Murali (Tamil actor)

S. D. Murali (19 May 1964 – 8 September 2010) was an Indian actor who appeared in Kannada and Tamil films.[2] He was famous for roles that portrayed him as a perceptive singer or a tragic lover. His son, Atharvaa, debuted as an actor in the 2010 film Baana Kaathadi.

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S. D. Murali

(1964-05-19)19 May 1964
Died8 September 2010(2010-09-08) (aged 46)
OccupationActor, Producer
Years active1982–2010
(Until his death)
ChildrenKavya (b.1988)
Atharvaa (b.1989)
Akash (b.1992)
Parent(s)S. Siddalingaiah

(Younger brother)

Daniel Balaji (cousin)

Early lifeEdit

Murali was born on 19 May 1964 in Bangalore to a Kannadiga father and Tamil mother. Murali had two siblings; a younger brother S.D.Suresh and a sister Santhi. He lived and studied up to his 5th Standard in Chennai, and from 6th Standard to 10th Standard he studied in Bangalore. When he was 14 years old, he joined as an assistant director to his father, film director and writer S. Siddalingaiah. For some time, he worked as an editing assistant.[3][1]


Murali started his acting career in 1982 with the Kannada film Geluvina Hejje, directed by director Eranki Sharma. Prema Parva, Bili Gulabi, Ajeya, Prema Gange, Thayikotta Thali, Sambhavami Yuge Yuge, Ajay-Vijay are the Kannada films he did before entering into Tamil film industry. Poovilangu was his first Tamil film.[4] He earned a good name with that film. He then acted in Pagal Nilavu, along with actress Revathi and directed by Mani Ratnam who made his directorial debut in Tamil cinema. Though this film garnered Murali great recognition, he could not sustain his success much longer. His films started failing at the box-office one after another and during that period, he even acted in double hero subjects : Vanna Kanavugal (1987) with Karthik, Thangamani Rangamani (1989) with S. Ve. Shekher and Ninaivu Chinnam (1989) with Prabhu.[5]

In 1990, he starred in Vikraman's Pudhu Vasantham along with Sithara and Anand Babu, where he plays one amongst four friends who find themselves unexpectedly saddled with a young woman. The film was successful and set off a trend of "friendship" based movies and also propelled his career.[6] In 1991, he acted in Idhayam, where he portrayed the soft hero who was incapable of expressing his love due to his inferiority complex.[7] Soon, Murali found himself playing in rural drama films: Chinna Pasanga Naanga (1992), Manikuyil (1993), Manju Virattu (1994), Adharmam (1994), En Aasai Machan (1994) and Poomani (1996).

In 1997, he acted in three films including the romantic-drama Kaalamellam Kadhal Vaazhga and the rural drama Porkkaalam directed by Cheran. The two films received critical acclaim and were blockbusters at the box-office.[8][9] The next year, he acted in eight films including the long-delayed Veera Thalattu, the romantic-drama films, Kaadhale Nimmadhi, Poonthottam, Unnudan, the village drama films Rathna and En Aasai Rasave. The six films flopped at the box office. Dhinamdhorum was an average grosser while the much-hyped Desiya Geetham, despite positive reviews, bombed at the box office.[10][11][12][13] In 1999, his flop streak continued with Ooty, the fictional biography Iraniyan, based on the life of the freedom fighter Vattakudi Iraniyan and Kanave Kalaiyadhe becoming box office failures.[14]

In 2000, he acted in Vetri Kodi Kattu alongside Parthiban. The movie was a success at the box-office enabling Cheran to develop his own style of film-making. The film also won critical acclaim as well winning a State Award and a National Award in the process.[15] Followed by drama movies, Kannukku Kannaga and Manu Needhi. In 2001, he appeared in five films. He plays alongside other heroes including Sonnal Thaan Kathala, Aanandham, Samudhiram, Alli Thandha Vaanam and Kadal Pookkal. Murali received the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor for this film. In 2002, he acted in drama, Kamarasu, a comedy, Sundhara Travels and family film, Namma Veetu Kalyanam. The next is Kadhaludan (2003), produced by Devayani and directed by her husband Rajakumaran.[16]

In the early 2000s, Murali lost his appeal at the box office and several of his films, where he collaborated with new directors, subsequently became delayed or shelved. This included project such as Pandian's Kalvettu, Olichandran's Oli, Ramanan's Entrum Sugamae, Abhimanyu's Thala, Paattu Chatham Ketkuthamma and Lovers.[17][18][19][20][21]

In 2006, he starred in the film, Pasa Kiligal alongside Prabhu, written by M. Karunanidhi.[22] In 2010, he acted as cameo role named Baana Kaathadi, in which his son Atharvaa made his film debut as an actor.[23] Murali was last seen in his 100th movie Kavasam, after which he died at the age of 46 due to cardiac arrest.[24][25]


Murali died in the early hours of 8 September 2010 from a sudden massive heart attack in Chennai.[26] He was 46.


