Saturday, February 25, 2012


K.K.Aroor was the first hero of Malayalam talkie and he is having the title "FIRST SPEAKING HERO".
Film 'Balan' which was made by Modern Theaters, Salem in the year 1938 was the first film in Malayalam with a soundtrack. One enthusiastic person by name A.Sundaram Pillai had worked a lot and taken initiative for this venture and the story of Balan  owes to him.He was the partner in the production also.
K.K.Aroor hailed from Aroor near Ernakulam and he was a dramatist by profession.He worked with Kottakkal P.S.Warrier's Drama troupe for eight years.Mostly he handled female characters at that time since
women participation in acting field was very rare.He was born in the year 1907.
During those period male and female artists working in drama troupes were selected according to their ability in singing.Those who were having Carnatic songs singing experience were given preference.K.K.Aroor could sing fantastically well and was in his youth when the film Balan was being made and so he  was  given the title role
Sebastian Kunukunju Bhagavathar
of the film 'Balan'.The childhood days of Balan was played by Master Madana Gopan.The heroine of the film was  M.K.Kamalam and the character name was 'Sarasa'.
The  real  name of K.K.Aroor was K.Kunju Nair.
Alleppey Vincent who acted in the film Balan is  the first  "Speaking Person " of Malayalam Cinema and the first recorded words were "Hello Master".
Vaikom Vasudevan Nair in 'Kerala Kesari'
There were 23 songs in the picture written by Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai and composed by Ibrahim and K.K.Aroor.Replica of Hindi tunes and Tamil tunes were adopted.The actors K.K.Aroor,M.K.Kamalam,Alleppey Vincent,Master Madana  Gopan,K.N.Lakshmi etc sang the songs.
In the next talkie of Malayalam released in the year  1940 and by the name 'Gnanambika' also K.K.Aroor
Thankam Vasudevan Nair
acted.Sebastian Kunju Kunju Bhagavathar,Alleppey Vincent,K.K.Aroor,Nanukkuttan,M.P.Shanku,C.K.Rajam,L.Ponnamma,Mavelikkara Ponnamma etc were
the actors of that film.There were several songs sung by the actors itself and L.P.records were available.
Playback singing and playback singers were employed in Malayalam cinema in the year 1948 only  with
the film 'Nirmala'.
In 1951 Vaikom Vasudevan Nair and Thankam Vasudevan Nair who were couples and eminent actors
on stage  and very famous throughout Kerala produced a film 'Kerala Kesari' and acted in it in main roles.
K.K.Aroor also acted in that film in an important role.Durga Varma was another well known artist in that film.The film was a flop at the box office and Vaikom Vasudevan Nair and Thankam Vasudevan Nair returned to their drama field itself.
K.K.Aroor also gave importance to drama more than cinema and had acted in 32 dramas altogether.
Later in 1964 he appeared in a film "Kudumbini' in which Prem Nazir and Sheela were in main roles.

K.K.Aroor died in the year 1984.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai was a popular dramatist,screen play writer,poet and actor.He is honored as the 'Akshara Guru' of Malayalam talkies because he wrote the screenplay and dialogues of the first Malayalam
film with a soundtrack which was 'Balan' released in the year 1938.
Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai was born in Muthukulam, which is a small village in Alleppey District in the year 1900.Raghavan Pillai was famous as the writer of about 55 dramas and he was a regular writer for several professional drama troupes  like 'Oachira Parabrabhodaya '.Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai and N.P.Chellappan Nair were eminent
dramatists of that period.
When the film 'Balan' was produced by T.R.Sundaram of Modern Theaters, Salem, as per the request of
A.Sundaram Pillai, who was partner in the film production  it was planned that the screenplay and dialogues would be written by A.Sundaran Pillai.
But later it was decided that Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai should be given that task of writing it for the first
scene from 'Balan'
talkie in Malayalam.The blessed writer was also responsible for the 23 songs in that film.The lyrics for all the
songs were written by Muthukulam and composed by Ibrahim and K.K.Aroor.
Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai got appreciation for writing the story,Screenplay and dialogues of the first blockbuster film in Malayalam 'Jeevitha Nouka' also.Jeevitha Nouka was dubbed in to several other languages
and remade in other languages also.Thickurissi Sukumaran Nair became the first Superstar of Malayalam Cinema by that film.
For dozens of  other films like 'Koodapirappu'  Raghavan Pillai wrote story and screenplay.Koodapirappu
was the film in which lyricist Vayalar Ramavarma debuted.It is in that film that Prem Nawas, Prem Nazir's brother debuted and acted as hero.Ambika (Old actress) acted as heroine for the first time  in that film and it was her second film in the acting career.
Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai  had acted in more than 150 films mostly in character roles and supporting roles.He had published books like Tatataka,Parinayam and Kathakali.He died in 1979.
Selected Filmography
Jeevitha Nouka

