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

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