Ennathe Kannaiah

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Ennathe Kannaiah
K. S. Kannaiah [1]

Dindigul - Ayyapatty
Died7 August 2012(2012-08-07) (aged 87) [2]
Nationality Indian
Years active1949–2012
ChildrenAshokan, Saiganesh, Amudha,
Dhanalakshmi, Maheshwari,

Ennathe Kannaiah (1925 - 7 August 2012) was a comedian who appeared in Tamil-language films. In the Ravichandran-Jayalalita starrer Naan, as he spoke his dialogues, he frequently used the word Ennathe and this became his nickname. Decades later, he became even better known for his dialogue, Varuum... Aanaa Varaadhu.... [2]


Film career

After debuting in the Tamil film Ezhai Padum Padu in 1950, he acted in more than 250 films. [2] He predominantly was cast in supporting roles in films of M.G.Ramachandran like Nam Naadu (1969), En Annan (1970), Thedi Vandha Mapillai (1970) and others. He later starred in films including Rajinikanth's Thambikku Entha Ooru (1984). The scenes in which he appeared as a mahout were popular in the 1980s. [3] Though he has made many films, he became famous for his dialogue in Thottal Poo Malarum (2007) (Varum, Aanaa Varaadhu...) with Vadivelu.

Partial filmography

1949 Ratnakumar Tamil
1950 Ezhai Padum Padu Tamil
1953 Ponni TamilMuniyan
1954 Malaikkallan TamilKannappar
1957 Mudhalali Tamil
1959 Maragatham Tamil
1959Ulagam SirikkirathuTamilBanker's Muniyandi Pillai
1963 Arivaali TamilKanthasamy
1963 Ratha Thilagam Tamil
1967 Naan Tamil
1967 Kaavalkaaran TamilDoctor
1967 Raja Veetu Pillai TamilChettiyar
1968 Kudiyirundha Koyil Tamil
1968 Kannan En Kadhalan Tamil
1969 Nam Naadu TamilKannaiya the lame
1970 Sorgam Tamil
1971Veettukku Oru PillaiTamil
1972 Idhaya Veenai TamilSnake charmer
1973 Thirumalai Deivam TamilAnumanthu
1974 Netru Indru Naalai TamilDrama artist
1974 Panathukkaga Tamil
1975 Idhayakkani TamilTour guide
1976 Needhikku Thalaivanangu TamilThe collector of rent
1977 Navarathinam TamilVillager
1978 Ennai Pol Oruvan TamilAasari Arulprakasam
1982 Krodham TamilVandu
1982 Manjal Nila Tamil
1983 Sivappu Sooriyan Tamil
1984 Thambikku Entha Ooru Tamil
1985 Padikkadha Pannaiyar Tamil
1986 Aayiram Kannudayaal Tamil
1986 Marumagal Tamil
1987 Jaathi Pookkal Tamil
1987 Veerapandiyan TamilKannaiya
1988 Puthiya Vaanam Tamil
1989 Rajanadai TamilJail Superintendent
1989 Meenakshi Thiruvilayadal Tamil
1992 Mannan Tamil
1993 Karuppu Vellai Tamil
1994 Indhu TamilServant
1994 Sevatha Ponnu Tamil
1995 Deva TamilVillager
1995 Thirumoorthy Tamil
1996 Mahaprabhu Tamil
2000 Seenu TamilServant
2001 Middle Class Madhavan TamilKuzhandhaivelu's father
2006 Em Magan TamilDying grandfather
2007 Thottal Poo Malarum TamilBlind Car driver
2007 Thavam Tamil
2009 Thoranai Tamil
2009 Padikkadavan Tamil


He died on 7 August 2012. [3]

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