Kalyana photo
Ummini Thanka
Nalla Thanka
Viyarpinte Vila
Visappinte Vili
Pinchu Hridayam
Chekuthante Kotta
Avar unarunnu
Achanum Makanum
Ezhuthatha Kadha
Balya Prathinja
Kalyana Rathriyil
Lottery Ticket
Nair Pidicha Pulival
Karutha Rathrikal
Kannum Karalum
Sabarimala Sreee Dharma Sastha
Ollathu Mathi
ithu njangalude lokam
Lady Doctor
Vazhve Mayam
Vidhi thanna vilakku

Monday, February 20, 2012


R.S.Manohar was a popular actor of Tamil Cinema who was very active on drama stages also.He was born in Namakkal of Salem District in Tamil Nadu State in 1929.His father was Subramanya Iyer who was a Post Master and mother Rajalakshmi Ammal, a housewife.His original name was Ramaswamy Subramanya Lakshmi Narasimhan which became Ramaswamy Subramanya Manohar(R.S.Manohar) after acting in a famous play
'Manohara'.He graduated from Pachiappa's College,Madras.
Manohar was highly attracted to acting profession and so he formed a drama troupe 'National Theatres'  in the year 1954 and started presenting dramas utilizing  mythological and historical stories.His intention was to portray valour,heroism, etc  with lavish stage arrangements,'Drama Scope Stages' and colorful costumes. He displayed such kind of dramas  with a  thrilling sensation to the spectators and presented splendidly.
 He emphasized the other side of  Villainous Characters such as Ravana,Soorapadman, etc.For example it is famous that Ravana was
a firm devotee of Lord Shiva.He was a good musician and could sing beautifully.He was an expert to play
the musical instrument 'Veena'.He was very strong enough to  raise even Kailash Mountain in his hands.Like that  he possessed several good qualities and these were projected and highlighted in his drama 'Lankeswaran'
which was performed for more than 1000 stages.Dramas such as Indrajit,Sisupalan,Sukracharya,Naragasura etc were  manifested in such a manner which the viewers also were delighted to watch.
When Manohar entered in to Tamil films he was also cast as the hero of a few films such as 'Rajambal' but
he was unable to continue  in main roles.The villain role of film  Vannakkili' got wide appreciation and from
there on he was given roles as a villain or villainous type roles mostly.R.S.Manohar had good relationship
with M.G.Ramachandran so that in several MGR films like Aayirathil Oruvan,Adimai penn,Ulagam Sutrum Vaaliban,Pallandu Vazhga,Sirithu Vazha Vendum etc he acted in important roles.In the film 'Athisaya penn' in
which Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Vyjayantimala appeared in main roles R.S.Manohar was in villain role.
He earned good opinion from critics for the MGR film 'Nan Anayittal' and MGR-Radha Saluja film 'Idayakkani'.In several Sivaji Ganesan films such as 'Sivakamiyin Selvan,Kulamagal Radhai,Needhi etc he
handled villain roles.
In the 1964 film 'Chitrangi' produced by T.R.Sundaram and directed by R.S.Mani, Sheela was the heroine
and R.S.Manohar was in villainous role.In the film 'Pon Vayal' Anjali Devi was the heroine.
R.S.Manohar fell down in his bathroom and got injured.He was under treatment but died on 10.1.2006 at Chennai.He had acted in more than 200 films.
Selected  Filmography
Kaidhi Kannayiram
Iru Vallavavargal
Aayirathil Oruvan
Nan Anayittal
Kulamagal Radhai
Sivakamiyin Selvan
Vallavan Oruvan
Vallavanukku Vallavan
Adimai Penn
Athisaya Penn
Ulagam Sutrum Vaaliban
Pallandu Vazhga
Sirithu Vazha Vendum
Pon Vayal

