Kalaimamani winner and a popular actor KN Kaalai, who was also the former Nadigar sangam’s vice president, passed away on Sunday.
The 84-year-old, who was also a prominent dubbing artistes, died due to heart-attack at his residence. Many film industry members paid their final respect.
He was recently seen playing a key role (Mookaiah) in Sasikumar starrer Kidaari. The film’s director Prasad Murugesan tweeted: “மூக்கையாவாக அசத்திய KN.காளை அய்யா மறைவிற்கு எங்கள் கண்ணீர் அஞ்சலி! மகாகலைஞனான உங்கள் நினைவுகள் என்றென்றும் எங்களோடு உண்டு!@SasikumarDir”.
The senior actor-cum-dubbing artiste was in power when politician R Sarathkumar was the head of the Sangam. He was a recipient of prestigious awards like Kalaimamani, Nadaga Kavalar and so on.
One may recall that he was in the news for referring to those who opposed Sarathkumar as ‘dogs’. Irked by the comment made by him on the building-controversy, Vishal decided to lodge a complaint against him at Nadigar Sangam, under by-law 13 that restricts members from bad-mouthing.
“I entered this industry with the hopes of getting into acting, but did not get enough opportunities. Therefore, I ended up with dubbing for other actors,” he said in an interview.