Year Film Role Language Notes
1982 Geluvina Hejje Manchu Kannada
1983 Prema Parva Sadhguru Kannada
1984 Bili Gulabi Suresh Kannada
Poovilangu Pandiyan Tamil Remake of Prema Parva
Ingeyum Oru Gangai Kathamuthu Tamil
Pudhiavan Manohar / Kishore Tamil
1985 Elan Kandru Velan Tamil
Ajeya Ajey Kannada
Pagal Nilavu Selvam Tamil
Geethanjali James Tamil
Anthasthu Murali Tamil
1986 Prema Gange Krishna Kannada Remake of Ingeyum Oru Gangai
Puthir Vijay / Azhagu Tamil
Oru Malarin Payanam Moorthy Tamil
Kaalamellaam Unn Madiyil Murali Tamil
Mannukkul Vairam Mayilsamy Tamil
1987 Kudumbam Oru Koyill Raja Tamil
Valayal Satham Sundar Tamil
Vanna Kanavugal Moorthy Tamil
Aval Mella Sirithal Murali Tamil
Meendum Mahaan Murali Tamil
Puyal Paadum Paattu Tamil
Thayi Kotta Thaali Kannada
Thulasi Sivalingam Tamil
1988 Sambhavami Yuge Yuge Kannada
1989 Thangamani Rangamani Rangamani Tamil
Kai Veesamma Kai Veesu Balu Tamil
Ninaivu Chinnam Muthu Tamil
Dharma Devan Arun Tamil
Padma Vyuha Kiran Kannada
1990 Ajay Vijay Ajay Kannada Partially re-shot in Tamil as Puthiya Natchathiram
Paalam Jeeva Tamil
Pudhu Vasantham Balu Tamil
Vetri Malai Bhaskar Tamil
Chilambu Marudhu Tamil
Naanum Indha Ooruthan Muthu Tamil
Nangal Puthiyavargal Gowri Tamil
Sirayil Sila Raagangal Vijay Tamil
Pudhiya Kaatru Tamil
Namma Ooru Poovatha Ponarasu Tamil In This Film He has got the title 'Puratchi Nayagan'
1991 Sami Potta Mudichu Kathirvelan Tamil
Iravu Sooriyan Vijay Tamil
Idhayam Raja Tamil Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Kurumbukkaran Muthurajah Tamil
1992 Thanga Manasukkaran Murugesh (Murugan) Tamil
Thangarasu Thangarasu Tamil
Chinna Pasanga Naanga Muthukaalai Tamil
Thaali Kattiya Raasa Pandiyan Tamil
Endrum Anbudan Thyagu Tamil
1993 Manikuyil Muthuvelu Tamil
Thangakkili Moorthy Tamil
1994 Adharmam Arjuna Tamil
En Aasai Machan Subramani Tamil
Sathyavan Diwakar Tamil
Manju Virattu Pandian Tamil
1995 Thondan Jeeva Tamil Also singer for song "Nattu Nadu Center"
Aakaya Pookal Siva Tamil
1996 Poove Unakkaga Murali Tamil Special appearance in song "Machini Vara Neram"
Poomani Poomani Tamil
1997 Kaalamellam Kadhal Vaazhga Jeeva Tamil
Porkkalam Manikkam Tamil
Roja Malare Kannan Tamil
1998 Kaadhale Nimmadhi Mohan Tamil
Dhinamdhorum Aadhi Tamil
Veera Thalattu Pandian Tamil
Rathna Rathna / Muthuvel Tamil
Poonthottam Moorthy Tamil
En Aasai Rasave Muthumani Tamil
Unnudan Santhosh Tamil
Desiya Geetham Pandian Tamil
1999 Poo Vaasam Kanna Tamil
Kanave Kalaiyadhe Anand Tamil
Ooty Balakumar Tamil
Iraniyan Iraniyan Tamil
2000 Vetri Kodi Kattu Sekhar Tamil
Kannukku Kannaga Dharma Tamil
Manu Needhi Chinnakannu Tamil
2001 Sonnal Thaan Kathala Murali Tamil
Aanandham Madhavan Tamil
Samuthiram Thangarasu Tamil
Alli Thandha Vaanam Madhavan Tamil
Kadal Pookkal Karuthayya Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor
2002 Kamarasu Kamarasu Tamil
Sundhara Travels Gopikrishnan Tamil
Namma Veetu Kalyanam Ravi Tamil
2003 Kadhaludan Kalyan Tamil
2004 Arivumani Arivumani Tamil
2006 Pasa Kiligal Sevathayya Tamil
2009 Enga Raasi Nalla Raasi Vijay Tamil
Nee Unnai Arindhaal Gopal Tamil
2010 Baana Kaathadi 'Idhayam' Raja Tamil Guest appearance


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