Sunday, July 29, 2012

RAJAN P.DEV


Rajan P.Dev was a leading character actor of Malayalam cinema who was also  active in Tamil ,Telugu and Kannada  Films  apart from
Malayalam and acted in around 180 films in his film career.He was an established professional stage artiste as well and formed a Professional drama Troupe in his home town "Cherthala' in the name 'Jubilee Theatres'.The
last drama played by that troupe was 'Amminipuram Gramapanchayat' in which lyrics were written by him and also held music composition.He proved his ability in film direction by directing three Malayalam films also.
Rajan P.Dev was the son of stage actor S.J.Dev and Kuttiyamma.His father
S.J.Dev who acted in professional  Drama troupes was also a famous artist.
Rajan P.Dev before joining films was also a well known actor by acting in well 
known troupes like N.N.Pillai's Viswa Kalakendram.While acting in the troupe
of S.L.Puram Sadanandan and portraying the lead role as 'Kochuvava' of the drama 'Kattukuthira' , the drama as well as Rajan P.Dev became very  popular.
The vague style of dialogue presentation of 'Kochuvava' and the peculiar  mannerisms 
were brilliantly presented by Rajan P.Dev.That play was staged throughout 
Kerala which boosted his fame but when that story was filmed in Malayalam
the role of 'Kochuvava' was played by Thilakan.
Rajan P.Dev in an interview disclosed about his disappointment about not 
getting the role of his prestigious and popular role as 'Kochuvava' in the film.

That article when read by famous film director 'Thampi Kannamthanam' determined to give Rajan P.Dev a nice Villain role for his next  Mohan Lal film 'Indrajalam'.The villain character 'Carlos' of Indrajalam made wonders such that Rajan P.Dev became the most wanted character and villain actor of Malayalam cinema  very soon.
The film 'Aniyan Bava Chettan Bava' directed by Rajasenan became a super duper hit and his versatile acting talents was critically acclaimed by all.As
the rich illiterate brothers, both Narendra Prasad and Rajan P.Dev presented
excellent acting skills in that film.
Rajn P.Dev acted as corrupt Police Officer in several films.He was equally good to manifest roles like political leaders, corrupted Ministers etc also.
When handling villainous roles the cruel mannerisms best suited for the characters was applied by him always that they all became unforgettable roles and sequences.His roles in films 'Thommanum Makkalum', Chotta Mumbai,
Chandu Pottu, Pandippada,Chocolate,Rakshasa Rajavu,Varnapakittu,Love in Singapore etc were all critically acclaimed.
Rajan P.Dev entered in to Tamil,Telugu and Kannada and was equally popular
in those languages in villain and character roles.
Telugu films 'Aadi' of 2002 with Jr.NTR  and Keerthi Chawla,  'Okkadu' of 2003
with Mahesh Babu ,Bhoomika etc  all received good opinion.
He directed three Malayalam films "Achammakkkuttiyude Achayan,Maniyarakallan, and Achante Kochumolkku" and proved his diversified abilities.
Selected Filmography
Sphodanam
Ente Mamattikuttiyammakku
Pappan Priyappetta Pappan
Vyooham
Syama
Indrajalam
Appu
Oliyampukal
Mookkilla Rajyathu
Kuttapathram
First Bell
Pravachakan
Ekalavyan
Rudraksham
Ente Ponnu Thampuran
Sfadikam
Manthrikam
Commissioner
Aniyan Bava Chettan Bava
The King
Sathyameva Jayathe
Swastham Grihabharanam
Mookilla Rajyathu Murimookkan Rajavu
Azhakiya Ravanan
Kottapurathe Koottukudambam
Mr.Clean
Manthramothiram
Kalyana Unnikal
Chotta Chettan
Ayiram Meni
Oomapenninu Uriyadapayyan
Karumadikuttan
Sathyameva jayathe
Kallukondoru Pennu
Bhoopathi
Padanayakan
Palayam
Samoohyapatam
Aadi
Achante Kochumolku
Dil
Okkadu
Kuruthi
Dravidan
Aakasa Ganga
Vakkalathu Narayanankutty
Varnapakittu
Gudumba Shankar
Balu
Thommante Makkal
Vamanapuram Bus route
Natturajavu
Sethu Rama Iyer CBI
Vajram
Pandipada
Bharatchandran IPS
Vargam
Oruvan
Yogi
Alibhai
Blackcat
Chocolate
Roudram
Annan Thampi
Ee Pattanathil Bhootham
Daddycool
Ringtone
Vande Mataram