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Sreenath  entered in to Malayalam film field  in 1978 with the film 'Salini Ente Koottukari' but he was noted for
his appearance as the hero in the film 'Kalika' which was directed by Balachandra Menon in the year 1980.
Kalika was a horror film which was made from an award winning novel  published in 'Kumkumam'
weekly and the publishers of the weekly  produced the movie also.The novel was read  by a large sector of
people and they were eager to find the film version.Sheela was the heroine of the film as a woman engaged in
witchcraft. There were so many shocking sequences in the novel which when shown in the film were technically  not up to the mark.The director Balachandramenon was not well experienced at that time and it did not receive much   acclamation from the critics..But the viewers noticed a tall,handsome youth with good acting talent and possessed masculine
voice who delivered dialogues with voice control.It was none other than the new face to Malayalam cinema 'Sreenath'  and  received much appreciation
for his role in Kalika.
Sreenath was from Kuzhur,Thrissur in Kerala and was born on August 26, 1956.In the 80's Sreenath had
acted in several films in the main roles but when Mammootty,Mohan Lal,Mukesh etc rose to stardom he
was segregated to side roles and supporting roles.Actually he was a wonderful actor who was having sparkling qualities than many other Malayalam actors and  could manifest
any kind of roles flamboyantly and had proved his talents in so  many films.Unfortunately the Producers and  directors  not utilized him

to the fullest and also not paid justice to that unparalleled acting prodigy. He was but always given main roles in
T.V. serials and was hero of several Malayalam serials.He was given state award twice as best actor for
his performance in T.V.Serials.
His 1982 film 'Sandhya Mayangum Neram' which was directed by Bharathan was a well noted film in which
Unnimary and Sudha  were heroines.Bharat Gopi and Jayabharathy had important roles in the film.
In the 1981 film 'Oothykachiya Ponnu' Mammootty and Mohan Lal acted along with Sreenath.
In the 1984 film 'Mangalam Nerunnu'  which was directed by Mohan, Sreenath and Shanti Krishna handled main roles.Sreenath had acted in several  Tamil Films also in 80's.
'Ithu Njangalude Katha' was a blockbuster film which was well accepted by the audience in which Sreenath
and Shanti Krishna were in main roles.It was the story of five friends and the funny factor is that they all loved
the same girl.In the sets of that film which was directed by P.G.Viswambharan, Sreenath and Shanti Krishna fell in to real love and determined to get married.They got married in 1984 and  due to several problems had to separate in 1995.
Sreenath later married Latha in 1999 and they have a son 'Viswajith Sreenath'.
On April 23, 2010 Sreenath was found dead in a hotel room of Kothamangalam.He had been there to
act in a Mohan Lal film 'Shikkar'.It is said that his role in that film was cancelled and was asked to vacate the hotel room.He might have committed  suicide but the reason unknown.
Salini Ente Koottukari
OOthykachiya Ponnu
Ithu Njangalude Kadha
Saagara Santham
Belt Mathai
Mangalam Nerunnu
Sandhya Mayangum Neram
Odaruthammava Aalariyam
Amme Bhagavathi
Irupatham Noottand
Moonnam Mura
August 1
Kerala Cafe

Monday, February 13, 2012


Philomina was a capable well known veteran film actress of Malayalam  Cinema who was active for four decades
and could act with old and new generation of film stars.She had acted in more than 750 films in diversified
roles mostly as Mother,Mother-in-law,Grand Mother,Servant etc etc.She could portray any kind of characters
to the utmost satisfaction of her directors and viewers.She did not care about 'image' and was not selective at all.She was ready to manifest insignificant and disreputable kind of roles also.Her ability to present comedy type characters was well acclaimed.At the same time she was excellent to manifest adorable type roles like the one that as 'Aanappara Achamma' of film 'Godfather'.Her presentation of that character with scintillating acting
talents will be remembered always.Aanappara Achamma's enmity and feelings towards 'Anjooran' family and
utilizing all possibilities to take revenge on them was perfectly displayed by her.
Philomina was born in Mullurkara of Trissur Distict in 1926.
Philomina also entered in to Malayalam film Industry  after long period of stage experience.She was active
member of  professional drama troupe of 'P.J.Antony' and acted in their dramas for eight years.
In 1964 she was given mother role of Prem Nazir in the film 'Kuttikkuppayam' by director M.Krishnan Nair.

