C.T. Rajakantham is a renowned Tamil Film actress of yesteryear who made her mark in the Tamil film industry as a comedienne primarily. She is best known for her role in ‘Sabapathy’ (1941). She has also acted in several noted movies like ‘Madurai Veeran’ (1939), ‘Bharthruhari’ (1944), ‘Pizhaikkum Vazhi’ (1948), ‘Kumari’ (1952) and ‘Pennarasi’ (1955). The majority of her roles in these movies were with a touch of humour.
She also acted in the ‘Sampoorna Ramayana’ (1956), in which N.T. Rama Rao played the role of Rama, while Sita was played by famous actress Padmini. Rajakantham played ‘Manthara’ the trouble maker. She got wider public attention as an actress after this movie. Rajakantham was primarily known for her comedienne outlook. She was perceived well by audiences in this category of roles. She soon got the status of a regular comedy artist in the Tamil Cinema.
After a long gap of a few decades, she made her mark in the Tamil television industry as well. She appeared in Tamil television series called ‘Marmadesham’, which was aired by Sun TV & Raj TV. The series was produced by veteran movie maker K. Balachander and directed by Naga. C.T. Rajakantham appeared as ‘Pechi Kizhavi’. She will be known for her grandeur as a comedy artist forever.
Venu Arvind, or commonly known as Venu Aravind, is a Tamil TV and film actor, stage artist, dubbing artist and director. He was born on November 9, 1965, and studied B.Sc Physics with Masters in Management at DG Vaishnav College located at Chennai, Tamil Nadu. However, he rather chose media as his interest. He comes from a conservative family, but his parents gave their blessings and even encouraged him to do his best. He was married to Shobha.
Venu played as a child artist in Tuesday plays for DD right from 1975. He did many serials for DD such as ‘Alai Osai’, and ‘Rishimoolam’. Venu learned acting through Poornam Viswanathan’s theatre group during college. Venu became popular for appearing in K. Balachander’s serials and he became famous for his role as Chitti Babu in the TV soap, Kadhal Pagadai, on Sun TV. He also became known as the main antagonist in the mega serial, ‘Alaigal’, where he got the Best Direction and Best Acting awards. His role as a villain was greatly appreciated and even earned him more chances in many serials later on. Then, he lent roles and his voice to small characters in many movies.
He was casted in Raadhika Sarathkumar’s ‘Selvi’, and its sequel, ‘Arasi’. He recalls those days as he loved to play the lead antagonist. People loved to hate him and it indeed brought him to great heights. Owing to his dutiful performances, he was awarded the Kalaimamani Award in 2007, and till date, he is the only TV serial actor to win that award.
Venu Arvind decided to venture into directorial action and he was debuted as a director through the film, Sabash Sariyana Potti. Though the film did not fare well at the box office, nor impressed the critics, his deeds were fairly appreciated. He recalls those days as hectic ones and that he lost so much hair at that time.
Venu Arvind has made his comeback after three years of hiatus to the small screen with the Radaan production. He appeared as Radhika’s husband in the tele-serial, Vani Rani, and this time, he plays a positive role as Boominathan, and gained good response from the audience. But according to him, his role in the serial is not constant. The character might go through some changes based on the TRPs and other characters.
Venu also did Tamil films like ‘Engineer’, Sabash Sariyana Potti, ‘Vegam’, ‘Vallavan’, ‘Ennavale’, and more. Currently, he is doing the following mega soaps: ‘Janani’, on Sun TV, ‘Agnisakshi’, on Vijay TV, and ‘Alaigal’, on Sun TV.
Ajay Rathnam is a Tamil cine actor who also appears in TV serials and movies. He is known for his supportive and negative roles and has acted in over 300 movies.
Ajay Rathnam first starred in the movie ‘Nalaya Manithan’ in 1989. His role was appreciated in that movie and he started appearing in negative roles mostly. Owing to his height and his physique, he got roles of a cop in many movies.
Ajay’s roles in ‘Indian’ and ‘ Kuruthipunal’ were widely appreciated and the movies too did well at the box office. He also starred in a few Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada movies in such roles. He was even cast as the hero in the Kannada movie ‘KA-99 B-333’ which was the remake of a Hindi movie starring Nana Patekar.
He did an important role of Hindu God ‘Karuppasamy’ in Naga’s supernatural thriller serial ‘Marmadesam’. His sequences constituted the serial’s title song. He acted in the renowned serials of ‘ Chithi’, ‘ Annamalai’ and ‘ Arasi’, all casting Radhika Sarathkumar. In 2011, he hosted a show called ‘ Mun Jenmam’ on Vijay TV which was about unravelling the mysteries of the guest celebrities’ previous lives and connecting them with their presents’ problems. It was aired on TV in late 2011 and could not proceed more than 1 season.
