Kalabhavan Mani is a renowned Indian playback singer, music director and film actor. He was born as Mani Raman on January 1, 1971, in Chalakudy, Kerala in India. Initially, he worked as a mimicry artist in Kochi before he started his acting career in the Malayalam film, Aksharam in 1995 as an Auto Rickshaw driver. 

Before this, he has done small roles in the Malayalam films, 'Samudhayam' and 'The Porter'. Since then, there is no looking back. Kalabhavan acted in over 200 Malayalam films, mostly as a comedian. He was notable for his performance as a blind street singer in the 1999 Malayalam film, Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum, where he earned the National Film Awards and Kerala State Film Awards for Special Jury Award. He also bagged the Best Actor Award at the Asianet Film Awards in the year 1999.

After portraying comedic roles, he turned into a serious actor and a villain. He was also remarkable in the Malayalam comedy drama film, My Dear Karadi, where he acted as a zoo keeper. Kalabhavan made performances in Malayalam films like Onnaamvattam Kandappol, Captain, James Bond, Millenium Stars, Rapid Action Force, Dada Sahib, Rakshasa Rajavu, Dhosth, Antholanam, Fort Kochi, Pattalam, War and Love, Kanninum Kannadikkum, Udayon, Kali, Abraham and Lincoln, Payum Puli, Aandavan, Bullet, Twenty:20, Malayali, Amen, Crocodile Love Story and recently, he acted in the family drama film, Life of Josutty.

He was also seen in Yathra Chodikkathe, opposite Reena Basheer, Alif and Loka Samastha. Before acting in Malayalam films, Kalabhavan acted in the Tamil film, Maru Malarchi in the year 1998, from which he co-starred Mammootty, Devayani, Mansoor Ali Khan and Ranjith. This was followed by several performances in many Tamil films including Gemini, Thennavan, Aai, Sema Ragalai, Jithan, Mazhai, Aaru, Enthiran, Kangaroo, Sankarapuram and a lot more.

He also played as Constable Perumal in Kamal Haasan-starrer Papanasam, which was released this year. In 2002, he was debuted in the Telugu film industry through Saran’s film, Gemini, followed by Arjun, Narasimhudu and Evadaithe Nakenti. Kalabhavan later became a villain, and one of his notable performances was from the Malayalam comedy film, Chotta Mumbai in 2007, from which he acted alongside Mohanlal, Saikumar, Siddique, Manikuttan, Indrajith and Jagathy Sreekumar. 

Apart from the Filmfare’s Best Villain award that he received from the movie, Gemini, he also received praises and accolades in Chotta Mumbai including the Asianet Film Awards for Best Actor in a Villain Role in 2007 and the Vanitha Chandrika Award for Best Villain in 2008. He is also a prominent playback singer of folk songs. He released his first album, Kannimanga Prayathil and established himself in the music field, from which he sells a record number of releases. Kalabhavan sang few religious songs, but it did not make an impact on the audience. 

He gained popularity as a playback singer of Malayalam films such as Twenty: 20, Evan, Chacko Randaaman, Malsaram, Bamboo Boys, Ben Johnson, Kanmashi, The Guard, O Priye, Kottaram Veettile Apputtan, Sammanam and more. As a music director, he worked on the 2011 album entitled Mani Muzhagunnathu Arkkuvendi and MLA Mani Pathaam Classum Gusthiyum in 2012. Kalabhavan got married to Dr. Nimmy, a Veterinary, on September 22, 2000, and they have been blessed with one daughter named Sree Lakshmy.

In 2013, he was into controversies when two forest officials were said to have been assaulted by Kalabhavan and a complaint was also lodged against the actor for misbehaving towards the officials of the customs at the Nedumbassery Airport.

Jayaram Malayalam Actor

Jayaram

Born on December 10 1965, Jayaram’s main region of interest is the Malayalam film industry, though he had acted in some Tamil films too. Jayaram entered the Malayalam film industry with “Aparan” which was directed by Padma Rajan. They both worked together in two more films. Jayaram was known for his films Peruvannapurathe Visheshangal, Georgootty C/O Georgootty, Nagarangalil Chennu Raparkam and Thoovalsparsham.    During the 90s his films with Rajasenan turned to be commercially successful. The family audiences embraced him with both arms. Jayaram has carved a niche for himself in films such as Ayalathe Adheham (1994), Aadyathe Kanmani (1995), Meleparambil Aanveedu, The Car and CID Unnikrishnan B.A B.Ed.    Director Sathyan Anthikad’s Thooval Kottaram earned Jayaram accolades and he won an award from the Kerala State Film Award. Also, he has four Film Fare Awards to his credit. His performance in Tamil film “Thenali” didn’t go unnoticed; he was awarded with the Tamil Nadu State Film Award. Jayaram proved his mettle in Tamil films, including “Thenali”, Gokulam”, Murai Maaman”, “Priyanka” etc. “Thuppaki”, “Saroja”, “Aegan” “Pancha Thantiram” and “Uttama Villain” are some of the Tamil films in which he played supporting role.    Jayaram’s Malayalam films used to seldom flop at the box office and he is renowned for acting in family dramas. But ironically all the films he did in 2012 were a disaster at the box office. Jayaram has also delivered hits for the films directed by Kamal. He shared screen space with happening actors Mammooty, Mohanlal and Suresh Gopi.    Jayaram is wedded to actress Parvathy who quit films after marriage. They have two children Kalidasan and Malavika. Kalidasan was introduced in the Malayalam film “Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal” and the latter was awarded with the National Award.    Apart from acting Jayaram is a good mimic too. He had also sung in films including “Kadhanayagan”, “Mayilattam”, “Salaam Kashmir” etc.

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Karan

Karan is a popular actor in south Indian cinema. He was born as Raghu Kesavan in Chennai in the year 1969. He was a noted child actor in Malayalam films. He has acclaimed the Best Child Actor twice in Malayalam for the movies Rajahamsam in 1974 and Prayanam and Swami Ayyappan in 1975. He has performed as a child artist in the south Indian cinema for more than twenty films. Till 1983, he was acting as a child performer. From the year 1990, he started to act in the film in small roles as a youngster. Theechatti Govindan, a Thiyagarajan movie was his debut movie in Tamil. He appeared as a henchman in that movie. Later he acted as Sharath Babu’s son in the Rajini Kanth movie Annamalai. He came to the limelight after performing as a villain in Kamal Hassan’s movie Nammavar. From that movie onwards, he was credited as Karan. He has acted in various films as a side role artist, friend to the hero as well as the villain. Even before he turned to the hero, he acted in a father role. He acted as Vindhya’s father in the movie Tirunelveli. He has acted in character roles in the films like Gokulatthil Seethai, Pon Manam, Budget Padmanabhan, Sollamale, Minsara Kanna, Engalukkum Kaalam Varum and Alli Arjuna. In the late 90s and early 2000s, he was present in most of the Ajith and Vijay movies, as a friend or villain. 2006 was the year, which made this talented man to make his debut as a hero. Karuppasamy Kutthagaitharar and Kokki released in the same year. He was lauded for his acting in Karuppasamy Kutthagaitharar and the movie was also a hit. That movie insisted in the education of the women. He was one among the producers of that movie. He has acted a dozen films as a hero and still continuing. His latest movie is Kanniyum Kalaiyum Sema Kadhal, which is the 75th film of Karan. Karan has also acted in a Mahindra scooter advertisement with Bollywood Star Kareena Kapoor.

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Karan Malayalam Actor