Wednesday, December 24, 2014


Mac Mohan was a veteran character actor of Bollywood films who acted in more than 200 films and worked for a long span of 46 years.He has also acted in villain roles in many of these films and some of them became immortal like the 'Sambha', the sidekick of Gabbar Singh of the blockbuster film 'Sholay'.
Mac Mohan was born in Karachi as Makhijaney on 24th April 1938 and he came to Mumbai to become a cricketer.He was attracted to the theatre and was trained in acting from the Filmalaya School of acting, Mumbai.
He forayed into film field as the assistant of director Chetan Anand.As an actor his debut was film  'Haqeeqat' in 1964.
He reached to the pinnacle of popularity with the portrayal of dacoit 'Sambha' in the super duper hit film 'Sholay' in 1975.He also grabbed the same attention as 'Gabbar Singh' the main villain role  of that film played by Amjad Khan.
With Amitabh Bachchan he had many hits like 'Don,Sanjeer,Majboor,Shaan,Kala Patthar' etc.
In many films he acted as a part of Villain's gang and played mostly as a bad guy.He was one of the very few actors who could act in several films in his own name as the character's name.In several films his character name was as 
his real name 'Mac'.He delivered dialogues in all Indian languages except 'Oriya'.He could also act in Russian and Spanish films.
In films 'Hera Pheri,Chhailla Babu,Aap Ki Khatir,Don,Lahu Ke Do Rang,Qurbani,Aamne Samne,Sawaal,Mahaan,Jagir,Karishmaa,Avinash' etc his character name was 'Mac'.
In the film 'Aap Ki Khatir' in which Vinod Khanna and Rekha were the main pair, Mac Mohan's role was well noted.
In the film 'Don' (78) which was an action thriller film of Amitabh Bachchan 
Mac Mohan  was superb.
In the film 'Kala Patthar'(79) directed by Yash Chopra his role as 'Rana' can not be forgotten by film lovers.
He was married to an Ayurvedic Doctor 'Minny Makhijany'.He was maternal uncle of actress Ravina Tandon.
He passed away on May 10, 2010 in Mumbai.
Selected Filmography
Cha Cha Cha
Man Mandir
Heera Panna
Aap Ki Khatir
Ab Kya Hoga
Kala Patthar
Lahu ke Do Rang
Do Shikari
The burning train
Guest house
Satte pe Satta
Aamne Samne
Kachcha Heera
Dharam Kanta
Chor Police
Andar Bahar
Insaf ki Pukar
Paap Ki Duniya
Akhri Muqabla
Mohabbat ka Paigham
Mitti aur Sona
Badi Bahen
Police wala
Ram aur Shyam
Aag hi Aag
Geeta mera Naam
Woh Kaun Thi
Chehra Maut ka
Beauty parlour
Aakhri Inteqam
Prem Vaasna
Dangerous Night
Journey Bombay to Goa
Laughter unlimited
Humse hai Jahaa

Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge

Friday, December 19, 2014


Sundaram Balachander was an exponent in diversified fields and proved his abilities  as a Film director,Film actor,Music Composer,script writer,singer,musical instruments player,dancer etc.He was popularly known as 'Veenai S.Balachander' since he was an expert Veena(Sitar) player.He was younger brother of famous vocalist and actor S.Rajam and accompanied in several music concerts of him  playing Veena and the brothers were lovingly called as 'Lava Kusha'.
He was born on 18th January 1927 in Chennai as the son of Sundaram.  
On Sitar(Veena),  Balachander was fully fledged solo concert artist by the age of  twelve.He also learnt to play Tabla,Mridangam,Harmonium,Bulbul tarang,Dilruba and Shehnai.
He served as an artist at All India Radio,Chennai from the age of 15 for three years.
He along with his family members acted in the Tamil  film 'Seetha Kalyanam' in the year 1934 in which his elder brother S.Rajam acted as Shri Ram and elder sister S.Jayalakshmi acted as Sita.In that film he acted as a musician in Ravana's court.
He acted in films and composed music from late 1940's  to mid 1960's.
Balachander directed a number of Tamil films.
He acted in movies like Devaki(51),Rajambal(51),Rani(52),Inspector(53),Penn(54)Kodeeswaran (55)Doctor Savitri(55)Maragadham(59) etc.
He had acted, directed,composed music and sang in 'Idhu Nijama'(48),En Kanavan(48),Kaidhi(51) etc.
He directed a film 'Andha Naal' which was a classic film with no songs.
Other films directed includes 'Bhooloka Rambai(58) Avan Amaran (58) Edi Nijam' (56) etc.
In the film 'Penn' Gemini Ganesan,S.Balachander,Vyjayanthimala and Anjali Devi were the main actors.
In the Telugu remake of Tamil film 'Penn' as 'Sangham' he acted along with N.T.Rama Rao and Vyjayanthimala.
In the 1960's he formed his own production company in the name S.B.creations and made three movies 'Avana Ivan'(62), Bommai(64) and Nadu Iravil(65).He directed these films, composed music and sang songs also.
Bommai was a super hit film.
Many of his films were hits and super hits in those period.
He received certificate of Merit as Best feature film in Telugu for the film "Edi Nijam' in 1956.
He received 'Sangeetha Kalaskhamani' Award  from the Indian Fine Arts Society Chennai in the year 1982.
He was a recipient of 'Padma Bhushan' Award from Government of India.

