Actor, Former Student DB College
Murali was born on 25 May 1954 as the first child of P. Krishna Pillai and K. Devaki Amma in Kudavattoor, Kollam, Kerala, India. He completed his schooling from Kudavattoor L. P. School and Thrikannamangalam S.K.V. High School. He completed his Degree from Sasthamkotta Devaswom Board College in the year 1973. He was an active member of the Students Federation of India. He later completed his degree in law from the Thiruvananthapuram Law Academy. After studies, he worked for some years as Lower Division Clerk in the Department of Health, Govt. of Kerala and as Upper Division Clerk in the Kerala University.
Murali debuted into films with the lead role in Njattadi, directed by Gopi. But the film never released. He then got chance to act in Chidambaram, directed by national award winning filmmaker Aravindan. He then acted in Meenamasathile Sooryan and Panchagni, directed by noted filmmakers Lenin Rejendran and Hariharan, respectively. Panchagni got released first and it gave his the break in his acting career. He then quickly got established as a powerful actor in the Malayalam film industry. Ardram, directed by George Kittu was the first film to get released with Murali in lead role. He acted in a variety of roles ranging from lead roles to villain roles, and won accolades. Murali had acted in around 200 films in his 30-year career.
He also has won four state awards for Adharam (1992), Kanakinavu (1996), Thalolam (1998) and Neyuthukaran (2001), and best supporting actor for Amaram (1992). He won the National award (Bharath) for the best actor in 2001 for his performance in “Neythukaaran” (Weaver) and had won four State awards for acting. In theatre, his role of ‘Ravana’ in the play ‘Lankalakshmi’ directed by C N Sreekantan Nair had been widely appreciated. His greatest asset was his voice.
Apart from Malayalam films, Murali made great waves in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films. Some of his Tamil flicks, ‘Gemini’, ‘Dum Dum Dum’, ‘Ram’, ‘Ae’ ‘Polladhavan’ gained him appreciations. He has also donned prominent role in Surya’s ‘Aadhavan’ directed by K.S. Ravikumar.
His closeness with the Communist Party fo India-Marxist saw him being fielded by the party in the 1999 Lok Sabha polls from Alappuzha, but he lost to Congress veteran V.M. Sudheeran. Soon after the CPI-M backed Kairali TV channel was launched in the late 90s, Murali was a member of the director board that ran the channel.
He was the Chairman of Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi, Thrissur. He passed away on August 6, 2009.