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Manikandan R Achari who was born in Thoppil, Tripunithura is an actor who has made his acting debut with a film named ‘ Kammatti Paadam’ in which he played the role of Balan Chettan directed by Rajeev Ravi. ‘Kammatti Paadam’ was released in the year 2016. Manikandan R Achari is also a theater artist and has worked with theater groups like Lokadharmi and Bhasabheri.

He was born in a poor family. Udukku is a musical instrument. His father used to play Udukku and used to sing. Most of the members in his family are artists because of which he was having an interest in theater from the starting. He is a VI class dropout and has worked in theater at the age of 11. He did many street plays and has learned theater from “Theater Lab”.

Besides being a theater artist, he has also worked in the Champakkara market. Manikandan was not having good contacts and background, but still, he managed to come into this field and mark his presence by showing his skills to the public. Before coming into the film industry, Manikandan did theater for some time. He gave the audition of ‘Kammatti Paadam’ directed by Rajeev Ravi on the motivation of his theater colleagues. Kammatti Paadam was a huge success and, for his role in the film, Manikandan was much appreciated. He became popular after his debut film.

Life changed for him and he turned 33 years of age just one week after the release of the film. Manikandan also gave his voice in the movie named “7 Arivu” starring actor Suriya when he was working at Sangeeta Studios. He has now become very popular in Kerala as Balan which was his character in his debut film. The male lead of this film was Dulquer Salmaan, but then also people appreciated Manikandan for his acting.

He was also cast for a film earlier by B Lenin but the project didn’t work and was closed. In his initial days, when he used to do street plays, he always played the role of thieves and goons and getting a good role in a debut film was a surprise for him. Manikandan R Achari is now a Malayalam star. He is also working with Prithviraj in an upcoming Malayalam film in which Prithviraj is in the lead role. He has also worked in the film named “Asura Kulam”.