He died on 15th April 1990.
Selected Filmography
Seetha Kalyanam
Rishya Sringar
Aaraichi Mani
Idhu Nijama
En Kanavar
Andha Naal
Doctor Savitri
Edi Nijam
Bhooloka Rambai
Avan Amaran
Avana Ivan
Nadu Iravil

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


In the history of Kannada Cinema, M.V.Subbaiah Naidu has a premier position and   will be ever remembered as the hero of the first Kannada language  talkie 'Sati Sulochana' which was released in 1934.
M.V.Subbaiah Naidu was born in the year 1896 at Madalapura in the Kingdom of Mysore.He became very popular as a Kannada stage artiste and worked in famous drama troupes of that period.
In 1932, a Marwari businessman, Chamanlal Doongjaji from Bangalore launched 'South India Movie tone'.The company made 'Sati Sulochana' the first talking picture in Kannada language.Yaragudipati Varada Rao directed the film which was shot at 'Chatrapathi  Cinetone,Kolhapur.The film was a blockbuster success which was also the first film to be screened in the erstwhile Mysore Kingdom.
The film was based on the Hindu epic Ramayana and the hero character was 'Indrajit' the son of King Ravana.The lead role of Prince Indrajit was portrayed by M.V.Subbaiah Naidu, while Ravana was depicted by Nagendra Rao.'Sulochana, wife of Indrajit was played by 'Tripuramba'.The film was directed by 'Yaragudipati Varada Rao' who also acted in a character role in the film.R.Nagendra Rao who was another popular theatre artiste acted as Ravana  and Lakshmi Bai as Ravana's wife Mandodari.
'Bhakti' also known as 'Ambarishan Charitham' was a Tamil film based on a Kannada language play and it was released in 1938.Several Kannada actors acted in this Tamil film.Subbaiah Naidu,R.Nagendra Rao and Lakshmi Bai were the lead actors of this film.
'Vasanta Sena' was a Kannada film directed by Ramayyar in 1941.
Subbaiah Naidu and Nagendra Rao were in the main roles of this Kannada language film which was based on a Sanskrit paly.
In the 1943 film 'Satya Harishchandra' directed by A.T.Krishna Swamy and R.Nagendra Rao, Subbaiah Naidu portrayed the role of Rajah Harishchandra.
The film was successful at the box office.
In 1958 the film 'Bhakta Prahlada' was directed by Subbaiah Naidu and N.S.Krishna Swamy.Subbaiah Naidu acted in a major role of this film.
His son 'Lokesh' was a famous Kannada film actor.
M.V.Subbaiah Naidu passed away on 21st July 1962
Selected Filmography
Sati Sulochana
Ambarishan Charitham

Vasanta Sena
Satya Harishchandra
Mahatma Kabir
Bhakta Prahlada 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


S.Rajam was a very popular Carnatic Vocalist who possessed diversified talents in photography and painting.In his youth he was a Tamil film actor also

Scene from 'Seetha Kalyanam(1934).S.Rajam as Srirama

 who acted in main roles of a few films.
He was born in Mylapore, Chennai in 1919 in an art loving musical family.His brother Veenai S.Balachander was also an expert musician and film actor.
As a photographer, S.Rajam's  pictures of temples are considered to be of good quality.
He was a staff of All India Radio and he was responsible for including Carnatic music lessons on AIR.
He was trained in Classical music from legends like 'Ariyakudi,Papanasam Sivan,Madurai Mani Aiyer' etc.He along with his broither Veena S.Balachander gave dual concerts in several parts of India and were known as 'Lava Kusa'.S.Rajam was blessed with a powerful rich voice.He popularized 'Kritis' of 'Koteeswara Iyer' in his concerts.
His students included renowned musicians like M.S.Subbulakshmi and M.L.Vasantha Kumari.
He was recipient of Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award,Sangeetha Kalacharya Award and many more.
In the year 1934 film legend V.Shantaram of Prabhat Film Company of Kolhapur, had an idea of making a Tamil film utilizing the sets of a Marathi film 'Sairandhri' put in his studio.'Sairandhri' was not a success and he thought of gaining the loss from the Tamil film.He wrote to film magazine 'Sound and Shadow' of Chennai about his proposed idea of making a Tamil film utilizing the sets of 'Sairandhri'.Seshagiri Iyer who was one of the partner of 'Sound and Shadow' magazine was a close friend of Rajam's father.Rajam's father offered his willingness to act in that film with his family members.Thus the family members including their music guru 'Papanasam Sivan' went to Kolhapur and acted in the Hindu mythological film 'Seetha Kalyanam' in 1934.
S.Rajam acted as Sri Rama,his sister 'S.Jayalakshmi' played the role of Seetha, another sister S.Saraswathi played the role of Urmila,Seshagiri Iyer played Ravana,
Rajam's father Sundaram Iyer portrayed Janaka,T.V.Seetharama Iyer played Dasaratha,P.Vekat Rao acted as Viswamitra and Rajam's younger brother Veena S.Balachander acted as a musician in Ravana's court.
The film was directed by Baburao Phendharkar.
Next year he acted as Lord Krishna in 'Radha Kalyanam' and again in 1936 acted as Krishna in  'Rugmini Kalyanam' which was directed by a Marathi film director.
Seetha Kalyanam was the first film of 'Papanasam Sivan' and he wrote the lyrics and composed music for the film.
S.Rajam passed away in 2010 at the age of 91.
Seetha Kalyanam (34)
Radha Kalyanam (35)
Rukmini Kalyanam (36)
Siva Kavi (43)