National Award-winning Malayalam actor Nedumudi Venu passed away aged 73 on Monday at a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram. He had been in a critical condition for some time due to liver-related disease.
Venu first began his career as a theatre artist with the plays of Kavalam Narayana Panicker. In 1978, he made his debut in Thambu, directed by G Aravindan. Venu is known for his work in Malayalam and Tamil movies, and has acted in more than 500 movies.
Venu shone as an actor by delivering powerful performances. The industry admired his talent of handling serious and comedic roles with confidence.
He has acted in several best films, such as Aravam, Vidaparayum Munpe, Kallan Pavithran, Chamaram, Bharatham, Oru Minnaminunginte Nurunguvettam, Chithram, Thenmavin Kombath, His Highness Abdullah, Margam and Arimpara.
He also turned into a screenwriter for some of his films and also helmed a film titled Pooram.
For his outstanding performances, Nedumudi Venu has won three National Film Awards, and six Kerala State Film Awards.