South Indian film loses two leading lights

Murali, Venu Nagavally pass away this week

NEW DELHI -- The south Indian industry has lost two well-known personalities with the passing away of actor Murali on Wednesday, followed by the death of writer/director Venu Nagavally Thursday.
 
The son of acclaimed producer Siddalingiah, Murali started his career as an assistant director but went on to become a popular actor in both Tamil and Kannada language cinema.
 
Murali's career took off with his 1984 debut in “Poovilangu” and he featured in 100-plus films over two decades working with renowned directors like Mani Ratnam (who was honored at this year's Venice Film Festival).

Murali recently launched his son Atharva in “Baana Kaathadi” and also co-starred with him. Like other popular south Indian actors, Murali was also involved in politics and campaigned for a leading political party. Murali was 46 and died from cardiac arrest.
 
Malayalam cinema's well-known writer/director Venu Nagavally, 61, passed away Thursday after suffering from a long-time liver ailment.

The son of noted writer and commentator Nagavally R.S Kruppu, Nagavally started out in radio in 1978 but moved to acting and featured in about 50 films. But he found acclaim as a writer/director with films like “Sughamodevi,” “Sarvakalashala” and “Hey Auto” and that turned actor Mohanlal into a superstar and icon. Nagavally was also a singer who contributed to various films. His last film as a director was 2009's “Bharya Swantham Suhruth.”
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