Anil Murali, who essayed the role of villain with aplomb in the south Indian films, passed away at a hospital in Kochi on Thursday, July 30. The 52-year-old actor started his movie career with Malayalam film Kanyakumariyil Oru Kavitha in 1993 and went on to act in over 200 films. He was active till recently when he suffered liver ailments, said the film industry sources. Also Read - Malayalam Actor And Internet's Wink Queen Priya Prakash Varrier Quits Instagram, Know Here Why

The actor hailed from Thiruvananthapuram and was undergoing treatment there. Last week, he was shifted to a leading hospital, here. But his condition worsened and he passed away. Also Read - List of All Bollywood, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada And Malayalam Films Releasing on OTT Platforms Before Theatres Due to COVID-19

At the time of death, his son and some film industry members were present. He will be cremated in the state capital on Friday. Condoling his death, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Murali performed well as villian and in character roles on the silver screen. Also Read - Dileep Sexual Assault Case Shifts Viewer’s Interest From Entertainment to News Channels! See BARC Ratings Report

Kerala BJP chief K Surendran said many of his roles would remain etched in the memory of film buffs. His death is a big loss for the industry, he added.

Mya his soul rest in peace!