That film was a super duper hit which contained melodious songs which are still popular.She earned appreciation from the audience and critics for her mother role in that film..Philomina was accepted as a talented actress by Malayalam Cinema there on.In
almost all films released during those period Philomina  was given  a role.But afterwards she took a break
in her career and reappeared after a few years in Padmarajan films and Bharathan films like Chatta,Innale, Njan
Gandharvan etc and continued regularly appearing in films there upon.
Philomina was critically acclaimed for her roles in Venkalam,Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thadikal,Uppukandam Brothers,Thalayanamantram,Godfather,Vietnam Colony etc.
It was Sathyan Anthikkad that utilized her for a comedy role for the first time in the film 'Mandanmar Londonil'
and her ability to make others laugh was convinced by all by that film.Afterwards in several films she played
comedy type roles which the viewers were delighted with like the one that of 'In Harihar Nagar'.Remember the scene when Siddique pressed the calling bell of her house and  was waiting for the door to open, and  Philomina coming
out with a weapon to kill him?In the same film Philomina  reading a horror story from a magazine at night and when just finished reading about a fearful six footed animal in the story,  she found the
image of a six footed creature climbing outside on  the window panel  and cried out with   fear.She was  not knowing that it
was Mukesh and Jagadeesh trying to peep through the window ventilation to see the  bathing scene of  the heroine and  that sequence   created unforgettable comedy.
In Uncle Bun,Manathe Kottaram,Vridhanmare Sookshikkuka,Kireedam,Aakasa kottayile Sulthan etc she was excellent with  roles
which had a cinch of comedy touch.
She received Best supporting actress award  from Kerala Government in the year 1970 and in 1987.
Philomina was settled in Cochin and in her last years of life  she was a diabetes patient.She shifted her residence from Cochin
to Chennai  to stay  with her son two years before her death.She died on January 2, 2006.She was 80 years old.
Selected Filmography
Olavum Theeravum
Aa Rathri
Kathodu Kathoram
Arappatta Kettiya Gramathil
Kakkothi Kavile Appooppan Thadikal
Vridhanmare Sookshikkuka
Mandanmar Londanil
Njan Gandharvan
Vietnam Colony
Uppukandam Brothers
Manathe kottaram
Thalayana Mantram
Mookkilla Rajyathu
Peruvannapurathe Viseshangal
Kireedamillatha Rajakkanmar
Oru Kochu Bhoomi Kulukkam
Amma Ammayi Amma
Meerayude Dukham Muthuvinte swapnam
Sneha sagaram
Pattana Pravesam
Mazhavil Kavady
Kouthuka Varthakal
Ente Ponnu Thampuran
In Harihar Nagar
Excuse me Ethu Collegila
Mantra  Mothiram

Saturday, February 11, 2012


N.F.Varghese who was hailing from Cochin Kerala was well known in Kerala as a talented mimicry artiste
before entering films.He had worked with famous mimicry troupes of Cochin and was brilliant to portray
some famous film actors by imitating their movements,gestures and voice.His original voice was identical
masculine voice and was therefore employed as anchor for mimicry program and also for some other functions.He entered film field acting in small roles and his third film 'Aakasadooth' which was a blockbuster
film directed by Sibi Malayil gave a boost for his career as an artist.His role in that film was noted by the critics and it helped him to get  roles in other new films consecutively.
In the beginning he was called for supporting roles and character roles.Film directors utilized him for acting
not comedy roles but given serious roles mostly.Later on it was revealed that he was brilliant to act in villain
roles and it suited him the best.So he was given villainous type of roles during his last years of the career which
he was always brilliant to perform with all the cruelty as per the character.
N.F.Varghese was settled at  'Aaluva'  and  at the age of 53, on 19 June 2002, while he was driving his car
along with his wife he  had cardiac arrest.Even though hurried to hospital he succumbed to death.He could
act in more than 100 films during his acting career.
Selected Filmography
Ramji Rao Speaking
Oru Kochu Bhoomi Kulukkam
Manathe Vellitheru
Sipayi Lahala
Raja Puthran
Mazhayethum Munpe
Gajaraja Mantram
Njangal Santhushtaranu
Cover story
Mark Antony
Nagara Vadhu
Ravana Prabhu
Sundara Purushan
One Man Show

