Tamil Actor Daniel Balaji Dies Of Heart Attack At 48 In Chennai
Tamil Actor Daniel Balaji Dies Of Heart Attack At 48 In Chennai

Tamil cinema mourns the sudden loss of renowned actor Daniel Balaji, who passed away from a heart attack on Friday night, March 29, at a private hospital in Chennai. The 48-year-old actor, known for his compelling portrayal of antagonist roles, had complained of chest pain earlier that day and was swiftly taken to a hospital in Kottivakam. Despite medical intervention, he couldn’t be saved.

Daniel Balaji’s demise has sent shockwaves through the Tamil film industry and his legion of fans. His body has been moved to his residence in Purasaiwalkam for final rites. Admirers and colleagues alike are expected to pay their respects later today, March 30.

Balaji carved a niche for himself playing villainous characters on screen. His portrayal of Amudhan in Gautham Menon and Kamal Haasan’s ‘Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu’ remains engraved in Tamil cinema history as one of its iconic villain roles. Details regarding his cremation are yet to be announced.

Following the news of his passing, an outpouring of grief flooded social media platforms as fans and friends expressed their sorrow. Director Mohan Raja credited Balaji as his inspiration for joining the film institute, highlighting his profound impact on those around him.

Balaji’s journey in the entertainment industry began as a unit production manager on Kamal Haasan’s ambitious project, ‘Marudhunayagam’. He then transitioned to television, leaving a lasting impression with his role in Radikaa Sarathkumar’s ‘Chithhi’, earning him the screen name Daniel Balaji.

Daniel Balaji Career

His acting debut in the 2002 Tamil film ‘April Madhathil’ laid the foundation for a prolific career. His role in Gautham Menon’s ‘Kaakha Kaakha’ opposite Suriya and Jyotika made him reach to stardom. Balaji further showcased his versatility as an actor in Vetri Maaran’s ‘Polladhavan’.

Collaborations with renowned directors continued to define his career, with notable appearances in films like Ajith’s ‘Yennai Arindhaal’, Simbu’s ‘Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada’, Thalapathy Vijay’s ‘Bairavaa’, Dhanush’s ‘Vada Chennai’, and Vijay’s ‘Bigil’. His last film outing was in ‘Ariyavan’.

Beyond Tamil cinema, Daniel Balaji also left his mark in Malayalam, Telugu, and Kannada cinema. His untimely demise has left a void in the industry, with colleagues and fans mourning the loss of a talented actor whose contributions will be cherished for years to come.

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