Sriimurali (ಶ್ರೀ ಮುರಳಿ) (born 17 December 1981), also known by names Murali, is an Indian actor who works predominantly in Kannada cinema. After making his debut in 2003 in Chandra Chakori, he appeared in Kanti as the eponymous lead, a performance that won him the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor. He has since appeared in over 10 Kannada films and a film each in Telugu and Malayalam, all of which proved to be commercial failures. His performance in the 2014 Kannada film Ugramm received unanimous praise and emerged as a major success.
Vidya (m. 2008)
|Parent(s)||S. A. Chinne Gowda (father)|
|Relatives||Vijay Raghavendra (brother)|
Prashanth Neel (brother-in-law)
See Rajkumar family
Sriimurali was born on 17 December 1981 in Bangalore, Karnataka, to a family of film people. His father S. A. Chinne Gowda was a film producer and brother Vijay Raghavendra, an actor. Actor Rajkumar was his uncle and actors Shiva Rajkumar and Puneeth Rajkumar his cousins. He married Vidya, his girlfriend and daughter of a hotelier, on 11 May 2008. They have a son and a daughter together.
Sriimurali made his debut in films in 2003 with a romance film, Chandra Chakori. The film performed well and his performance received praise. In Kanti, which focuses on the dispute on linguistic grounds between Karnataka and Maharashtra, he played the eponymous lead of a college student who, on falling in love with a Marathi girl, gets embroiled politically. His performance won him the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor.
He then appeared in films such as Siddu, Shambu, Yashwant and Preethigaagi, which did not perform well at the box office. In 2008, he appeared in Minchina Ota, produced by his father, along with his brother Vijay Raghavendra. He also takes care of the production responsibilities of his family banner Sowbhagya Pictures, under which several films produced by his father were made such as Sevanthi Sevanthi and Ganesha Mathe Bandha. After two successive hits Chandra Chakori and Kanti, Sri Murali could not keep up the expectations of the audiences. But Murali believing in fate and time waited for right opportunities. As a coincidence Prashant Neel (Murali's brother in law) came up with a story in 2008, exclusively for taking off Sri Murali's career again on a high note. The movie was initially named "Nandhe" and later changed to "Uggram". It took nearly 4-5 years for completion of the project
In 2014, Sriimurali appeared in an action-drama, Ugramm, directed by Prashanth Neel, who was making his directorial debut. He played the role of Agastya, a mechanic, who protects Nithya (played by Haripriya) from being caught alive by goons, and takes on the mafia. The film emerged as a critical and commercial success with his performance receiving acclaim. A. Sharadhaa of The Indian Express wrote: "This is definitely a 'comeback' film for Murali, a carefully thought-out project for him by the director. Murali is smarter than he looks and tougher than people expected him to be." He received his first nominations for Best Actor in Filmfare Awards South and SIIMA Awards. Following the massive success of the film, it was reported that he was flooded with offers for film totaling to 67, all of which he rejected.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2004||Kanti||Kanti||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor|
|2011||Hare Rama Hare Krishna||Rama/Krishna|
|2012||Sri Kshetra Adichunchanagiri||Sri Balagandhranatha Swami|
|2013||Bhajarangi||Himself||Special appearance in song "Bossu Nam Bossu"|
|2014||Ugramm||Agastya||Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Kannada|
Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Actor
|2015||Rathavara||Rathavara||Also playback singer for song "Hudugi Kannu"|
|2017||Raj Vishnu||Murali||Special appearance|
|2017||Mufti||Gana||SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role -(Male)- (Critics)-Kannada|
|2019||Bharaate||Jagan Mohan & Jayaratnakara||Dual role|
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