous substance for general ecology. Presence of chlorpyrifos along with methyl and ethyl alcohol contents were found excessively in the test samples. The report suggests that Mani might have consumed the poison knowingly or unknowingly over the days before his death. Therefore, the Government of Kerala has ordered a comprehensive probe in the death of Mani. The police is rounding the case through whom Mani could have accessed this poisonous concoction for substance abuse. Under RLV Ramakrishnan's suspicion Mani's three close friends have been taken into custody for questioning to rule out activities of vested interest.[15][16][17] [18] On 11 June 2016, based on the recommendation of the state DGP, the Government of Kerala has decided the case to be investigated by CBI. [19]

His sudden demise led to emotional reactions from his fans and many of his co-stars in the Malayalam Film Industry along with the rest of the South Indian Film Industry. The Mollywood film fraternity and thousands of fans of late actor Kalabhavan Mani paid homage to the versatile artiste during a memorial service on 13 March 2016, at Carmel Higher Secondary School in Chalakudy organized by Well-wishers. Tributes were celebrated through the media with 2–3 hours programme special.

Controversies[edit]

In an interview with journalist John Britas, Mani stated that the State Government Award could easily have been bought off.[20]

On 14 May 2013, Mani has been accused of assaulting two forest officials during a routine inspection at Athirappilly. However, those who had claimed to be travelling with Mani in the same car, had filed a complaint against the forest officials for abusing them. The police have registered cases against both Mani and the injured forest officials [21][22] Later, Mani was arrested and charged when he surrendered to the police. He was granted bail by the High Court of Kerala with conditions on it.[23] Mani and his friends had been on a trip to the tourist place when forest officials intervened and said they wanted to search his vehicle. It had alleged that the officials started having an argument with Mani, allegedly hit the actor, verbally assaulted his [[Other Backward Class|caste] Kalabhavan Mani was a Dalit] and misbehaved with his friends wives on the car. T.P.Senkumar of then Kerala Police ADGP had said that Mani was unnecessarily harassed by the officials and the actual reason behind the assault case against Mani was that he belonged to a lower caste and that discrimination against the ordinary and lower class exists in the Kerala Police force.[24][25] However, the High Court criticized ADGP regarding the statement.[26] On the other hand, the officials had alleged that Mani was in a drunk condition and also a main accused in two other assault cases.[27] During an interview at Kairali channel, Mani said that jealousy had caused the officials registering the false case against him and the police officer who beat him had a criminal background of four charges.[28]

Awards and honors[edit]

National Film Awards

Kerala State Film Awards

Filmfare Awards

  • 2002 – Best Villan (Tamil) – Gemini

Asianet Film Awards

Vanitha Awards

  • 2008 – Vanitha Chandrika Award for Best Actor in Villain Role– Chotta Mumbai

Jaihind TV Awards

  • 2010 – Special Jury Award

Other Awards

  • 2014 Bharat Gopi Foundation Award[29]

Filmography[edit]

Malayalam films[edit]

2010s[edit]

