Dead, Murali on September 8, 2010 at the age of 46, he was a South Indian film actor who appeared in the leading and supporting roles in Tamil and Kannada throughout his career.
Born on May 19, 1964, Murali started his acting career in 1984 with the Kannada film “Prema Parva”, directed by his father director Siddhalingaiah.
Ajeya, Prema Gange, Thayikotta Thali, Sambhavami Yuge Yuge, Ajay-Vijay are the Kannada movies he did before entering into Tamil film industry.
Poovilangu was his first Tamil movie.
He earned a good name with that film.
He then acted in Pagal Nilavu, along with actress Revathi.
The movie introduced the director Mani Ratnam to the Tamil film industry.
Though this movie garnered Murali great recognition he could not sustain his success much longer. His movies started failing at the Box Office one after another.
Interestingly, the angry young man image that Murali portrayed in his first few films disappeared after Pagal Nilavu and he appeared more as a soft natured, turning violent only when required (which is a basic requirement for any hero in Indian cinema), in his subsequent films. Then came ‘Idhayam’ – the movie where he portrayed the soft romantic hero pining and longing to reveal his love to his lady.
This character appeared perfectly consistent with his image and many remember him as hero of this movie (the movie had hit songs which remind many of Murali) much more than the angry young man of Poovilangu.
In 1990, he starred in Vikraman’s Pudhu Vasantham along with Sithara and Anand Babu where he played one among four friends who find themselves unexpectedly saddled with a young woman.
He died of a massive cardiac arrest; Murali was rushed to Sri Ramachandra University Hosptial, Porur, after he complained of severe chest pain.
But, according to the hospital sources, he had no pulse even as he was brought in and was declared ‘Dead on Arrival.
Some of Murali’s hit films include “Puthu Vasantham”, “Porkalam”, “Kalamellam Kadhal Vazhga”, “Vetri Kodi Kattu”, “Sundara Travels”, “Poomani”, “Alithantha Vanam”, “Desiya Geetham”, “Idayam”, “Thanga Manusukkaran”, “En Asai Machan”, “Anandam” and “Samuthiram.” He got an award from the State government for his acting in director Bharathiraja’s “Kadal Pookkal” and won the Kalaimamani in 2001.
He has done 98 films and his 99th film is said to be half-completed.
Murali also played a small part in his son Atharvaa’s debut film “Bana Kathadi.”
Tamil film director Amirjan said Murali was a good person and a talented actor. “He was spotted by director K. Balachander who wanted me to use him in “Poovilangu.”
The director was convinced of Murali’s acting talents and the film’s success proved this judgement right.” Murali is survived by his wife Shoba, sons Atharvaa and Akash, and daughter Kaavya.
In the 1990s, He has also acted with famous heroines including Simran, Roja, Devayani, Laila and Rambha.