Murali (Tamil actor)

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Murali Siddalingaiah

(1964-05-19)19 May 1964
Died8 September 2010(2010-09-08) (aged 46)
OccupationActor, Producer
Years active1982–2010
Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Spouse(s)Shobha (m. 1987–d. 2010)

(Younger brother)

Daniel Balaji (cousin)

Murali (19 May 1964 – 8 September 2010) was an Indian film actor who appeared in leading and supporting roles in Tamil and Kannada films.[2]He is called Puratchi Nayakan (Revolutionary Hero).

Famous for roles that portrayed him as a perceptive singer or lover who pines away for his beloved, he had no airs about himself, either on-screen or off. He was part of the mild and sensitive brigade of actors, more willing to shed a tear in honour of romance than indulge in fits of unruly violence.

With 100 films, Murali managed to entertain Tamil cinema fans with engaging performances that brought gentle romantic and unrequited love into fashion, over the 80s, 90s and early 2000s.[3] His son, Atharvaa, debuted as an actor in the 2010 film Baana Kaathadi.

Early life[edit]

Murali was born on 19 May 1964 in Bangalore. Murali had two siblings; a younger brother S.D.Suresh and a sister Santhi. He lived and studied up to his 5th Standard in Chennai, and from 6th Standard to 10th Standard he studied in Bangalore. When he was 14 years old, he joined as an assistant director to work under his father. For some time, he worked as an editing assistant.[4][1]


Murali started his acting career in 1982 with the Kannada film Geluvina Hejje, directed by director Eranki Sharma. Prema Parva, Bili Gulabi, Ajeya, Prema Gange, Thayikotta Thali, Sambhavami Yuge Yuge, Ajay-Vijay are the Kannada films he did before entering into Tamil film industry. Poovilangu was his first Tamil film.[5] He earned a good name with that film. He then acted in Pagal Nilavu, along with actress Revathi and directed by Mani Ratnam who made his directorial debut in Tamil cinema. Though this film garnered Murali great recognition, he could not sustain his success much longer. His films started failing at the box-office one after another and during that period, he even acted in double hero subjects : Vanna Kanavugal (1987) with Karthik, Thangamani Rangamani (1989) with S. Ve. Shekher and Ninaivu Chinnam (1989) with Prabhu.[6]

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 film was a big hit that it re-wrote Tamil film history, sparking a whole range of "friendship" films and also propelling his career.[7] In 1991, he acted in Idhayam, where he portrayed the soft hero who was incapable of expressing his love due to his inferiority complex. This character appeared perfectly consistent with his image and many remember him as a hero of this film.[8] Soon, Murali found himself playing in rural drama films: Chinna Pasanga Naanga (1992), Manikuyil (1993), Manju Virattu (1994), Adharmam (1994), En Aasai Machan (1994) and Poomani (1996).

In 1997, he acted in three films including the romantic-drama Kaalamellam Kadhal Vaazhga and the rural drama Porkkaalam directed by Cheran. The two films received critical acclaim and were blockbusters at the box-office.[9][10] The next year, he acted in eight films including the long-delayed Veera Thalattu, the romantic-drama films , Kaadhale Nimmadhi, Poonthottam, Unnudan, the village drama films Rathna and En Aasai Rasave. The six films flopped at the box office. Dhinamdhorum was an average grosser while the much-hyped Desiya Geetham, despite positive reviews, bombed at the box office.[11][12][13][14] In 1999, his flop streak continued with Ooty, the fictional biography Iraniyan, based on the life of the freedom fighter Vattakudi Iraniyan and Kanave Kalaiyadhe becoming box office failures.[15]