K

Year Film Role Director Other Actors
2016 Yathra Chodikkathe Balan
Aadupuliyattam Cameo
Turning Point
2015 Mayapuri 3D
Compartment
Moonam Naal Balachandran
Wonderful Journey
Elinjikkavu PO
Iruvazhi Thiriyunidam
Loka Samastha Chinthal Rajan
Kerala Today
Ayal Njaanalla
Alif Chandran
2014 Onnum onnum moonu (Movie) Ambulance Driver Abilash, Alex, Bijoy Joseph Riaz M T, Arun, Ameer Niyas, Liyona Lishoy,
Kaaranavar
Chakkaramampazham Sekhara Menon
Kaaranavar
Konthayum Poonoolum Police officer
Parankimala
Gunda
2013 Olipporu Kumaran
Caribeans Vishwanathan, Charlie, Charles
Crocodile Love Story Sharp Shooter Suresh
Rebecca Uthup Kizhakkemala Priest
Amen Looyi pappan
Tourist Home Sukunan
Oru Kudumba Chithram Arunagiri
2012 Prabhuvinte Makkal
Ayalum Njanum Thammil Sub Inspector Purushothaman
Husbands in Goa Sub Inspector Imran Khalid
Bachelor Party Ayyappan
MLA Mani: Patham Classum Gusthiyum Mani
Face 2 Face C.I. Abdul Latheef
Snake & Ladder Viswanathan
Madirasi Johny
2011 Veeraputhran Undakakka
Priyappetta Nattukare Sakhav Dasan
Manushyamrugam Circle Inspector Rajeev
The Filmstaar Sooryakiran
Aazhakadal Kunjumon
Adaminte Makan Abu Johnson
Baktha janangalude Sradhaykku Uncle
2010 Oru Small Family C I Bhargavan
Chekavar Garudan Raghavan
Shikkar Mani
Orange Yakobi
Yugapurushan Koran
Pulliman Kunjunni
Canvas Manaf Hussain
Annarakannanum Thannalayathu Changampuzha Pavithran
Holidays Vinod
Oridathoru Postman Police Officer
Three Char Chau Bees Raghavan
Black Stallion Black

2000s[edit]

Year Film Role
2009 Keralotsavam 2009 Jeevan Isaac
Katha Parayum Theruvoram
Pramukhan Tomy Sebastian
Malayali Nanthileththu Madhavan
Currency Iruttu
Shudharil Shudhan mani
Aayirathil Oruvan Aravindan
Oru Black and White Kudumbam Antony
2008 Twenty:20 Karinkal Pappachan
Bullet C I Wahid Abdul Rahman Haji
Apoorva
Mayabazar Bhadran
Kabadi Kabadi Madhavankutty
Chembada
Aandavan Aandavan
Shakespeare MA Malayalam Kottayam Gopalan
Parthan Kanda Paralokam Veerabhadran / Musafir
Kerala Police Satyanath
Swarnam Divakaran
2007 Chotta Mumbai Nadeshan
Nagaram Ponnayaya Thevar
Indrajith 'Changoottam' Bhasi
Nanma Muthu Chettiyar
Nasrani Sukumaran
Bhasmasuran
Payum Puli Saravanan
Rakshakan Mukundhan
Abraham and Lincoln Abraham
2006 Kali Rajagopalan Nair
Red Salute Vasu
Chacko Randaman Ottachavittu Chacko / Johny Kutty / Chacko
Kisan Velu
Narakasuran
Chinthamani Kolacase Ayyappan
Ravanan Ravanan/Varghese Antony
2005 Mayookham
Ananthabhadram Chemban
Lokanathan I.A.S Lokanathan
Udayon Mathan
Manikyan Manikyan
Ben Johnson Ben Johnson / Pathrose
Ponmudipuzhayorathu Police officer
Pauran Komalan
Annorikkal Pandi
Iruvattam Manavaatti Korathu Raghavan
2004 Magic Lamp Chalakkudy Manikanthan

(an impersonation of himself)

Mampazhakkalam Jose
Natturajavu Manikuttan
Vettam Mani
Kusruthi Ezhumangalam Panan Gurukkal
Mayilattam
Maratha Naadu Bharathan
Thalamelam Ramakrishnan
Kanninum Kannadikkum Praav / Maniyan
C.I. Mahadevan 5 Adi 4 Inchu Karimpuli Antony
Sethurama Iyer CBI Isow Alex
2003 War and Love Basheer
Shingari Bolona Classy Kariyachan
Malsaram Kuppikandam Hamsa&Kannan Bhai
Relax Muthu
Pattalam Moythu Pilakkandi
Balettan Musthafa
Vellithira Vakkathi Vasu
2002 Nakshathrakkannulla Rajakumaran Avanundoru Rajakumari Kochu Kurup
Bamboo Boys Olanga
Jagathi Jagadish in Town Malleswaran
Kanmashi Murugan
Kuberan Ramanujan
Malayali Mamanu Vanakkam Thiruppathy Perumal / Muniyandi
Savithriyude Aranjanam Phayaalvan Phalgunan
Nandanam
Akhila Mukundan
Valkannadi Appunni
2001 The Guard Appu Kuttan Nair, Thomachan
One Man Show Ponnappan
Achaneyanishttam Bhaskaran
Bharthavudyogam BBC Ramji
Fort Kochi
Ee Nadu Ennalevare Seyad
Akasthile Paravakal Udumbu Vasu
Nariman Thief
Antholanam Thankappan
Karumadikkuttan Kuttan, 'Karumadi'
Dhosth V.Jayan
Rakshasa Rajavu Gunashekharan

