K Sarangkapani was a famous Tamil supporting actor. He was born in the year 1904 at Kumbakonam to an Isai Vellalar family. He had three brothers- Periya Rajanna, Chinna Rajanna (Nadaswara Vidwaan) and Thambusamy (Miruthangam Vidwaan). He also had an elder sister named Ambammal. He was youngest among his siblings. His father's name was Soundararajan and mother's name was Jagadambal. He got married to Thayalnayaki and had three sons and a daughter. Inspired by the freedom movement political icons, he named his sons- Gandhi Padmanabhan, Subhash Chandra Bose while he named his daughters- Vijayalakshmi Pandit and Bhaskara Patel respectively. Since his early childhood, the actor trained himself in acting, dancing, and singing.

Also, during his early days, he used to perform the role of women and post that he went on to perform comedy and lead roles in many dramas. He also travelled frequently around the state and neighbouring country Sri Lanka while working with Nawab Rajamanikam Pillai Company. Sarangkapani got his first big break in the movies while performing at Devi Bala Vinodha Sangeetha Sabha in Coimbatore. He mainly performed comedy roles in the movies and seldom performed leading hero oriented roles. He made his debut with the movie 'Bhaktha Ramadas' in the year 1935. This film had no female actors and all the roles were played by men cast members. He starred in many short films which during that time were known as ‘farces.' These used to be played along with the main movie.

He played the lead role in many movies, like "Rambaiyin Kaathal" and he was also one of the lead stars in AVM production "Sabapathi". In spite of being engrossed in doing Tamil movies, he continued to work in many successful dramas. In his entire career span, he worked in whopping twenty-two films. His films ranged from devotional to family drama genre. He was very religious and used to visit temples and other holy pilgrimages quite frequently. He was a committed supporter of Congress party but he shared good relations with the members of the rest of the political parties. He used to show his support towards Mahatma Gandhi by wearing khadi clothes and Gandhi cap. He was also awarded the Tamil Nadu State Award – Kalaimamani for the year 1964.In the year 1982, he was also given "Raja Sando" Award for his lifetime contribution to the Films by His Excellency Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy. His last movie was "Thilana Mohanambal" in which he played the role of Sakthivel who was just another Thavil player in Sundaram's troupe. He died in the year 1968 in Chennai.

K Balaji

K Balaji was a Tamil actor in the Tamil (Kollywood) industry and an Indian film producer in the media world. He was born on 5th August 1934 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. His grandfather was a renowned advocate in the colonial times named- T. Rangachari. He was married to Anandavally (died: 1995) and had three children with him- Sujatha, Suchitra Mohanlal, and Suresh Balaji. His entire work is highly commendable and acknowledged by the many people and critics. He has produced and acted in multiple movies during his lifetime. He died on 2 May 2009 due to renal failure. During his initial days, he worked in the office of S.S. Vasan and gained a lot of experience from there and then in 1951 he owned his studio called Gemini Studios. During that time Mr. Vasan never used newcomers, but he decided to give Balaji a role in “Auvaiyae’ and gave him role of Muruga (Hindu god). Initially, he started getting significant functions and acted as a lead in many movies at that time. Mr. Balaji realized that he was better in performing negative roles and managed to understand the mindset of the characters easily, so he played in motion pictures like “Bale Pandiya”, “Padithaal”, “Mattum Podhumaa”, and “Thillana Mohanambai”. After that, he worked with Narasi Studios situated in the southwest suburbs and joined as a manager. He received his greatest opportunity when he worked with actors like Dilip Kumar, Ashok Kumar, Gemini Ganesan, Sivaji Ganesan and Savitri. During the year 1960s, various movies remade by K Balaji like “Dushman” in 1971 (Rajesh Khanna), “Deewar” in 1975 (Amitabh Bachchan) and in 1973 “Namak Haraam” and casted remarkable Tamil actors like Rajnikanth, Kamal Hasan, and Sivaji Ganeshan. After the year 1966, he founded and created Sujatha Cine Arts and also Sujata Recording Studio where top knotted movies recorded its sound during the year between the 1980s and 1990s. He is known for his movies in which he starred Rajnikanth in the motion picture called “Billa” in 1980 and “Vazhvey Maayam” in the year 1982 starring Kamal Haasan. During his lifetime he achieved much recognition and respect from all over India. The Indian audience adored his acting skills, and as a producer, he produced awe-aspiring films in the 1980's period. ==. Another Version: K. Balaji was an Indian famous producer and actor in Tamil films born in the city Chennai, Tamil Nadu on 5th August 1934. His grandfather was a pre-revolutionary time advocate T. Rangachari and had ancestors with great name and fame who wa s working in the field of acting. His interest in becoming an actor began when he started participating and performing in school plays and amateur theater shows. He has had a very bright future, and people still remember him in their hearts. He was married to Anandavally, who passed away in the year 1995 giving birth to three children— Suresh Balaji, Sujatha, and Suchitra Mohanlal. Suresh Balaji, being the producer. And his son-in-law, Mohanlal is the very famous Malayalam superstar.Pranav Mohanlal and Sooraj Balaji were his grandsons and the comedian Y. G. Mahendra is his nephew. He started developing interest back when he was in the school itself. With his interest and passion on the road of acting, it showed him the path towards the office of S. S. Vasan, who was then the owner of Gemini Studios in 1951. Balaji had no experience, hence, in the beginning, Vasan was very reluctant to work with a newcomer but looking at the zeal and dedication in his eyes for his work, he gave him a walk on in Auvaiyar, in which he played the character Hindu god Muruga. Slowly and gradually, with time he managed to play substantial roles featuringas a protagonist in a few films. Even till now he is best known for his Tamil films, such as Billa (1980) headlining the Tamil star Rajnikanth and Vazhvey Maayam (1982) featuring Kamal Haasan. With experience, he soon realized that he could perform and do much better realistic acting if given the role of a villain or the hero having any negative role. He worked for films that had this choice of character including Padithaal Mattum Posthuman, Bale Pandiya, and Thillana Mohanambal. With his mesmerizing work and talent, Narasu Studios in the southwest suburbs hired him as a manager. Not only that he lend a hand for Tamil films, in the 1960’s after coming in touch with the honourable actors of Hindi films such as Ashok Kumar, Dilip Kumar and Tamil superstars like Sivaji Ganesan, and Gemini Ganesan, and actress Savithri, he was recommended to remake Hindi hits into Tamil with leading actors and co-stars. Since the 1960s, overcoming all the ups and downs in his journey of life, his career took a sharp turn, and Balaji translated all the top Hindi blockbusters into Tamil such as Dushman (1971), Deewar (1975), and Namak Haraam (1973). He always used legendary stars as his leading actors like late Sivaji Ganeshan, and Rajnikanth, and Kamal Hasan.In 1966,Sujatha Cine Arts were founded by him. Along with his acting career, he also emerged as the founder of Sujatha Recording Studio, where most of the big-ticket movies of the 1980s and '90s sound recordings were done. With the massive fan following, he won the hearts of all the public by his amazing work. He passed away on 2nd May 2009 evening due to the renal failure of multiple organs leaving his imprint in the hearts of people.

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