Popular Malayalam actor Kalabhavan Abi, best known for his impeccable comedy timings and mimicry is no more. The 52-year-old actor breathed his last at a private hospital in Kochi on Thursday morning after he was rushed to the hospital with an extremely low platelet count. While the actor was undergoing treatment for dengue, he was also battling cancer and has been under treatment for the last six months. He was brought to the hospital at around 10.20 am but reports say he passed away 45 minutes prior. His funeral will be held on December 1.
He started his mimicry career in Kochi with late actor Kalabhavan Mani. During the time, mimicry cassettes were a craze in Kerala, and Abi has more than 300 audio and video cassettes of mimicry to his name, of which De Maveli and Onathinidakku Pootu Kachavadam were the most successful. Abi was also one of the very few actors in the south who could easily imitate any actor across industries. The veteran Malayali star was famous for mimicking Amitabh Bachchan and had lent his voice to many commercials featuring Big B.
The superstar in the world of mimicry entered Malayalam cinema in 1991 with the Mammootty starrer Nayam Vyakthamakunnum. Abi and his contemporaries like Dileep had become popular in Malayalam cinema in the 90s. He has also worked in more than 50 Malayalam movies including films like Mimics Action 500, Aniyathipraavu, Mazhavil Koodaram, Kireedamillatha Rajakkanmar and Resikan. He is known for bringing the character ‘Amina Thatha’ to life on screen, popular for its slapstick comedy and witty responses.
Abi is survived by his wife Sunila, two daughters — Ahana and Aleena — and son, Shane Nigam. Shane is an emerging actor in the Mollywood industry who made his debut as a solo hero in 2016 film 'Kismath', directed by Shanavas K Bavakutty and is currently in Chennai.