Actor Murali’s ashes were immersed at Rameswaram as per the Hindu tradition on Friday. Before the immersion took place, Hindu priests recited hymns. The actor’s son Atharva immersed the ashes into the sea and afterwards he and his maternal uncle Sridharan threw flowers as a sign of their final goodbye.
Murali is on memory now (1964-2010)
Murali died of a massive cardiac arrest in the early morning of September 8. He was 46. Having started his career as a hero in “Poovilangu”, Murali has acted in 98 movies and his 99th film is said to be half-completed.. He was last seen as an actor in “Baana Kathadi”, in which his son Atharva played the lead role.
Murali is survived by his wife Shobha and daughter Kaavya and sons Atharva and Akash. Murali had performed the engagement ceremony of his daughter Kaavya on September 05. He also had plans to perform his daughter’s marriage in a grand manner during May, 2011.
Born in 1964 to acclaimed Kannada film producer Siddhalingaiyah, he started his career as an assistant director and soon found himself facing the camera. He had a dream introduction by K Balachander in Poovilangu (produced by Kavithalaya and directed by Ameerjan,) but the film that actually announced his arrival in filmdom was Mani Ratnam’s Pagal Nilavu.
Murali followed it up with some angry young man roles which found little favour with the masses. But his boy-next-door looks helped him come back in movies with softer themes (romance and friendship). He was soon seen climbing the ladder of success.
At a time when his career graph was taking a dip, came Pudhu Vasantham, directed by Vikraman. The phenomenal hit not just revived his career but earned him his fan base. His role as a lovelorn medico in Idhayam was a huge hit in Tamilnadu.
He was able to leave his mark even in cameo roles and was good at comedy too. His popular films include Thanga Manusukkaran, Alli Thanda Vanam, Porkaalam, Vettri Kodi Kattu, En Asai Machan, Poomani, Sundara Travels.
In 2001, he won the Tamilnadu Best Actor Award for his performance in Kadal Pookal, directed by Bharathiraja.
Once a student, always a student
Murali got to play a college student in most of his films. In one of his interviews, the actor had said that he was tired of playing the role. Interestingly even in his last film Baana Kathadi ( the debut venture of his son Atharva), he did a cameo of a medical college student yearning for love.
After actor Mohan, it was Murali who was seen flashing a mike in most films. In all his earlier movies, Murali could be seen singing songs, mike in hand.
Murali tried his luck in politics joining the AIADMK during the last Assembly elections. He was one of their star campaigners then. He visited almost all the constituencies during the election and addressed public meetings and rallies.
His last public appearance
Murali attended actor Rajnikanth’s second daughter Soundarya Rajnikanth’s wedding in Chennai last week. He turned up for the occasion with his family. It was his last public appearance before he breathed his last.