This incident that had taken place during the shoot of Rajinikanth's Enthiran may give you an idea about Kalabhavan Mani's acting prowess and the admiration he demanded from top directors like Shankar.
After missing his flight to Chennai, Kalabhavan Mani, who had to join the likes of Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai for a shooting schedule had called up Shankar to inform about his misfortune.
It is even said that Mani requested Shankar to go ahead with the shoot by replacing him with some other actor. But Shankar was in no mood to let go of an artist like Mani and so asked him to board the next available flight.
After reaching Chennai, Kalabhavan Mani was almost placed in an embarrassing situation, after learning that both Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai were waiting for him to commence the shoot.
Such was his acting calibre and no wonder entire Kollywood is mourning his death at the moment.
Suriya had posted, "#kalabhavanmani Respects to a great performer! A Good friend. Will cherish time spent with him! Rest In Peace sir."
Khushboo wrote, "Very sad 2 hear tat #KalabhavanMani is no more.. super talented actor of malayalam cinema.. he ws jus 46.. v r losing too many talents off late."
Madhavan said, "Oh God.. Heart broken to hear about a talented actor and ever smiling awesome Human being KalaBavan Mani. Such a loss sir. RIP."
Radikaa Sarathkumar tweeted, "RIP kala bhavan mani, shocked to hear of his sudden demise. A great talent gone too soon."
Sarath Kumar posted, "Heartfelt condolences to the family of actor Kalabhavan Mani. May his soul rest in peace."
Prashanth said, "The multi talented versatile actor Kalabhavan is no more. Starting off in comic roles, Mani went on to feature in lead, villain and character roles as well. My deepest condolences to his grieving family. What a loss to the Indian film Industry. May his soul rest in peace."
Music director Ghibran wrote, "Shocked & saddened to hear about the sudden demise of #KalabhavanMani . Worked with him in Papanasam, A Great Talent, RIP."
Prasanna said, "Extremely shocking to know the demise of #KalabhavanMani . Was a fantastic actor superb entertainer & more of all a great human being. RIP."
Simran tweeted, "Down to earth Actor #KalaBhavanmani passed away ..# RIP . Deep condolences to his family ...."
Raai Laxmi posted, "Yet another sad news n a big loss to the industry versatile actor #KalabhavanMani is no more with us #shocking !Life is so fragile 😐 #Rip."
Karunakaran wrote, "One of my Favourite multi talented Artist RIPKalabhavan Mani Sir very shocking and disappointing to hear this news."
Robo Shankar tweeted, "RIP a versatile actor who conquered every cinema fans. Never be forgotten #KalabhavanMani."