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
, 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,
, 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,
, 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.