Saturday, July 21, 2012

N.S.KRISHNAN & T.A. MADHURAM

N.S.Krishnan (Nagercoil Sudalaimuthu Krishnan) popularly known as 'Kalaivaanar' and NSK was a leading Tamilian Comedian Film  artist,playback singer,director and writer in the early stages of Tamil films during 40's and 50's.
He was born in Ozhuginecherry, Nagercoil in the PrincelyState of Travancore on
29 Nov 1908, to parents Sudalaimuthu Pillai and Isakkiyammal.He joined drama troupe of TKS Brothers 'Sribala Shanmughananda Sabha'  in 1925 and acted in the play 'Savithri'.Later he changed to other troupes and acted several types of roles.His debut film was 'Sathi Leelavathy'  produced by S.S.Vasan of 'Anandavikatan' but his second film 'Menaka' released before Sathi Leelavathy.
He fell in love with actress T.A. Madhuram on the sets of films 'Vasanthasena' and 'Chandrakantha' and they got married.They were the first real couple to
act as pair in cinemas also.During the period 1936 to 1957 the couple N.S.Krishnan and T.A.Madhuram had acted as pair in 122 Tamil films  which was considered as a big achievement.
N.S.Krishnan used to write the dialogues of his character  since the comedy
scenes in his films were also designed by him.He used to project himself more of a social reformer than a comedian in his films.His characters  would always 
had to convey a message to the society for uplifting them.He brilliantly used
the film media to pass on social reforming ideas.
In the 1940 film "Sakunthala" in which NSK and T.A.Madhuram acted,  the heroine was M.S.Subbalakshmi and G.N.Bala Subramanyam acted as Dushyantha.
N.S.Krishnan and leading actor of those period  M.K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar had a setback in their life  because they  were also accused of a   a murder case in which a  journalist was killed.N.S Krishnan and Thyagaraja Bhagavathar were found not guilty and were  freed later.After coming out of the jail N.S.Krishnan's popularity only boosted up and he became more involved  in  acting as well as film  direction and film production also.
N.S.Krishnan was interested in politics also.He was a friend of both  Sri.Anna Durai and  Sri. M.Karunanidhi.He became a DMK supporter producing film 'Nalla Thambi'.He acted in Karunanidhi scripted films "Rangoon Radha and Burma  Rani".He directed film 'Panam' of Sivaji Ganesan.N.S.Krishnan directed film
'Manamagal' and some other films also.
N.S.Krishnan acted in leading role as 'Alibaba' in the film 'Alibabavum 40 Thirudarkalum' and his wife T.A.Madhuram acted as Morjiana in it.He sang several songs in films.He included a song in one film regarding the experiences in jail which earned great popularity.
T.A.Madhuram was a versatile actress who had great skill to act comedy roles also.She had acted in lead roles of several Tamil films and she was  comedy pair of N.S.Krishnan in more than 122 films.She was born at Srirangam in 1918 in a 
family of artists.She also acted in dramas before entering films and got much more 
fame after the marriage with N.S.Krishnan.She formed a drama troupe in the name NSK Nataka Sabha and their famous drama was 'Nam Iruvar' which was






later filmed by AVM studio in 1947.She was also a film producer.
In the history of Tamil Cinema  for the first time in those days one film in the name 'Haridas' which dealt with the story of Poet-Saint Haridas ran for more  than two years in a theater in Chennai City.It was a 1944 film in which MK Thyagaraja Bhagavathar was in lead role. N.S.Krishnan and T.A.Madhuram  had also acted in that film.It played at  Broadway Talkies from 16.10. 44 to 22.11.1946.

The brilliant comedian N.S. Krishnan was often compared with Chaplin.There
were  so many  followers for him whom all liked his acting  playback singing and other skills..When he died in 1957 at the age of 49, for his funeral
tremendously large crowd gathered to pay  homage.T.A.Madhuram passed
away in 1974.
N.S.Krishnan acted in about 150 films.In his first film 'Sathi Leelavathy' MGR acted as Police Inspector.He again acted with MGR in 1938 in the film 'Daksha Yagam' in which MGR acted as Lord Vishnu.Afterwards he was able to act with
MGR in several other films also.He directed 'Paithyakkaran' his own production with 'Panju' in which MGR acted in lead role.The film 'Raja Desingu' of MGR,S.S.Rajendran,P.Bhanumathi, Padmini and N.S.Krishnan  was released in 1960 only, after three years of his death.
N.S.Krishnan acted with Sivaji Ganesan also in several films such as 'Ambikapathy, Panam,Thanga Padhumai,Rangoon Radha, Kaveri' etc.
Selected Filmography
Sathi Leelavathy