Friday, February 10, 2012


Adoor Bhavani(1927- 25Oct 2009) was a very famous actress of Malayalam cinema  who had acted in more than 450 films
 and was active in the field for a long span of time.She got fame in mother roles and character roles.As an
innocent village woman she excelled  well.She also entered films after acting in professional drama troupes.
Adoor Bhavani  was an artiste of K.P.A.C. which was one of the best professional drama troupe in Kerala.
Her portrayal as 'Chakki Marakkathi' in  'Chemmeen' film as the mother of Karuthamma, sheela's character
was one of the best roles she gave life on screen.As the loving mother of Karuthamma wishing a good life and happiness for her daughter but was helpless  before the cruel and selfish husband 'Chempan Kunju' she earned
sympathy from the audience also.
In the film 'April 18' as the servant of Shobhana she was very nice and the audience will not forget that role.
Whatever be the role, as loving mother or cruel mother-in-law, as a servant,peasant or the neighbour of the heroine she could handle them with  ease and clan.Remember the role of Adoor Bhavani
in the film Keli?It was a film which dealt a special
story of a young man who was running a small retail
shop and was lame but the relatives who were  three
old women were having many expectations about him.Jayaram and Charmila were nice in the film and Adoor Bhavani was exlellent in her role.
In the film 'Hitler' the audience all laughed to their content when Adoor Bhavani and son Sainudeen were  searching  Mammootty's  character by asking  who is Hitler was a fantastic comedy scene.
From very earlier times itself she was given mother roles mostly.When Sathyan saw Adoor Bhavani for the first
time in make up as his mother role for the film ,Mudiyanaya Puthran, he complained to the director to change
her since she was much more slim and young then.The director consoled Sathyan and during the shooting
there was a scene  Adoor Bhavani slapping on Sathyan's face.Adoor Bhavani slapped his face with all her
strength so that the whole film unit including director and hero Sathyan was upset for a minute.Adoor Bhavani
said sorry to Sathyan for her 'realistic' acting but he enjoyed that incident and insisted that she should be in
his mother roles in all films there after.When Adoor Bhavani was constructing her new house Sathyan helped her financially also and as a joke said to reserve one room for him in the house so that occasionally he would
go there for eating tapiocca and fish curry.Before finishing the work of the house Sathyan died.Adoor Bhavani
kept a room in the house  for her son Sathyan  without other usage except for keeping her mementos and
awards till her death.That much intense was their Mother and Son relation.In several pictures of Sathyan
Adoor Bhavani acted as his mother or mother in law.
In 1969 she was given Kerala Government award for second best actress.In 2008 she was given an award
by Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy for her contributions to Malayalam cinema.
Selected Filmography
Mudiyanaya Puthran
Anubhavangal Palichakal
Nerarian CBI
Chiriyo Chiri
April 18
Ara Nazhika Neram
Lekhayude maranam oru flashback
Meenathil thali kettu
Kelkatha Sabdam
Snehamulla Simham
T.P.Balagopalan M.A.
Kottayam Kunjachan
Sario Thetto
Sthya Pratinja
Chanakya Soothrangal
Ponnapuram Kotta

