Well-known Malayalam actress Ambika Rao, known for her supporting roles in critically acclaimed films like Virus and Kumbalangi Nights, has away at the age of 58 due to cardiac arrest on the evening of Monday, June 27. The actress was undergoing treatment for Covid-19 at a hospital in Ernakulam.
The actress began her journey in Mollywood aka the Malayalam film industry as an assistant director in 2002 with Balachandra Menon’s Krishna Gopalakrishna and went on to work in several movies such as Thommanum Makkalum, Salt and Pepper, Rajamanickam, and Vellinakshatram assisting their filmmakers.
She has also acted in a number of famous movies such as Meesha Madhavan, Anuragakarikkin Vellam, and most just lately in critically acclaimed options such as the family drama Kumbalangi Nights, which additionally starred Fahadh Faasil, Anna Ben, Shane Nigam, Soubin Shahir, and medical thriller Virus, which starred an ensemble forged including Revathi, Kunchacko Boban, Tovino Thomas, Asif Ali, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Rahman, Indrajith Sukumaran, and others. The latter was based on the 2018 Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala and how the state machinery controlled it.
Stars from the Malayalam movie industry mourned the demise of the veteran actress. Prithviraj Sukumaran, who can be seen subsequent within the interval motion thriller Kaduva, took to his Instagram handle and shared Ambika’s image and wrote, “Rest in peace Ambika Chechi”, together with a heartbreak emoji.
“Rest in everlasting peace Chechi! Ambika Rao”, wrote Kunchacko Boban, who acted with the late actress in Virus, along with her image. Her different co-star from Virus, Tovino Thomas aka the superhero Minnal Murali, additionally shared Rao’s picture on his Instagram and poured in his tributes.