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Tamil Actors, Indian Cinema
The Tamil actors with their powerhouse performance aided in shaping the Kollywood industry.
 
 Tamil Actors, Indian CinemaTamil film industry or Kollywood is an integral part of the Indian film industry. Some of the most talented actors in Indian cinema hail from Kollywood. The prolific actors have helped this film industry to grow in leaps and bounds. Most of the actors are known to experiment with their work early in their career, for instance both Kamal Hassan and Rajnikanth have delved into anti-hero roles almost at the beginning of their careers. What is more impressive is the amount of fan following that these actors have. This is one of the reasons why Tamil actors can be of a lot of help to the political parties.

The first great Tamil actor would definitely be Gemini Ganesan. He was nicknamed `kadhal mannan` (king of love). He was famous as the romantic hero. He has several hit films to his credit. He ruled the box office from 1950s to 1970s. In 1971 he was honored with the Padma Shri by the Indian Government. His debut film in the Tamil films was Miss Malini. But surprisingly it was in a role of an anti hero in Thai Ullam that he was noticed. His first film as the lead actor was Manampol Mangalyam in 1954.

Some of his popular films are as follows
Kanavane Kankanda Deivam Then Nilavu Santhi Nilayam Kandan karunai
Manalane Mangaiyin Baakyam Aadi Perukku Bandha pasam Karpagam
Kalathur Kannamma Konjum Salangai Kairasi Mugaraasi
Parthiban Kanavu Sumaithangi Sangamam Maaman magal
Penn Iru Kodugal Aindhu laksham Sowbhagyavathi
Paava Mannippu Naan Avan Illai Avalukkendru ore manam Kaathirundha kangal
Parthal Pasi Theerum Punnagai Velli vizha Then Mazhai
Avvaiyyar Poova Thalaiya kaviya thalaivi  


While naming the renowned actor of the Tamil film industry one can never forget Sivaji Ganesan. Born as Viluppuram Chinnaiahpillai Ganesan he was named `Sivaji` after his impressive stage performance as Shivaji, the Maratha king. Starting off with Parasakthi (1952 film) he has acted in about 300 films in his career. This legendary actor has also acted in Telegu, Kannada and Hindi movies. This Tamil actor is also accredited with acting in the first song less flick in Indian cinema-- S.Balachander`s Anda Naal (1954). Till date the film remains to be one of the best films of his career. The background of the film is set in Second World War.

His outstanding histrionic skills have made him a legend in Kollywood. Throughout his lifetime he has been felicitated with awards. He received awards like:

  • Padma Shri in 1966

  • Padmabhushan in 1984

  • The Best Actor Award (Afro- Asian Film Festival held in Cairo, Egypt) in 1960.

  • Chevalier Award of France 1995

  • Dada Saheb Phalke Award in 1997


  • From his end he has always contributed in several ways for the upliftment of the society.

    A host of other films followed from 1950s and later. The film career of Sivaji Ganesan lasted till the 90s. While in many films he played the mythological characters in others he played double and even triple roles.

    Thevar Magan Iruvar Ullam Makkalai Petra Maharasi Andha Naal
    Muthal Mariyathai Raktha Tilakam Ambikapathy Ethirparadathu
    Gnana Oli Pasamalar Amaradeepam Parasakthi
    Vietnam Veedu Kappalotiya Thamizhan Rangoon Radha Kaathavarayan
    Thillana Mohanambal Pavamannippu Kalvanin Kadhali Naan Petra Selvam
    Thangai Veerapandiya Kattaboman Pennin Perumai Kai Kodhutha Devam
    Kandan Karunai Maragatham Mangayar Thilakam Devamagan
    Motor Sundaram Pillai Annayin Anai Mudhal Thedhi  


    Tamil Actors, Indian Cinema One of the biggest names that has to be included in the list of Tamil actors is that of MG Ramachandran. He started his career in 1935 with the film Sati Leelavati. The film is directed by Ellis Dungan. But the movie that brought him recognition was Rajakumari (1947). After this a string of hit movies followed and MG Ramachandran was established as the finest Tamil actors around. Rickshakaran fetched him the National Award in 1972. His stint in politics was also successful.

    The next big Tamil star would undoubtedly be Rajnikanth. He made his debut with the film Apoorva Raagangal in 1975 alongside Kamal Hassan. Hailed as one of the most bankable stars of Tamil film industry, Rajnikanth is still unmatchable today. This mega star has received the Padma Bhushan in the year 2000. The humility of the man makes him more popular amongst his fans. It is said that none of the films of Rajnikanth has ever flopped.

    Kamal Hassan began his career with K Balachander`s film Apoorva Raagangal. From the very beginning of his career he experimented with his roles and was widely applauded for his performances. He is, probably, a rare actor who has won National Award 4 times. This Tamil actor has also acted in Malayalam, Kaannada, Telegu and Hindi films.

    Other popular Tamil actors are:
    Ajith Kumar Mohan Sarath Kumar
    Arjun Nagesh Sathyaraj
    Arvind Swamy Nassar Senthil
    Chandrababu Prabhu Ganesan Siddharth
    Goundamani Prabhu Deva Simbu
    Jaishankar Prasanna Sivakumar
    Jeeva Prashanth Surya
    Karthik T. Rajendar Tarun
    Karthik Sivakumar Raju Sundaram Vadivelu
    Karunas Ramarajan Vijayakumar
    Krishna Ravi Krishna Vijaykanth
    K. V. Anand R. Muthuraman Vikram
    Madhavan Ramesh Vishal Reddy
    Manivannan Santhanam Vivek


    (Last Updated on : 22/07/2014)
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