P.S. Veerappa was the superstar villain, actor, and producer of Tamil Cinema. He has been personified as the bad guy or the villain with a deep voice and terrifying evil laugh of Tamil Cinema. This veteran artist was very popular with moviegoers of yesteryears and still now for every Tamil moviegoers and movie-viewers, it's hard to forget him.
P.S. Veerappa was born on 10th September 1911. Since he was born much before the Independence of India, thus he then belonged to Kangeyam of Coimbatore District of Madras Presidency during the British Raj. His early age was spent in Pollachi, at his grandfather's house. He was never interested in studies but he had a very keen interest in acting. Due to no proper income source and large members of the family he tried many small trading businesses to earn for his family. Besides, he used to act in various plays. This was during such time when he met with K.B. Sundarambal and her brother who insisted him to join Cinema. Thus, with a desire to join cinema he moved to Madras. P.S. Veerappa was introduced to cinema through the film "Manimkalai" in 1939. His next film was "Udayanan Vasavadatta", in which M.G. Ramachandran was also in the cast. M.G. Ramachandran and P.S. Veerappa became great friends and they together acted in many films as hero and villain. P.S. Veerappa remains in the memories of every moviegoer especially for his contributions in many movies like The Vagabond King (1958), Raj Mahal (1963), and more.
It is interesting to note that Veerappa has acted as a villain with four generation heroes, starting from M.G. Ramachandran to heroes like
Kamal Haasan, Rajnikanth, and Vijaykanth. Veerappa also became a film producer and produced many good films such as Aalayamani in 1962, Aadmi in 1968, and more.
In reel life, for his evil roles in cinemas, Veerappa was personified as the bad guy of Tamil cinema but he in real life he was a great human being who had no bad habits. Veerappa had no leaning for any political party, but as villain actor and producer, he was associated with M.G. Ramachandran and five more Chief Ministers. Veerappa married V.Veera Lakshmi. They had a daughter and a son. P.S. V. Hariharan, who is a film producer, is his son. Veerappa was awarded Kalaimamani Award, Rajiv Gandhi Award for his contribution to Tamil Cinema. On September 11, 1998, Tamil Cinema lost its superstar villain, when P.S. Veerappa rested in peace at the age of 87.