Versatile South Indian film actor Kalabhavan Mani was cremated with full state honours at the compound of his house in Chalakudy, Thrissur. Thousands had flocked to his house to pay their last respects to their favourite actor.
A large number of fans had gathered at the Thrissur Medical College, where the post mortem was done. The body was later shifted to Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi for the public to pay tributes.
Mani who was admitted to a private hospital in Kochi due to liver and kidney ailments three days ago died on Sunday evening.
Police has filed a case of unnatural death. A team of special investigators and forensic experts examined the outhouse where the 45 year old actor was found unconscious. The out house has been police.
An autopsy was carried on Monday morning after the doctors who treated Mani found traces of methanol in his blood samples. Though the autopsy report reveals that he was suffering from serious liver ailments, the exact cause of death can only be ascertained after the forensic test results come.
Thrissur Rural Police SP, K. Karthik said that an inquiry will be carried out on all possibilities including murder and self-killing attempts. The police has so far questioned a Malayalam actor who was last seen with Mani.
The death of Mani who enthralled audiences as a comedian, villain, and a serious protagonist alike shocked the Malayalam film industry, which had lost several talents since in the past two months.
Mani started his career as a mimicry artist. Hailing from a very poor background, he used to do odd jobs to supplement the meager income of the family. He used to drive an auto rickshaw during the day and go for stage programmes in the night. He later joined Cochin Kalabhavan, which has been the springboard for several film actors and directors.
In a career spanning 25 years, Mani has acted in more than 200 Malayalam films. He has also been active in Tamil and Telugu films. His performance in the “Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njanum” as a blind, won him special jury mention at both national and Kerala state film awards.
Mani is an acclaimed singer and his folk songs were eagerly awaited by Malayalees, every year.
Many celebrities and actors have condoled the untimely death of Kalabhavan Mani.
“A promising career is cut short. Kalabhavan Mani was multifaceted and popular. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family and fans,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet on Sunday.