Tamil Cinema, commonly known as Kollywood is one of the biggest film industry in producing large number of movies per year. Here, generally the movies are made from Chennai the capital of Tamil Nadu. The name Kollywood came from the idea of conflating the American film industry “Hollywood” with Kodambakkam which is the main area for the Tamil film industry people.
There have been many actors in Tamil cinema from its early age till date. Even today there are many upcoming talented artists in this industry. Even though so many actors pass-by in the Tamil movie industry some have made an important mark in the industry and have contributed their Talents to the same.
Let’s see those notorious persons who turned Tamil industry into a milestone.
Mayavaram Krishnamoorthy Thyagaraja Bhagavadar(Born on 1.3.1910) also called as M.K.T was a Tamil Film actor, Producer, and Carnatic music singer. He is said to be one the most successful Tamil film actors ever.
M.K.T’S first appearance as a Hero on the stage came in 1926 in the play called PavalaKodi, where the heroine was S.D.Subbulakshmi. This Drama was made into a movie in 1934, which was called as M.K.T’S first movie.
This movie was a blockbuster and earned a stardom title to M.K.T which made him the idol of millions of cinemagoers. With each film his stature grew and his songs were in the lips of every man in the street. People mobbed him wherever he gone and deadly wished to touch him and see in person. In real Life he was handsome, with dreamy eyes, well defined features and his flowing locks(Called as Bhagavadar Jippa).
His song “Manmatha leelai” made him more popular and one of the best songs which people love to listen till now.
Date of Birth: 1 January,1910
Date of Death: 1 November,1959
Early Life: He was playing roles in Dramas and his first drama was Harichandra
Titles: Bhagavadhar, M.K.T
Totally acted: 14 movies
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Vilupuram Chinnaiapillai Genesan Mandrayar( popularily known as Sivaji Ganasen was a Indian film actor who was the first and finest method actor in the Tamil film industry. His fame came from his versatility and expressive powers in considerable Tamil Movies like Karnan, Pasa malar, etc.,
He made his first debut in the movie called “Parashakthi” which was released in the year 1952. The script and story was written by former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Mr. M.Karunanithi. The fiery and flowery dialogues written by Karunanithi was delivered excellently in a stunning way by Sivaji Ganesan which attracted many film makers.
Sivaji Ganesan speciality was his “Dialogue delivery”. He pioneered an exquisite style, diction, tone and tenor. Along with this he had extraordinary acting ability especially in the movie of “Veerapandian Kattaboman” which received him maximum exposure and best actor award in the Afro-Asian Film festival.
He is called as “The Marlon Brando of South Indian Cinema” and “Dictionary of Tamil Cinema”
Date of Birth: October 1, 1928 at Sirkali
Date of death: July 21, 2001
Early life: He joined drama troupe and spent most of his years in being part of stage players.
Titles: Sevaliya, Nadigar Thilagam
Total Number of movies acted: 284(Only tamil included)
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Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran popularly known as M.G.R was a famous Indian actor, Philanthropist, politician and Producer. Well known as a Tamil activist he served as Tamil nadu’s Chief Minister from 1977 to until his death on 1987.
He made his first movie debut in 1935, in the film Sati leelavati which was followed by many blockbuster movies like Rajakumari, Enga Veetu Pillai, etc.,
He existed in the film industry for more than 25 years. He considered “Acting” and “politics” as two eyes and did many welfare programs for the people. He was people’s actor who was strongly loved and celebrated to a position equal to God. He had many crazy fans all over Tamil Nadu and the height of the emotional response for the word ”M.G.R” was evident during his death in the year 1987 when the whole Tamil Nadu mourned for his demise.
Date of Birth: January 17th, 1917 at Kandi, Sri Lanka
Date of death: December 24, 1987
Early Life: Just like Sivaji Ganesan, he too joined in drama troupe before entering into cinema
Titles: Makkal thilagam, Vaathiyar
Total number of movies: 135(Only Tamil included)
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Rajinikanth who was actually called as Sivaji Rao is a famous Indian Cinema actor, producer, and media personality. He is the current actor of Tamil cinema who is considered to be the number one. He made his first debut in the movie called “Apoorva Ragangal”(1975), directed by K.Balachandar whom the actors considers as his mentor. Apart from his film career, he is a philanthropist, spiritualist and serves as an influence in the politics of Tamil nadu.
He is being a Super star from 1970’s till now. He is the second highest paid actor in Asia next to Jackie Chan.
Date of Birth: December 12, 1949, at Karnataka, India
Early life: He was a bus conductor in the cities of Bangalore, Karnataka. He joined Madras Film Institute in 1973. Later became the Super star of Tamil Nadu.
Titles: Super star, Thalaiva
Totally acted: 155 movies
Awards won: PadmaBhusan, State awards, Film Fare awards
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He is one of the Living Legend in Indian Cinema. He is mainly known for his best acting skill and has won 4 national awards for the same. He is a multi talented artist who acts as a Producer, Script Writer, Singer, Director and obviously Actor.
He made his first debut as a child artist in the movie “Kalathoor Kannama”. He gave his extraordinary performance in several movies like Nayagan, Guna, Mahanadhi, Hey Ram where the actor dedicated himself for the role he played.
Date of Birth: 7 November, 1957, Paramakudi
Early Life: He started to make his debut into the film industry at the age of 6 when he won the Best child artist award. Right from then, he dedicated himself to the film industry.
Titles: Ulaga Nayagan
Totally acted: Has acted more than 200 movies
Awards won: Padmashree, 4 National Awards, 19 Film fare awards
Ajith Kumar is a Tamil actor who is lovingly called as “Thala” by his fans. He made his first debut in the Telugu movie called “ Prema Pusthagam”. He is an ardent Car racer and participated various car races like Formula 2 Championship, Formula Asia BMW championship and many races abroad.
Though he started acting in many films right from Amaravathi, he was recognized as a good actor in the movie called Aasai which was directed by director Vasanth.
Date of Birth: 1 May,1971, Hyderabad
Early Life: He was a two and four wheeler mechanic in his early stage.
Titles: Ultimate star, Thala
Totally acted: 54 movies
Awards won: State awards and many film fare awards
Joseph Vijay is a famous Tamil actor who is the son of famous director S.A.Chandrasekhar. He made his first debut in the movie called ”Nalaiya theerpu”. Vijay has more recently become a charismatic hero and has thus developed large fan following himself. Vijay is also one of the leading actors of this generation.
Date of Birth: June 22,1974, Chennai
Early Life: Since he is the son of the famous director S.A.Chandrasekar he did not find more difficulty getting into the cini industry.
Titles: Ilaya Thalapathy
Totally acted: 59 Movies
Awards won: State awards, Film fare awards
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