and handsome Murali is the first pick of the first timers in
Dark and handsome Murali still looks as young as he was, a
decade back. Among the lot, he happens to be the first pick of the
first timers in direction. His simple and unaffected manners still
stay with him as if he was born with those qualities. Earlier on one
Mohan, who is a forgotten story now in filmdom, flaunted the mike
and won the epithet as the poor man's Kamal Hassan. Now the niche is
held by Murali and he never fails to flaunt his mike now and then in
In the year 1964, Murali was born into the family
of a popular Kannada film director Siddhalingaiya. Born and brought
up in Chennai, Murali studied up to his 5th std. in Chennai; from
6th to 10th he studied in Bangalore. At the age of 14, he joined as
an assistant director under the wings of his father. He got his
training in film editing by way of working as an editing assistant
for a while.
Though Murali was his son, Siddhalingaiya, a
stern and a disciplinarian father, kept his growing son at arms
length. Those were the days the feudal culture prevailed in filmdom.
Just to make his son level headed and his feet firmly planted on
earth the father-director seemed to have said, "I am a director and
you are assisting me. You are entitled only to get the same salary
the other assistant directors are getting and deserve no special
Murali learnt the trade with great energy and commitment.
Murali's father was placated by the deep involvement shown by his
son. He called him and entrusted him with a new job - that of
tutoring the actors on scenes and dialogues. After the probation got
over his father launched Murali into films. One fine morning he
summoned him and said, My boy, I have found the hero for the next
film and thats you".
After his debut in Kannada, Murali
played the protagonist in the Tamil film "Poovilangu", directed by
Ameerjhan. And after almost two decades now, Murali is still a
sought after hero.
Murali, has built himself a posh bungalow
only after "Porkkaalam" happened to him. Murali's wife's is
He has a daughter Kavya and two sons, Vijay and Aagaash.
04 - 04 - 2001
Compiled by U. Bharat.