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
1950 Ezhai Padum Padu
1953 Ponni Muniyan
1954 Malaikkallan Kannappar
1957 Mudhalali
1959 Maragatham
1959Ulagam SirikkirathuBanker's Muniyandi Pillai
1963 Arivaali Kanthasamy
1963 Ratha Thilagam
1967 Naan
1967 Kaavalkaaran Doctor
1967 Raja Veetu Pillai Chettiyar
1968 Kudiyirundha Koyil
1968 Kannan En Kadhalan
1969 Nam Naadu Kannaiya the lame
1970 Sorgam
1971Veettukku Oru Pillai
1972 Idhaya Veenai Snake charmer
1973 Thirumalai Deivam Anumanthu
1974 Netru Indru Naalai Drama artist
1974 Panathukkaga
1975 Idhayakkani Tour guide
1976 Needhikku Thalaivanangu The collector of rent
1977 Navarathinam Villager
1978 Ennai Pol Oruvan Aasari Arulprakasam
1982 Krodham Vandu
1982 Manjal Nila
1983 Sivappu Sooriyan
1984 Thambikku Entha Ooru
1985 Padikkadha Pannaiyar
1986 Aayiram Kannudayaal
1986 Marumagal
1987 Jaathi Pookkal
1987 Veerapandiyan Kannaiya
1988 Puthiya Vaanam
1989 Rajanadai Jail Superintendent
1989 Meenakshi Thiruvilayadal
1992 Mannan
1993 Karuppu Vellai
1994 Indhu Servant
1994 Sevatha Ponnu
1995 Deva Villager
1995 Thirumoorthy
1996 Mahaprabhu
2000 Seenu Servant
2001 Middle Class Madhavan Kuzhandhaivelu's father
2004 Arivumani Police Officer
2006 Em Magan Dying grandfather
2007 Thottal Poo Malarum Blind Car driver
2007 Thavam
2009 Thoranai
2009 Padikkadavan


He died on 7 August 2012. [3]

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