: കലാഭവൻ മണി; born 1 January 1971) is a South Indian
actor and singer who started his career through Malayalam
films. At first he was a comedian
and then he went on to be a serious actor as well as a strong hero and villain. He has acted in a number of films in Malayalam
. He has proved his acting prowess in movies like Vasantiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njanum
, in which he plays a blind street singer.
Mani hails from the backward community Pulaya
.He was born in Chalakudy
. He started his career as a mimicry
artist in Kalabhavan
. He started his acting career in the Malayalam
as an auto
driver. Since then, he has acted in several movies as a comedian. His first serious role was in the film Vasantiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njanum
. He has acted in more than 80 films in Malayalam
and more than 20 films in Tamil.
He is also a professional playback singer and a singer of Nadan Paattu (folk songs). His first album was Kannimanga Prayathil
. He has since established a parallel industry of 'Nadan Pattukal', selling a record number of releases. He has also released a few religious songs and Mappila Pattukal.
Mani's career started portraying comedic roles primarily in Malayalam films; he later shifted to serious roles. Eventually he became popular all across South India portraying negative characters in an unusual style. Despite all the popularity, Mani is known for his down-to-earth personality and for... Read More