Ambikapathi
Dakshayagam
Thiru Neelakanta
M.S.Subbulakshmi as 'Sakunthala'
Madurai Veeran
Sirikkathe
Uthama Puthiran
Chandraguptha Chanakya
Parasuraman
Sakunthala
Alibabavum 40 Thirudargalum
Ashok Kumar
Iru Nanbargal
Kannagi
Sivalinga Satchi
Dasipenn
Mangamma Sapadham
Haridas
Burma Rani
Paithyakkaran
Chandralekha
Nalla Thambi
Ratnakumar
N.S.Krishnan as 'Alibaba'
Vanasundari
Kaveri
Rangoon Radha
Chakravarthi Thirumagal
Ambikapathy(1957)
Thanga Padhumai
Raja Desingu



Saturday, July 14, 2012

K.P.A.C. SUNNY

K.P.A.C. Sunny was a very famous Character actor of Malayalam films for about 35 years.He was exceptionally good in portraying Police Officer roles.
His original name was Sunny D'cruz and after acting for several years in the prestigious K.P.A.C drama troupe in leading roles he accepted the affix K.P.A.C. to his name.
He joined  Professional drama stage as an actor from his youth itself.He worked with several eminent professional  drama troupes in Kerala  such as
Kalanilayam,Attingal Desabhimani Theatres,National Theatres,Nalanda Theatres,Vayalar Natakavedi  and K.P.A.C Kayamkulam.
He debuted in Malayalam film  'Priyamulla Sofia' directed by A.Vincent in 1970.
He was cast in several films afterwards and he took  film acting as the main career rather than drama stage.
He was able to act in more than 250 films in his career and could get film critics  awards  and mainly the love and appreciation of the audience.
He authored a drama by name 'Sneham Anaswaramanu'
During 70's he could act in several blockbuster films and earn name and fame.
'Hridayam Oru Kshetram' was a blockbuster film of 70's in which KPAC Sunny was also in the cast.Madhu and Sree Vidya were in the main roles and Raghavan,Baby Sumathy etc were in important roles which was released in 76
and directed by P.Subramanyam.This film was the remake of Hindi film 'Dil Ek Mandir' and the song 'Mangalam Nerunnu njan' earned great popularity.
'Angadi' film directed by I.V.Sasi was a super duper hit in which Jayan,Sukumaran,Seema,Jose,Pappu,Ambika etc acted and KPAC Sunny was
also in a noted character in that film.
'Aa Rathri' was a film of 83 which was directed by Joshi.Mammootty and Poornima Jayaram was in the main roles.K.P.A.C.Sunny acted in an important role in this film
In 1985 Joshi directed a film 'Muhurtham Pathinonnu muppatinu' in which Mammootty,Saritha,Ratheesh,Prathap Chandran etc acted along with KPAC Sunny.
In !985 Priyadarshan directed a comedy film 'Boeing Boeing' in which Mohan Lal,Mukesh,Lizy,Menaka,K.P.A.C.Sunny,Sukumari etc  acted.Mohan Lal's character 'Shyam' tried to date with three air hostesses in the same period 
and the consequences were the theme of the film.K.P.A.C. Sunny portrayed
the role as 'Sreekantan Nair' in this film.
'Nyayavidhi' of 86 was a blockbusterfilm  directed by Joshi in which Mammootty,Shobhana,Lalu Alex,Sukumaran,Azeez,K.P.A.CSunny etc acted.

Rajavinte Makan of 1986 was a blockbuster film in which Mohan Lal 
 was very much appreciated by the audience.It was directed by Thampi Kannamthanam.KPAC sunny acted as the character 'Venkitachalam' in this film.
'Ayirappara' was a super duper hit film which was directed by Venu Nagavally and it was written by Nagavally R.S.Kurup.Mammootty,Urvashy,Narendra Prasad,KPAC Sunny,Pappu,Rajan P.Dev etc were in the cast.
The action thriller 'The King' was directed by Shaji Kailas and Suresh Gopi,Vani Viswanath,Azeez,CI.Paul,M.G.Soman,K.P.A.C.Sunny etc were in important roles.KPAC Sunny acted as character 'Sulaiman'.
In the film 'Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku' directed by Joshy he manifested the character role of  'Veera Raghava Menon.'
In the film 'No.20 Madras Mail' which was also directed by Joshi  and was





a famous film of Mohan Lal, KPAC Sunny acted in the role as 'Sreedhara Menon'.Mammootty was in guest role as actor Mammootty itself in this film.
In the film 'Isabella' directed by Mohan  Sumalatha acted in the title role as Isabella who was a tour guide.K.P.A.C.Sunny acted as her father 'Alby' in this film.
K.P.A.C.Sunny passed away on 17 Apr 2006 at Thiruvananthapuram.He was 72.
Selected Filmography
Karimpana
Angadi
Ahimsa
John Jaffer Janardhanan
Aadaminte Variyellu
Aa Rathri

