Nagesh

Other names of Nagesh: Cheyur Krishna Rao Nageshwaran
Birthday: 27-09-1933
Date of death: 31-01-2009
Star sign: Libra

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.

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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.

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Nakul

Nakul is an Indian film actor and playback singer. He is a known personality in the Tamil film industry. He was born as Nakul Jaidev to Lakshmi and Jayadev on June 15, 1984, in Mumbai, India. He is the brother of Devayani, a teacher, and former actress. Nakul was debuted in the 2003 Tamil coming-of-age film, Boys, alongside Siddharth, Bharath, Manikandan, Genelia, and Sai Srinivas Thaman, who are all newcomers in that movie. Nakul’s family sent some pictures of Mayur (his brother) to the office of Shankar, who helmed his debut film. However, when they saw Nakul in one of the pictures, the director approached him to play the lead role in Boys. Out of all the actors who appeared in the film, only Nakul failed to create a niche as an actor. His next film, Keelu Gurram, where he played a supporting role, also failed at the box office. It was really a struggle for him to get a breakthrough, so he shifted his career from actor to a playback singer. He recorded for the film composer, Harris Jayaraj, in his albums for films like Anniyan (2005), Gajini (2005), and Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu (2006). Anniyan marks his debut as a playback singer. In 2008, he starred in his first feature film, Kadhalil Vizhunthen, opposite Sunaina. When they started filming in 2006, Nakul lost almost 20-kilograms to make his character more convincing. It was later revealed that the film was a trial-and-error basis and the production was not in a hurry to wrap up the film. That’s why it took them two years to complete it, but it was all worth it as the film earned unexpected publicity due to Vijay Anthony’s song entitled Nakka Mukka. It was Sun Pictures’ first film distribution. It also earned commercial success, and many critics praised Nakul’s performance in the film. Due to its success, Sun Pictures distributed his next film, Maasilamani, in 2009. He has paired with Sunaina once again, and the film turned out to be a box office success. In the same year, he starred in the S. Sakthivel’s Kandhakottai, opposite Poorna in the lead roles. Nakul had no film releases in the next four years, though he continued to work on different ventures simultaneously. In 2013, he played the lead role in the Tamil action film, Naan Rajavaga Pogiren, but this time, he failed to impress the critics. The following year, he played as Krishna, a basketball player, in the sports drama film, Vallinam, alongside Mrudhula Basker, who was debuted in this film. It opened to positive reviews from both the audience and critics. In 2015, Nakul performed in the drama thriller film, Tamizhuku En Ondrai Azhuthavum, which earned positive reviews and became a blockbuster. This 2016, he was seen in Vetrivel Film International’s Narathan, which opened to negative reviews. In 2011, he started filming K.S. Adhiyaman’s Amali Thumali alongside Shanthanu in the lead roles. It was said that the film would be completed in 2014. Nakul got married to Shruthi Baskar on February 28, 2016.

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