Murali (Tamil actor)

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S. D. Murali

(1964-05-19)19 May 1964
Died8 September 2010(2010-09-08) (aged 46)
Occupation(s) Actor, Producer
Years active1982–2010
(Until his death)
ChildrenKavya (b.1988)
Atharvaa (b.1989)
Akash (b.1992)
Parent(s) S. Siddalingaiah

(Younger brother)

Daniel Balaji (cousin)

S. D. Murali (19 May 1964 – 8 September 2010) was an Indian actor who appeared in Kannada and Tamil films. [2] He was famous for roles that portrayed him as a perceptive singer or a tragic lover. His son, Atharvaa, debuted as an actor in the 2010 film Baana Kaathadi .


Early life

Murali was born on 19 May 1964 in Bangalore to a Kannadiga father and Tamil mother. Murali had two siblings; a younger brother S.D.Suresh and a sister Santhi. He lived and studied up to his 5th Standard in Chennai, and from 6th Standard to 10th Standard he studied in Bangalore. When he was 14 years old, he joined as an assistant director to his father, film director and writer S. Siddalingaiah. For some time, he worked as an editing assistant. [3] [1]


Murali started his acting career in 1982 with the Kannada film Geluvina Hejje, directed by director Eranki Sharma. Prema Parva, Bili Gulabi, Ajeya , Prema Gange, Thayikotta Thali, Sambhavami Yuge Yuge, Ajay-Vijay are the Kannada films he did before entering into Tamil film industry. Poovilangu was his first Tamil film. [4] He earned a good name with that film. He then acted in Pagal Nilavu , along with actress Revathi and directed by Mani Ratnam who made his directorial debut in Tamil cinema. Though this film garnered Murali great recognition, he could not sustain his success much longer. His films started failing at the box-office one after another and during that period, he even acted in double hero subjects : Vanna Kanavugal (1987) with Karthik, Thangamani Rangamani (1989) with S. Ve. Shekher and Ninaivu Chinnam (1989) with Prabhu. [5]

In 1990, he starred in Vikraman's Pudhu Vasantham along with Sithara and Anand Babu, where he plays one amongst four friends who find themselves unexpectedly saddled with a young woman. The film was successful and set off a trend of "friendship" based movies and also propelled his career. [6] In 1991, he acted in Idhayam , where he portrayed the soft hero who was incapable of expressing his love due to his inferiority complex. [7] Soon, Murali found himself playing in rural drama films: Chinna Pasanga Naanga (1992), Manikuyil (1993), Manju Virattu (1994), Adharmam (1994), En Aasai Machan (1994) and Poomani (1996).

In 1997, he acted in three films including the romantic-drama Kaalamellam Kadhal Vaazhga and the rural drama Porkkaalam directed by Cheran. The two films received critical acclaim and were blockbusters at the box-office. [8] [9] The next year, he acted in eight films including the long-delayed Veera Thalattu , the romantic-drama films, Kaadhale Nimmadhi , Poonthottam , Unnudan , the village drama films Rathna and En Aasai Rasave . The six films flopped at the box office. Dhinamdhorum was an average grosser while the much-hyped Desiya Geetham , despite positive reviews, bombed at the box office. [10] [11] [12] [13] In 1999, his flop streak continued with Ooty , the fictional biography Iraniyan , based on the life of the freedom fighter Vattakudi Iraniyan and Kanave Kalaiyadhe becoming box office failures. [14]

In 2000, he acted in Vetri Kodi Kattu alongside Parthiban. The movie was a success at the box-office enabling Cheran to develop his own style of film-making. The film also won critical acclaim as well winning a State Award and a National Award in the process. [15] Followed by drama movies, Kannukku Kannaga and Manu Needhi . In 2001, he appeared in five films. He plays in multi-starrers including Sonnal Thaan Kathala , Aanandham , Samudhiram , Alli Thandha Vaanam and Kadal Pookkal . Murali received the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor for this film. In 2002, he acted in drama, Kamarasu , a comedy, Sundhara Travels and family film, Namma Veetu Kalyanam . The next is Kadhaludan (2003), produced by Devayani and directed by her husband Rajakumaran. [16]

In the early 2000s, Murali lost his appeal at the box office and several of his films, where he collaborated with new directors, subsequently became delayed or shelved. This included project such as Pandian's Kalvettu, Olichandran's Oli, Ramanan's Entrum Sugamae, Abhimanyu's Thala, Paattu Chatham Ketkuthamma and Lovers. [17] [18] [19] [20] [21]

In 2006, he starred in the film, Pasa Kiligal alongside Prabhu, written by M. Karunanidhi. [22] Murali was last seen in a cameo role in Baana Kaathadi (2010), in which his son Atharvaa made his film debut as an actor. [23] His 100th film was the unreleased Kavasam, after which he died at the age of 46 due to cardiac arrest. [24] [25]


Murali died in the early hours of 8 September 2010 from a sudden massive heart attack in Chennai. [26] He was 46.


