Thengai Srinivasan

Other names of Thengai Srinivasan: Srinivasan
Birthday: 21-10-1937
Date of death: 09-11-1988
Star sign: Scorpio

Thengai Srinivasan was a South Indian actor and comedian who performed in Tamil films and stage plays. He was born on 21st October 1937 in Srivaikuntum in the Tuticorin district Tamil Nadu and died on 8th November 1988 in Bangalore. He is most well known for his comedic roles but has also done other genres and played the role of antagonist. Srinivasan was the son of stage artist Rajavel Mudalier and Subammal. He had two sisters. His family shifted from Tuticorin to Chennai when he was seven. He married Lakshmi with whom he had three children; Geethalakshmi, Rajeshwari and Shivshankar. After school, Srinivasan worked at the Integral Coach Factory before joining the Railway Drama Club. He made his theatrical debut as an actor in his father’s play Galatta Kalyanam. He earned the name Thengai from comedian K. A. Thangavelu for his role as a coconut vendor at K. Kannan’s act Kal Manam.

This role lead to Srinivasan’s debut in the Tamil film industry with the film Oru Viral in 1965. His original debut in Iravum Pegalam, which featured another debutant Jaishankar, was canceled as the distributors were concerned about having two newcomers in lead roles. Regardless of this Srinivasan and Jaishankar would remain good friends and would act together for several movies like Vallavan Oruvan, Sabash Thambi, Kadalithal Podhuma, Thanga Rangan, Velli Vizha and many others. Srinvasan acted in several movies like Adduku Malli, Sri Ramajayam, Nanadi Karanga, Porter Ponnusami, Mayangukiral Oru Maadhu, Kaliyuga Kannan and many more. But his most notable roles were that of a fake Swami in Kasethan Kadavulada in 1972 and an idealist industrialist in Thillu Millu in 1981.

In 2013, Forbes India noted his role in Thillu Millu in the article The 25 Greatest Acting Performances of Indian Cinema alongside superstar Rajinikanth’s performance in the same movie. Srinivasan joined his close friend; the superstar turned politician M. G. Ramachandran’s party All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhangam and gave many public speeches for it. In 1987, Srinivasan produced Krishnan Vandhaan with superstar Ganesum Sivaji in the lead role, but the film performed badly at the box office and caused him great financial issue but made it through with the aide of MGR. In 1988, he went to Bangalore to attend his aunt’s funeral when he suffered a brain hemorrhage and expired at the age of 51. After his death, his grandchildren Shrutika and Yogi acted in a few Tamil films.

Siddharth Venugopal

Siddharth Venugopal is an Indian film actor who majorly appeared in Tamil films. Siddharth was born on 28 November 1985 in Coimbatore, Tamilnadu. His schooling was done at Lisieux Matriculation Higher Secondary School. He was graduated from Kumaraguru College of Technology in Information Technology. While pursuing his Degree, he was interested in acting. Therefore, he went to start his film career but returned to education in 2011 after joining for an MBA course at Graziadio School of Business and Management in Pepperdine University located in California. In his college days, he was extremely interested in acting and modeling. So, he did a course related to acting and modeling. He was doing ads, shoots and all. Fortunately, he did some print ad, and this was seen by the Director Gandhi Krishna. This director liked Siddharth and offered him to act in his movie. He took six-hour audition to select Siddharth. Finally, Siddharth was selected, and he played the lead role in the movie Ananda Thandavam, which was an adaptation from a novel Pirivom Santhippom written by Sujatha Rangarajan. This film was majorly shot in India and USA and featured Tamannah and Rukmini Vijayakumar with him. This film got a poor review from critics. One of the critics from Sify.com stated that the actor 'could do little to save the film'. Another critic from Rediff.com said that Siddharth’s performance on the screen was one of the weaker aspects of the film stating “though he does his best when he’s romancing with his beloved one, and there were sparks during the sentimental scenes, he seems to miss his cue a few times, making you wonder if someone with acting chops might not have done a better job. A famous Tamil producer who produced Ananda Thandavam, Siddharth’s debut movie wanted to produce Siddhartha again to newcomer director called Jeeva Shankar. But due to the poor reviews of his previous movie, the producer called off. This film was titled Naan featuring Siddharth and Rukmini Vijayakumar. This film was restarted again with Vijay Anthony’s interception as a producer in 2010. While the music composer was making his debut as an actor, he took the role from Siddharth. The film was shot for over two years, Siddharth was given a supporting role in this movie. The film released in August 2012 with positive reviews. One of the critics told that Siddharth’s acting was impressive. Siddarth got positive reviews for this movie. Even with a successful film career, Siddharth chose to go back to California. He continued his education there. He completed his MBA in California and went to work for multinational companies such as Paramount Pictures and Viacom.

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