Malayalam actor Anil Murali passed away on Thursday at a private hospital in Kochi. He was 56.
The actor died due to liver-related ailments, said reports.
After a stint on the small screen, Anil Murali made his silver screen debut with Kanyakumariyil Oru Kavitha in 1993. And he never looked back. He went on to star in over 200 movies across Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu film industries.
In a career spanning nearly 30 years, Anil Murali portrayed several varied characters. He was particularly popular for his villainous roles. Not the kind that bursts into sinister laughter. He played his villains with a certain subtlety, and that made his characters appear always balanced and composed even in the face of defeat. The actor was best known for his roles in movies like Lion, Balram vs Tharadas, Mahasamudram, Nerariyan CBI, July 4, Rock and Roll, Run Baby Run, Amen, Dolphin Bar, Ramaleela, Joseph, Nimirndhu Nil, Thani Oruvan, Kodi to name a few.
Anil Murali was last seen in Malayalam movie Forensic, which released earlier this year.
Following the news of Anil’s demise, several celebrities offered their condolences on social media.
Dileep took to Facebook and wrote, “പറയാൻ വാക്കുകളില്ല ,പ്രിയപ്പെട്ട സഹോദരന് ആദരാഞ്ജലികൾ 🌹”
Prithviraj tweeted, “Rest in peace Anil Etta. #AnilMurali”
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Director Akhil Paul shared on Facebook, “ഞാൻ ആദ്യമായി ‘ആക്ഷൻ’ പറഞ്ഞ താരം…പ്രിയപ്പെട്ട അനിലേട്ടൻ യാത്രയായി..ആദരാഞ്ജലികള് !! #RIPAnilMuraliChetta”
The actor is survived by his wife Suma and two children, Adithya and Arundhathi.