Police to probe death of Malayalam actor Kalabhavan Mani

Noted Malayalam actor Kalabhavan Mani died at a Kochi hospital on Sunday evening. The 45-year-old actor was battling liver and kidney ailments at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences. However, the late comedian’s brother Ramakrishnan has filed a police complaint alleging it was unnatural death.

A special team has been formed to probe the cause of death on the basis of the complaint filed at the police station in Chalakudy, the actor’s home town, according to reports. A post-mortem will be conducted on the body at the Thrissur Medical College.

It is said that traces of methyl alcohol, a poisonous substance found in spurious liquor, were found in body. However, Thissur Rural SP Karthik told a publication, “It is too early to say anything, let us not jump to conclusions. Let the medical reports come.”

Meanwhile, condolences have been pouring in for the 45-year-old Mani whose death has come as a rude shock for his fans as well as the South Indian film industry.  

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, through the official Twitter handle of his office wrote, “A promising career is cut short. Kalabhavan Mani was multifaceted & popular. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family & fans: PM.”

Veteran actor Kamal Hassan posted, “Sad about my friend Kalabhavanam Mani. One more of My Malayalee brothers dying of cirrhosis. He had more talent than time.”

Tamil actor Suriya Sivakumar tweeted, “#kalabhavanmani Respects to a great performer!A Good friend.Will cherish time spent with him! Rest In Peace sir.”

“Shocked to hear abt the death of Kalabhavan Mani sir. We worked together in Something Something. Such a wonderful person! RIP sir,” posted actor Jayam Ravi.

Actress Khushbu Sundar wrote, “Very sad 2 hear tat #KalabhavanMani is no more..super talented actor of malayalam cinema..he ws jus 46..v r losing too many talents off late.”

Academy Award winning sound designer Resul Pookutty tweeted, “The ethnic sound of Malayalam cinema is gone silent...irreparable loss RIP#KalabhavanMani.”

Kalabhavan Mani starred in over 200 films, including Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu films. He won the National Film Award and Kerala State Film Award in 1999 for his performance as Ramu in ‘Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum’.