Thiruvananthapuram: Veteran actor Nedumudi Venu passed away on Monday. The veteran actor was admitted to a private hospital in an Intensive Care Unit in Thiruvananthapuram after post-COVID-19 uneasiness. Nedumudi, known for his exceptional performances in commercial and art cinema, has played many roles that are etched into the hearts of film viewers.
Kesavan Venugopal, known by his stage name Nedumudi Venu, acted in over 500 films, predominantly in Malayalam and some in Tamil. He started his career in theater and made his debut in the film Thambu (1978), by director G Aravindan.
Padmarajan’s Oridathoru Phayalwan and Kallan Pavithran set a milestone for him. It marked his start in Karanavar (head of the family) roles, which included most of his memorable performances. Venu also wrote scripts for movies. He wrote the stories for the films Kattathe Kilikkoodu, Theertham, Sruthi, Ambada Njaane!, Oru Katha Oru Nunnakkatha, Savidham and Angane Oru Avadhikkalathu. He also tried his hand in direction with Pooram. He has also acted in a few Tamil films with director Shankar, such as Kamal Hasan’s Indian and Vikram’s Anniyan.
Venu also acted in some television serials. He acted in NFDC film Parinamam (The Change), directed by P Venu that won the best screenplay award at the Ashdod International Film Festival held in Israel. He won the Best Actor award for his role in Saira at the Zimbabwe International Film Festival which concluded in September 2007; Saira was the only film from India to be included in the festival. The committee mentioned that he acted compellingly and convincingly in his portrayal of a man caught between secularism and fundamentalism.
Actor Prithviraj Sukumaran took to Twitter and wrote: “Farewell Venu uncle! Your body of work and your expertise over the craft will forever be research material for generations to come! Rest in peace legend! #NedumudiVenu.”