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Thengai Sreenivasan was a very famous actor of Tamil Films during 1970's and 80's who had acted in several
pictures of MGR,Sivaji Ganesan,Rajani Kanth,Kamal Hassan,etc.He had also acted with Vijayakanth,Mohan,
Sivakumar, etc also.He earned more fame and name as a comedian but was equally good in character roles
and proved worth in villain roles also.
Thegai Sreenivasan belonged to Sreevaikuntam of Tuticorin District and  born to parents Rajavelu Mudaliar
and Thayammal on 21 Oct 1937.His father was a renowned stage actor and was only happy that his son also would become an actor.When Sreenivasan was seven years old  their family shifted to Chennai.Later he got chance to act in his
father's play 'Galatta Kalyanam' and by staging it all over Tamil Nadu  he also became famous.Then he joined
actor K.Kannan's drama troupe and while acting there he had a role of a coconut seller in the drama 'Kal Manam'  which was well noted and earned applause.The victory of that character earned him the title 'Thengai
Soon he  got chance to act in films and his comedy roles in films like 'Oru Viral' and 'Ullasa Payanam' etc were
liked by the audience and soon he was cast in many films of eminent actors of those times in comedy roles
and character roles.Since he was having a good body structure and was tall he was cast in villain roles also.
Thengai Sreenivasan was lucky enough to act with MGR in films like 'Pallandu Vazhga'  'Indru Pol Endrum
Vazhga' etc.He had the plan to produce an MGR film which was not fulfilled.But he made a film of Sivaji Ganesan 'Krishnan Vandhan'. He had acted in several Sivaji Ganesan films such that 'Anchal Petty 520,
'Imayam' ,  'Andaman Kathali' ,'Nermai' , etc.he acted with Rajanikanth in films like 'Priya'  'Thai Veedu'
'Moondru Mugam' etc. In the Kamal Hassan film 'Tik Tik Tik' he was excellent. In the film  'Priya'  ' Saidhaamma Saidhaadu' etc Sreedevi  was the heroine.Siva Kumar
was the hero of 'Saidhaamma Saidhadu'  and  Sivakumar was the hero of 'Bhadrakali' a film in which Malayalam  heroine Ranichandra earned much appreciation and her last performance.
Thengai Sreenivasan  was having several health problems and while in Bangalore for attending his aunt's
death rituals he had brain hemorrhage and stroke and could not save his life.He left this world at the age of 51
on 9 Nov 1988.
Selected Filmography
Ullasa Payanam
Oru Viral
Ethir Neechal
Thanga Magan
Kase Tan Kadavulada
Aalukkoru Aasai
Neerum Neruppum
Pallandu Vazhga
Anjal Petty 520
Moondru Mugam
Thai Veedu
Tik Tik Tik
Thillu Mullu
Dharma Yudham
Udaya Geetham
Manjal Nile Anpukku Nan Adimai
Yamanukku Yaman
Rusi Kanda Poonai
Nan Kudithukonde Irippen
Nambinal Nambungal
Oomai Vazhigal
Aduthathu Albert
Thayum Magalum
Andaman Kathali
Vellikizhamai Viradham
Adukku Malli
Kai Pidaithaval
Kasi Yathirai
Thanga Rangan
Gaslight mangamma
Nallathukku Kalamillai
Aasai 60 Naal
Muthana Muthalva
Kalangalil Aval Vasantham
Avalum Penn Thanai
Srirama Jayam
Vayasu Ponnu
Sonnathu Nee Thaana
Ullathil Kuzhanthayadi
Mayankukiral Oru Maathu
Unga Veettu Kalyanam
Kunkumam Katha Sollukirathu
Indrupol Endrum Vazhga

Saturday, February 4, 2012


Machan Varghese was a Stage actor,Mimicry artist  and Film actor  of Kerala.He was born in 1960
at  Elamakkara,Cochin,Kerala and had mostly acted in comedy roles.
His manifestation of  the characters were with excellent perfection and in comedy roles he was very brilliant
and could portray naturally.His mannerisms and Cochin style of dialogue delivery was very much liked by the
His original name was M.L.Varghese  and had acted in Professional drama troupes.He had the habit of calling his friends 'Machane'  affectionately which means Brother-in-law just for fun.Ultimately his friends changed his name as 'Machan Varghese'.
Before acting in films he had the experience of acting mimicry skits for video cassettes which were released every month by mimicry troupe owner B.R.Prasad in the name 'Video Magazine'  and Machan Varghese was
mostly a character in those skits.He had appeared in some advertisement films also.
It was directors Siddique-Lal that gave him  a role for the first time in a film 'Kabooliwala' in 1993.There were
some scenes in that film which they needed a well trained  and obedient dog to act with the characters and
were in search for such a dog.They were informed by somebody that Machan Varghese owned  a well
trained female dog and they contacted him.Machan Varghese was only happy to provide his dog for film shooting but requested the directors to give a suitable role for him also.Directors Siddique-Lal debuted him
in their film Kabooliwala happily because they knew that he could act well  and later gave him a well noted role in 'Mannar Mathai Speaking'.As a teastall
owner who was very crazy for films and film acting  and  the scene in that film chasing the character 'Eldo' of Cochin Haneefa
created good comedy.
As the panthal contractor in 'Punjabi House' and as the Lineman of 'Meesa Madhavan' he could create
roaring laughter in cinema theaters.In 'Thenkassi Pattanam' as the cowherd who was always booze and
milking  a glove at mid night  thinking that it was the udder of the cow was super comedy.
During the period 1993 to 2011 he could act in more than 100 films and always he made his presence felt.
Machan Varghese died on Feb 3, 2011 at the age of 50.
Selected Filmography
Mannar Mathai Speaking
Punjabi House
Thenkassi Pattanam
Meesa Madhavan
CID Moosa