In 2000, he acted in Vetri Kodi Kattu alongside Parthiban. The movie had average production values but it was a success at the box-office enabling Cheran to develop his own style of film-making. The film won critical acclaim as well winning a State Award and a National Award in the process. [16] Followed by drama movies, Kannukku Kannaga and Manu Needhi. In 2001, he appeared in five films. He plays alongside other heroes including Sonnal Thaan Kathala, Aanandham, Samudhiram, Alli Thandha Vaanam and Kadal Pookkal. Murali received the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor for this film. In 2002, he acted in drama, Kamarasu, a comedy, Sundhara Travels and family film, Namma Veetu Kalyanam. The next is Kadhaludan (2003), produced by Devayani and directed by her husband Rajakumaran.[17] In 2006, he starred in the film, Pasa Kiligal alongside Prabhu, written by M. Karunanidhi.[18] In 2010, he acted as cameo role named Baana Kaathadi, in which his son Atharvaa made his film debut as an actor.[19] Murali finishes his career with his 100th film, in the action movie Kavasam, after his death at the age of 46 due to cardiac arrest.[20] [21]


Murali died in the early hours of 8 September 2010 from a sudden massive heart attack in Chennai. He is survived by his wife Shobha, daughter Kaavya and sons Atharvaa and Akash.[22]


