Azhagu is one of the popular villainy actors in Tamil cinema and serial industry. He started his career as the stunt man. He came to Chennai in the year 1970 to work in a company. He learnt the martial arts like Kalari and Karate from Gopalan Gurukkal, a Kerala tutor. He practiced the martial arts in the evening session, after his job. He and his team showcased their martial arts in a theatrical show.
On seeing this show, cinema stunt master Madhavan offered him with an acting chance. While he was getting the offer, he had no idea to act in the film. He did not nod his head suddenly for that offer; but went to his master Gopalan Gurukkal. When he consulted with his master, his master became very happy and asked him to accept the offer. Azhagu did not ask about the details of the movie, but went with them blankly. While going with the cinema people, he called upon his friend Hari with him.
His first shooting spot was at Modern Theatres in Salem and he did his first movie with the veteran actor Jai Shankar. He has acted in many films in various languages such as Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi and Oriya. Apart from doing fighting scenes in the films, he has also acted as a villain, brother and a father. His last movie as a fighter is Senthoorapoove with Vijayakanth in the year 1990. He fought in the cinemas with popular south Indian actors like Rajini Kanth, Kamal Hassan, Chiranjeevi and Vijaya Kanth. He has also fought with the Indian Super Star Amithab Bachchan.
Azhagu has duped veteran actor Sivaji Ganesan in a film. After that, he continues only as an actor. He regularly does exercises and maintains his health well. He does not smoke and drink liquors, till now.
Azhagu is really a gem of a man in Tamil cinema.
Abitha is an Indian actress famously known for doing Tamil language films and TV serials. She became popular for her appearance in Sethu with actor Vikram. She was born and brought up in Chennai. She is a PG Sociology holder from Annamalai University. Her original name was Jenila which was changed to Abitha (The character she done in Sethu). Her first serial is ‘Criminal’. After doing a couple of serials, she was featured in few small budget films and also done a soft core movie named, Devadasi. Her notable film is Sethu (1999), in which she played the lead role of a Tamil Brahmin girl. This film won her critical acclaims at the National awards.
Her next films like Seerivarum Kaalai and Poove Pen Poove was failed to succeed. She got a breakthrough (2005) with big banners but she was banned by producer’s council for abruptly opting out of the film. Her subsequent projects also failed at the box office except Arasatchi. She then debuted in small screen with Raja Rajeshwari (2005-2006). After this, she played the female lead role of Archana in Thirumathi Selvam which is a super hit and this serial made her popular. She was selected as the best actress among Sun family awards in both 2010 and 2012. She married a chief accountant of a chemical company in 2009 and continues in doing TV serials. As of now she acted in 11 movies such as Ettupatti Rasa (1997), Golmal (1998), Devadashi, Sethu (1999), Seerivarum Kaalai, Poove Pen Poove (2001), Arasatchi, Aagodella Olledakke (2005), Unarchigal (2005), Suyetchai MLA (2006), Nam Naadu (2007) and 5 TV serials likeRaja Rajeshwari, Thirumathi Selvam, Thangamana Purushan, Simran Thirai, and Poonoonjal.
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Abitha is one of the famous Indian actresses who use their screen names in place of their original names. She didn’t change her name for luck but director of her first blockbuster film “Sethu” named her after the character she did in the movie. Her original name was Jenila. Acting was her passion and the director of TV serial “Nancy” identifies her talent. He cast her in his next serial “Criminal”. She worked in a Malayalam soft-core film “Devdasi” in 1999. She got her first big success in the same year with Tamil film “Sethu”. She was nominated for the “Filmfare Award of Best Actress Tamil” for the role Abitha which later became her name.
She was a popular actress but in 2005 she made a controversial decision. She signed two films one after another without consulting the producer of her first film “Kannamma”. Producers’ council banned her from both films. After this decision she just worked in two films “Suyetchai MLA” in 2006 and “Naam Naadu” in 2007. It was the last time she performed on big screen.
