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Tamil actor-director Manivannan dies of cardiac arrest

Chennai, June 15 (): Famous Tamil actor and director Manivannan, 59, breathed his last on Saturday in Chennai after suffering from cardiac arrest. He is survived by his wife, son Raghu and daughter Jyothi. Manivannan passed away at his residence in Nesapakkam.

Manivannan hailed from a small town in Coimbatore. He had acted in more than 400 films. In his acting career, he has done many different roles including comedy roles, supporting characters or villain roles. He has excelled in all the regions he had attempted into.

In late 1970s, he started his film career in Tamil film industry by writing stories and dialogues for some of the films of his mentor Bharathiraja including “Alaigal Oayvathillai”, “Tick Tick Tick” and “Nizhalgal”.

He had also assisted Bharatiraja in some of his films in various languages including Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. He had directed nearly 50 films and some of the known films are “Gopurangal Saivadhillai”, “Nooravathu Naal” and “Amaidhi Padai.” Other noted films directed by Manivannan include “Pudhu Manithan”, “Chinna Thambi Periya Thambi” and “Jalli Kattu”.

His last film as a director was the Sathyaraj starrer “Nagaraja Cholan MA, MLA” which was released in May. The film is a sequel to the superhit “Amaithi Padai.”

In the field of acting, Manivannan had been acting character roles and had won the hearts of millions of people. He usually plays hero’s uncle or father in most of the films, Manivannan will be remembered for his roles in Tamil films such as “Mudhalvan”, “Sangamam” and “Ullathai Allitha”.

Several members from the film fraternity have offered condolences to the actior’s family.

Actor Siddharth tweeted: “The great Manivannan sir is no more. Many lives in cinema are what they are today because of him. Writer, director, actor…gone too soon. RIP”.

Priyamani: “Can’t believe manivannan sir is no more!!haven’t had the opportunity to work with him but what a versatile actor/director!RIP sir!”

Shruti Haasan: Very sad to hear the news about manivanan sir

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