N.S. Krishnan was undoubtedly the comedy king in Tamil Cinema who graced the screen for two and a half decade (1935-60). He was given the title of ‘
’ of Indian cinema by film cine-goers. Whenever a movie of N.S. Krishnan was shown on screen, and his face appeared, howls of laughter would arise in theaters. That was the magic of this actor who had passed away even before he turned 50.
Born on November 29, 1908, N S Krishnan hails from Nagercoil. He had to earn from his childhood days as his father was very poor to send him to school. He learned to read and write by working in a grocery store. As he was fascinated by drama, stage, and theater, he often used to visit a drama theater in Nagercoil. He even sold drinking bottles and got a free pass to see the dramas in Nagercoil. Thus, he got an opportunity to become a stage actor. From a stage actor, he went to become the unchallenged comedy king of Tamil cinema. Later, he even turned filmmaker and later a politician too. His first film was ‘
’ that released in 1936 and was a hit. Later he went on to act in nearly 150 films in his career. ‘
’ (1957) was N. S. Krishnan's final film. He passed away before the film's release, but as a mark of gratitude, the film was dedicated to him.
N S Krishnan acted with all top stalwarts of Tamil film industry such as
, M.G. Ramachandran,
, etc. Everyone treated the actor with great dignity and respect. He fell in love with co-artist T A Maduram and married her. His grandson NSK Rajan tried to continue his legacy but appeared in only one film named Nagareega Komaali (2006). His granddaughters
are busy in Tamil film industry as costume designer and playback singer.
N S Krishnan passed away on 30th August in 1957. He had indeed created a brand comedian image like Charlie Chaplin, and that is why when a statue was opened in his memory in Chennai an actor like
came to grace the occasion.