Birthday: 24-01-1929
Date of death: 16-10-1981
Star sign: Aquarius

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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.

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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