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Santhanam‘s next flick as hero “Vallavanukku Pullum Ayutham” (VPA) is all set to release. The official confirmation has been done from the producer’s side as the movie will hit the screens on May 9th. Audio will be launched on April 14th and the event will be felicitated by Director Shankar […]

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Singam 2 review

Singam II is a 2013 Tamil action film directed by Hari, a sequel to the successful 2010 film Singam. Produced by S. Lakshman Kumar, it stars Surya in the title role with Anushka, Hansika Motwani, Vivek and Santhanam in supporting roles. The film was released on July 5, 2013 along […]

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Vijay and Mohanlal to come face to face for Jilla second schedule

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Tamil Cinema: Comedians

There have been many comedy actors in tamil cinema from its early stage till date. Even today there are many upcoming comedy actors in this industry. Many comedy actors come and go in this industry from its early stage till now some comedy actors make a mark in tamil film industry. Here are the comedy actors who made an important mark in this industry from its early stage till now.

NS Krishnan

Nagerkoyil Sudalaimuthu Krishnan, popularly known as Kalaivanar and also as 'NSK' was a leading Tamil film comedian, drama artist, playback singer and writer in the early stages of the Tamil film industry - in the 1940s and 1950s. Another Icon of the dominant 'Pillai' community.

His stage and cine-screen comedy performances were unique and always carried a message for the people.N S Krishnan started his career as a Villupaatu artist (the Tamil way of reciting stories while singing songs and playing a musical instrument in the form of a bow - called 'Villu') and later became involved in Tamil drama and stage shows, as were so many film artistes in his days, and at one-time owned his own touring drama company; and when cinema gradually became popular in South India, he entered the Tamil film world to become one of the leading Tamil film comedians ever, with a unique style. He generally wrote his own comedy dialogues and expressed them in his drama and films in such a way that the message was carried across, but the subject to whom it was intended was not offended.

He acted in nearly 150 Tamil films and the matinee-duo of NS krishnan and TA Maduram (later his better half) in Tamil films was very popular in his days; he also did roles along with leading stage and cine artists of his time like TS. Durairaj, 'Pulimootai' Ramasamy, CS. Pandian and writers like Udumalai Narayana Kavi and Subbu Armugham and gave a number of hits in those days. He was also a talented singer and hits include Sivakavi, Raja Rani, and Manamagal.

KA Thangavelu

KA Thangavelu was a Tamil film comedian popular in the 1950s to 1970s. Not known for physical, acrobatic comedy like his contemporaries JP Chandrababu and Nagesh, Thangavelu's humor is recognized for his impeccable timing in verbal agility and the characteristic twang of his delivery. He and his wife M. Saroja formed a successful comedy pair, and his role as a phony writer Bhairavan in the movie Kalyana Parisu [Wedding Present was much appreciated by Tamil movie fans. Even without his wife's participation, Thangavelu's humor enriched movies such as Thillana Mohanambal in his role as a nattuvangam master (dance choreographer) to the heroine

TS Balaiah

Tirunelveli S. Balaiah is a Tamil film actor who is best known for the supporting roles he did in the 1960s.

His comedies are still very famous especially his scenes in Thillana Mohanambal. But he was never given the recognition he deserved.

VK Ramasamy

VK Ramasamy was a Tamil actor, comedian and film producer who was known for the supporting roles he played in films in the 1980s and 1990s.

JP Chandrababu

JP Chandrababu Tamil film comedian-actor, singer and dancer, whose chaplin-style on-screen movements and unique singing style, with some humorous yet philosophical Tamil lyrics and a bass voice, made him popular from the late 1940s to the early 1970s.

He was often likened to the styles of Jerry Lewis, the famous Hollywood comedian-actor. His slapstick style of comedy was then used by later generation actors like Prabhu Deva in Kaadhalan movie. Chandrababu's eloquence in Madras Bashai, a dialect unique to the lower socio-economic status, was incomparable for a long time until Kamal Hassan could do it, a couple of decades later.

Many of Chandrababu's songs have remained popular through the generations to this day - to the old and young alike.

