N Viswanathan

Other names of N Viswanathan: Calcutta Viswanathan, N. Viswanathan

N. Viswanathan, also credited as Calcutta Viswanathan, is a Tamil, film actor. He was born in the year 1929 in Vellore, Madras Presidency in India. During his childhood, he moved to Kolkata and studied at St. Xavier’s College. Because of his outstanding command over English, Bengali, and perfect British accent, he worked as an English professor in St. Xavier’s for over 40 years. He attended Oxford University for a short period to complete his Masters in Political Science and English.

N. Viswanathan had a short stint as a news reader for Doordarshan and became a public speaker, who have joined several debates and received accolades for his country. In 1961, he received an offer for a role in Mrinal Sen’s Bengali film, Punascha; a film that won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali. The following year, he had a chance to act in Satyajit Ray’s Bengali film, Kanchenjungha. He earned critical acclaim for his performance in both films. Since then, he started to receive several film offers in Tamil, Bengali, and English languages. During the 70s, he started acting in the Tamil film industry, mostly with Kamal Haasan in the 1976 films Lalitha, Moondru Mudichu, and Mogam Muppadhu Varusham.

Prior to this, he also appeared in Devaki Kumar Bose’ bilingual film, Rathna Deepam, in 1951. N. Viswanathan was cast in prominent roles in S.P. Muthuraman’s Kavari Maan (1979) and Balu Mahendra’s Moodu Pani (1980). In the year 2000’s, he appeared as Rajinikanth’s father in the fantasy political film, Baba. He was later seen in Andhakarer Shabdo and Byaticromi. N. Viswanathan was popular for his pipe-smoking, which he adapted in his films. He is a then member of Amateurs and the People’s Little Theater (PLT) by Utpal Dutt, but eventually established his own theatre group, the Calcutta Players.

Aside from being a film actor, he acted and produced several Shakespeare’s plays. He was married to Paromita, and they have a son named Ashoke Viswanathan, a Bengali theatre actor, and director. Due to a heart attack, he died at the age of 81 on November 17, 2010, at his residence in Kolkata.

R. Muthuraman Tamil Actor

R. Muthuraman

R.Muthuraman, a baronial Indian actor, elegant personality, a supernatural being, personified with brimming talent glorified the nation in its golden era. Muthuraman enormously known as Navarasa-Thilagam, a Tamil constituent born in 1929 established his career as a prominent Tamil actor. Muthuraman accord to a family that has no stage or acting links. S.kumaresan, an advocate, was blessed with this blossoming son in early 19’s. In 1947, Muthuraman dropped out his academics after intermediate courses and accompanied Gemini studios. Being a government employee in the administrative section of the studio, he paid off his services for three years. He was passionately magnetized towards acting and fine art from his early teen. It was around 1952, he was spotted by director Ilangovan’s wife, while working with P.Orr and Sons in Chennai. In spite of his chic look and personage, he had to wait till 1957 to get fuel to start his desire engine as an actor. At the Nadir point, Muthuraman commenced as a stage actor. Climbing the stairs of success he conjoined Veteran actor S.S.Rajendran’s SSR Nataka Mandram and impressed in numerous dramas, including Muthumandapam, Manimagudam, and Bharathiyar’s poetic theater. Likewise, he intrigued his surroundings as a Seva Stage performer manifold. After a long period of struggle, he was Opportune to work in Gemini Ganesan film, and his oracular efforts and hard work soon strengthen him to gain spontaneity and come forth as a prominent actor during his active session from 1958-1982. Muthuraman was a sensational trouper during 1960s and 70s prevailing his abilities in both the villain and character roles. He paired with almost all prominent heroines including Devika, Jayalalitha, and consistently gave 19 films with heroine Kanchana creating a record of the era and his scoreboard crossed 250 films developing favoritism among viewers towards this highly astonished legend. The glimpsing Pearl starred in movies specifically: Maru Piravi, Mannavan, Bhama-Vijayam and many others. Being a spouse of Sulochana Muthuraman, the couple blessed with four children namely Rajeshwari, Thilagam, Dinesh, the youngest of whom Karthik Muthuraman, became a promoted actor and politician in his right. After actualizing his registry in Mysore for the film Pokkiri-Raja, Muthuraman was spotted in Ooty in October 1981 to attend shooting for Aayiram Muthangal, where he collapsed due to heart attack and unfortunately declared dead under doctor’s observance. The incredible persona rested in peace on 16 October 1981. His loss was irreparable to the film industry.



Nageswaran C. Krishna Gundu Rao is a Tamil actor of great repute. He was born on 27 September 1933 in Dharapuram (Tamil Nadu) to Brahmin parents. After his father that dies at an early age, he became a victim of financial instability. He got his education from Madras and later began working in the Indian Railways as a clerk. He got fascinated with theater after his colleagues put up a Tamil play entitled Kamba Ramayanam. He insisted to the railway’s cultural association for a role. Upon insisting, he was given a chance to act and was acknowledged by the chief guest of the event, M. G. Ramachandran. After doing some local acting, Nagesh was given his first stint in the film titled ‘Manamulla Marudhaaram’ in 1958, by none other than producer Balaji. His Kannada debut film, ‘Makkala Rajya’ was released in 1960. The high point in his career came after his 1964 blockbuster titled ‘Server Sundaram’. The film had him playing the lead role of a waiter, in love and his revelation from rags-to-riches (a story that was much like his own). However, the success ladder was quite short for him. His career suffered a downfall from around the mid-1970s. In 1957, he married Regina, who was a Christian. The inter-caste marriage resulted in unhealthy relations with his family. In 1973, he lost his mother. Moreover, he had a tiff with M. G. Ramachandran after which he stopped getting work in the industry, owing to Ramachandran’s political and influence in general. He faced a financial crisis, leading to his theater’s detainment until he patched things up with Ramachandran later on. His career was resurging in the late 1980s with some good roles in few Rajnikanth movies, among others. In 1994, he received the National Award for Best Supporting Actor category for his work in Kamal Hassan’s ‘Nammavar’. He was awarded Filmfare for Lifetime Achievement in 1995. In his early years, Nagesh did a handful of comic roles and his brilliance as a comedian fetched him the identity of being called the Jerry Lewis of India. Though his career had its ups and downs, at its peak, he was known to be filming six films at the same time. Unfortunately, he used to be a chain smoker and a bit of an alcoholic. Later, he became a heart patient, and diabetes deteriorated his health further. Eventually, he died on 31 January 2009.

Nagesh Tamil Actor