Actor-director Manobala passes away at 69 in Chennai


MAY 4, 2023

Popular actor and director Manobala passed away due to liver-related problems in Chennai.

Popular Tamil actor and director Manobala passed away on May 3. He was 69 years old and reportedly unwell due to liver-related illness.

In Short

  • Veteran actor-director Manobala passed away on May 3.
  • He was 69 years old.
  • He was admitted to a hospital due to liver-related problems.

Veteran actor-director Manobala breathed his last on May 3 in Chennai. Reportedly, he was taking treatment at his residence for liver-related problems for the past two weeks. This news has come across as a huge shock to everyone in the Tamil film industry. Details regarding his funeral and cremation will be out in the coming hours. He was known for his comedy timing and self-deprecating humour. In his career spanning over 35 years, he acted in over 900 films. He is survived by wife, Usha, and son, Harish.


Popular director and actor Manobala passed away on May 3. For the past few months, the actor was unwell and received treatment for age-related issues.

It is said that Manobala breathed his last at his residence in Chennai. His mortal remains will be placed at his residence in LV Prasad Road, Saligramam in Chennai.

Actor-director GM Kumar was among the first few celebrities to break the news. He took to Twitter to share the sad news with his followers.


Manobala made his acting debut in 1979 with Bharathiraja’s Puthiya Vaarpugal. Over the years, he acted in several hundred films in supporting roles. Reportedly, he joined as an assistant director to Bharathiraja under Kamal Haasan’s reference. His last on-screen appearance was in Kajal Aggarwal’s Ghosty. The talented star was known for his comedy roles.

In 1982, he made his directorial debut with Agaya Gangai and helmed nearly 25 films. Some of his popular films include Pillai Nila, Oorkaavalan, En Purusshanthaan Enakku Mattumthaan, Karuppu Vellai, Mallu Vetti Minor and Paarambariyam, to name a few.

Apart from appearing in serials, he also directed a handful of television serials. He also made his name in the industry as a producer. He appeared as one of the contestants on Cooku With Comali in 2022.

Courtesy/Source: India Today / PTI