Malayalam Actor Kalabhavan Mani
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Mani is one of the BEST and Talented actor in the Indian
Kalabhavan Mani is a special individual in
Kerala social scene. From a mimicry artist to a hero of a
different kind, Mani with his folksongs spread all over
through audiocassettes satisfies a great chunk of Malayalam
film audience. He is identified as a highly successful actor
minus the conventional glamour that is prevalent in film
field. He disproved the conception that to be a hero, one
needs to be attractive, handsome and must have a presentable
identified as a popular actor. His
Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njanum, and the most
popular film Karumaadikkuttan in which he appeared as
a mentally retarded person ran for weeks in fully packed
houses. He did a Mega acting on "AAkaasha Paravakal"
as a Dog catcher. But he like comedy roles. He have
completed his 100 pictures.
The actor who is famous for his
rendering of Malayalam folk songs has this time taken to
singing Ayyappa devotional songs in Tamil.
Kalabhavan Mani:- The
Most Talented ACTOR
Awards from Tamil
50th Manikchand Filmfare Awards
Villan actor in Tamil
As a Singer in Malayalam Films Evan(2007, director Praveen
nambiar) Abraham Lincoln (2007) Achaneyanishttam (2001)
Akasthile Paravakal (2001) Ananthabhadram (2005) Bamboo
Boys (2002) Ben Johnson (2005) Chacko Randaaman (2006)
Kanmashi (2002) Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu (2000) Kanninum
Kannadiykkum (2004) Karumadikkuttan (2001) Kazhcha (2004)
Kissan (2006) Kottaram Veettile Apputtan (1998) Kusruthy
(2003) Malsaram (2004) O Priye (2000) Red Salute (2006)
Sammanam (1975) Vaalkannadi (2002)
started his career as a mimicry artist in Kalabhavan. He
started his acting career through a Malayalam film Aksharam
as an auto driver. He has acted in several movies as a
comedian. His first serious role was in the film My Dear
Karady. He is also a play back singer. He has acted in more
than 80 films in Malayalam and more than 100 in the two
He disproved the conception that to be a hero, one needs to
be attractive, handsome and must have a presentable face. He
is identified as a popular actor. His Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum
Pinne Njanum, and the most recent film Karumaadikkuttan in
which he appeared as a mentally retarded person ran for
weeks in fully packed houses.
You have completed nearly 100 pictures. How do you feel?
Great and happy.
He records his gratitude to the first four who really
introduced him to the field.
I owe my gratitude to director Ambili who has given me the
first chance in his Samudaayam, Sallapam and made me really
an artist known among people. I owe it to Mr Lohithadas, Mr
Sunder das and Producer Mr Unni.
He is modest to a request made by the interviewer to
evaluate himself as an actor.
I am not mature enough. Quite often I feel I am not taking
The actor in you is highly becoming successful. How far you
have distanced yourself away from a mimicry artist?
Practically nil. I am still the old mimicry artist. I don�t
have the pretensions of a matinee man. I have my humble
life. I have my acting as a profession. And the old mimicry
is still with me.
What kinds of roles do you like most?
Comedy roles, of course!
But you did a couple of villain roles in �Vallyettan� and �Saphalyam�,
which were excellent! Didn�t you?
Yes, that were so, I was told by many. It was Mr Ranjith the
scriptwriter who recommended me to the villain role in
Vallyettan. And it was the performance in that film which
fetched me a character in the Tamil film �Vanchinathan�
directed by Shaaji Kailas.
Which of the roles did you like most?
Those ones in Sallapam, Udyanapalakan, Dilliwala Rajakumaran.
Not those in Vasanthiyum�, and Karumadikkuttan!
Definitely. The other ones are small roles that made me what
I am now. I am emotionally attached to them. In fact I price
those tiny roles most.