Veteran Malayalam actor Sathar passed away on Tuesday morning at a hospital in Aluva. He was 67 years old. He was under treatment for liver disease.
Sathar, who was active in the 1970s and 80s, had acted in about 144 films. He essayed the characters of both a hero and a villain. He also produced a few films.
Sathar made his debut with the film Bharyaye Avashyamundu Samarppanam, directed by M Krishnan Nair in 1975. He became a hero next year in Anavaranam, directed by A Vincent in 1977. He was last seen in the film Onnum Onnum Moonu, an anthology film directed by Abhilash, Bijoy Joseph and VS Sreekanth in 2015. He was noted for his role in the 2012 Aashiq Abu film 22 Female Kottayam. One of his last noted films was Manglish directed by Salam Bappu.
He played a kind of an anti-hero in the film Ajnjana Theerangal. Sathar played character roles in films afterwards, like Neelathamara (1979), Ee Nadu (1982), Beena and so on. He has also acted in Tamil films like Mayil and Soundaryame Varuga Varuga. He acted in Telugu films too.
He will be seen in the yet-to-be-released film Avarum Ivarum.
The films he produced include Revenge (1985) and Kambolam (1994).
Born on May 25, 1952, Sathar finished his Masters in History before becoming an actor. He was married to his contemporary actor Jayabharathi, but they later separated. Their son Krish J Sathaar is also an actor.
Sathar will be laid to rest at 4 pm on Tuesday at the Padinjare Juma Masjid in Kodungalloor.