(Villain)

Vakkalathu Narayanankutty (Villain)
Soothradharan Ramesan's brother in law
Nalacharitham Naalam Divasam Maina
2000 Dada Sahib Thankachan
Daivathinte Makan
Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal Sudhakaran
Mr. Butler 'Major' Kuttan
Valyettan Kattipalli Pappan
Varnnakazhchakal
Ingane Oru Nilapakshi
Rapid Action Force SI Arjun
Narasimham Bharathan
Ival Draupadi
The Gang
Millenium Stars

1990s[edit]

Year Film Role
1999 Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum Ramu
Aakasha Ganga Fr. Vettikalan
Onnaamvattam Kandappol Rajani Muththu
Independence
James Bond Mathappan
My Dear Karady Manikantan
Captain Veeramani
Pallavur Devanarayanan Vasu
Crime File Ezhuthachan
Saaphalyam Narayanankutty
Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu Moosakutty's friend
Panchapandavar Sathyanarayanan
Pranaya Nilavu Moosootty
Onnaamvattam Kandappol Rajani Muthu
1998 Aalibabayum Aarara Kallanmarum Palacharakku Chandi
Kaikudunna Nilavu Lakshmanan
Kudumba Vaarthakal
Kattathoru Penpoovu (Villain)
Malabaril Ninnoru Manimaaran Sashankan
Kottaram Veettile Apputtan Maniyan
Chitrashalabham Bakkar Parappanangadi
Meenakshi Kalyanam Pushkaran
Achamakuttiyude Achayan
Oru Maravathoor Kanavu O.C. Antappan
Oro Viliyum Kathorthu Varunni
Summer in Bethlahem Monai
British Market SI Hameed
Ilamura Thampuran
Manthri Maalikayil Manasammatham
Meenathil Thalikettu Achootty
1997 Mayaponman Fredy Lopez
Katha Nayagan Kuttan
Aaram Thamburan Younger Namboothiri
The Car Cheriyan
Ancharakalyanam
Rajathanthram
Bharatheeyam
My Dear Kuttichathan Magician
Shibiram
Bhoothakkannadi Ayyappan
Sammanam
Siamese Irattakal
Guru Sishyan Sugunan
Newspaper Boy Peasa
Ikkareyanente Manasam Uthaman
Gajaraja Manthram Paraman
The Good Boys Gopalakrishnan
Kottapurathe Kottukudumbam Vamadevan
Kalyanappittannu
Karunyam Rajan
Kudamattom
Manthra Mothiram Pappachan
Ullasappoonkattu Musthafa
Vaachalam Appukuttan
Mannadiar Penninu Chenkotta Checkan
1996 Dilliwala Rajakumaran Mani
Padanayakan Komalan
Udhyanapalakan
Excuse Me Ethu Collegila Appukuttan
Naalamkettile Nalla Thampimar
Kaathil Oru Kinnaram
Kalyanasougandhikam Balagopalan
Kireedamillatha Rajakkanmar Superfast Chandren
Manthrika Kuthira
Swarna Kireedam
Saamoohya Paadam
Sallapam Rajappan
1995 The Porter Xavi
Samudayam Fishmonger
Aksharam Auto Rickshaw driver

