Suruli Rajan

Other names of Suruli Rajan: Sankaralingam Ponnaiya Pillai

Suruli Rajan was an Indian film comedian and character artiste. He was extensively popular for his appreciative comic timing and overwhelming acts. He was born in 1938 in Periyakulam, near Theni, Tamil Nadu. His father, Ponniah Pillai, was a middle-class man working as an accountant for farm owners around the nearby areas in Theni.

Rajan got his name after the family deity, Suruli Velappar, who got worshipped at temple atop a hill whose beauty was enhanced by the magnificent and scenic Suruli Falls. Rajan faced difficulties since his childhood when he lost his parents and thus had to discontinue schooling and move to Madurai with his brother.

Suruli worked as an apprentice mechanic at a workshop for a while, but this was never enough for him. He had dreams and aspirations while a spark of acting ignited in his heart. He worked in several amateur plays in Madurai but soon realized that this wouldn't help him make his dreams a reality and thus moved to Madras in 1959 looking for exposure.

Once in Madras, he started working with drama troupes like those of O.A.K.Devar, pier Ramarao, T.N. Balu and in Karunanidhi's 'Kagithapoo.' He debuted in cinema with a brief role in movie Iravum Pagalum in 1965 with the help of filmmaker Joseph Thaliayath of The Citadel Film Corporation Pvt. Ltd., but it was his comic role in the movie, 'Kaadhal Paduthum Paadu,' which gave him more recognition the next year.

His part in the motion film began with his impressive acting career which brought him much fame, money, and awards. Rajan's flair with the nonsense, perfection with timing and beautiful performance of satire and over the top roles won hearts making him one of the most popular comedians in the late 70s.

He became a necessity in every movie that decade. He married Muthulakshmi and had three sons. Though the life of Ranjan looked like a beautiful glass from the outside, alcoholism was rotting the foundation of his life. He couldn't control his fame and invited his untimely death at the peak of his career on 5 December 1980 at the age of 42.

He set a record of acting in 50 films in the single year 1980. It was a shame that most of his movies got released after his death. Rajan also received Best Comedian Award, by the Government of Tamil Nadu, for the year 1981–82 as an honor of his contribution to cinema.

Suruli Ranjan was one of the best comedians of his time, and his story is till date An example of reaching heights with hard work, talent and dedication and also fame went terribly.

Comedian Anu Mohan Tamil Actor

Comedian Anu Mohan

Anu Mohan is a director and a well-known actor best known for his  endeavors in the South Indian Film Industry. He has worked mostly in the Tamil movies. He initiated his career as a director but couldn't get successful in that stream. In most of the movies, he is seen as an actor in the side role playing the comedy part. Anu Mohan was born and brought in Chennai, India. He made his directorial debut in the industry with " Idhu Oru Thodar Kathai" in 1987. The film couldn't get him the desired success. He made another attempt and directed "Ninaivu Chinnam" in 1989. After the release of movie, he had to face failure again. In his entire career till date, he has directed only four movies. In 1997, he finally tried acting and made his debut through "V.I.P" in which he acted as a chauffer. In 1999, finally the efforts turned fruitful. "Padayappa" was released and he won many applauses for that role. He also supported the super star of the industry, Rajnikanth, in his film "Linga." By playing comic roles in the movies Anu Mohan has created an identity for himself. 1999 proved to be one of the golden years of his career as he got many roles and performed them well. He also worked as a dubbing artist in the movies: "Samarasimha Reddy," which was a Telugu film that released in 1999 and "Chennai Kadhal," which was a Tamil film of 2008. Anu Mohan has tried acting, directing and even dubbing. It was the field of acting that got him desired name and fame. He started working in late 1980s and is active till date in the industry. He is one amongst the persistent actors and is working continuously since past three decades. Some his famous movies are: "Mannavaru Chinnavaru" which released in 1999, "Suyamvaram" which was a 1999 movie and he acted as a detective in that, "Badri" that was a Tamil hit for 2001 , "Thirupathi" which was a Telugu movie and he played the role of priest in that, and many more. In the most recent times, he was seen in "Thodari" playing the role of Pughazhmannan. His son, Arun Mohan is also trying his fortune in the industry and made his debut as a director in 2014 via Tamil movie "Sarabha." Sometimes, the role of the side hero is neglected in the movie but Anu Mohan always leaves a remarkable impression on the minds of spectators.