Mani Raman (1 January 1971 – 6 March 2016), better known by his stage name Kalabhavan Mani, was an Indian film actor and singer. Mani started his career as a mimicry artist with the Kalabhavan troupe. He has starred in over 200 films, including Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu films, and is especially known for his character and villain roles. He won the National Film Award and Kerala State Film Award in 1999 for his performance as Ramu in Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum.
Mani was born in Chalakudy, Kerala on 1 January 1971. He started his career as a mimicry artist with the drama group Kalabhavan. He started his acting career in the Malayalam film Aksharam as an auto rickshaw driver.
He has acted in more than 200 films in Malayalam. He started his career as a mimicry artist in Kalabhavan, Kochi. He started his acting career in the Malayalam film Aksharam as an auto driver. Since then, he has acted in several movies as a comedian. His first serious role was in the film Vasanthiyum Lakhsmiyum Pinne Njaanum. His first album was Kannimanga Prayathil. He has since established a parallel industry of nadan songs selling a record number of releases. He has also released a few religious songs and Mappila Pattukal, which have not had much success in the market. Mani’s career started portraying comedic roles primarily in Malayalam films which later shifted to serious roles. Eventually he became popular all across South India portraying negative characters in a very different class and style. Despite all the popularity, Mani is well known for his down to earth behavior and providing various humanitarian aids to people in need. Mani was married to Veterinary physician Dr. Nimmy on 22 September 2000 and he is survived by his wife and his daughter, Sree Lakshmy. He was once an autorickshaw driver from Chalakudy. Mani was approached and offered a seat in the 2016 Kerala Legislative Assembly election by LDF.
Kalabhavan Mani died on 6 March 2016 at Amrita Hospital in Kochi. He suffered from sudden onset kidney and liver failure, which is thought to have been caused by methyl alcohol consumption.His death remains a mystery and is being investigated by Kochi City Police. His death led to reactions from many of his co-stars in the Malayalam film industry and the rest of the South Indian film industry. Autopsy is scheduled for 7 March 2016.