1980s[edit]

Year Film Role
1984 My Dear Kuttichathan Magician

Tamil films[edit]

Year Film Role
1991 Captain Prabhakaran Junior artist
1998 Marumalarchi Velu
2001 Vaanchinathan
2002 Gemini Teja
2003 Thennavan
Naam
Jay Jay
Thatti Thaavudhu Manasu
Banda Paramasivam Sivam
Pudhiya Geethai Reddiyar
Kadhal Kisu Kisu
2004 Kuthu Ramya's Father
Singara Chennai
Sema Ragalai
Bose Kottaiperumal
Aai
2005 Sevvel Parasuram
Jithan
Anniyan House Owner

(cameo)

Mazhai
Aaru A Police Officer
2006 Pasa Kiligal Alakalan
Something Something Unakkum Enakkum "Mark" Mayandi
2007 Vel Sakkara Pandi
2009 Modhi Vilayadu Rajan Vasudev
2010 Enthiran Pachaimuthu

(Cameo)

2012 Yarukku Therium
2015 Kangaroo
Papanasam Constable Perumal
2016 Pudhusa Naan Poranthen

Telugu films[edit]

Year Film Role
2002 Gemini
2003 Aayudham
2004 Arjun
2005 Narasimhudu
2007 Evadaithe Nakenti

Kannada films[edit]

Year Film Role
2004 Durgi
2012 Challenge
2015 Mythri

As playback singer[edit]

  • Sammanam (1995)
  • Kottaram Veettile Apputtan (1998)
  • Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu (1999)
  • Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum pinne njanum (1999)
  • O Priye (2000)
  • Achaneyanishttam (2001)
  • Akasthile Paravakal (2001)
  • The Guard (2001)
  • Karumadikkuttan (2001)
  • Bamboo Boys (2002)
  • Kanmashi (2002)
  • Vaalkannadi (2002)
  • Kusruthy Kannan (2003)
  • Kanninum Kannadiykkum (2004)
  • Kazhcha (2004)
  • Malsaram (2004)
  • Ananthabhadram (2005)
  • Ben Johnson (2005)
  • Chacko Randaaman (2006)
  • Kissan (2006)
  • Red Salute (2006)
  • Abraham Lincoln (2007)
  • Evan (2007)
  • Kabadi Kabadi (2008)
  • Twenty Twenty (2010)

As music director[edit]

Year Movie Notes
2011 Mani Muzhagunnathu Arkkuvendi Album Song
2012 MLA Mani Pathaam Classum Gusthiyum

Story[edit]

  • MLA Mani Pathaam Classum Gusthiyum (2012)

Television[edit]

  • Manimelam as host (Kairali TV)
  • Vinodsala (Doordarshan)
  • Chiri Arangu (Doordarshan)

References[edit]

Top Malayalam and Tamil Actor Kalabhavan Mani Passed away in Cochin

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  9. ^ Mani returns as a free man, clearing off all his debts. The Malayala Manorama (11 March 2016). Retrieved on 2016-03-11.
  10. ^ Kalabhavan Mani could sing, dance and act with his entire body. The Indian Express(8 March 2016). Retrieved on 2016-03-08.
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  22. ^ Kalabhavan Mani accused of assaulting forest guards! Sify.com(16 May 2013). Retrieved on 2013-05-16.
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  24. ^ Alleged assault on forest officials: ADGP supports Kalabhavan Mani Alleged assault on forest officials: ADGP supports Kalabhavan Mani YouTube (22 May 2013). Retrieved on 2013-05-22
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  26. ^ HC dismisses ADGP's plea to expunge criticism following casteist remarks YouTube (5 March 2015). Retrieved on 2015-03-05.
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  29. ^ Bharath Gopy award for Kalabhavan Mani. Metromatinee.com (30 January 2014). Retrieved on 2015-09-20.

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