Senior actor Munshi Venu passed away in the wee hours of Thursday in Thrissur at a palliative care centre. The veteran was being treated for a kidney ailment and was living in a hotel in Chalakudy. Venu was remembered for his character Munshi on a satirical show. Venu made his debut in films with Pachakuthira which was directed by Kamal. Venu later starred in many big budget films too.
The 63-year old actor was unmarried was living in a small lodge alone for the last 10 years. Reports say that the actor went through a tough phase even to meet his medical expenses when he was diagnosed with a kidney related disease. Venu, born Venu Narayanan, was taken to the hospitals by the residents around when he was unwell.
Venu brought in a new age comedy with his presentable humor quotient and became very popular with his dialogue “Mone Shakeela Vanno…” from the film Chotta Mumbai which featured Mohanlal in the lead. Venu was a part of the super hit film Salt n Pepper which also had Lal, Asif Ali, Shweta Menon and Mythili in lead roles. Venu acted in more than 75 movies but could not financially settle. Despite being supported by Mammotty and Rajeev, Venu struggled in his last days to meet his medical expenses.
Venu was a man of very few words and had a very good acquaintance with his peers in the industry. Dulquer Salman, Mammotty, Manju Warrier, Lissy and many more paid tributes to the elderly.