Manobala, the well-known Tamil actor-director passes away at 69

The renowned Tamil actor-director Manobala died following a brief illness. Several film personalities, including superstar Rajinikanth, expressed their condolences for his death.

Manobala (69), who began his career as an assistant to famed filmmaker Bharathirajaa, made his directorial debut with the 1982 film ‘Agaya Gangai.’ He has directed successful films such as ‘Pillai Nila,’ ‘Oorkavalan’ (featuring Superstar Rajinikanth), and ‘Mallu Vetti Minor.’ He had recently moved into acting, primarily in comedic parts, and had appeared in a number of films with renowned performers such as Vijay and Dhanush. He has also produced a few films.

Because of his wiry build and distinct language delivery, he became a sought-after comedy actor in the early 2000s. ‘Pithamagan,’ ‘Ice,’ ‘Chandramukhi,’ ‘Yaaradi Nee Mohini,’ ‘Thamizh Padam,’ ‘Alex Pandian,’ ‘the Aranmanai series,’ and ‘Aambala’ have all featured him in memorable humorous tunes. He’s been in approximately 700 films. He has worked hilariously with famous comedic actors like Vivekh, Vadivelu, and Santhanam. Manobala, a prominent comedian and character artist, was most recently featured in the Tamil films ‘Kondraal Paavam’ and ‘Ghosty’.

Rajinikanth expressed his sorrow at the demise of his “dear friend” in a tweet and conveyed his condolences to the deceased’s family. “It’s shocking and unbelievable that such a sweet person and a good friend #Manobala sir has passed away.” Sincere sympathies to the family. In a tweet, film producer Dr. Dhananjayan remarked, “May his soul rest in peace.”