Poornam Vishwanathan was a Tamil actor who was seen in supporting roles. He also worked in the theatre. He was born on 4th July, 1921 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. His sun sign is Sagittarius. He was born and brought up in Chennai.
He had started performing on stage from a very young age ; when he was 18 years old. He lived in Chennai with his family- his wife, one son and two daughters. He died on 1st October, 2008 aged 87 years. The doctors claimed the reason to be multi-organ failure.
He died in a private hospital. He worked as a reader for the All India Radio. After that, he started his career in acting. He is known for his remarkable acting in Tamil films. In every role, he gave great attention to his dialogue delivery and body language.
He started performing in theatres at the age of 18. After that, he moved to Delhi for a few years. There he was the part of South Indian Troupe with the critics of music and dance Subbudu. He considers it a matter of great privilege, that he was the one to announce the news of India’s Independence on 15th August 1947. Later in 1964, he was transferred to Chennai.
He was seen in many plays written by Marina namely Thanikuduthanam, Oor Vambu, Kaal Kattu, etc. and his works were well acknowledged. He has written many short stories and plays. He had a great interest in arts and was often seen at Sabhas in the December Music Festival.
He is known in the South Indian Film Industry for his voice modulation. His performance in Kadavul, Vandirundar, Adimaigal, and Oonjal were highly appreciated by the audience. Due to his passion and love for theatres, he started a Troupe called Poornam New Theatres. He was also seen in the Bollywood film Ek Duje Ke Liye (1981) where he played the role of Kamal Hassan's father.
He is also famous among the Malayalam audience due to his role in the movie Chithram where he acted with Mohanlal. He is also seen in other Malayalam films namely Aryan (1988), Abhimanyu (1991) and Pingami (1994).
He worked in the Press Information Bureau in Chennai as the Assistant Information Officer. He also was the editor of Thittam, and was the Senior Correspondent for the magazine Yojana which was introduced by the Union Information of Broadcasting Ministry.
During the Golden Jubilee Independence Day Celebration, All India Radio honoured him by asking him to read their news. He was the first to announce the news of India’s Independence. He said that it had been a very emotional moment for him.
He had cried immediately after reading the news. He was seen in the movie
Thillu Mullu directed by K Balachander. It is said to be the Tamil version of the Hindi film Golmaal directed by
Amol Palekar. He recreated the role of
Utpal Dutt. He was also seen in the movie Mahanadi, where he played a sad character. It was a serious film.
He also did short story series on the DD National Channel. He did 2-3 stories having 2-3 episodes in each of them. One was based on the daily life of a middle-class man, and one was based on the conditions of Pre- Independent India.
He also won the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Theatre Acting – Tamil. He is famous for his mimicry skills and was one of the most loved mimicry artists of that time. He had a unique voice which was an advantage for him during his Radio work, but he used those skills in the movies as well and made his mark in the industry.
His peculiar dialogue delivery skills, his unique way of pronunciation, his magical voice and the way he spoke attracted the audience. He was a fatherly man who was seen in many fatherly roles. He conveyed the messages in his movies with his amazing facial expressions.
He potrayed majestic characters on screen, which made the small roles look more important. He was seen in innocent roles, but he gave life to his characters due to which people started liking him a lot. He is an unforgettable person who will stay in the hearts of millions of people forever.