She shifted her career to TV screen and got a lead role in Tamil TV serial “Thirumathi Selvam”. Abitha played the role of “Archana” that became so popular that it ruled the screen for more than four years. She was selected for the best actress of Sun TV twice in 2010 and 2012. She is currently working in TV serial “Ponnoonjal”.
Shanthi Williams is an Indian actress who is popular in Tamil and Malayalam film and television industry. She was born to Malayali parents in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu in India. She initiated her career as a child artist when she was just 12 years old. She did supporting and second heroine roles in movies and serials. She was known for her character as a customary mother in the popular Tamil drama serial, Metti Oli. Shanthi was awarded the Best Actress in a Negative Role for her performance in S. Kumaran’s Tamil Serial, Thendral. The award was given by veteran Director K. Balachander for her role as the mother of Tamizh (played by Deepak Dinkar). She also got her fame after doing the role of Angayarkanni on Sun TV’s Vani Rani. She played Vani and Rani’s mother-in-law. Shanthi was married to Malayalam cameraman, J. Williams in 1979. But the latter passed away in 2005. The couple has four children.
Shanthi has acted in dozens of serials and more than 20 films. She has played supporting roles as a mother or mother-in-law in many movies and portrayed lead negative roles in many TV serials fetching her praises from across the industry. Shanthi started acting in 1970 with the film, Vietnam Veedu. Then, she played as Pallavi in the 1980 psychological thriller film Moodu Pani. She appeared as a friend of Rekha who was forced to prostitution. After many years, Shanthi appeared in many films like Gentleman in 1993, Gentle Man Security in 1994, Karuppu Nila in 1995, Kizhakku Mugam and Poove Unakkaga in 1996, Aahaa Enna Porutham in 1997, Sollamale and Kaadhale Nimmadhi in 1998, followed by the Tamil comedy film, Suyamvaram in 1999.
She was also in the Tamil films Vaanavil and Unakkaga Mattum. Shanthi portrayed mostly the roles of a mother and a grandmother in films like Manadhai Thirudivittai, Lovely, Roja Kootam, Anniyan, Moondru Per Moondru Kaadhal and Climax. Recently, she did the film, Amma Ammamma, a story about Sampath and Saranya, who never have a baby of their own after being married for 15 years. Until they met the couple, Anand, and Devadarshini, and the latter died after giving birth to their second child. Shanthi also started on doing television serials in 1999. She played the role of Padmavathi in Radaan Productions’ Chithi followed by the popular Metti Oli and Annamalai.
She was also a part of the popular teleserial Arasi as Chandramathi, the mother of Arasi (played by Raadhika Sarathkumar). She also appeared in serials like Thangam, Pillai Nila, Shanthi Nilayam, Vasantham, Thangamana Purushan, Simran Thirai, Raja Rajeshwari, Kalasam, Bandham and much more. Shanthi was also seen in Amrita’s Innalathe Tharam. Recently, Shanthi also made a guest appearance on ‘Celebrity Kitchen’ along with actress Shri Durga.
Delhi Kumar is a veteran Tamil television and film actor. He is also a known stage actor and a senior drama artist. He is married to Gayathri, and they have a son named, Arvind Swamy, who was adopted by the Indian Philanthropist, V. D. Swami. He is basically from a theater group based in Delhi and also one of the members of the Delhi Drama Troupe in Nanganallur in Madras, India together with the veteran film actor, Delhi Ganesh. Although Delhi Kumar is widely known for his roles in television and films, he was just like the other veterans who started off as a stage artist and playwright.
Delhi Kumar has written and acted in many stage plays like Theerndhadhu Kanakku, an adaptation of the Agatha Christie Novel, ‘Witness for the Prosecution.' It was K. Balachander, who spotted him and got impressed with his acting skills. When he moved to Chennai, he took a voluntary retirement and contacted the veteran director, K. Balachander, and then he was offered to do the Tamil TV Serial, Premi through which he entered the Tamil small screen. Subsequently, he acted in the Tamil drama serial, Metti Oli that was broadcasted on Sun TV. His performance in Metti Oli as the responsible father of 5 daughters was very much appreciated.
