Malayalam actor Anil Nedumangad dies at 48. Prithviraj, Biju Menon, Dulquer Salmaan and others pay tribute

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The actor was known for his performance in Ayyappannum Koshiyum. (Image courtesy: therealprithvi)

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  • Anil Nedumangad died on Friday
  • He drowned while bathing near the Malankara dam site, police said
  • Anil Nedumangad died on the anniversary of the birth of director K R Sachidanandan

Malayalam actor Anil Nedumangad, best known for his role as a police officer in the acclaimed film Ayyappannum Koshiyum, drowned while bathing near the Malankara dam site Friday night, police said. The actor was in Thodupuzha in connection with the filming of his new movie. Peace starring Joju George and had gone bathing with friends during a break when the mishap happened. Condoning the actor’s disappearance, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that by playing notable characters, Anil Nedumangad established his niche in Malayalam films. With his inimitable prowess in acting, Anil has made an indelible mark among moviegoers, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a statement.

Anil, 48, began his career on Malayalam TV channels as a presenter and went on to don grease paint in several films, including Njan Steve Lopez, Pavada, Kammatti Padam, Kismat, Porinju Mariam Jose Besides Ayyappannum Koshiyum. The actor had written a touching Facebook post about Ayyappannum Koshiyum director K R Sachidanandan (Sachi), who passed away six months ago. It was Sachidanandan’s birthday on Friday.

The tragedy comes shortly after the death of 37-year-old Malayalam film director Shahnavas Naranipuzha, who died of a heart attack two days ago. Shahnavas’ Sufiyum Sujatayum With Bollywood actor Aditi Rao Hydari and Jayasurya in the lead roles, it was the first Malayalam film to be released on the OTT platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Actors Prithviraj, Dulquer Salman, Biju Menon and Suraj Venjaramudu took to social media to mourn Anil’s death.

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