Venu Nagavally

Venu Nagavally

Venu Nagavally
Born N.S. Venugopal
(1949-04-16)16 April 1949
Ramankary, Thiru-Kochi (now Kerala), India
Died 9 September 2010(2010-09-09) (aged 61)
Thiruvananthapuram, India
Occupation Actor, director, screen writer
Spouse(s) Meera
Children Vivek
Parent(s) Nagavally R. S. Kurup, Rajamma

Venu Nagavally (Malayalam: വേണു നാഗവള്ളി) (16 April 1949 – 9 September 2010) was an Indian actor, screenwriter and director best known for his work in Malayalam cinema.[1][2] Son of late writer, commentator, and broadcaster Nagavally R. S. Kurup,[3] Venu has acted in about fifty films, directed films such as Sukhamo Devi (1986), Sarvakalashala (1987), Lal Salam (1990), and Aye Auto (1990), and scripted the commercially successful Kilukkam (1991).

Venu Nagavally died at Thiruvananthapuram on 9 September 2010. He is survived by his wife Meera and son Vivek.[4]


Venu Nagavally was born on 16 April 1949 as the son of the noted play writer Nagavally R. S. Kurup and Rajamma. Ramachandran, Vasundara and Lalithambi are his siblings.[5] He completed his education from Government Model Boys Higher Secondary School, Thiruvananthapuram and University College Trivandrum. He had a bachelor's degree in Politics and a Diploma in journalism.

Venu started his career as an announcer in Akasavani. He later sung a song in the movie Chottanikkara Amma (1976) but was noticed only in 1978 when he acted in the movie Ulkkadal directed by K. G. George, thus starting his acting career in movies.[6] His noted movies as an actor are Shalini Ente Koottukari, Meenamasathile Sooryan, Pakshe, and Chillu.

Venu's first movie as a director was Sukhamo Devi (1986) which he himself describes as his own tragical love story. Later he directed the superhit movies Lal Salam, Aey Auto, Aayirappara, Rakthasaakshikal Zindabad etc. Lal Salaam and Rakthasaakshikal Zindabad revolved around the lives of the early Communist leaders of Kerala.[7] It was his directorial projects like "Sughamodevi", "Sarvakalashala", "Aey Auto" and "Lal Salam" that catapulted Mohanlal to the status of a superstar, in the late 1980s.[8] Venu has also written scripts for a few movies including the Priyadarshan directed blockbuster movie Kilukkam.[9] His first movie as a script writer was Ee Ganam Marakkumo.

His oeuvre also had a strain of his left leanings; in addition to acting in films like 'Meenamasathile Sooryan' (about the Kayyur revolt) and heading the production wing of a pro-left television channel, two of the films he directed – 'Lal Salam' (1990) and 'Raksthasakhikal Zindabad' (1998) – were an introspective look at the rise and fall of communist ideals. Venu examines these issues by dealing with the cracks in political movements, its hopes and later degeneration, create in human relationships.[10]

The movies for which he has sung songs include Chillu, Ente Ammu, Ninte Thulasi, Avarude Chakki, Oru Painkilikatha out of which the song Kochu chakkarachi pettu from the movie Ente Ammu, Ninte Thulasi, Avarude Chakki became quite popular.[11]

Venu Nagavally died at a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram on 9 September 2010 due to liver disease. He was 61. He is survived by his wife Meera and son Vivek.[12]



As director

Year Date Film Language Starring Other notes
1986 19 September Sukhamo Devi Malayalam Shankar, Mohanlal, Urvashi, Geetha
1987 21 April Sarvakalashala Malayalam Mohanlal, Sukumaran, Nedumudi Venu, Seema
1988 7 April Ayitham Malayalam Mohanlal,Nedumudi Venu, Sukumaran, Ambika, Radha
1989 03 Apl Swagatham Malayalam Jayaram, Nedumudi Venu, Ashokan, Parvathi, Urvashi
1989 Lal Salam Malayalam Mohanlal, Geetha, Murali, Urvashi
1990 Aye Auto Malayalam Mohanlal, Rekha, Murali, Sreenivasan
1991 Kizhakkunarum Pakshi Malayalam Mohanlal, Shankar, Rekha, Murali
1993 Kalippattam Malayalam Mohanlal, Urvashi, Jagathy Sreekumar, Thilakan
1993 Aayirappara Malayalam Mammootty, Urvashi, Madhu, Narendra Prasad
1995 Agnidevan Malayalam Mohanlal, Revathi, Rohini Hattangadi, Captain Raju, Devan
1998 Rakthasakshikal Sindabad Malayalam Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Murali, Sukanya
2009 27 February Bharya Swantham Suhruthu Malayalam Jagathy Sreekumar, Urvashi, Mukesh, Padmapriya




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