Ajay Rathnam now has several movies in hand, mostly does supporting and sometimes negative roles. He acted in a controversial role of ‘Capt. Prabakaran’, LTTE Chief in the movie ‘ Madras Cafe’. He also lends his voice for some English-Tamil dubbed movies.
Serials: ‘Chithi’, ‘Marmadesam’, ‘TharkappuKalai Theeratha’, ‘Ramani vs. Ramani 2’, ‘Annamalai’, ‘Arasi’.
He has acted in over 300 movies till now.
Subhalekha Sudhakar was born on November 19, 1960. He is an Indian film actor in Tollywood who belongs to the Nellore, Andhra Brahmins family. His real name is Suravajula Sudhakar. Suravajula changed his name after doing his debut film entitled, Subhalekha where he acted as Murali in 1982. Subhalekha is 53 years old hailed from Visakhapatnam. He was the eldest of his two brothers. In 1980, he moved to Chennai to study in a film institute. His dream was to become an actor, so he began to search for acting chances.
Director Viswanath gave him a chance to be part of the Telugu film titled ‘Subhalekha’. After that, he had done more than 100 films including some Tamil films. He had done different roles, but he was mostly known for doing comedic and supporting roles. He was married to playback singer and classical dancer, S. P. Sailaja, in 1989. Sailaja is the sister of renowned singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam. They have a son, Sreekar who is a graduate in B.Com. Sudhakar considers his wife as his best critic who appreciates and criticize him for his good and bad performances. He also gets inspired by Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjeev Kumar’s comedy tracks.
Although he says, he would act for as long as he can, but never tried his hand at producing since he is not adventurous and had only acted and never thought about anything else. Subhalekha appeared in movies like Thunai, Sitaara, Rendu Jella Sitha, Shrimathi Kaavaali, Swathi, Aditya 369, Nesam, Prema Zindabad, Dongaata, Chinnabbayi, Aa Naluguru, Modati Cinema, Bezawada, Dammu, Genius, Priyathama Neevachata Kushalama and many more. In 1983, he acted in Sitaara movie which became the biggest hit movie of that time.
He had also played cameo roles in the Tamil film, Ayan and Rakta Charitra. Aside from doing movies, he also acted in some TV serials. He actually loves doing TV shows as he can portray different types of person every day. He was starred in Tamil drama series, Thendral. He was also seen in Madhavi in 2010 and received the Nandi Award for the mega hit serial, Mamathala Kovela. He had also played Thulasi’s father in the Tamil Serial, Thendral on Sun TV.
Sudhakar also appeared in Zee Tamil’s Mamiyar Thevai. Among all his serials, his performance in the Tamil serials Anubhandalu, Kotha Bangaram, Chitthi and Kolangal was widely appreciated. Sudhakar is a self-proclaimed cricket fanatic, and he enjoys watching it. He had played several roles and pulled them off quite well as he believes that versatility is natural since he loves playing different people on the screen like a wealthy industrialist, cruel man, an anxious father, etc. He is a versatile actor and widely known for his supportive and comedian roles.
Recently, he is being seen in the ETV Plus show ‘Nandini vs Nandini’.
Mohanapriya is an Indian Actress, known for her roles in the Tamil Television Industry. Coming from a background of a normal middle-class family, it took her some time to convince her parents about her choice to become an actress back in the late 1980s. After their permission, another hurdle in her career was to get roles in the television industry. Mohanapriya has revealed in interviews, that although the television industry is very broad in Tamil Nadu, it is difficult to find relevant and significant roles amongst the wide pool of talented aspiring actors in the state. One of another struggle on her part was to train and get experience in the acting circuit and hence in the early 1990s; she started doing small roles in television to polish her acting skills and enhance to become a professional artist.
Mohanapriya, who is originally from Madurai, Tamil Nadu shifted to the capital city of the state, Chennai, for the shooting of the numerous television shows for daily Tamil soap opera networks. Even after doing multiple small projects in Tamil television, it was difficult for Mohanapriya to embark a good start. She garnered her fame as an impeccable television actress with her show “Marmadesam”. The show started in the late 1990s and marked the start of Mohanapriya’s professional television career. She played the role of Amsavalli. She continued working for the show in the subsequent two sequels, which included the second and the most popular edition called “Vidaathu Karuppu”, and the last edition was Edhuvum Nadakkum.
