Sunday, March 6, 2016

Kalabhavan Mani

Kalabhavan Mani  was a popular South Indian film actor who acted predominantly in Malayalam and has also appeared  in several Tamil films and a few Telugu films as well.He has acted in more than 200 Malayalam films in characters with a comedy touch,supportive roles, and in Villain roles where as in Tamil and Telugu he mostly portrayed villain roles.
Kalabhavan Mani was born at Chalakudy in Kerala as Mani Raman and became popular as 'Kalabhavan Mani' being  as a member of the renowned mimicry troupe of 'Kalabhavan, Kochi' in the early 90's. His abilities were noted by film directors and he got entry to Malayalam films in the year 1993 with the film 'Aksharam'.He  continued to act in small roles and got well famous as a film actor in 1996 with the release of the super hit film 'Sallapam' in which he acted along with Dileep and Manju Warrier.He depicted the role of a toddy tapper by name 'Rajappan'  and that character was with a comedy touch.He received several other offers from there on and became established as part of the Malayalam film industry.Next year, in 1997 he acted in 28 films which was a significant  achievement for a new comer.
His unique acting style,laughing style, dialogue presentation, and mannerisms were all liked by the audience.Soon his versatile acting talents were revealed and he was  cast for serious roles also.Meanwhile in 1998 he got entry to Tamil films  by the film 'Marumalarchi' directed by Bharathi.Mammootty and Devayani were the main actors of that film.He used to act in Tamil films from that year on wards  and he received Filmfare award as Best Villain in 2002 for the role of the character 'Velu' in the film 'Gemini'.He drew appreciation for portraying  Villain roles of a few Telugu films also.
Mani got Special Jury National Award for the protagonist role as a blind singer which he played wonderfully  in the super hit film 'Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njanum' directed by Vinayan in the year 1999.He got much praise from critics and audience for the excellent depiction of the blind singer 'Ramu'.He got special Jury Award from Kerala Government Film Awards,Asianet Film  Awards etc for this role.
In the same year 1999 he was the main character of the Malayalam film 'My dear Karady' directed by 'Sandhya Mohan'.He  appeared dressed up as a bear in major parts of this comedy film.
In the  year 2001 he got much appreciation for the role of forest guard in the film 'The Guard' which was made by Sabitha Jayaraj and directed by Hakim.It was a unique concept   since it was a single actor film.He only acted in that film as the forest guard in a dense forest.
He was also  part of the expensive Tamil film 'Enthiran'(2010) of Superstar Rajani Kanth.In the year 2015 he acted in the Tamil film 'Kangaroo' directed by Samy.In 2015 he acted as a Police Constable 'Perumal' and acted along with Kamal Hassan and Gouthami in the Tamil film 'Papanasam'.
Kalabhavan Mani was a good singer also and had been a playback singer in several Malayalam films such as 'Sammanam,Kottaram Veetile Appoottan,Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu,The Gurard,Kazhcha,Red Salute,Twenty 20' and many more.He sang several devotional songs and album songs.He has contributed much for the revival of Folklore songs of Kerala.His folk songs earned tremendous popularity in Kerala.
He has also appeared as host of certain TV shows.
Kalabhavan Mani is recipient of several other awards also.
He married Dr.Nimmy and they have a daughter Sree Lakshmi.
This excellent actor demised on March 6, 2016.



Selected Filmography
Swarna Kireedam
Gajaraja Manthram
My dear Kuttichathan
The Car
Summer in Bethlehem
Kattathoru Penpoovu
Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu
My dear Karady
Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njanum
Fort Kochi
Sethurama Iyer CBI
Ben johnson
Red Salute
Twenty 20
Adaminte Makan
Husbands in Goa
Yathra Chothikkathe

Jay Jay


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