Renowned Malayalam film actor Kalasala Babu passed away on Sunday night in Ernakulam at the age of 68. The actor was suffering from heart ailments and was under treatment for the past three months.
He was admitted at Amritha Hospital in Kochi and passed away due to cerebral haemorrhage, according to a report in Mathrubhumi.
Son of famous Kathakali maestro Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair and Mohiniyattam dancer Kalyanikutty Amma, the actor entered acting through theatre and slowly moved to the small screen before entering cinema. He debuted in Malayalam cinema with the movie Ineya Thedi by John Paul.
He acted in over 50 films in his career, which includes Runway with Dileep, Thuruppu Gulan with Mamootty, Balettan wit Mohanlal, Pokkiriraja with Mamootty and Prithviraj. He returned to Malayalam cinema after a break with Kasthuriman, directed by renowned director AK Lohithadas.
Kalasala Babu portrayed negative characters in his films several times and was popular for realistically portraying complicated characters.
He is survived by his wife Lalitha and children, Sreedevi who resides in the US and Viswanthan who resides in Ireland.