Nagesh

Nagesh was a Tamil film actor, mostly remembered for his roles as a comedian during the 1960s. He is regarded as one of the most prolific comedians in Tamil cinema.

He acted in over 1,000 Indian films from 1958 to 2008, performing in variety of roles as comedian, lead roles, supporting actor and antagonist.

In a stark contrast to the comic roles he performed, Nagesh's personal life was wrought with suffering. After losing his father at an early age, Nagesh had to endure a weak financial situation and family ostracism which plagued him throughout his life. The film Server Sundaram, a rags-to-riches story in which Nagesh plays the lead role, is believed to be roughly based on the real life story of the actor.

Despite being primarily a comedian, Nagesh was rated highly as a character actor by his peers. Nagesh's style of comedy was largely inspired by Hollywood actor Jerry Lewis. Similarities between Nagesh and Lewis earned Nagesh the sobriquet 'Jerry Lewis of India'

Early in his life, he saw a Tamil play Kamba Ramayanam enacted by his colleagues, and felt that he could do a good job. He persuaded the secretary of the Railways cultural association to give him the role of a man suffering from stomach pain. MGR, then chief guest, seeing this play, in his speech praised Nagesh for his performance. From then onwards, Nagesh played small roles in various drama troupes.

In 1958, producer Balaji spotted Nagesh and gave him his first break in a film called Manamulla Marudhaaram. The film did not do well at the box office. Moreover, Nagesh had only a small role to play in the movie. In 1960, Nagesh made his debut in Kannada with Makkala Rajya.

Nagesh won critical acclaim for his performance in the 1961 movie Thayilla Pillai. But it was his 1962 hit Nenjil Oru Aalayam which launched his career in the Tamil film industry. Nagesh was seen playing the lead role in Server Sundaram(1964) directed by Krishnan Panju. The movie was a remarkable hit and proved to be a great turning point in his career.

Suruli Rajan

Suruli Rajan was a Tamil film comedian. He was a recipient of Tamil Nadu State Government's Best Comedian Award for the year 1981-82.

In spite of his passion for acting opportunities were few and far between. A sudden spate of opportunities in stage plays filled him with heartening optimism. He worked with various drama troupes, including those of O.A.K.Devar, pisir Ramarao, TN. Balu and in Karunanidhi's ‘kagithapoo' staged in aid of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Joseph Thaliayath of The Citadel Film Corporation Pvt. Ltd who brought Suruli rajan to cinema, first in a brief appearance in Iravum Pagalum in the year 1965 and soon after in a more noticeable comic role in Kaadhal paduthum paadu the year following.

Thengai Srinivasan

Thengai Srinivasan was a Tamil film comedian popular in the 1970s and 1980s. He has been given the title Thengai after he acted as a coconut-seller in a movie.

Manorama

Manorama is a veteran Tamil actress who has acted in more than 1500 films, 1000 stage performances, and a few television serials . She is affectionately called as Aachi by Tamil people . She holds a Guinness World Record for acting in most number of films.

She started her acting career as a drama artist. When she started her stage performances she was rechristened as Manorama by the drama director Thiruvengadam and the harmonist Thiayagarajan. She continued to act in plays and also performed on stage as a playback singer.

Manorama slowly migrated from dramas to the silver screen with the role of a comedienne in Tamil film Malayitta Mangai. During her initial days in the cine field, she concentrated more on comedy. She was given equally challenging roles alongside the well known comedian Nagesh. They made an excellent pair and acted in many praiseworthy comedies

Manorama's role in the film Thillana Mohanambal was much appreciated and noticed even with the presence of great stalwarts like Sivaji Ganesan and Natiya Peroli (Danseuse) Padmini in the movie. Ever since, she was provided with more scope in varied roles in addition to comedy. She took each responsibility with such an ease which made the Tamil industry recognize her immense talent.

She has the distinction of having acted with five chief ministers of South India. She was the female lead in the stage plays written, directed and acted by Mr C. N. Annadurai, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. She has also acted in stage plays with another Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Dr M Karunanidhi. She has acted in films with Dr M G Ramachandran and Dr Jayalalitha Jayaram who both became Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu later. She has also acted in Telugu films with Dr N T Rama Rao, who became the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. She was awarded Padma Shri in the year 2002.She won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for the movie Pudhiya Pathai in the year 1989. She holds a guinness world record for acting in most number of films.

