Nedumudi Venu, 73, a versatile actor who had essayed a wide range of roles with a remarkable ease across 500-odd Malayalam films, died after a short illness in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday.
In a career spanning four decades, Venu played the roles of protagonist, villain, comedian and character artist. He had a unique ability to bring out the inner persona of the roles assigned to him and keep the audience captivated by his stellar performance. Apart from being an actor, he was also part of Kerala’s culture as a singer, dramatist and folk musician.
Prithviraj was one of the first celebrities to break the news online.
Following Prithviraj, many celebrities took to social media to remember the legend. Dulquer Salmaan shared a photo of Venu and wrote, “Rest in Peace Venu uncle! One of our finest actors and one of the kindest human beings. #heartbroken #unfathomableloss #RIP.”
A “heartbroken” Dulquer Salmaan posted this note for Nedumudi Venu: “Rest in Peace Venu uncle ! One of our finest actors and one of the kindest human beings.”
Tributes also poured in from the likes of actor-director Revathy, who wrote: “Remembering you with a lot of Love and Respect. The simple thoughts you shared to better my performance will always remain a lesson learnt dedicated to you. May your loved ones be blessed with the courage to accept your departure. With fond memories.”
Parvathy, who acted with him in Puzhu, called it a terrible loss. She wrote, “Venu sir. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have been able to work with this masterclass of an actor and just the most wonderful, loving human being. Charlie and now Puzhu, just before he’s left us. What a terrible loss. I salute his artistry and carry within me the incredible fervour for the craft he’s instilled in me as an actor through his work.”
Here are some of the tweets paying respect to the actor :
Nedumudi Venu was honoured with three National Film Awards and six Kerala State Film Awards for his works.