(This article is authored by Alar)
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin expressed his grief over the demise of actor-director Manobala, who passed away at his residence in Chennai on Wednesday. He was 69 years old and had been suffering from liver problems for a long time.
Chief Minister MK Stalin took to Twitter to share his condolences and recalled Manobala’s visit to his recent photo exhibition. He said that Manobala was a versatile artist who had contributed to Tamil cinema as an actor, director and producer. He also praised his sense of humour and social service.
In his condolence message, he mentioned that Manobala had recently attended an exhibition in honor of his 70th birthday. "The Tamil film industry has suffered an irreparable loss with the passing of Manobala, a director, comedian, and character actor. At this time, I recalled his recent visit to and appreciation of the photo exhibition commemorating my 70th birthday ".
Manobala was a popular comedian and character artist who had acted in around 700 films. He had also directed over 12 films, including hits like Pillai Nila and Oorkavalan. He was also a producer and a television personality.
Manobala’s death has saddened the Tamil film industry and many celebrities and politicians have paid tribute to him on social media. Superstar Rajinikanth visited Manobala’s residence and consoled his family. Kamal Haasan, who had referred Manobala to Bharathirajaa, said he was shocked by his sudden demise and called him a multifaceted talent.
Other actors like Suriya, Karthi, Vijay Sethupathi, Dhanush, Sivakarthikeyan, Vishal, Arya, Radikaa Sarathkumar, Khushbu Sundar, and many others also shared their condolences.
“திரைப்பட இயக்குநரும், தயாரிப்பாளரும், நடிகருமான திரு. மனோபாலா அவர்கள் உடல்நலக்குறைவால் மறைவுற்றார் என்ற செய்தியறிந்து மிகவும் அதிர்ச்சியும், வேதனையும் அடைந்தேன்.— CMOTamilNadu (@CMOTamilnadu) May 3, 2023
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