Delhi Kumar played the role of Chidambaram, the father of Dhanam, Saroja, Leela, Viji and Bhavani in Metti Oli.. He is a land broker who tries to bring his children the best way he can. The story evolves on the lives of his five daughters. Then, Delhi Kumar did the serial, ‘Tharkappu Kalai Theeratha’. Later, he acted as a male protagonist in the Tamil drama soap, ‘Mundhanai Mudichu’. He once again appeared as a father in the serial; he was the father of three daughters who get them wedded to three sons of his friend.
In 2012, Delhi Kumar also played the role of Chidambaram, the father of Santhosh and Devi, in the drama soap, Bommalattam on Sun TV. He also did an important role in Cho Ramasamy’s, Enge Brahmanan series that was aired on Jaya. Though his interest is in stage dramas, Delhi Kumar feels TV is a better option because of certain constraints in drama. He is so experienced in acting that, at times, he gives suggestions to the serial director for the good of the serial. His spontaneity and the way he emotes any role are his positive sides which attracted many fans.
Because of his fatherly image in many serials, Delhi Kumar was given a chance to perform on the big screen. He did few Tamil films like Dumm Dumm Dumm where he played as Adhi’s father in 2001 and Kannathil Muthamittal in 2002. He was also a part of the Tollywood film, Stalin in 2006. In 2010, he acted as Vaseegaran’s father in the techno-thriller film, Enthiran. In the same year, he did the film Singam and in 2013, he was still part of Singam II, a sequel to the 2010’s Singam. In 2012, he was awarded Sun Kudumbam Life Achievement Awards for his service to the industry, by Sun Network.
Premsai is an Indian Film Director and actor too. He was born on 29th September in Chennai. He is also a Screen Writer. He started his career since 1998 and were working presently. He has done several roles as an actor in Tamil and Telegu films and serials. His acting was very much excellent, and he did many prominent roles. After doing acting, he came in the field of direction. Currently, he is directing a Tamil film named as Tamilselvanum Thaniyar Anjalum starring Yami Gautam, Jai, and Santhanam. He is also working on a Telugu film named as Courier Boy Kalyan starring Yami Gautam and Nitin produced by Gautham Menon. In 1998 when he was new to the industry he started by doing telefilms and serials in Telugu and Tamil. He did his debut from a teleserial directed by S.P. Muthuraman under AVM Productions. His role was in a single episode, but his work was commendable. He also worked with best technicians such as Balu Mahendra, K. Balachander, A.C. Trilokchander, S.P. Muthuraman, Ramesh Raja, Venkat, and Revathy.
He also started doing direction to give a new shape to his career and utilizing best of his abilities. His first telefilm as a director was Manasa Vaacha Karma in which Venu Arvind did the main lead role. His excellent work made his way to work with Prabhu Deva as Associate Director in the film Shankar Dada Zindabad with superstar Chiranjeevi in the lead. He also worked as dialogue writer and co-director with Prabhu Deva in the movie Engeyum Kadhal starring Hansika Motwani and Jayam Ravi in the main roles. He has worked in numerous Tamil Teleserials such as Chinna Chinna Aasai, Nirangal, Kadhai Neeram, Archanai Pookal, Amma, Sharadha, and Avargal, which got aired on Sun TV. On Raj TV, he did a Tamil Teleserial named as Nilavai Pidipom. He also worked in Star Vijay, Kalaingnar TV, and Jaya TV channels in Tamil Teleserials namely En Thozhi, En Kadhali, En Maniavi; Thangamana Purushan, and Simran Thirai-Anuvum Naanum. He also did six Telugu Teleserials out of which he did 5 for Gemini TV named as Kalisi Undaam Ra, Nine Pellaadutha, Oka Sthree Katha, Suryavamsam, and Janaki.
He also did one teleserial on E TV named as Talambrallu. He bagged two awards in his career. He got Nandi Award for Best Actor for Talambraallu in the year 2004 and Mylapore Academy Award for Best Actor for Thangamana in the year 2008.