After the shocking demise of actor Anil Nedumangad on Thursday, many of his colleagues in the film industry expressed condolences. Anil drowned while bathing in Malankara dam in Thodupuzha on Friday. Actors Prithviraj, Dulquer Salman, Biju Menon and Suraj Venjaramudu, Manju Warrier and others took to social media to mourn the death of Anil.
Anil was in Thodupuzha for the shooting of ‘Peace’ starring Joju George. During an interval, Anil and friends went to bathe in Malankara dam. It is learned that he went into a deeper area and got pulled under by strong currents.
His friends, who noticed him missing, searched for him and fished him out with the help of rescue workers around 6 pm. He was rushed to a private hospital where doctors pronounced him brought dead.
Anil, 48, began his career in Malayalam television channels as an anchor and went on to don the grease paint in various films, including "Njan Steve Lopez", "Pavada", "Kammatti Padam", "Kismat", "Porinju Mariam Jose" besides "Ayyappannum Koshiyum" .
The actor had penned a touching Facebook post about "Ayyappannum Koshiyum" director K R Sachidanandan (Sachi), who passed away six months ago. Sachidanandan's birthday was on December 25.
The tragedy comes close on the heels of the death of 37-year-old Malayalam film director Shahnavas Naranipuzha, who died of heart attack two days ago.
Shahnavas' "Sufiyum Sujatayum" with Bollywood actor Aditi Rao Hydari and Jayasurya in the lead role, was the first Malayalam film to be released on OTT platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
(With inputs from PTI)