Goundamani

Goundamani is a Tamil film actor and comedian. He is renowned for his comedy sketches with fellow actor Senthil.

He gained entry into the Tamil film industry, the Kollywood, at the age of 16 due to his strong theatrical background. He famously portrayed the role of Gounder in one of his stage plays he came to be known as Goundamani.

Goundamani was initially a solo actor and then paired up with Senthil to form a comedy duo. Widely considered as Kollywood's Laurel and Hardy, Senthil and Goundamani have entertained people with their rib-tickling slapstick humour for more than two decades now. Goundamani has entertained two generations of Tamil audience with his unique style of comedy. His dialogues are woven with sarcasm and contempt and are often accompanied with impeccable timing and body language.

His most famous piece of comedy is the 'Vazhaipazham' (Banana) scene with Senthil in the film Karagattakaran. His famous dialogue Arasiyalla ithellam sagajamappa (meaning all these are usual in politics), from the movie Suriyan, later became one of his trademarks. He has also played the protagonist in 10 films including Raja Enga Raja and Pirandhaen Valarndhaen.

Some of his memorable movies are with leading actors such as Sathyaraj, Karthik, Rajinikanth, Arjun, Parthiban, Jayaram, Kamal Hassan, Vijay, Ajith Kumar, Sarath Kumar and Prabhu. In several Tamil films, he has even accompanied the lead actor in almost all of the scenes and in a few songs.

Early days in his career he had a memorable role in 16 Vayathinile as a sidekick to Rajnikanth's 'Parattai' and famous for his dialogue 'pattha vechutiye paratai'. Later in early 80's he had a string of hits like Unnai Nan Santhithen, Vaidhegi Kathirundal, etc. after which his carrier slumped. His career revival in Karagatakkaran is attributed to comedians like Janakaraj.

His career peaked in the 90s and producers often required his services to make a hit Tamil film. He also has acted in several films with double-hero subjects like Ullathai Allitha along with Karthik and Unakaaga ellam unakaaga. His most recent film is Jagghubai starring Sarathkumar.

Senthil

Senthil is an actor from Tamil Nadu, India notable for his comedian roles in Tamil films.

He has acted in many popular movies with several of the leading actors and comedians in the south Indian cine industry. He usually appears in films with Goundamani in a slapstick double act. Together they have formed a comic pair in many Tamil films. Recently, Senthil has started acting in Tamil teleserials.

He along with Koundamani was known as the Laurel and hardy of Tamil Cinema.

Kovai Sarala

Kovai Sarala is a popular well known Tamil comedian actress who prominently plays supporting roles and has also starred as a heroine. Appearing in many Tamil films, she is also a regular guest judge on Asathapovathu Yaaru on Sun TV in Chennai.

Janagaraj

Janagaraj is a veteran Tamil film actor who has generally played a comedian in his films, and provided stiff competition to the comic duo of Goundamani and Senthil. He has acted in over 100 Tamil films as a comedian or in supporting roles.

In 1971, Janagaraj began to aspire for a movie career. Director K. Balachander offered him a chance to perform in very minor roles in several B Grade Tamil films from 1972 until 1977. It was in 1977 that he landed his first speaking role in Sevuppu Villu, a Tamil film starring actor Ravichandran. He continued minor roles through the late 70's.

Janagaraj's career however spun silver in the 1980s. Beginning with Paarvai (1982), and continuing in Apoorva Pirargal (1983), Meendum Kokila (1983), Sindhu Bhairavi (1985), Rajadhi Raja (1989), Apoorva Sagodharargal (1989), Agni Natchathiram (1989), and Puthu Puthu Arthangal (1989), Janagaraj became a popular comedian in Tamil Nadu.

