From TN Chief Minister to Udhayanidhi Stalin... Politicians offer their tributes to the late actor-director Marimuthu!

(This article is authored by Alar)

The Tamil film and television fraternity is mourning the sudden loss of actor-director Marimuthu, who passed away on Friday morning due to a heart attack. He was 56 years old. He was dubbed for the hit serial Ethir Neechal, in which he played a pivotal role when he collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. He was declared dead on arrival.

Marimuthu’s death has come as a shock to his family, friends and colleagues, who have expressed their grief and condolences on social media and other platforms. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin shared a long penned note, paying tribute to the late director-actor. He wrote, " I was very shocked and saddened to hear the news of Marimuthu's demise. He came to Chennai from Theni district with dreams of cinema, worked as an assistant director for many years and became a director.  lso, he became popular in every household in Tamil Nadu due to his acting skills on the small screen,"

"Moreover, it is noteworthy that his speeches in many interviews and programs were aimed at bringing awareness among the people against superstitions. His death is definitely a loss for the Tamil film industry. I offer my deepest condolences and condolences to Annar's family, friends and fans who are deeply saddened by the loss of him."

Minister for Youth Welfare and Sports, Udhayanidhi Stalin took to X (formerly Twitter), wrote “Film director and actor Annan Marimuthu’s death is shocking and heartbreaking. My deepest condolences on his passing. My condolences to his bereaved family, friends, film industry and fans.”

Actor and politician Sarathkumar wrote, “The news of director and popular character actor dear friend Marimuthu’s passing away due to a sudden heart attack is shocking and painful. I remember the days when I worked with him in the film ‘Pulivaal’ which he produced in association with Magic Frames,"

"I express my deepest condolences to his family, friends, artists and fans who are suffering from the unending pain of his passing leaving a void that cannot be filled by anyone else. I pray to God that his soul rest in peace.”

Actor and politician Seeman spoke to the media outlet, "We shared a close bond, much like a family, as we both hailed from rural areas.  Despite this, he remained in touch with me through WhatsApp, and I often congratulated him on his accomplishments. This untimely demise happened suddenly while coming to a great height.  His sudden passing was a shock  to me,".

President of Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, Thol. Thirumavalavan wrote on Twitter: “I am deeply saddened to know that director Marimuthu passed away due to a heart attack. On behalf of VCK, I offer my deepest condolences to the bereaved family.”

Popular political activist and author Subaveerapandiyan wrote, “Just last week, I met Marimuthu for the first time, the actor of the Ethirneechal serial. The news that he died of a heart attack this morning comes as a shock. My final salute to him.”

Marimuthu was a multi-faceted personality, who had donned the hats of director, producer and actor in his career. He started as a director with the award-winning film Kannum Kannum in 2008, which starred Prasanna and Udhaya in the lead roles. He also acted in Jailer, which was released recently. He was also part of the mega-budget film Indian 2, directed by Shankar, which is yet to be released.

Marimuthu was also a popular face on the small screen serial Ethir Neechal. He was known for his natural and realistic acting style, which won him many fans and appreciation. He was also a mentor and guide to many aspiring actors and filmmakers. Marimuthu is survived by his wife and two children. He had recently celebrated his 27th wedding anniversary on September 2nd.