Tuesday, February 7, 2012

THENGAI SREENIVASAN

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
Sreenivasan'.
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
Priya
Dharma Yudham
Billa
Udaya Geetham
Manipayal
Manjal Nile Anpukku Nan Adimai
Yamanukku Yaman
Jambu
Rusi Kanda Poonai
Nan Kudithukonde Irippen
Nalandhana
Nambinal Nambungal
Oomai Vazhigal
Aduthathu Albert
Thayum Magalum
Bommalattam
Bhadrakali
Andaman Kathali
Nermai
Vellikizhamai Viradham
Adukku Malli
Kai Pidaithaval
Mr.Sampath
Kasi Yathirai
Thanga Rangan
Gaslight mangamma
Nallathukku Kalamillai
Aasai 60 Naal
Muthana Muthalva
Kalangalil Aval Vasantham
Thanikkudithanam
Avalum Penn Thanai
Srirama Jayam
Vayasu Ponnu
Sonnathu Nee Thaana
Ullathil Kuzhanthayadi
Mayankukiral Oru Maathu
Unga Veettu Kalyanam
Kunkumam Katha Sollukirathu
Indrupol Endrum Vazhga

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