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Mani was famous for his super-bad villain roles, but he was much more than that

Multilingual actor, singer and mimic Kalabhavan Mani passed away after a prolonged battle with a liver-related illness on Sunday. A private hospital in Kochi in Kerala declared him dead on Sunday at 7:15PM. You can read the full details here.

Mani shot to fame with the Malayalam movie Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum. He won several awards in his career, including a National Film Award and a Kerala state film award. He started out as a mimicry artist, and gained popularity with this skill in films.

He then moved on to Tamil and Telugu cinema later, and saw immense success in playing negative roles.  In the Tamil film industry, he grabbed everyone’s attention as the super-villain in the movie Gemini, which featured Vikram in the lead role. But long before that, he was famous in the Malayalam film industry for many avatars.

As an actor, he was equally comfortable in slipping into character roles, donning both the villainous and the underdog ones with consummate ease.

Here are some of his best scenes.