Murali (Tamil actor)
19 May 1964
|Died||8 September 2010 (aged 46)|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (168 cm)|
|Spouse(s)||Shobha (m. 1987–d. 2010)|
(Younger brother)Daniel Balaji (cousin)
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. His son, Atharvaa, debuted as an actor in the 2010 film Baana Kaathadi.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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.  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. In 2006, he starred in the film, Pasa Kiligal alongside Prabhu, written by M. Karunanidhi. In 2010, he acted as cameo role named Baana Kaathadi, in which his son Atharvaa made his film debut as an actor. 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. 
|1982||Geluvina Hejje||Manju||Kannada||Eranki Sharma|
|1983||Prema Parva||Unknown||Kannada||S. Siddalingaiah|
|1984||Bili Gulabi||Suresh||Kannada||G. Shivamurthy|
|Ingeyum Oru Gangai||Kathamuthu||Tamil||Manivannan|
|Pudhiavan||Manohar/Kishore||Tamil||Ameerjan||1st dual role|
|Pagal Nilavu||Selvam||Tamil||Mani Ratnam|
|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|
|Aval Mella Sirithal||Murali||Tamil||M. N. Jai Sundar|
|Puyal Paadum Paattu||Unknown||Tamil||Manivannan|
|Thayi Kotta Thaali||Unknown||Kannada||Ravindranath|
|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|
|Vetri Malai||Bhaskar||Tamil||V. S. Shanmugam|
|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|
|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|
|1992||Thanga Manasukkaran||Murugesh (Murugan)||Tamil||Rajavarman|
|Santharppam||Unknown||Tamil||K. Prem Nawaz||Dropped film|
|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|
|En Aasai Machan||Subramani||Tamil||R. Sundarrajan|
|Manju Virattu||Pandian||Tamil||L. S. Valaiyapathy|
|1996||Poove Unakkaga||Murali||Tamil||Vikraman||Special appearance|
|Chithirame Nee Solladi||Unknown||Tamil||Sridaran||Dropped film|
|1997||Kaalamellam Kadhal Vaazhga||Jeeva||Tamil||R. Balu|
|Contractor Mappillai||Unknown||Tamil||R. Chandra||Dropped film|
|Irulum Oliyum||Unknown||Tamil||Vivagan||Dropped film|
|Roja Malare||Kannan||Tamil||T. M. Jayamurugan|
|Veera Thalattu||Pandian||Tamil||Kasthuri Raja|
|En Aasai Rasave||Muthumani||Tamil||Kasthuri Raja|
|1999||Poo Vaasam||Kanna||Tamil||Sree Bharathi|
|Kanave Kalaiyadhe||Anand||Tamil||V. Gowthaman|
|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|
|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|
|Namma Veetu Kalyanam||Ravi||Tamil||V. Sekhar|
|Oli||Unknown||Tamil||T. Olichandran||Dropped film|
|2004||Arivumani||Arivumani||Tamil||M. A Kennedy|
|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
|2010||Baana Kaathadi||'Idhayam' Raja||Tamil||Badri Venkatesh||Guest appearance|
|Kavasam||Subash Chandrabose||Tamil||M.S Manimaran||100th film dropped |
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