'His passing affects us so much as we feel we lost not just an actor but a part of us!'
The Malayalam film fraternity pays tributes to the legendary actor Nedumudi Venu, who passed into the ages on Monday, October 11, 2021. Subhash K Jha listens in:
Actor Jayasurya: He was a legend ...he was a soulful actor...He has done a staggering gallery of characters...he knows how to hold a character's soul...
I would say he is a very lucky person to have died with his boots in.
Until his last he was in this industry and he was doing a film too...
He could act with the new generation of actors... he was like wine... he got better with age.. he kepts changing his acting pattern through out the years... legends never die.
Actor Roshan Mathew: I've known Venu sir mostly only though his work. And all the respect I have for him comes from that.
And from a few of his interviews and talks I have watched.
I was fortunate enough to work in a movie with him, but I did not get to interact with him past a basic introduction or have any scenes with him. My misfortune.
Director Sajin Baabu: Nedumudi Venu sir was a great artist. In his 30s he started acting roles of elder characters...
As elder brother, father, grandfather etc. He was a very flexible artiste ...wonderful actor..
For me, when I think of Malayalam actors, the first faces that come to mind are Mammootty sir, Mohanlal sir, then Nedumudi Venu sir and Thilakan sir.
Director Bejoy Nambiar: He was a legend . The diversity of his performances should be studied by film enthusiasts. He has left behind a legacy of iconic characters.
Sound designer and film-maker Resul Pookutty: He was family to me.... I can't think of Malayalam cinema without Nedumudi Venu... He was so much part of our life...
We as Malayalees relate to him as our brother or uncle or grandfather or a distraught king.
From the multitude of characters he played, he made us feel a part of every character.
His passing affects us so much as we feel we lost not just an actor but a part of us! Om Shanti.