Other names of Jaishankar: Subramaniam Shankar

Jaishankar was a South Indian actor who worked in the Kollywood film Industry. He was born on 12th July 1938 in Chennai, where he died on 3rd June 2000. He was also known by the onscreen name Makkal Kalingar Jaishankar and Thennagathu James Bond or South Indian James Bond for his roles in detective movies like Vallavan Oruvan in 1966 and CID Shankar in 1970. He was also known as Friday Star because his films hit the screen very often, sometimes every week.

Jaishankar’s birth name is Subramanium Shankar. His father was a magistrate. He attended school at PS High School in Chennai. He earned an honours degree from The New College in Chennai. He joined Cho’s Viveka Fine Arts where he performed small roles. Not satisfied with his roles, he left the group and joined Koothabiran’s Kalki Fine Arts where he earned recognition as a lead character in Kalki’s Amara Thara.

Jaishankar made his debut in the Tamil film industry with the feature film Iravum Pagalum directed by Joseph Thaliath Jr. He played the lead role, Rajasekar in the movie. The crime thriller flick hit the big screens on 14th January 1965. During the era of Sivaji and MGR, Jaishankar created his mark in the Kollywood film industry with roles in crime, suspense, thriller and action flicks like Yaar Nee? in 1966, Neelagiri Express in 1968, Nil Gavani Kadhali in 1969 and many others.

He is also well known for his roles as modernized characters. After the entry of stars like Rajinikanth and Kamal Hassan, Jaishankar started portraying father and negative characters in movies like Murattu Kalaal in 1980, Apoorva Sagodharargal in 1989 and Thalapati in 1991 among many others. Jaishankar made his last onscreen appearance in the Tamil movie Poo Vaasam written and directed by Sree Bharathi. The drama flick hit the silver screen on 19th March 1999. The production of the film was over long before the release date and it was supposed to release much earlier but got delayed.

In 2000, Jaishankar succumbed to a heart attack at the age of 61 leaving behind his wife and sons. Despite receiving film offers from several filmmakers, his son Dr. Vijay Shankar became a surgeon. Jaishankar was known for his quiet philanthropy. Keeping true to Jaishankar’s philanthropic endeavours, Dr. Vijay performs fifteen eye surgeries every year free of cost on his father’s birth anniversary.

Siddhu Tamil Actor


Siddhu is an upcoming Indian actor who made his debut in Uyire Uyire. Although they will not ask this question in a quizzing show, actress, and politician Jaya Prada is the mother of Siddhu. In fact, Jaya Prada hails from Rajamundhry, and she has done a lot of Hindi, Bhojpuri, and South Indian cinema projects as well. Jaya Prada was a Member of Parliament from Rampur constituency in the state of Uttar Pradesh. She is an active member of Mulayam Singh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party. Jaya Prada decided to launch Siddhu as an actor when she announced to produce Uyire Uyire, a Tamil remake of Ishq (Telugu). In an interview with “The Hindu,” one of the leading publication houses in Tamil Nadu, Siddhu said that he is not alien to the world of entertainment. He used to accompany his mother to the film sets where she would be performing her roles. Siddhu liked Ishq so much that Jaya Prada opted to make its Tamil version and have Siddhu in it as the male protagonist. Regardless of his knowledge of cinema, Siddhu admitted to being nervous during the early phase of shooting. It is surprising to know that his debut scene was to portray his character to profess his love to his girlfriend (Hansika Motwani). Siddhu took twenty-one attempts to get it right. While he was filming a dance sequence with Hansika, Siddhu got shocked to see bystanders watching their work. As the days passed on, Siddhu became confident, and the actor gave his best. Siddhu thanked his mother Jaya Prada and co-star Hansika Motwani for helping him whenever he faced difficulties. Jaya Prada advised him not to bother about the differences between a senior actress (Motwani) and a debutant (Siddhu). As a matter of fact, Jaya Prada’s Samajwadi Party colleague Amar Singh also co-produced Uyire Uyire. It released on 1 April 2016. With the company like Eros International as the film’s distributor, Uyire Uyire is about two passengers who board a flight to Chennai. Due to technical problems, they land up in Goa where they start to have feelings for each other. Upon its release, critics did not give favorable reviews to Uyire Uyire. They questioned the decision of casting Siddhu as the lead character. In its evaluation, Hindustan Times has written that the producers could have opted for a better ‘jodi’ instead. Uyire Uyire failed to recover its budget from its run in the cinema halls.



Ravichandran was a veteran Tamil film, theater, and television actor known for playing protagonists in the 60s and 70s era of Tamil cinema. The period of 1964 to 1979 is when Ravichandran established himself as a Tamil superstar. Ravichandran has also featured in brief roles in various movies and has directed a few films as well. Originally born as B.S.Raman in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Ravichandran relocated to Tiruchirappalli in India. Ravichandran pursued his education at the St. Joseph’s College. Ravichandran started his film career in 1964 with C. V. Sridhar’s “Kaadhalikka Neramillai.” The movie also featured R. Muthuraman, Kanchana, and Rajashri. The decade of the 60s also saw Ravichandran in K. Shankar’s “Gowri Kalyanam,” T. R. Ramanna’s “Kumari Penn,” Balu’s “Motor Sundaram Pillai,” “Kalyana Mandapam,” “Adhey Kangal,” and “Naan,” among many others. The 1970s saw Ravichandran in the Gemini Ganesan starrer “Malathi,” “Vimochanasamaram,” Crossbelt Mani’s “Sakthi,” the Jayalalithaa starrer “Avalluku Ayiram Kangal,” the Kamal Hassan starrer “Neeya,” and the Sivaji Ganesan starrer “Kavari Maan.” The decade of the 80s featured Ravichandran R. Sundarrajan’s “Amman Kovil Kizhakale,” the Vijayakanth starrer “Oomai Vizhigal,” “Sattam Oru Vilayaattu,” S. P. Muthuraman’s “Guru Sishya,” “Raja Chinna Roja,” and C. V. Rajendran’s “Chinnappadass,” among many others. The 90s saw Ravichandran in “Pattukku Naan Adimai,” the Arjun Sarja starrer “Sevagan,” “Karna,” “Pudhiya Mugham,” and the Rajinikanth starrer “Arunachalam.” The millennium decade featured Ravichandran in the Vijayakanth starrer “Ramana,” “Thennavan,” “Tagore,” the Chiranjeevi starrer “Thendral,” “Adaikalam,” the Bharath starrer “Kanden Kadalai,” and “Arasangam.” The 2011 film, “Aadu Puli,” is the last movie that Ravichandran has done. Ravichandran was also given nicknames such as “Kalai Nilavu,” Romantic Hero, Style King, “Kalai Chelvan,” and many others by various people from the Tamil Cinema industry.

Ravichandran Tamil Actor