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OTTplay Awards 2022: Guru Somasundaram wins Breakthrough Performance of the Year (Male) award for Minnal Murali

The 2021 Tovino Thomas starrer saw Guru essay the role of Shibu.

OTTplay Awards 2022: Guru Somasundaram wins Breakthrough Performance of the Year (Male) award for Minnal Murali

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Last Updated: 07.43 PM, Sep 10, 2022

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Minnal Murali gave Malayalam cinephiles their very own superhero in the form of the electrifying titular protagonist. But no superhero story is complete without an arch nemesis, and Tovino Thomas’ Minnal Murali found a worthy foe in the form of Guru Somasundaram’s Shibu. Guru earned love from fans and critics alike for his affecting portrayal of the troubled antagonist, and the OTTplay Awards 2022 recognised the actor for his compelling performance.

Guru won the Breakthrough Performance of the Year (Male) award for his work on the Malayalam film. The award was presented by Mahesh Narayanan, Rachel David and Siddharth Roy Kapur. Accepting the award, Guru delighted audiences and guests alike with his delightful, humble demeanour.

“ It’s a great honour for me to be here with you all tonight. I just wanted to share something in this memorable moment. I was born and grew up in Madurai in Southern Tamil Nadu. Many of you might know about that place. It's an ancient city, well known for its fragrance of Jasmine and soft supple Idlies. The prominent Meenakshi Temple is in Madurai. Its a renowned temple with huge ‘gopuram’ structures. Inside the temple there’s a small pond.

My house is very near to the temple. When I stepped out my door, I could see the structure. It was the perfect place for us to play hide and seek. I was always in wonder of massive structures, and when I signed Minnal Murali, I had the same feeling. I knew it was going to be huge, and I knew how to play within it. I was really happy to take the role, which was a dream role for someone with a theatre background”, said Guru.

The actor recalled an endearing childhood memory about superheroes, saying “In my childhood I used to read comic books. I read about a character named ‘Iron fist Mayavi’. When he touched electric current, his whole body became invisible”.

Minnal Murali, directed by Basil Joseph, is available for streaming on Netflix.

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