A. Karunanidhi

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A. Karunanidhi
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Karunanidhi in Veerapandiya Kattabomman (1959)
Born1923 (1923)
Thiruvarur, British India
Died1981 (aged 5758)
Nationality Indian
Spouse(s)A. Swarajayam
Children3 daughters and one son
Parent(s)father - Mr. Harikrishna

A. Karunanidhi ( Tamil : கருணாநிதி) was an Indian actor and comedian who featured mainly in Tamil-language films. [1] He was active in the field from 1948 till 1978. Though he was a comedian, the roles he played in some of the films were so imperative to the story. A case in point is his role in the award-winning film Veerapandiya Kattabomman . He featured as "Sundaralingam", a servant in Kattabomman's court. The role was developed into a spy and he played it brilliantly. In some of the films, he will not talk much, but his body language itself will make the audience laugh, as in Missiamma . He has also appeared in women's attire in some films. The turning and twisting of his body was well appreciated even by women. In Adhey Kangal (1967 film), he did the role of a Malayalee cook and spoke Malayalee Tamil, making the audience laugh to their hilt. Apart from acting, at times he gave ideas for comedy scenes in films. [2]


T. P. Muthulakshmi was his co-star in many films. [3]

While he was acting in films, he ran a non-vegetarian hotel called Maamiya Hotel at Thiyagaraya Nagar in Chennai.

He died in 1981, affected by diabetes.

Partial filmography

YearFilmRoleDirectorCo-StarProduced by:
1948 Adhithan Kanavu T. R. Sundaram Modern Theatres
1950 Digambara Samiyar Manickam T. R. Sundaram Modern Theatres
Ponmudi Ellis R. Duncan Modern Theatres
1950 Manthiri Kumari Bhoopalam Ellis R. Duncan

