Popular Tamil actor Vijay, who has become the last thespian to share the screen with Manobala, has paid his last respects to the latter as his untimely demise has shocked the Kollywood industry. The versatile artist Manobala, who is known for his acting and directorials, has passed away on Wednesday - May 3 in Chennai at the age of 69 due to liver ailment.
The celebrities were taken aback by the news of his sudden demise and a sense of shock was greatly visible beyond the industry. Manobala, a veteran artist, had been a successful icon in Kollywood and was well known for his comic scenes. Besides directing 20 movies, he has also featured in hundreds of movies and his appearances before the camera were vital in buidling a successful career in the cinema.
He was deeply respected and admired by the fellow celebrities and followers. As a protege of legendary director Bharathiraja, Manobala has inspired every artist in the industry and made fans through his hilarious comedies and humours. He was under treatment for heart and liver-related ailment for quite some time and he had also undergone angio treatment earlier this January.
He had been under medical treatment at his residence in LV Prasad Road, Saligramam in Chennai for the past two weeks. Amid the medical treatment, Manobala breathed his last on Wednesday at his residence at the age of 69. Born in Thiruvaiyaru in the Thanjavur district in 1953, Manobala's birth name was Balachander and he began his career as an assistant director to Bharathiraja. Manobala made his directorial debut in 1982 through the movie "Agaya Gangai" in which Karthik and Suhashini played the lead roles.
He has also directed the movie 'Oorkavalan' in which Superstar Rajinikanth played the lead role and some of his other movies include Vijayakanth starred 'Sirai Paravai', Prabhu starred 'Moodu Manthiram', Ramki starred 'Vetri Padigal' and Shivaji Ganesan starred 'Paarambariyam'. On the front of acting, Manobala has acted in several movies including 'Pithamagan', 'Perazhagan', 'Chandramukhi', 'Anniyan', 'Ghajini', 'Nanban', 'Kalakalappu', 'Thupakki', and 'Aranmanai'.
Some of his recent movies include 'Naai Sekar', 'Yutha Satham', 'Oh My Dog', 'Don', and 'Naai Sekar Returns'. His recent movies 'Kondraal Paavam' and 'Ghosty' hit the theatres earlier this year. Manobala had been acting in actor Vijay starred 'Leo', directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj. The movie was on the floors and Manobala's sudden demise has shocked the movie team.
While Lokesh Kanagaraj, the last director Manobala had worked with, had paid tributes to the deceased actor on social media by stating that his loss has broken his heart, actor Vijay has arrived at Manobala's residence and paid his last respects. The visuals of Vijay's arrival and consoling Manobala's family have been going viral on social media.