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Thiruchengodu Ramalingam Sundaram  was an apprehensive Businessman ,Studio Owner,Profoundly
talented Director,Splendid  Actor, and a highly pensive film Producer.He was born in a wealthy family involved
in yarn business in Tamil Nadu. T.R.Sundaram was sent to England for studying  Textile Engineering to carryout the yarn
business  of the family effectively.T.R.Sundaram did finish his course successfully and returned to India but was  not interested in that business.He  successfully handled and  managed the   Yarn  business for a small period but was interested
in cinema rather than anything else.With the help of a friend by name Velayudham Pillai, he  formed 'Angel
Productions' based at Salem in Tamil Nadu.Both of them produced four films at Calcutta but had some conflicts and had to split.
The tire-less and tenacious T.R.Sundaram determined to go ahead alone and he built the biggest film studio
in South India 'Modern Studios' in Salem in the year 1936.The first film produced in that studio was 'Sathy
Ahalya' in 1937 and the second film was  'Padma Jyothi'.
His film studio was like a film factory which produced at least  three films in an year.There were more than 250 employees in the film studio and he  produced films in all
south Indian languages- Tamil,Telugu,Kannada and Malayalam.T.R.Sundaram had also produced and directed
Sinhalese films.
After the release of the  first feature film of Malayalam 'Vigatha Kumaran' which was a silent movie some people
Scene from the film 'Balan'
were planning to produce a film with sound track in Malayalam.One enthusiastic person among them, A.Sundaram Pillai
who wrote a short story 'Vidhiyum Mrs.Nayarum' approached famous  producers of that period  to produce a feature film based on  that story.T.R.Sundaram of Modern Studios responded and agreed to produce the film.A.Sundaram Pillai had intention to write the screen play and direct the film also  but  that plan did not workout.The screen play written by A.Sundaram Pillai  was changed and re wrote by Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai.The film was directed by Nottani
and cinematographer was a German by name  'Bado Geshwalker'.The  23 songs contained in the film were also written by Muthukulam
Raghavan Pillai.There was no playback singing at that time and the songs were sung mainly by the hero of the film K.K.Aroor and heroine M.K.Kamalam.The name of that film was 'Balan' and it was the first 'talkie' in Malayalam and was  released in the month
of January 1938.The film was distributed by Shyamala Pictures,Madras and it was the first commercially
successful film of Malayalam.
T.R.Sundaram was the producer and director of first ever Malayalam color film also.The film "Kandam Becha Coat' in which
Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair,Ambika,Bahadoor etc were actors was released  in 1961.
The first color film of Tamil was also made by T.R.Sundaram in the year 1955.It was 'Alibabavum  40
Thirudarkalum' in which M.G.R and M.N.Nambiar were in main roles
In the 1950 film 'Manthirikumari' which was a Tamil blockbuster film of MGR and M.N.Nambiar,
T.R.Sundaram introduced M.R.Radha,S.Ranga Rao and Anjali Devi.In that film had dance sequence
of Travancore sisters 'Lalitha,Padmini and Ragini'.
Burma Rani(1944),Sulochana(46),Mayavathy(49)Digambara Swamiyar(50)Sarvadhikari(51)Baghdad
Thirudan(60) were famous films of Modern Studios.More than 136 films were produced by him and his
films were meant for entertainment purpose only and he never dealt any social or political issues in his films.Several films of Modern Studios was directed by T.R.Sundaram itself.
For the adequate information regarding films of all languages  to the public he ran a Tamil film  magazine in the name 'Chandana Ratham'
which was edited by lyricist Kavinjar Kannadasan.T.R.Sundaram died in the year 1963.