Muhurtham 11.30 nu
Meenamasathile Sooryan
Kshamichu Ennoru Vakku
Bhoomika
Ezhuthapurangal
Rajavinte Makan
Sukhamo Devi
Eeran Sandhya
Nyaya Vidhi
Oru Sindhoorapottinte Ormakku
Isabella
Doore Doore Oru Koodu Koottam
Loose Loose Arappiri Loose
Dhwani
Oru CBI Diary Kurippu
Mukthi
Irupatham Noottandu
Sunil Vayassu 20
Boeing Boeing
Muthodu Muthu
Vrutham
August 1
Naduvazhikal
Innale
Adikurippu
Jagratha
Indrajalam
Arhatha
Aanaval Mothiram
No.20 Madras Mail
Ee thanutha Veluppan Kalathu
Nagarathil Samsara Vishayam
Koodikazhcha
Bhoomika
Nayam Vyaktamakkunnu



Ennodishtam Koodamo
Aayirappara
Sainyam
The King
Janadhipathyam
Ezhupunna Tharakan
Five Fingers

Monday, July 9, 2012

NUTAN

Nutan was the eldest daughter of actress Shobhana Samarth and Director-poet
Kumarsen Samarth.She was born on 14 June 1936.One of her younger sister Tanuja also became an actress of Bollywood and Tanuja's daughter Kajol also became a famous actress of Bollywood.
Nutan and Tanuja were  introduced to film field by the film 'Hamari Beti' in 1950
when Nutan was only 14 years old. Hamari Beti  was a film produced and directed by her mother Shobhana Samarth.Nutan  could act in films  'Humlog' and  'Nagina'  the next year.
Nutan was elected as 'Miss India' in  1952 which also boosted her film career.The release of film 'Seema' helped her to attain critical acclaim and she
got entry to the hearts of millions as a versatile and cute actress.Her expressive eyes,mesmerizing voice and emotive dialogue delivery all received
wide admiration.Her movements and actions were all graceful and the audience loved to watch her in negative roles as well.The role as a criminal in the film 'Seema' earned her Filmfare Best Actress Award.
In the Bimal Roy's film 'Sujatha' she  paired with Sunil Dutt which turned to be a blockbuster.The theme of 'Sujatha' was the love affair of an untouchable girl and a Brahmin boy.
With Dev Anand she created big hits like 'Paying Guest'(57),  Baarish (57),
Manzil(60), and Tere Ghar Ke Samne (63).
Paying Guest was a film directed by Subodh Mukherjee.In the film 'Tere Ghar ke Samne' directed by Vijay Anand,  'Dev Anand' acted as a Western educated  architect who loved a modern Indian girl who closely followed  Indian culture.






'Chhalia' was a 1960 film directed by Manmohan Desai which was a comedy love story  and  Raj Kapoor acted as the hero.
Nutan earned so much  appreciation for her role in the Bimal Roy's film 'Bandini'.As a prisoner who was convicted of poisoning her lover's wife,  Nutan
handled that role effectively wonderful.That role is still considered as one of the the finest portrayal of a character in the history of Hindi cinema.She could
manifest two different emotions on her face at the same time in some sequences  even without
the help of dialogue was unbelievable.
'Khandan' in which Sunil Dutt and Nutan acted as the pair and directed by Bheemsingh became a super duper hit which was a big success at the box office.
'Milan' which was Manoj Kumar's film and 'Soudagar' of Amitabh Bachchan
were also  nice films.
Nutan,Vinod Khanna,Aashaparekh, and Vijay Anand were in key roles of 'Mein Tulsi Tere Aangan  ki' which was based on a Marathi Novel  and directed by
Raj Khosla.The film earned wide appreciation and Nutan earned Filmfare Best
 actress award for it.
Dilip Kumar,Sunjay Dutt,Madhuri Dixit film 'Kanoon Apna Apna' anf the film 
Meri Jung' etc also received good opinion.She received Filmfare best supporting actress award for 'Meri Jung'.
In 1959 Nutan married Naval Officer Ramesh Behi and their son Mohnish Behi
is a character actor of Hindi films and T.V.serials.
Nutan was recipient of  Filmfare Best Actress Award five times for films"seema  
in 56, Sujatha in 59, Bandini in 63,Milan in 67 and Mein Tulsi Tere Aangan ki in 78.
She was given Padma Shri in 1974.
Nutan died on 21 Feb 1991.
Selected Filmography
Hamari Beti
Nagina
Humlog
Laila Majnu
Paying Guest
Barish
Chandan
Sone ki Chidiya
Seema
Anan
Sujatha
Chhabili
Chhalia
Manzil
Soorat aur Seerat
Bandini
Tere Ghar ke Samne
Khandan
Dil ne Phir yad kiya
Kalapi
Milan
Gauri
Devi
Yaadgaar
Anurag
Soudagar
Mein Tulsi Tere Aangan ki
Yudh
Meri Jung
Karma
Kanoon Apna Apna
Mujrim
Insaniyat

