Mani started his career as a mimicry artist with the Kalabhavan troupe. He has starred in over 200 films, including Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu films, and is renowned for his comedy, character, and villain roles. He received a special jury award at National Film Award and Kerala State Film Award in 1999 for his performance as Ramu in Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum.
Kalabhavan mani was born in Chalakudy Thrissur , Kerala on 1 January 1971. He started his career as a mimicry artist with the drama group Kalabhavan. He started his acting career in the Malayalam film Aksharam as an auto rickshawdriver. Mani was married to Nimmy on 22 September 2000 and has a daughter, Sree Lakshmy. Mani has provided gennerosity and charity work to people living in poverty. Reportedly, on an average day, around 20 people from less privileged backgrounds used to come to visit him at his residence. He then wholeheartedly donated money, repaid debts and offered to help them. He therefore often referred to as the title of "poor man's superstar" in Kerala. As a fund-raiser and performer, he also had contributed money to the local festivals of the religious organisations and provided funds to the schools in his village