1982Geluvina HejjeManchu Kannada
1983Prema ParvaSadhguruKannada
1984Bili GulabiSureshKannada
Poovilangu Pandiyan Tamil Remake of Prema Parva
Ingeyum Oru Gangai KathamuthuTamil
Pudhiavan Manohar/KishoreTamil
1985Elan KandruVelanTamil
Ajeya AjeyKannada
Pagal Nilavu SelvamTamil
Geethanjali JamesTamil
Anthasthu MuraliTamil
1986Prema GangeKrishnaKannadaRemake Ingeyum Oru Gangai
Puthir Vijay/AzhaguTamil
Oru Malarin Payanam MoorthyTamil
Kaalamellaam Unn MadiyilMuraliTamil
Mannukkul Vairam MayilsamyTamil
1987 Kudumbam Oru Koyill RajaTamil
Valayal Satham SundarTamil
Vanna Kanavugal MoorthyTamil
Aval Mella Sirithal MuraliTamil
Meendum MahaanMuraliTamil
Puyal Paadum PaattuTamil
Thayi Kotta ThaaliKannada
Thulasi SivalingamTamil
1988Sambhavami Yuge YugeKannada
1989 Thangamani Rangamani RangamaniTamil
Kai Veesamma Kai Veesu BaluTamil
Ninaivu Chinnam MuthuTamil
Dharma DevanArunTamil
Padma VyuhaKiranKannada
1990Ajay VijayAjayKannadaPartially re-shot in Tamil as Puthiya Natchathiram
Paalam JeevaTamil
Pudhu Vasantham BaluTamil
Vetri MalaiBhaskarTamil
Naanum Indha Ooruthan MuthuTamil
Nangal Puthiyavargal GowriTamil
Sirayil Sila Raagangal VijayTamil
Pudhiya KaatruTamil
Namma Ooru Poovatha PonarasuTamilGot title 'Puratchi Nayagan'
1991 Sami Potta Mudichu KathirvelanTamil
Iravu SooriyanVijayTamil
Idhayam RajaTamilNominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
1992 Thanga Manasukkaran Murugesh (Murugan)Tamil
Chinna Pasanga Naanga MuthukaalaiTamil
Thaali Kattiya Raasa PandiyanTamil
Endrum Anbudan ThyaguTamil
1993 Manikuyil MuthuveluTamil
Thangakkili MoorthyTamil
1994 Adharmam ArjunaTamil
En Aasai Machan SubramaniTamil
Sathyavan DiwakarTamil
Manju Virattu PandianTamil
1995 Thondan JeevaTamilAlso singer for song "Nattu Nadu Center"
Aakaya PookalSivaTamil
1996 Poove Unakkaga MuraliTamilSpecial appearance in song "Machini Vara Neram"
Poomani PoomaniTamil
1997 Kaalamellam Kadhal Vaazhga JeevaTamil
Porkkalam ManikkamTamil
Roja Malare KannanTamil
1998 Kaadhale Nimmadhi MohanTamil
Dhinamdhorum AadhiTamil
Veera Thalattu PandianTamil
Rathna Rathna / MuthuvelTamil
Poonthottam MoorthyTamil
En Aasai Rasave MuthumaniTamil
Unnudan SanthoshTamil
Desiya Geetham PandianTamil
1999 Poo Vaasam KannaTamil
Kanave Kalaiyadhe AnandTamil
Ooty BalakumarTamil
Iraniyan IraniyanTamil
2000 Vetri Kodi Kattu SekharTamil
Kannukku Kannaga DharmaTamil
Manu Needhi ChinnakannuTamil
2001 Sonnal Thaan Kathala MuraliTamil
Aanandham MadhavanTamil
Samuthiram ThangarasuTamil
Alli Thandha Vaanam MadhavanTamilGuest appearance
Kadal Pookkal KaruthayyaTamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor
2002 Kamarasu KamarasuTamil
Sundhara Travels GopikrishnanTamil
Namma Veetu Kalyanam RaviTamil
2003 Kadhaludan KalyanTamil
2004 Arivumani ArivumaniTamil
2006 Pasa Kiligal SevathayyaTamil
2009 Enga Raasi Nalla Raasi VijayTamil
Nee Unnai Arindhaal GopalTamil
2010 Baana Kaathadi 'Idhayam' RajaTamilGuest appearance

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