A. V. M. Rajan
July 26, 1935
|Occupation||Indian film actor, Film Producer|
|Spouse(s)||Meenakshi alias Meena Rajan (m. 21/08/1957) Pushpalatha (m. 1964)|
|Children||1) Rajan Rathnavel|
2) Rajan Amuthan
3) Saraswathi (Sachu Venkat)
4) Ganesh Rajan
5) Sis. Rachel (Formerly Mahalakshmi)
6) Dr. Catherine Dinakaradass (Formerly Abhirami)
Shanmugasundaram, known by his stage name A.V.M. Rajan, (26 July 1935) is a former Indian in Tamil cinema who was active during the 1960s and 1970s. Born in Pudukottai, Shanmugasundaram was very eager to join cinema though he held a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Madras University.His higher secondary was at Christian Sweden Mission High School. His parents wanted to see him as a police officer. He came to Madras to write the examination, but didn't sit for the exam. He was not confident as he couldn't straighten his left hand fractured at the age of 14. Instead, while working at Raj Bhavan Guindy Chennai, he tried his luck in cinema knocking on the doors of every film company to earn a better income. At long last, his relentless efforts yielded result by getting him the opportunity to enter cinema through the film Aayiram Kaalathu Payiru in which he was introduced as "Raja B.A.". Soon after, he was signed to act in the AVM's film Naanum Oru Penn also.
Rajan acted in a movie produced by AVM Productions called Naanum Oru Penn, a film that starred S.S.Rajendran in the lead role. Hence he became 'A.V.M.' Rajan. Tamil actress Pushpalatha appeared in the same picture, and they became a couple and later married. They subsequently acted as a pair in many films, including Karppooram (1967) which he won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor. AVM Rajan has two daughters, the elder daughter Mahalakshmi was an actress between the 80s–90s. Rajan later became a full-time Christian preacher since 1988and since then has stopped acting in movies and dramas. His wife Pushpalatha is a Catholic by birth. She hails from Coimbatore. Following Rajan's conversion, his family too is serving full-time Ministry.
1976||Thayilla Kuzanthai || ||Tamil||R.Thiyagarajan Vijayakumar jayachitra Asokan
|1959||Sivagangai Seemai||Tamil||K. Shankar||S. S. Rajendran||His first signed movie but his scenes were chopped off.|
|1963||Naanum Oru Penn||Balu||Tamil||A. C. Tirulokchandar||S. S. Rajendran, C. R. Vijayakumari, Pushpalatha|
|Aayiram Kalathu Payir||Ratnam||Tamil||T.S. Durairaj||T.S. Durairaj, Balaji, Devika||First Movie but Naanum Oru Penn got released first|
|Paar Magale Paar||Sundaram||Tamil||A. Bhimsingh||Sivaji Ganesan, R. Muthuraman, Pushpalatha|
|Thulasi Maadam||Gopal||Tamil||K. B. Srinivasan||Gemini Chandrakantha, S. N. Lakshmi, Sharadha, M. S. Sundari Bai|
|1964||Chitrangi||Jeyveeran||Tamil||R. S. Mani||Pushpalatha|
|Main Bhi Ladki Hoon||Hindi||A. C. Tirulokchandar||Dharmendra, Pushpalatha||Remake of Naanum Oru Penn|
|Andavan Kattalai||Ramu||Tamil||K. Shankar||Sivaji Ganesan, Devika, Pushpalatha|
|Alli||Babu||Tamil||S. S. Rajendran||S. S. Rajendran, R. Vijayakumari, Sowcar Janaki, Pushpalatha|
|Pachai Vilakku||Mani||Tamil||A. Bhim Singh||Sivaji Ganesan, S. S. Rajendran, Pushpalatha|
|1965||Enga Veetu Penn||Chandran||Tamil|
|Ennathan Mudivu||Kumaran||Tamil||K.S. Gopalakrishnan||T.S Balaiah, V.S. Ragavan, Anjali Devi|
|Veera Abhimanyu||Abhimanyu||Tamil||V. Madhusudhan Rao||Gemini Ganesan, Kanchana, Anjali Devi|
