The Tamil film industry has lost a gem with the passing away of Manobala Vijayabalan on Wednesday. The 69-year-old actor-director, who had a four-decade-long career in cinema, breathed his last in Chennai after battling illness. His demise has left a void in the industry and has been mourned by top stars, politicians, and film personalities.
Manobala began his career as a director, having worked as an assistant to the renowned filmmaker Bharathirajaa. He made several movies with top stars like Rajinikanth, Vijayakanth, and Sathyaraj, leaving an indelible mark in the industry. Some of his notable films include “Udan Pirappu”, “Oorkavalan”, “Guru Sishyan”, “Chinna Gounder” and “Enakkul Oruvan”.
In his later years, Manobala transitioned into acting, where he became known for his impeccable comic timing and ability to light up the screen with his presence. He featured in a number of movies with top actors including Vijay, Dhanush, and Sivakarthikeyan. Some of his popular films as an actor include “Soodhu Kavvum”, “Naanum Rowdy Dhaan”, “Kaththi” and “Kabali”.
Manobala’s contribution to the industry was not limited to acting and directing alone. He also produced a couple of films, including “Chinna Mapillai” and “Maanagara Kaaval”. He was a versatile artist who made significant contributions to Tamil cinema in various capacities.
Condolences Pour In
The news of Manobala’s demise has left the Tamil film industry in shock. Many prominent personalities took to social media to express their condolences and pay tribute to the veteran actor-director.
Chief Minister MK Stalin expressed his grief and shock at the news of Manobala’s passing. He recalled his recent meeting with the actor and praised him for his contributions to the industry. AIADMK General Secretary K Palaniswami also expressed his condolences, remembering Manobala as a star speaker and a great loss to both the party and the film industry.
Superstars Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, who had worked with Manobala in several films, also mourned his death. Rajinikanth referred to him as his “dear friend” and extended his sympathies to the family of the deceased.
Other industry veterans, including actor Sathyaraj, music composer Ilayaraja, and director Vikraman, also paid their respects to Manobala and expressed their sadness at his passing.
A Great Loss to the South Film Industry
Manobala’s death is a significant loss to the Tamil film industry, which has lost a versatile artist and a great human being. His contribution to cinema in various capacities will be remembered for years to come. Manobala may have left this world, but his legacy will live on through the films he directed, produced, and acted in. The industry and his fans will always cherish his memory and celebrate his life and work.