Vadivelu

Vadivelu is a Tamil film actor and playback singer. Post-2000, he has dominated Tamil films as a comedian in various Tamil films. During his career, Vadivelu has won several Filmfare Awards and Tamil Nadu State Film Awards. He is renowned for his slapstick comedies.

Vadivelu is popularly known as Vaigai Puyal (meaning the storm from the Vaigai River, which flows through the city for his high sense of humor). Starting as a sidekick to the famed Goundamani-Senthil comedy duo, he rose to prominence after his role in Kadhalan. His Madurai Tamil accent (Tamil spoken in Madurai, a district in Tamil Nadu) is born to a father who was extremely poor and worked in a glass factory in Madurai. This forced Vadivelu to seek help from actor Rajkiran who was also from the same place as him. Actor Rajkiran taking pity on him brought him to Chennai, and made him an office boy in his studio. This soon caught the attention of one of the versatile actors of Indian Cinema Kamal Hassan, who was fascinated by the antics of this man and offered roles to him in his future movies like Devar Magan and Singaravelan

In most movies, Vadivelu plays a simpleton with good intentions but lands in trouble because of circumstances or eccentricities of the people he comes across. These roles involve heavy use of slapstick and puns, which has led him to being typecast. His comedy sequences typically end with him getting soundly thrashed and a closing one-liner from him bemoaning his situation or antagonists.

He starred in the lead role of the historical comedy spoof Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi. The movie features Vadivelu in a dual role, playing twin brothers. His next venture as lead star was in the movie Indiralohathil Na Azhagappan.

Vivek

Vivek is a Tamil film actor and comedian. He has won four Filmfare Best Comedian Awards for his performances in Run, Saamy, Perazhagan and Sivaji, respectively. In April 2009, Vivek received the Padma Shri award by the Government of India for his contribution to the arts.

Vivek debuted in with Manathil Uruthi Vendum in 1987. Later he played roles in Kushi, Minnale, Run and Saamy. In 2009, he received and Asianet Film Award for Special Honour Jury Award.

Karunas

Karunaas is a Tamil comedic film actor in the Tamil film industry. He has acted with many prominent actors and starred in successful films. Appearing mostly in supporting roles and providing comical relief, he also played lead roles in Dindigul Sarathy and Ambasamudram Ambani. Apart from acting, Karunas is known as a musician and singer as well.

Karunas is a modern day comedian and has done good comic roles. His main comedy style like popular comedian Vivek is satire which he usually diverts in the direction of College romances or stuck up snobbish beauties.

His funniest tracks include Nandha where he plays the character 'Lodukku Pandi' (this brought him the ultimate recognition in the industry), April Maathathil and Pudukotayil Saravanan where he plays a spoof of the famous hit film 'Vaali'.

As of February 2008, Karunas has appeared in 72 films.

Santhanam

Santhanam is a Tamil comedian and an actor in Tamil cinema. His fame started off in the Lollu Sabha. He debuted in Manmadhan in 2004 and later appeared in several comedy and drama films. He is from Pozhichalur.

Santhanam began his career in the popular comedy troupe 'Nungambakkam Boys Kondaatam' who did comedy shows particularly during Diwali. The troupe included M. S. Bhaskar who occasionally assisted them with his performances. He moved to television shows such as Chinna Papa Periya Papa in 1999 and in Kovai Anuradha's Costly Maapillai. He became well known in a number of small time serials on STAR Vijay such as Sagalai vs.RagalaiLollu Sabha; the latter had turned Santhanam into a notable television personality. and

He began acting in films, debuting in Manmathan alongside Silambarasan Rajendar and later acted alongside the Tamil film industry's top stars, including Rajinikanth, Ajith, Vijay, Surya Sivakumar, Jayam Ravi, Arya, Dhanush, Vishal and Bharath, as well as multiple films with Silambarasan. He played the lead role in Arai Enn 305-il Kadavul, along with Prakash Raj.

Unlike veteran comedians like Vadivelu and Vivek, who usually act in a comedy track separate from the main plot, Santhanam plays the role of the hero's friend (and sometimes, foil), contributing more to the actual story. He won the Vijay Awards 2010 'Best Comedian Award' for the movie Siva Manasula Sakthi.