Actor Ambika Rao, who worked on Malayalam films such as Meesha Madhavan, Anuragakarikkin Vellam and many more, died of cardiac arrest on Monday.

Actor Ambika Rao, who was popular for playing supporting roles in Malayalam film industry, last blew her out Monday night due to cardiac arrest. According to reports, she was undergoing treatment for Covid-19 at a private hospital in Ernakulam. She has participated in very popular Malayalam movies like Virus and Kumbalangi Nights. Also read: Malayalam actor Kottayam Pradeep dies aged 61

Several celebrities mourned the death of the veteran actress. Prithviraj Sukumaranpreparing for the release of his upcoming action thriller Kaduva, took to his Instagram page and shared Ambika’s photo and wrote, “Rest in peace Ambika Chechi” along with a heartbreak emoji.

Prithviraj on the death of Ambika Rao.
Prithviraj on the death of Ambika Rao.

“Rest in eternal peace Chechi! Ambika Rao,” wrote actor Kunchacko Boban, who collaborated with Ambika in Virus. Tovino Thomaswho also collaborated with her in Virus, shared her photo on Instagram and poured out his tribute.

Kunchacko Boban on the death of Ambika Rao.
Kunchacko Boban on the death of Ambika Rao.
Tovino Thomas on the death of Ambika Rao.
Tovino Thomas on the death of Ambika Rao.

In 2002 Ambika dived into the Malayalam industry, but her first stint was not as an actor. She started her career as an assistant director to Balachandra Menon in Krishna Gopalakrishna and then worked in various films such as Thommanum Makkalum, Salt and Pepper, Rajamanickam and Vellinakshatram where she assisted their filmmakers.

As an actor, she is best remembered for her work in such films as Meesha Madhavan, Anuragakarikkin Vellam, and most recently in the medical thriller Virus and family drama Kumbalangi Nights. A widow of two daughters in Kumbalangi Nights, her role was widely appreciated.


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