Saturday, 16 December, 2017

Kerala: Kalabhavan Abi passes away in Kochi

Kalabhavan Abhi at on of his performances | You Tube screengrab Kalabhavan Abhi at on of his performances | You Tube screengrab
Ben Pena | 01 December, 2017, 09:37

Kochi: Popular Malayalam actor and mimicry artist Abhi died on Thursday.

Hea was under treatment for a long period, after being affected with a disease in which the platelet count in the blood reduces. He was 52-years-old. He has acted in over 50 movies in Malayalam. Abi was famous for his spot-on impressions of Amitabh Bachchan and had lent his voice to numerous veteran actor's commercials. He has also hosted many television shows.

Abi rose to fame by portraying the character Amina Thatha, an elderly Muslim woman, in various comedy shows and movies.

Abi was also well known for mimicking Amitabh Bachchan.

Starting his career at Kalabhavan, he had worked with famous mimicry troupes like Harisree and Cochin Sagar. Young and talented actor Shane Nigam is Abi's son.

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Popular Malayalam film personalities, including Dulquer Salmaan and Mohanlal, took to social media to express their grief.

Abi has released more than 300 audio and video casettes of mimicry, of which De Maveli and Onathinidakku Pootu Kachavadam were the biggest hits.

Speaking to Asianet News, Kalabhavan Nawas, Abi's colleaague said that he was under shock hearing Abi's death.

"If Abi's name is there in the list, it was sure to generate a huge crowd", he said.

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