S A Ashokan

Other names of S A Ashokan: Antony, Asokan

S. A. Ashokan, born as Antony, was a Tamil film actor during the 60s and 70s. He was born in Tiruchirappalli, in Tamil Nadu. His date of birth is unknown. He worked in several Tamil movies such as Naanum Oru Penn (1963), and Anbe Vaa (1966). He portrayed villainous characters quite well. He also played the roles of eccentric and intriguing characters, especially in supporting roles.

As a child, Asokan was quite keen about stage plays. He also participated in several oratorical and writing competitions. He has a degree from the noted college, St. Joseph’s, in Tiruchirappalli.

After finishing his degree, T. R. Ramanna introduced him to the film industry. Ramanna was an acclaimed film director. He played an important part in his life and upon his request, Antony changed his name to Asokan. He kept this name for the rest of his life.

Asokan played a minor role in the film ‘Avvaiyar’, which was his debut movie. But his career got a kick start when he bagged a role in the film, Kappalottiya Thamizhan (1961). In this movie, he portrayed the role of a collector called Ash.

However, his career as a lead actor was not quite notable. The films in which Asokan played the lead role were not quite well-received by the audience. On the whole, he acted as a villainous character. He also did character roles opposite many acclaimed actors of those days.

Asokan has played several personas in many distinguished films. In Vallavanukku Vallavan, he played the role of a helpless traveler who gets conned. In ‘ Karnan’, he portrayed the role of Duryodhan from Mahabharata. These films were well received, and Ashokan’s fame increased. His landmark performance was his role as Professor Bhairavan in Ulagam Sutrum Valiban. This was directed by M. G. Ramachandran.

Other than acting, Asokan had many other interests such as singing. In the film Iravum Pagalum, it was Asokan who sang the song ‘Iranthavanai Sumanthavanum’. Asokan was a kind-hearted and helpful person. He promoted filmmaker, A. C. Trilok Chander, by introducing him to AVM Studios. Asokan, Jaishankar and an ensemble of performing artists, conducted several cultural programs. They performed all around Tamil Nadu.

Asokan married Mary Gnanam (born Saraswati), in spite of her family’s objection. The couple had two sons, Vincent and Amalraj. Vincent Asokan is an engineering graduate. Like his father, he plays the role of an antagonist in most films.

Asokan died on 11th November, 1982, due to his second heart attack. His wife, Mary, also passed away a few years after his death. His son, Amalraj, is also deceased.

Krishnakumar Balasubramanian

Krishnakumar Balasubramanian or the ‘Theatre Technocrat’ as the India Today magazine rightfully calls him is Telugu film and theater actor. A Jack-of-all-trades, he is most popularly known as the artistic director of the Chennai-based The Little Theatre. As the name suggests, it is a theater where all performances directed by Balasubramanian are held. Apart from direction, he has scripted many plays for his “little theater” namely, Gapsaa-Fully Loaded (2012), two musical Atita, and the some Christmas pantomimes as well such as The Free Musketeers (2012) and Alice in iLand (2011). The Little Theatre also initiated the Home production of the Little Festival so as to bring high-end national and international theater productions to their city. The Little Theatre’s performances, which he directs as the Annual fundraiser, have a cast of approximately 90 children and adults. These annual fundraisers are held to raise money to provide some one hundred underprivileged children with quality education in the form of scholarships. Balasubramanian works extensively with school going kids and aims to help them channel and develop their creativity and potential. He had the leading role in the Prakash Raj starrer Kadhalagi, which was released in May 2010. This role made him a popular face and solidified his place in the film industry. The 27-year-old has at least six commercially and critically acclaimed successful productions to his credit as a scriptwriter and a director. In addition to this, he had numerous commendable performances as an actor. On the international front, he is one of the members of the Global Shapers Community, which was an initiative of the World Economic Forum (WEF). Also, being a part of the WEF and a TEDx speaker, he was one of the panelists on India in 2012 with Ulhas Yargop, president of the IT sector of Mahindra & Mahindra and Sarah Brown. He also made it to the India Today list of 37 Indians of Tomorrow, which included heavyweights like Virat Kohli and Ranbir Kapoor. He is passionate about animals and a fitness enthusiast. As an animal lover, he is an active participant in Animal Welfare and Rescue. Also, being a fitness and sports enthusiast, he is trained in martial arts and was a national level swimmer.

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