Malayalam actor Nedumudi Venu passes away
Malayalam actor Nedumudi Venu is only a memory..... The veteran actor who was admitted to a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram had been in the Intensive Care Unit. Venu filled the curtain as a hero, villain and character actor and performed the character roles and comedy roles magnificently.
The 73-year-old actor had earlier recovered from COVID-19. On Sunday, October 10, Venu developed an uneasiness and was rushed to the hospital where he was admitted to the intensive care unit, doctors had said then.
Born Kesavan Venugopal, Nedumudi Venu has acted in over 500 films, predominantly in Malayalam and some in Tamil. He is the winner of three National Film Awards and six Kerala State Film Awards.
Starting his career as a journalist, Venu was a popular theatre personality, after which he made a foray into films. Winner of three National Film awards and six state film awards, Venu was immensely popular not just among his fans but also his colleagues in the film industry due to his pleasing and jovial nature.
Chithram, Bharatham, Thenmavin Kombath, Vandanam, Manichithrathazhu, Chandralekha, Devasuram, Ishtam, Pavithram, Oppam, His Highness Abdullah are some of his popular films. Having played male lead characters in the 1980s he later switched to character roles.
Recently he lent his voice to a 90-second video song in which he sang that all should stand together and fight the coronavirus by listening to the guidelines. The song had gone viral after it was uploaded on the Kerala Police’s Facebook and Twitter page, with netizens and Malayalis across the globe sharing it within hours.
After graduating from Sanatana Dharma College, Alappuzha, he worked as a journalist in Kalakaumudi for some time and as a teacher in a tutorial institute.
He penned scripts for films like Kattathe Kilikkoodu, Theertham, Sruthi, Ambada Njane, Oru Katha Oru Nunnakkatha, Savidham and Angane Oru Avadhikkalathu. He also directed a movie named Pooram.
His Tamil movie Indian with Kamal Haasan and Vikram's Anniyan earned him laurels in Kollywood as well. Other Tamil films in which he appeared include ‘Mogamul’ (1995) and ‘Sarvam Thaala Mayam’ (2019)
He was also part of the English language film ‘Chaurahen’ sharing screen space with Zeenat Aman, Victor Banerjee and Roopa Ganguly.
He also won the Best Actor award for his role in 'Saira' at the Zimbabwe International Film Festival in September 2007.
He received his first Kerala State Film Award (Second Best Actor) in 1980 for ‘Chamaram’. Since then, he has received the award for ‘Vidaparayum Munpe’ (Best Actor) in 1981 and ‘Oru Minnaminunginte Nurunguvettam’ (Best Actor) in 1987.
"Nedumudi Venu's passing away is a loss to Indian cinema. There won't be any artist to replace Nedumudi in Malayalam. Having him on the film sets gave a special energy," said actor Maniyan Pillai Raju.