RIP Nedumudi Venu

Versatile Malayalam film actor Nedumudi Venu passed away earlier today. He died on 11 October 2021, at a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram due to post-COVID-19 complications. He was also battling stomach-related ailments for the past few months. He was aged 73.

Kesavan Venugopal¬†(22 May 1948 ‚Äď 11 October 2021), known popularly by his stage name¬†Nedumudi Venu, was an Indian film actor from¬†Kerala, who predominantly worked in the¬†Malayalam Cinema. He acted in more than 500 films, primarily in¬†Malayalam¬†and also in¬†Tamil. He wrote¬†screenplays¬†and directed one film. He won three¬†National Film Awards¬†and six¬†Kerala State Film Awards¬†for his various performances.

Venu started his career in theater and went on to act in films. He was a member of¬†Kavalam Narayana Panicker’s dramas. He debuted in the film¬†Thambu¬†(1978), by director¬†G Aravindan. His acting skills were showcased in the¬†Bharathan¬†film¬†Aaravam.¬†Padmarajan’s¬†Oridathoru Phayalwan¬†and¬†Kallan Pavithran¬†set a milestone for him. It marked his start in¬†Karanavar¬†(head of the family) roles, which included most of his memorable performances.

Venu wrote scripts for movies. He wrote the stories for the films¬†Kattathe Kilikkoodu,¬†Theertham,¬†Sruthi,¬†Ambada Njaane!,¬†Oru Katha Oru Nunnakkatha,¬†Savidham¬†and¬†Angane Oru Avadhikkalathu. He also tried his hand in direction with¬†Pooram. He acted in a few Tamil films with director Shankar, such as Kamal Hasan’s¬†Indian¬†and Vikram’s¬†Anniyan.