The show was based on a novel and helped Mohanapriya reach the level of fame she currently enjoys. Mohanapriya has also played the lead role in the hit Sun TV show “Oru Kaidhiyin Sila Kilai Kathaigal”. The show was telecasted in the late 1990s and was also a huge part of the veteran actress’ career. Apart from her acting career, she is also a philanthropist and was briefly involved with Tamil Nadu’s education driven NGOs. Mohanapriya also made an appearance on the popular chat show of the Tamil language called “Kelvi Paathi Kindal Paathi”. Her episode was telecasted on the 25th of June 2014. Being a light-hearted chat show, it allowed Mohanapriya to interact with her fans and share her life experiences in an interesting format. After her appearance on the chat show, Mohanapriya has not been seen in any significant roles in television or films.
Prithviraj Sukumaran is one among the bubbly actor of South India. This young charming man hailed from Kerala, the God’s own country. He was born in the year 1982 to Sukumaran and Mallika Sukumaran. Their family is entirely a cinema family, where his mother is an actress, his brother Indrajith Sukumaran and sister in law Poornima Indrajith are also actors. At a young age of 19, Prithviraj Sukumaran entered the Malayalam film industry as a charming hero. Nandhanam is his debut movie; the movies Stop Violence and Nakshathra Kannulla Rajakumaran Avannundoru Rajakumari got released before his debut movie. Prithvi is acting in various Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu movies and quenching his acting thirst. He entered Tamil film industry as a villain through Kana Kanden with Srikanth as the male lead. After the success of this film, he performed with Saranya Bhagyaraj in Paarijaatham. He has given multiple hits in Malayalam and Tamil movies including Swapna Koodu, Pokkiri Raja, Anwar, Urumi, Celluloid, Mozhi, Ninaithaale Inikkum, Raavanan, Kaaviya Thalaivan and much more. He got the best actor award from the Government of Kerala for the film Celluloid, in which he performed as J. C. Daniel, the pioneer of Malayalam cinema, who hailed from Tamilnadu. He is the producer of Urumi, Indian Rupee, Kadal Kadannoru Mathukkutty, Sapthamashree Thaskaraha, Double Barrel and Ennu Ninte Moideen. He has also sung a song Kanne Kanne, in the film Puthiya Mukham.
Poovilangu Mohan is one of the veterans in Tamil television industry and has acted in several serials and has many film roles to his name. His nickname Poovilangu Mohan stuck to him because of the impressive role he played in the movie, “Poovilangu’. He has played in more than 100 movies in supporting roles. His first film was ‘Thaneer Thaneer’, but was recognized by the industry only after his role in ‘Poovilangu’ after which he was thought to go places. But he says, he has not performed to his potential and has not been getting opportunities to play strong, powerful roles.
He has played alongside almost all top stars of the cinema industry like Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan,R.Sarath Kumar, Ajith Kumar, Prashanth, Madhavan, etc, yet he feels he has underachieved and would love to perform better roles if given a chance. Mohan feels the small screen has given him ample has used his potential to the fullest and he feels happy about it. He has essayed pivotal roles in many serials in which he has starred.
Charuhasan is a well known face in the south movie industry. He is the elder brother of south superstar Kamal Haasan. A lawyer by profession, he is a natural actor who has scores of memorable roles to his credit. He has several appearances in the south movies, especially in Tamil, Telugu Kannada and Malayalam movies, covering various languages. He has acted in Tamil television series ‘Chithi & Anandham’.
The National Award has been conferred upon him for the movie ‘Tabarana Kathe’ in 1986 and he has been awarded by the Government of Karnataka for the same movie and same year. He is the father of Tamil Director and Producer Suhasini Maniratnam. His appearance in the Tamil movie ‘Dalpathi’ earned him a critical acclaim. Dalpathi was directed by his son-in-law ‘Mani Ratnam, who himself has a veteran status in the Tamil movie world.
Apart from acting, he has been involved with radio as a radio operator. He is also known for his straight forward views on the movie making business. He has been a great supporter of serious cinema and wants the cine world to exercise its responsibility to the society as he describes the early days of cinema as the most productive days in terms of movies delivering a message related to a social problem.
Vijaya Nirmala is a Guinness Record holder as the female director to direct the highest number of films. She entered in the Guinness Book in 2002 for directing 44 Telugu films. She was born on 20th February 1946 in a well known Telugu Family from Andhra, Tamil Nadu.