|1966||Major Chandrakanth||Rajinikanth||Tamil||K. Balachander||Major Sundarrajan, Nagesh, R. Muthuraman, Jayalalitha||Remake of Hindi film Oonche Log|
|Kodimalar||Thambi Durai||Tamil||C. V. Sridhar||R. Muthuraman, C. R. Vijayakumari, Kanchana|
|Thattungal Thirakkappadum||Doctor||Tamil||J. P. Chandrababu||R. S. Manohar, Savithri, J. P. Chandrababu, K. R. Vijaya, Cho Ramaswamy|
|Namma Veettu Lakshmi||Chandru||Tamil||B.R. Panthulu||R. Muthuraman, Vanisri|
|1967||Karpooram||Tamil||V.T. Vasu||Pushpalatha, Manorama, T.S Balaiah, S.A. Asokan, Sri Kanth|
|Manam Oru Kurangu||Gopinath||Tamil||V.T. Arasu||R. Muthuraman, K.R. Vijaya, Cho|
|Panthayam||Somu||Tamil||A. Kasilingam||Gemini Ganesan, Vijayanirmala, A.R.R. Vasu||Remade into Hindi as Sachaai|
|1968||Thillana Mohanambal||Thangarathnam||Tamil||A. P. Nagarajan||Sivaji Ganesan, Padmini|
|Galatta Kalyanam||Mohan||Tamil||C. V. Rajendran||Sivaji Ganesan, Nagesh, Cho Ramaswamy, Jayalalitha|
|Chakkaram||Jambu||Tamil||A. Kasilingam||Gemini Ganesan, Vennira Aadai Nirmala, Sowkar Janaki, Nagesh|
|Poovum Pottum||Prakash||Tamil||Dada Mirasi||S. V. Ranga Rao, P. Bhanumathi, R. Muthuraman, Pandari Bai, Bharathi, Nagesh|
|Jeevanaamsam (film)||Balu||Tamil||Malliyam Rajagopal||Jaishankar, C. R. Vijayakumari, Pushpalatha, Sowkar Janaki, Nagesh|
|1969||Thulaabaram||Ramu||Tamil||A. Vincent||Kanchana, Sharada, Muthuraman||Remake of Malayalam film Thulabharam|
|Thunaivan||Velayudham||Tamil||M. A. Thirumugam||Sowkar Janaki, Nagesh|
|Annaiyum Pithavum||Bhaskar||Tamil||AVM Brothers||Vanisri, Lakshmi, Nagesh, Sivakumar|
|Mannippu||Advocate Kumar||Tamil||25th Film|
|Chellapen||Tamil||K. Krishnamurthy||Pushpalatha, Manorama, Cho||Sowkar Janaki was initially signed for the movie. Shooting had progressed to some extent, after which she was replaced by Pushpalatha|
|Magizhampoo||Pasupathy||Tamil||V T Arasu||Pushpalatha|
|Paal Kudam||Tamil||Pattu||Pushpalatha, Lakshmi|
|1970||Engal Thangam||Moorthy||Tamil||Krishnan-Panju||M. G. Ramachandran, Pushpalatha|
|Dharisanam||Pandian/ Chandramohan||Tamil||V. T. Arasu||Pushpalatha, Srikanth, Cho, Manorama||Double Role|
|Anadhai Anandhan||Selvam||Tamil||Krishnan–Panju||Jayalalithaa, R. S. Manohar, Anjali Devi, Master Sekhar||Hindi Version of Chanda Aur Bijli|
|Noorandu Kaalam Vazhga||Rajan||Tamil||K. Sampath||Kanchana, Vennira Aadai Nirmala, L. Vijayalakshmi|
|Yaen?||Ramu||Tamil||T. R. Ramanna||Ravichandran, Lakshmi, Vennira Aadai Nirmala|
|1971||Irulum Oliyum||Thyagarajan (Thyagu)||Tamil||Puttanna Kanagal||Vanisri, R. Muthuraman|
|Pattondru Ketten||Tamil||S. Raghavan||Rajshree, Nagesh,|
|Deivam Pesuma||Dr Sundaram||Tamil||Chinni-Sampath||Vennira Aadai Nirmala, Sandhya Rani|
|Thirumagal||Raju||Tamil||A. S. A. Sami||Gemini Ganesan, Sivakumar, Lakshmi||In This Film he has got the title 'Nadippu Sudar'|
|1972||Agathiyar||Lord Shiva||Tamil||A. P. Nagarajan||Sirkazhi Govindarajan, T. R. Mahalingam, Sivakumar, Lakshmi, C. R. Vijayakumari, Kumari Padmini, 'Baby' Sridevi|
|Kandavarundo||Malayalam||Mallikarjuna Rao||Sadhana, Vincent|
|Thangadurai||Rangen||Tamil||A. Kasilingam||Sowcar Janaki, Master Sekhar|
|Thaikku Oru Pillai||Thiyagaraj||Tamil||Pattu||Jaishankar, Savitri, Vennira Aadai Nirmala|
|Shakthi Leelai||Prohithar||Tamil||T. R. Ramanna||Gemini Ganesan, Jayalalithaa, K. R. Vijaya, Sivakumar, B. Saroja Devi, Ushanandini, Manjula|