T. R. Sundaram

Modern Theatres|-
1951 Devaki GovindhanR. S. Mani Modern Theatres
1951 Sarvadhikari Vairagyam T. R. Sundaram Modern Theatres
1952 Kalyani T. G. Raghavacharya
Mohammed Mastan
Modern Theatres
Valaiyapathi T. R. Sundaram Modern Theatres
1954 En Magal K. V. R. AcharyaAsoka Films
Mangalyam K. SomuMAV Pictures
Padmini Ashok Production
1955 Asai Anna Arumai Thambi KaruppuG. R. RaoM. S. S. BhagyamSrimadhi Pictures
Gulebagavali T. R. Ramanna RR Pictures
Guna Sundari Eldest son-in-law Kamalakara Kameswara Rao T. P. Muthulakshmi Vijaya Studios
Kalyanam Seydhukko R. ChandarSri Unity Pictures
Kathanayaki K. Ramnoth Modern Theatres
Maheswari T. R. Raghunath T. P. Muthulakshmi Modern Theatres
Missiamma Pandiya L. V. Prasad K. A. Thangavelu his bossVijaya Productions
Mullaivanam V. KrishnanAravind Pictures, Coimbatore
Nalla Thangai S. A. Nataraj Forward Art Films
Pennarasi K. SomuMAV Pictures
Town Bus Mannaru (Velu's Friend)K. Somu T. P. Muthulakshmi MAV Pictures
1956 Kannin Manigal R. JanakiramMaheswari Pictures
Naan Petra Selvam ArivumathiK. SomuParagon Pictures
Paasavalai A. S. Nagarajan T. P. Muthulakshmi Modern Theatres
1957 Ambikapathi Vengayam P. Neelakantan ALS Productions
Aaravalli NaamanKrishna Rao T. P. Muthulakshmi Modern Theatres
Manamagan Thevai P. S. Ramakrishna Rao Bharani Pictures
Mahadhevi Muthupulavan Sundar Rao Nadkarni Sri Ganesh Movietone
1958 Boologa Rambai Mahodharan D. Yoganand Asoka Pictures
Kadan Vaangi Kalyaanam Drama artiste L. V. Prasad T. P. Muthulakshmi Vijaya Productions
Petra Maganai Vitra Annai Duttan (Villalan's friend)V. Ramanathan Modern Theatres
Sarangadhara V. S. Raghavan T. P. Muthulakshmi Minerva Pictures
Thedi Vandha Selvam P. Neelakantan T. P. Muthulakshmi Arasu Pictures
1959 Alli Petra Pillai K. SomuM. M. Productions
Engal Kuladevi Chanakiyan A. Subba Rao Modern Theatres
Kan Thiranthathu ChadaiyanK. V. SrinivasanNarayanan & Company
Pennkulathin Ponvilakku B. Vittalacharya Asoka Pictures
Veerapandiya Kattabomman Sundaralingam B. R. Panthulu T. P. Muthulakshmi Padmini Pictures
1960 Aadavantha Deivam Kambodhi P. Neelakantan Majestic Studios
Adutha Veettu Penn Vedantam Raghavaiah T. P. Muthulakshmi Anjali Pictures
Deivapiravi Nair Krishnan–Panju Kamaal Bros
Ellorum Innaattu Mannar T. Prakash RaoJupiter Pictures
Pudhiya Padhai Tapi Chanakya Sri Saradha Pictures
1961 Kappalottiya Thamizhan Unnarsamy B. R. Panthulu Padmini Pictures
Palum Pazhamum A. Bhimsingh Saravana Films
Panam Panthiyile Krishna RaoMAV Pictures
Thirudathe Makku Maamaa P. Neelakantan B. Sarojadevi as his nieceALS Productions
1962 Indira En Selvam Compounder KailasamC. Padmanaban Vijaya Vauhini Studios
Padithal Mattum Podhuma servant of Rao Bahadur A. Bhimsingh Manorama Ranganathan Pictures
Thendral Veesum B. S. Ranga Vikram Productions
1963 Kalyaniyin Kanavan Police Constable S. M. Sriramulu Naidu T. P. Muthulakshmi Pakshiraja Studios
Konjum Kumari Mannaru (Alli's uncle)G. Viswanathan Modern Theatres
Paar Magaley Paar Manickam A. Bhimsingh Kasturi Films
Thulasi Maadam K. B. SrinivasanMAV Pictures
1964 Chitrangi R. S. Mani Modern Theatres
Muradan Muthu B. R. Panthulu Padmini Pictures
1965 Thiruvilaiyadal A. P. Nagarajan Sri Vijayalakshmi Pictures
1966 Madras to Pondicherry Naidu (Bus Driver)Thirumalai MahalingamSri Venkateswara Cinetone
Mahakavi Kalidas R. R. ChandranKalpana Kala Mandhir
Mani Magudam Ulagappan, Vanchi's brother S. S. Rajendran Manorama as his sisterS.S.R. Pictures
Sadhu Mirandal Passenger (Cinema Makeup artiste; Special Appearance)Thirumalai — MahalingamSun Beam
1967 Aalayam Thirumalai-MahalingamSunbeam
Athey Kangal A. C. Tirulokchandar Balasubramanian & Co.
1968 Lakshmi Kalyanam G. Or. NathanKrishnalaya
Thillana Mohanambal Ottu player A. P. Nagarajan Sri Vijayalakshmi Pictures
Thirumal Perumai Nattamai A. P. Nagarajan T. P. Muthulakshmi Thiruvenkateswara Movies
1969 Ponnu Mappillai Thazhamuthu S. Ramanathan P. S. V. Pictures
1970 Paadhukaappu A. Bhimsingh Sun Beam Productions
1971 Aathi Parasakthi K. S. Gopalakrishnan Chitra Productions
Babu Siluvai A. C. Tirulokchandar Cine Bharath Productions
Deivam PesumaChinni SampathBhanu Chitra Productions
1978 Thyagam K. Vijayan Sujatha Cine Arts
1980 Anbukku Naan Adimai Head Constable R. Thyagarajan Devar Films

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