Murali (Tamil actor)

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Born Murali Siddalingaiah Dhanalakshmi
(1964-05-19)19 May 1964
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India[1]
Died 8 September 2010(2010-09-08) (aged 46)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Actor, Producer
Years active 1982–2010
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Spouse(s) Shobha (m. 1987–d. 2010)
Children Adharvaa

S.D.Suresh (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] In over a 100 films, Murali managed to entrain 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, Adharvaa, debuted as an actor in the 2010 film Baana Kaathadi.

Early life[edit]

Murali was born on 19 May 1964 to Siddalingaiah and Dhanalakshmi in Chennai belongs to Madivala lingayats family.His father was a film director and writer in the Kannada film industry. 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) 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 Unnudan, Kaadhale Nimmadhi and Poonthottam, 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]


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.[16]


Year No Film Role Language Director Notes
1982 1 Geluvina Hejje Manju Kannada Eranki Sharma
1984 2 Prema Parva Kannada S. Siddalingaiah
3 Bili Gulabi Kannada G. Shivamurthy
4 Poovilangu Pandiyan Tamil Ameerjan
5 Ingeyum Oru Gangai Kathamuthu Tamil Manivannan
6 Pudhiavan Manohar/Kishore Tamil Ameerjan 1st dual role
1985 7 Elan Kandru Tamil Ameerjan
8 Pagal Nilavu Selvam Tamil Mani Ratnam
9 Geethanjali James Tamil K. Rangaraj
10 Anthasthu Tamil R. Thyagarajan
11 Ajeya Kannada S. Siddalingaiah
1986 12 Prema Gange Kannada Gururaju
13 Puthir Vijay/Azhagu Tamil S. Siddalingaiah
14 Oru Malarin Payanam Tamil Muktha Srinivasan
15 Kaalamellam Unn Madiyil Tamil Rajasekar
16 Mannukkul Vairam Tamil Manoj Kumar
1987 17 Kudumbam Oru Koyill Tamil A. C. Tirulokchandar
18 Vanna Kanavugal Moorthy Tamil Ameerjan
19 Valayal Satham Tamil Jeevabalan
20 Thulasi Sivalingam Tamil Ameerjan
21 Meendum Mahaan Tamil Uthaman
22 Puyal Paadum Paattu Tamil Manivannan
23 Thayi Kotta Thali Kannada Ravindranath
1988 24 Sambhavami Yuge Yuge Kannada S. Siddalingaiah
25 Aval Mella Sirithal Tamil M. N. Jai Sundar
26 Thappu Kanakku Tamil Jeevabalan
1989 27 Thangamani Rangamani Rangamani Tamil Rama Narayanan
28 Kai Veesamma Kai Veesu Tamil Vinodh
29 Ninaivu Chinnam Tamil Anu Mohan
30 Dharma Devan Tamil A.L.N. Mohan
31 Padma Vyuha Kannada A. T. Raghu
1990 32 Ajay Vijay Ajay Kannada A. T. Raghu Dubbed in Tamil as Puthiya Natchathiram
33 Pudhu Vasantham Balu Tamil Vikraman
34 Paalam Jeeva Tamil Karvannan
35 Vetri Malai Tamil V. S. Shanmugam
36 Silambu Tamil Nethaji
37 Naanum Indha Ooruthan Tamil Sekar Raja
38 Nangal Puthiyavargal Tamil R. G. Elavalagan
39 Sirayil Sila Raagangal Tamil Rajendrakumar
40 Moondram Manithargal Tamil
41 Pudhiya Kaatru Tamil Karvannan
42 Namma Ooru Poovatha Tamil Manivasagam
1991 43 Sami Potta Mudichu Tamil R. Sundarrajan
44 Iravu Sooriyan Tamil S. Nathan
45 Idhayam Raja Tamil Kathir
46 Kurumbukkaran Tamil Ameerjan
1992 47 Thanga Manasukkaran Murugesh (Murugan) Tamil Rajavarman
48 Chinna Pasanga Naanga Muthukaalai Tamil Raj Kapoor
49 Thangarasu Thangarasu Tamil K. Alexander
50 Endrum Anbudan Tamil Bhagyanathan
51 Thaali Kattiya Raasa Tamil Vijaya Kanna
1993 52 Manikuyil Muthuvelu Tamil Rajavarman
53 Thangakkili Moorthy Tamil Rajavarman
1994 54 Manju Virattu Tamil L. S. Valaiyapathy
55 Adharmam Tamil Ramesh Balakrishnan
56 En Aasai Machan Subramani Tamil R. Sundarrajan
57 Sathyavan Diwakar Tamil Raj Kapoor
1995 58 Aahaya Pookal Tamil Deenadayal
59 Thondan Jeeva Tamil Karvannan
1996 60 Poove Unakkaga Murali Tamil Vikraman Special appearance
61 Poomani Poomani Tamil Mu. Kalanjiyam
1997 62 Kaalamellam Kadhal Vaazhga Jeeva Tamil R. Balu
63 Porkkalam Manikkam Tamil Cheran
64 Roja Malare Kannan Tamil Jayamurugan
1998 65 Kaadhale Nimmadhi Mohan Tamil Indiran
66 Dhinamdhorum Aadhi Tamil Nagarajan
67 Veera Thalattu Pandian Tamil Kasthuri Raja
68 Rathna Rathna/Muthuvel Tamil Ilanchezhian
69 Poonthottam Moorthy Tamil Mu. Kalanjiyam
70 En Aasai Rasave Muthumani Tamil Kasthuri Raja
71 Unnudan Santhosh Tamil R. Balu
72 Desiya Geetham Tamil Cheran
1999 73 Poo Vaasam Kanna Tamil Sree Bharathi
74 Kanave Kalaiyadhe Anand Tamil V. Gowthaman
75 Ooty Balakumar Tamil Anwar
76 Iraniyan Iraniyan Tamil Vincent Selva
2000 77 Vetri Kodi Kattu Sekhar Tamil Cheran
78 Manu Needhi Chinnakannu Tamil Thambi Ramaiah
2001 79 Kannukku Kannaga Dharma Tamil S. Dhayalan
80 Sonnal Thaan Kathala Murali Tamil T.Rajendar
81 Aanandham Madhavan Tamil N. Lingusamy
82 Samuthiram Thangarasu Tamil K. S. Ravikumar
83 Alli Thandha Vaanam Madhavan Tamil Sridhar Prasad
84 Kadal Pookkal Karuthayya Tamil Bharathiraja Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor
2002 85 Sundhara Travels Gopikrishnan Tamil Thaha
86 Kamarasu Kamarasu Tamil P. C. Anbazhagan
87 Namma Veetu Kalyanam Ravi Tamil V. Sekhar
2003 88 Kadhaludan Kalyan Tamil Rajakumaran
2004 89 Arivumani Arivumani Tamil M. K. Kennedy
2006 90 Pasa Kiligal Sevathayya Tamil Amirtham
2008 91 Maru Avatharam Tamil K. Balender
92 Aanandam Aarambam Tamil Vishnu Shankaran
2009 93 Enga Raasi Nalla Raasi Vijay Tamil Raviraja
94 Nee Unnai Arindhaal Gopal Tamil V. Rishiraj
Indian Bhaskar
2010 95 Baana Kaathadi 'Idhayam' Raja Tamil Badri Venkatesh Guest appearance


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