Kochi: Popular Malayalam actor and mimicry artist Abhi died on Thursday. He was 52.
He was undergoing treatment after blood platelet count came down drastically. He breathed his last at a private hospital in Kochi.
He had acted in more than 50 films.
A popular mimicry artist, Abi had worked with Kalabhavan, Harisree and Cochin Sagar troupes.
52-year-old Abi has acted in more than 50 Malayalam movies including Mazhavil Koodaram, Kireedamillatha Rajakkanmar, Mimics Action 500, Aniyathipravu and Resikan.
He is survived by wife Sunila, and children Ahana and Aleena. Upcoming actor Shane Nigam is his son.
A mimicry artist, Abi and his contemporaries like actor Dileep had become popular in Malayalam cinema in the 90s.
Abi was also well known for mimicking Amitabh Bachchan.
Speaking to Asianet News, Kalabhavan Nawas, Abi’s colleaague said that he was under shock hearing Abi’s death. Remembering Abi, actor Jagadish said that Abi was an artist who fearlessly ventured into new and challenging paths. His contribubtion to the field of mimicry and cinema, will be missed, Jagadish said.
Condoling Abi’s death, artist Ramesh Pisharody referred to him as possibily “the first star of mimicry,” saying that Abi had been a crowd puller.
“If Abi’s name is there in the list, it was sure to generate a huge crowd,” he said.
Abi’s son Shane Nigam made his debut as a solo hero through the 2016 film ‘Kismath‘, directed by Shanavas K Bavakutty.