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Popular Malayalam actor and mimicry artiste Kalabhavan Abi passes away

Malayalam actor Abi
Malayalam actor Abi
Popular Malayalam actor and mimicry artiste Kalabhavan Abi passed away at a private hospital here today after a brief illness. 
 
He was 52. He is survived by his wife Sunila and children Ahana and Aleena. Young Malayalam actor Shane Nigam is his son.
 
Sources close to his family said he was undergoing treatment for low blood platelet  count and breathed his last this morning.
 
Born as Habeeb Ahmed, Abi had acted in more than 50 films and appeared in hundreds of stage shows. He made his debut in movies in  Mammootty-starrer Nayam Vyakthamakkunnu (1991). He became a household name with his portrayal of "Amina thaata", an aged Muslim woman, in Kireedamillatha Rajakkanmar.
 
Other movies in which he acted include Mazhavil Koodaram, Mimics Action 500, Aniyathipraavu and Rasikan. His last appearance in a film was in Happy Wedding in 2016.
 
As a mimicry artiste, Abi had worked with well-known troupes like Kalabhavan, Harisree and Cochin Sagar. He had bagged the first prize twice in mimicry competitions in the Mahatma Gandhi University Youth Festival.
 
He also used to imitate Hindi film actors and had lent his voice for Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan in advertisement films in Malayalam.
 
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