She is a prominent Indian actress, producer, and director whose main field of work is Telugu Cinema. Vijaya Nirmala set her foot in cinema at the age of eleven, as a child artist with Panduranga Mahatmyam in 1957. In the year 1964, she starred opposite Prem Nazir and rose to stardom with Malayalam hit Bhargavi Nilayam. And in 1967, she starred again opposite Prem Nazir in Udhyogastha by P. Venu.
She enteres into Telugu film industry through the film Rangula Ratnam. Engaveettu Penn was Nirmala’s debut film in Tamil, which was followed by movies including Panama Paasama, En Annan, Gnanaoli, and Uyira. She met her second husband Krishna on the sets of Saakshi (1967), her second film in Telugu, and they starred together in as many as 47 films. This movie inspired her in direction. To date, she has acted in over 200 films with 25 each in Malayalam and Tamil, and the rest in Telugu.
Pelli Kanuka, a Television show, was her small screen debut, which was a Balaji Telefilm production. In a very short time, she launched her own banner named ‘Vijaya Krishna Movies’ and produced 15 films. Her first directed movie was a Malayalam film on a budget of Rs. 3 lakhs. She made her directional debut in Telugu with ‘Meena’ and directed 40 films in Telugu. And one film each in Malayalam and Tamil (Kungumachimizh).
In 2008, she received the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award for her huge contributions to Telugu cinema. Vijaya Nirmala’s father has worked in film production also. She has a son, Naresh, who is also an actor, from her first marriage. After the death of her first husband, she married actor Krishna. Currently, this actor- director is living in Hyderabad and managing Padmalaya Studios and Padmalaya Telefilms Ltd.
Vasuki is a homely actress who has acted in some popular serials like Ramani Vs Ramani, Marmadesam, and few more serials. She has also acted in a Tamil movie, in which she played the role of Pawan Kalyan's sister. That film got dubbed in Telugu and ran successfully in Andhra Pradesh as Tholi Prema. Ramani Vs Ramani was the comedy series, which was directed by the famous Director Naga under Min Bimbangal of the veteran director Kailasam Balachander . This series was loved by everyone at that time. The series has the young couple, whose names were the same ones.
The confusions and the consequences were quite humorously depicted. Vasuki was the wife of Ramani(played by Babloo Prithiveeraj) . Both formed a lovely pair and their performance impressed everyone. Her first venture was Marmadesam directed by Naga and produced by Min Bimbangal.. The first part of Marmadesam is Ragasiyam, in which she acted as Lalitha, the sister of Ramji. Babloo came to their house as Ramji’s friend and finds something mysterious about their village. The story by Indra Soundar Rajan and the direction of Naga made the audience to get involved in the story deeply.
Mel Maadi Gaali was the series that telecasted in DD before two decades. Vasuki acted in that series opposite to Vivek, the Chinna Kalaivanar of Tamil Cinema. It was a comedy series, which went well with normal household problems that were humorously shown. After her marriage, Vasuki quit acting and settled with her family. Her sister Durga is another actress. She is acting in serials and films from her childhood.
P. Soundar Rajan popularly known among his fans by the pseudonym of Indra Soundar Rajan, was born on 13 November 1958 in Salem, Tamil Nadu. Currently, he resides in Madurai. He is a long familiarly known Tamil author of television serials, screenplays, short stories and novels.
Some of his popular television serials are Krishnadasi, Sivamayam, Marmadesam, Nagamma, and etc. He is known to be an expert on South Indian Hindu mythology and traditions. His selected works on fiction include Neelakkal Modiram, Nandi Ragasiyam, Kan Simittum Ratthinakkal, Mahadeva Ragasiyam, Ragaisyamaai Oru Ragasiyam, Pallavan Pandiyan Baskaran, etc. His screenplays include Sringaram, Anandha Purathu Veedu, etc
These stories typically deal with cases of ghosts, divine intervention, reincarnation, supernatural occurrence and are generally based on and inspired by regional true stories reported from various areas in or around Tamil Nadu.
His novels are published in publications such as Crime Story and Today Crime News.
Today, he is the face of South India.
Devadarshini is a Tamil TV serial actor who first made her debut in the year 1998 and is now married to fellow serial actor Chetan with whom she has an 11-year-old daughter, Niyati. She has played several supporting roles in more than 50 films and has appeared in around 20 TV serials. She got her first break through the series ‘Marmadesam’ where she acted along with Chetan. She has also played several pivotal roles in cult serials like Annamalai, Kolangal, Athi Pookkal, Poovilangu among many others. She is widely known for her comedy and sentimental roles in several movies in the first decade of the 21st century.
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