Abi, Mimicry’s Superstar, Passes Away

Kochi:  Abi, credited with helping mimicry gain acceptance among the general public with his committed style and passion towards the art, passed away in Kochi today. He was 52-years-old.  Apart from being among the first superstars of mimicry in Kerala, Abi had also acted in a handful movies.

The actor who was rushed to hospital after a bout of high blood pressure, breathed his last before reaching the hospital. There were also reports that he had been undergoing treatment for dengue at a private hospital in Kochi. Some other reports said he had also been diagnosed with cancer and was under treatment.

Known for his unique presence on the mimicry stage, he has duplicated many a celebrity’s voice in a manner that has attracted widespread applause. The Malayalee audience was fond of Abi who would easily imitate actors like Amitabh Bachchan and Mammootty. His works in mimicry cassettes were much appreciated.  De Maaveli Kombath, for instance, became a super hit as soon as it was released. His portrayal of a female character named ‘Aaminathatha’  had won him fans by the hundreds.

Abi acted in about 50 movies. His mimicry career began with Cochin Kalabhavan, and he later on became part of Cochin Sagar and Harisree. Abi made his debut as an actor in the 1991 Balachandra Menon movie, “Nayam Vyakthamakunnu”.  He went on to act in more flicks such as “Mazhavilkoodaram”, “Sainyam”, “Rasikan’ and “Kireedamillatha Rajaakkanmaar”. He had taken a break from the industry and came back through the 2016 movie, “Happy Wedding”.  “Karutha Suryan”, set to release next week, was his last movie. Young and talented actor Shane Nigam is Abi’s son.