Sunday, July 1, 2012

V.K.RAMASWAMY

V.K.Ramaswamy was a Tamil Film and Drama Stage Actor who was active for more than five decades in Supporting,Character and comedy roles.He was born in Virudhu Nagar,Tamil Nadu   in 
the year 1923.
He used to act in professional  drama troupes of Ponnuswamy Pillai,N.S.Krishnan etc.His drama 'Naam Iruvar' grabbed much appreciation and mass acclaim so that AVM Productions
determined to make a film out of that story in the same name.In the drama V.K.Ramaswamy had the role as an old man and in the film also he  handled that role.Thus in the debut film at the age of 24 he acted as an old man.
He had enough offers from films after 'Naam Iruvar' and he accepted film acting as his career.In the debut film of 'Sivaji Ganesan' which was the film 'Parasakthi, ' V.K.Ramaswamy also acted in the role as a 'temple priest'  and afterwards in several Sivaji Ganesan films he could act together.Like that he was
able to act with M.G.R also in a large number of films.He could also act with Kamal Hassan 
and Rjani Kanth.
His innocent style of dialogue delivery and natural way of acting  comedy scenes attracted the audiences.
His role in the film 'Veerapandya Kattabomman' of Sivaji Ganesan as 'Ettayappan' drew    much notice and earned  nice opinion.
His film Puthiaya Paravai' another film of Sivaji Ganesan he acted as father of heroine Saroja Devi.He was shown as a rich man returning from Singapore after spending some days for vacation there.
'Kalyana Raman' was a blockbuster film of Kamal Hassan and Sreedevi.
'Tik Tik Tik ' was a nice film directed by Bharati Raja in which Kamal Hassan  was the hero.
Madhavi and Swapna acted in it.
'Jappanil Kalyana Raman' was Kamal Hassan -Radha film directed by S.P.Muthuraman in 85.
In the film 'Poove Poo Chooda Va' which was directed by Fazil and was the remake of Malayalam film 'Nokketha Doorathu Kannum Nattu' he acted as the character 'Viswanathan'.
'Agni Natchathiram' of 1988 which was directed by Mani Ratnam was a fantastic movie in
which Prabhu,Karthik and Amala were in key roles.
This film has a parallel comedy track which focuses on a rich man Played by V.K.Rama Swamy and he and  his chauffeur's naughty desires are shown.
In the film 'Arunachalam' of Rajani Kanth which was a noted film, he acted as 'Kalaiperumal' 





who manages Rajani's  father's trust.Soundarya was the heroine and the film was dubbed to Telugu also.
In the 1989 film 'Varsham Pathinaru, directed by Fazil he acted with Karthik,Khushboo,Sukumari etc.Poornam Viswanathan also acted in this film.

In the 1991 film 'Gopura Vasalile' of Bhanupriya and Karthik he had a good role.
V.K.Ramaswamy was a film producer also.
V.K.Ramaswamy,Sivaji Ganesan and Major Sunder Rajan were responsible for the growth of
 South Indian Artiste's Association.
He died on 24 Dec 2002 at the age of 79.
Selected Filmography
Naam Iruvar
Parasakthi 
Allavudeenum Arputha Vilakkum
Veerapandya Kattabomman
Puthiya Paravai
Pattanathil Bhootham
Ootty Varai Uravu
Mattukkara Velan
Kumarikottam
Tik Tik Tik
Japanil Kalyana Raman
Enakkul Oruvan
Poove poo chooda Va
Aan Pavam
Mouna Ragam
Velaikkaran
Agni Natchathiram
Unnal Mudiyum Thambi
Dharmathin Thalaivan
Varisham Pathinaru
Anjali
Athisaya Piravi
Gopura Vasalile
Mannan
Minsara Kanavu
Arunachalam
Puthiya Pathai
Dumm Dumm Dumm