|Deiva Sankalpam||Ravi||Tamil||P. R. Somu||C. R. Vijayakumari, Cho|
|Bathilukku Bathil||Kumaran||Tamil||C. P. Jambulingam||Muthuraman, C. R. Vijayakumari, Vennira Aadai Nirmala|
|Aval||Tamil||A. C. Tirulokchandar||Vennira Aadai Nirmala, Shashikumar, Srikanth|
|Puguntha Veedu||Bhaskar||Tamil||Pattu||Ravichandran, Savitri, Lakshmi, Chandrakala|
|Akka Thamudu||Telugu||Krishnan–Panju||Jayalalithaa, R. Muthuraman, Anjali Devi, Master Sekhar||Dubbed movie of Anadhai Anandhan|
|Dheivam||Kadhirvelu||Tamil||M. A. Thirumugam||Gemini Ganesan, K. R. Vijaya, Sowcar Janaki, R. Muthuraman, Sivakumar|
|1973||Manipayal||Arun||Tamil||A. Jagannathan||Jayanthi, Master Sekhar|
|Engal Thaai||Ragunath||Tamil||Malliyam Rajagopal||Savitri, Vennira Aadai Nirmala, Srikanth|
|Nee Ullavarai||Tamil||C. V. Ramana||Kumari Padmini, Pandari Bai||50th Film|
|Amman Arul||Tamil||Pattu||Jaishankar, Manjula|
|Anbu Sagodharargal||Durairaj||Tamil||Lakshmi Deepak||S. V. Ranga Rao, Jaishankar, Jamuna, Devika, Sivakumar, Vennira Aadai Nirmala, Prameela||Remake of Telugu movie Pandanti Kapuram|
|Dheiva Vamsam||Tamil||K. Vijayan||Chandrakala|
|Veettu Mappillai||Tamil||A. K. Subramaniam||Savitri, Prameela|
|Thirumalai Deivam||Narathan||Tamil||A. P. Nagarajan||Gemini Ganesan, K. B. Sundarambal, R. Muthuraman, Sivakumar, Lakshmi, Srividya|
|Veettukku Vandha Marumagal||Tamil||R. Vittal||Ravichandran, Vennira Aadai Nirmala, Latha|
|Pasa Deepam||Rajarathna||Tamil||Pattu||Manjula, Sowcar Janaki|
|Pennai Nambungal||Ramu||Tamil||B. V. Srinivasan||Jayanthi, Sivakumar, Jayachitra|
|Manidharil Manikkam||Boopathy||Tamil||C. V. Rajendran||Sivaji Ganesan, Prameela|
|Nyayam Ketkirom||Tamil||C. V. Rajendran||Vennira Aadai Nirmala, R. Muthuraman, Kanchana, Cho, Manorama, VK Ramasamy,|
|Prarthanai||Tamil||Kousikan||Sowkar Janaki, Vennira Aadai Nirmala|
|1974||Sivagamiyin Selvan||Wing Commander Raghu||Tamil||C. V. Rajendran||Sivaji Ganesan, Vanisri, Latha|
|Ore Satchi||Madhavan||Tamil||K. Vijayan||P. R. Varalakshmi, Major Sundarrajan, M. N. Rajam|
|Murugan Kaattiya Vazhi||Muniyandi||Tamil||P. Madhavan||Nagesh, Srikanth, Vijayakumar, Vidhubala, Sripriya, Vijaya Chandrika|
|Pathu Madha Bandham||Chandran||Tamil||Krishnan–Panju||P. Banumathi, B. Saroja Devi, R. Muthuraman, Ravichandran, Vennira Aadai Nirmala, Rajasree|
|1975||Annadammula Anubandham||Venu Gopal Rao||Telugu||S. D. Lal||N. T. Rama Rao, Murali Mohan, Latha, Kanchana, Pushpalatha|
|Enakkoru Magan Pirappan||Tamil||M. Krishnan||Shubha, Vidhubala|
|Thiruvarul||Kumara Devan||Tamil||R. Thyagarajan||Jaya, Major Sundarrajan|
|1976||Rojavin Raja||Gopal||Tamil||K. Vijayan||Sivaji Ganesan, Vanisri|
|1977||Murugan Adimai||Tamil||R. Thyagarajan||Muthuraman, K.R. Vijaya|
|Navarathinam||Raja||Tamil||A. P. Nagarajan||M. G. Ramachandran, Pushpalatha|
|Unnai Suttrum Ulagam||Tamil||Kamal Haasan, Jayalalithaa||75th Film|
|1978||Thai Meethu Sathiyam||Babu Father||Tamil||Rajnikanth, Ambareesh, Mohan Babu|
|1980||Billa||Inspector Varma||Tamil||R. Krishnamurthy||Rajinikanth|
|1982||Oorum Uravum||Chandrasekhar||Tamil||Major Sunderarajan, PushpaRajan||Sivaji Ganesan, KR Vijaya, Nizhalgal Ravi, Major Sunderarajan|
|1984||Nandri||IGP||Tamil||AVM Rajan||Karthik, Nalini, Mahalakshmi (Daughter of AVM Rajan), Arjun Sarja||Arjun's Debut Movie|
|1987||Veeran Veluthambi||IG of Police||Tamil||Rama Narayanan||Vijayakanth, Karthik|
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