Murali (Tamil actor)

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Born (1964-05-19)May 19, 1964
Bangalore, India
Died September 8, 2010(2010-09-08) (aged 46)
Chennai, India
Occupation Actor
Years active 1984–2010
Spouse(s) Shobha (1987–2010)
(Till his death)
Children Adharvaa (tamil actor)
Kaavya (Doctor)

Murali (May 19, 1964 – September 8, 2010) was a South Indian film actor who appeared in the leading and supporting roles in Tamil and Kannada throughout his career.[1] Murali has acted with many stars including Vijaykanth, Prabhu, Sathyaraj, Karthik, Prabhu Deva, Surya, Parthiban, Sarath Kumar, Mammootty and Sivaji Ganesan. In the 1990s, He has also acted with famous heroines including Meena, Simran, Roja, Devayani, Laila and Rambha.

His son, Adharvaa, debuted as an actor in the 2010 Tamil film Baana Kaathadi.

Early life[edit]

Murali was the son of Kannada director Siddalingaiah and started acting in Kannada films in 1984.[2]


Murali started his acting career in 1984 with the Kannada film "Prema Parva",directed by his father director Siddhalingaiah. Ajeya,Prema Gange,Thayikotta Thali,Sambhavami Yuge Yuge, Ajay-Vijay are the Kannada movies he did before entering into Tamil film industry. Poovilangu was his first Tamil movie.[3] He earned a good name with that film. He then acted in Pagal Nilavu, along with actress Revathi. The movie introduced the director Mani Ratnam to the Tamil film industry. Though this movie garnered Murali great recognition he could not sustain his success much longer. His movies started failing at the Box Office one after another.[4] Interestingly,the angry young man image that Murali portrayed in his first few films disappeared after Pagal Nilavu and he appeared more as a soft natured,turning violent only when required (which is a basic requirement for any hero in Indian cinema), in his subsequent films. He did a lot of romantic drama roles and was remarkably subtle -something distinctly different from his first film - Poovilangu or even Pagal nilavu. Many of these movies were small and moderate successes and he continued as hero in a number of films every year. Then came 'Idhayam' - the movie where he portrayed the soft romantic hero pining and longing to reveal his love to his lady. This character appeared perfectly consistent with his image and many remember him as hero of this movie (the movie had hit songs which remind many of Murali) much more than the angry young man of Poovilangu. In 1990, he starred in Vikraman's Pudhu Vasantham along with Sithara and Anand Babu. where he played one among four friends who find themselves unexpectedly saddled with a young woman. The movie was such a big hit that it re-wrote Tamil movie history, sparking a whole range of "friendship" films and also propelling his career.[5]


Year Film Role Language Notes
1984 Prema Parva Kannada
Poovilangu Pandian Tamil
Ingeyum Oru Gangai Kathamuthu Tamil
Pudhiavan Manohar Tamil
1985 Pagal Nilavu Selvam Tamil
Geethanjali James Tamil
Anthasthu Tamil
Ajeya Kannada
1986 Puthir Tamil 1st dual role
Oru Malarin Payanam Tamil
Kaalamellam Unn Madiyil Tamil
Mannukkul Vairam Tamil
1987 Vanna Kanavugal Moorthy Tamil
Valayal Satham Tamil
Thulasi Siva Tamil
Aval Mella Sirithal Tamil
1988 Puyal Paadum Paattu Tamil
Kudumbam Oru Kovil Tamil
1989 Thangamani Rangamani Rangamani Tamil
Kai Veesamma Kai Veesu Tamil
Ninaivu Chinnam Tamil
1990 Pudhu Vasantham Balu Tamil
Paalam Tamil
Vetri Malai Tamil
Silambu Tamil
Naanum Indha Ooruthan Tamil
Nangal Puthiyavargal Tamil
Sirayil Sila Raagangal Tamil
Pudhiya Katru Tamil
Namma Ooru Poovatha Tamil
1991 Sami Potta Mudichu Tamil
Idhayam Raja Tamil
Kurumbukkaran Tamil
1992 Thanga Manasukkaran Murugesh (Murugan) Tamil
Chinna Pasanga Naanga Muthukaalai Tamil
Thangarasu Thangarasu Tamil
Endrum Anbudan Tamil
Thaali Kattiya Raasa Tamil
1993 Manikkuyil Tamil
Thangakkili Moorthi Tamil
1994 Manju Virattu Tamil
Adharmam Tamil
En Aasai Machan Subramani Tamil
Sathyavan Tamil
1995 Aahaya Pookal Tamil
Thondan Tamil
1996 Poove Unakkaga Himself Tamil Special appearance
Poomani Tamil
1997 Kaalamellam Kadhal Vaazhga Tamil
Porkkalam Manikkam Tamil
Roja Malare Kannan Tamil
1998 Kaadhale Nimmadhi Mohan Tamil
Dhinamdhorum Tamil
Veera Thalattu Tamil
Rathna Rathna, Muthuvel Tamil
Poonthottam Tamil
En Aasai Rasave Tamil
Unnudan Santhosh Tamil
Desiya Geetham Tamil
1999 Kanave Kalaiyadhe Anand Tamil
Ooty Balu Tamil
Iraniyan Iraniyan Tamil
2000 Vetri Kodi Kattu Sekhar Tamil
Manu Needhi Murali Tamil
2001 Kannukku Kannaga Dharma Tamil
Sonnal Thaan Kathala Murali Tamil
Aanandham Madhavan Tamil
Samuthiram Thangarasu Tamil
Alli Thandha Vaanam Madhavan Tamil
Kadal Pookkal Karuthayya Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor
2002 Sundhara Travels Gopikrishna Tamil
Kamarasu Kamarasu Tamil
Namma Veetu Kalyanam Ravi Tamil
2003 Kadhaludan Kalyan Tamil
2004 Arivumani Arivumani Tamil
2006 Pasa Kiligal Sevathayya Tamil
2009 Enga Raasi Nalla Raasi Vijay Tamil
Nee Unnai Arindhal Gopal Tamil
2010 Baana Kaathadi 'Idhayam' Raja Tamil Guest appearance


He died the early hours of September 8, 2010 from a sudden massive heart attack in Chennai.[6] He was survived by his wife Shobha, daughter Kaavya and sons Adharvaa and Akash.


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  2. ^ Tamil actor Murali dies of heart attack
  3. ^ "Murali passes away". Indiaglitz. 2010-09-08. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  4. ^ Prakash Upadhyaya (2010-09-08). "A tribute to actor Murali". Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  5. ^ Pavithra Srinivasan (2010-09-08). "Mourning the loss of a mild-mannered hero". Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
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