Veteran Tamil actor Bala Singh passed away in Chennai on Wednesday following a brief illness.

His mortal remains have been kept at his residence in Chennai’s Virugambakkam. Later in the evening, his body will be taken to Nagerkoil - his hometown- for final rites.

Bala who was lauded for his versatile roles in the film industry had made his debut as an actor in Nassar's movie 'Avatharam' in 1995. He later went on to take different roles in over 100 movies. His role in "Baasi', as an antagonist won him critical acclaim for his performance.

He had also featured in many plays and was seen in the role of a villain in many movies.

Bala Singh predominantly did Tamil films, but he did a few Malayalam films also, which include Malamukalile Daivam, Kerala House Udan Vilpanakku and Mulla.

(Inputs from ANI)