Year Film Role Language Director Notes
1982 Geluvina Hejje Manju Kannada Eranki Sharma
1983 Prema Parva Unknown Kannada S. Siddalingaiah
1984 Bili Gulabi Suresh Kannada G. Shivamurthy
Poovilangu Pandiyan Tamil Ameerjan
Ingeyum Oru Gangai Kathamuthu Tamil Manivannan
Pudhiavan Manohar/Kishore Tamil Ameerjan 1st dual role
1985 Elan Kandru Velan Tamil Ameerjan
Ajeya Ajey Kannada S. Siddalingaiah
Pagal Nilavu Selvam Tamil Mani Ratnam
Geethanjali James Tamil K. Rangaraj
Anthasthu Murali Tamil R. Thyagarajan
1986 Prema Gange Krishna Kannada Gururaju
Puthir Vijay/Azhagu Tamil S. Siddalingaiah
Oru Malarin Payanam Moorthy Tamil Muktha Srinivasan
Kaalamellam Unn Madiyil Murali Tamil Rajasekar
Mannukkul Vairam Mayilsamy Tamil Manoj Kumar
1987 Kudumbam Oru Koyill Raja Tamil A. C. Tirulokchandar
Valayal Satham Sundar Tamil Jeevabalan
Vanna Kanavugal Moorthy Tamil Ameerjan
Aval Mella Sirithal Murali Tamil M. N. Jai Sundar
Meendum Mahaan Murali Tamil Uthaman
Puyal Paadum Paattu Unknown Tamil Manivannan
Thayi Kotta Thaali Unknown Kannada Ravindranath
Thulasi Sivalingam Tamil Ameerjan
1988 Sambhavami Yuge Yuge Unknown Kannada S. Siddalingaiah
1989 Thangamani Rangamani Rangamani Tamil Rama Narayanan
Kai Veesamma Kai Veesu Balu Tamil Vinodh
Ninaivu Chinnam Muthu Tamil Anu Mohan
Nal Valthukkal Unknown Tamil S. Mohan
Dharma Devan Arun Tamil A.L.N. Mohan
Padma Vyuha Kiran Kannada A. T. Raghu
1990 Ajay Vijay Ajay Kannada A. T. Raghu
Puthiya Natchathiram Anand Tamil A. T. Raghu
Paalam Jeeva Tamil Karvannan
Pudhu Vasantham Balu Tamil Vikraman
Vetri Malai Bhaskar Tamil V. S. Shanmugam
Chilambu Marudhu Tamil Nethaji
Naanum Indha Ooruthan Muthu Tamil Shegar Raja
Nangal Puthiyavargal Gowri Tamil R. G. Elavalagan
Sirayil Sila Raagangal C. P Rajan Tamil Rajendrakumar
Moondram Manithargal Unknown Tamil S. Ravi Varman Dropped film
Pudhiya Kaatru Unknown Tamil Karvannan
Namma Ooru Poovatha Ponarasu Tamil Manivasagam In This Film he has given the title 'Puratchi Nayagan'
1991 Sami Potta Mudichu Kathirvel Tamil R. Sundarrajan
Iravu Sooriyan Vijay Tamil S. Nathan
Idhayam Raja Tamil Kathir
Kurumbukkaran Muthurajah Tamil Ameerjan
1992 Thanga Manasukkaran Murugesh (Murugan) Tamil Rajavarman
Santharppam Unknown Tamil K. Prem Nawaz Dropped film
Thangarasu Thangarasu Tamil K. Alexander
Chinna Pasanga Naanga Muthukaalai Tamil Raj Kapoor
Sooriya Namaskaaram Unknown Tamil A. Chandrakumar Dropped film
Thaali Kattiya Raasa Pandiyan Tamil Vijaya Kanna
Endrum Anbudan Thyagu Tamil R. Bhagyanathan
1993 Manikuyil Muthuvelu Tamil Rajavarman
Thangakkili Moorthy Tamil Rajavarman
1994 Adharmam Arjuna Tamil Ramesh Balakrishnan
En Aasai Machan Subramani Tamil R. Sundarrajan
Sathyavan Diwakar Tamil Raj Kapoor
Manju Virattu Pandian Tamil L. S. Valaiyapathy
1995 Thondan Jeeva Tamil Karvannan
1996 Poove Unakkaga Murali Tamil Vikraman Special appearance
Chithirame Nee Solladi Unknown Tamil Sridaran Dropped film
Poomani Poomani Tamil Kalanjiyam
1997 Kaalamellam Kadhal Vaazhga Jeeva Tamil R. Balu
Contractor Mappillai Unknown Tamil R. Chandra Dropped film
Irulum Oliyum Unknown Tamil Vivagan Dropped film
Porkkalam Manikkam Tamil Cheran
Roja Malare Kannan Tamil T. M. Jayamurugan
1998 Kaadhale Nimmadhi Mohan Tamil Indiran
Dhinamdhorum Aadhi Tamil Nagarajan
Veera Thalattu Pandian Tamil Kasthuri Raja
Rathna Rathna/Muthuvel Tamil Ilanchezhiyan
Poonthottam Moorthy Tamil Kalanjiyam
En Aasai Rasave Muthumani Tamil Kasthuri Raja
Unnudan Santhosh Tamil R. Balu
Desiya Geetham Pandian Tamil Cheran
1999 Poo Vaasam Kanna Tamil Sree Bharathi
Kanave Kalaiyadhe Anand Tamil V. Gowthaman
Ooty Balakumar Tamil Anwar
Iraniyan Iraniyan Tamil Vincent Selva
2000 Vetri Kodi Kattu Sekhar Tamil Cheran
Kannukku Kannaga Dharma Tamil S. Dhayalan
Manu Needhi Chinnakannu Tamil Thambi Ramaiah
2001 Sonnal Thaan Kathala Murali Tamil T. Rajendar
Aanandham Madhavan Tamil N. Lingusamy
Samuthiram Thangarasu Tamil K. S. Ravikumar
Alli Thandha Vaanam Madhavan Tamil Sreedhar Prasath
Kadal Pookkal Karuthayya Tamil Bharathiraja Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor
2002 Kamarasu Kamarasu Tamil P. C. Anbazhagan
Sundhara Travels Gopikrishnan Tamil Thaha
Namma Veetu Kalyanam Ravi Tamil V. Sekhar
2003 Kadhaludan Kalyan Tamil Rajakumaran
Oli Unknown Tamil T. Olichandran Dropped film
2004 Arivumani Arivumani Tamil M. A Kennedy
2006 Pasa Kiligal Sevathayya Tamil Amirtham
2008 Maru Avatharam Unknown Tamil K. Balender Dropped film
2009 Enga Raasi Nalla Raasi Vijay Tamil Ravi-Raja
Nee Unnai Arindhaal Gopal Tamil V. Rishiraj
Indian Bhaskar
2010 Baana Kaathadi 'Idhayam' Raja Tamil Badri Venkatesh Guest appearance
Kavasam Subash Chandrabose Tamil M.S Manimaran 100th film dropped [23]


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