T. P. Muthulakshmi

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T. P. Muthulakshmi
தூத்துக்குடி பொன்னையா பாண்டியன். முத்துலட்சுமி
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T. P. Muthulakshmi
T. P. Muthulakshmi

24 June 1931
Died29 May 2008 (aged 77) [1]
Years active1950–1969
SpouseP. K. Muthuramalingam (m.1958)
ChildrenP. K. J. Vairamuthu
Parent(s)Father: Ponnaiyapandiyan
Mother: Shanmugathammal
RelativesM. Perumal (Uncle)
Awards Kalaimamani(2008)

T. P. Muthulakshmi (Native name: தமிழ்: டி. பி. முத்துலட்சுமி) was an Indian actress who was active from the 1950 to 1969. She was a prominent lead comedy actress during the early 1950s in Tamil films. She has acted in around 350 movies in Tamil language. Her debut film was Ponmudi in 1950, directed by Ellis R. Dungan. [1] [2] [3]


Early life

Muthulakshmi was born in 1931 to Ponnaiyapandiyan and Shanmugathammal at Thoothukudi, Madras Presidency (now in Tamil Nadu). She studied up to eighth grade and while studying she desired to learn Carnatic music and Classical dance and enter the film industry. She confirmed that she would be a cinema actress. In Chennai, her uncle M. Perumal worked as a dancer at the director of the film K. Subramaniyam. With his help she decided to enter the film industry. With the help of Perumal, Muthulakshmi got the chance to be in the mural dance of Chandralekha (1948). Muthulakshmi played the dance scene with a large number of women participants and danced with T. R. Rajakumari in some scenes. She worked for a few months at a salary of 65 rupees at Gemini Studio. [4]


After Mahabahli Chakravarthi, she starred in minor roles in films such as Minmini, Deethwa Manohari and Parijatham. In 1950, she appeared in a comedy role in Ponmudi produced by Modern Theatres, [4] which made a big turn in Muthulakshmi's career. In Or Iravu (1951), with screenplay written by C. N. Annadurai and produced by AVM Productions, she played K. R. Ramasamy's wife Bhavani. In Thirumbi Paar (1953), she played a dumb woman. Muthulakshmi was paired with K. A. Thangavelu, Kaka Radhakrishnan, A. Karunanidhi, J. P. Chandra Babu, T. R. Ramachandran, Major Sundarrajan, S. Rama Rao, and M. R. Radha. [5]

Personal life

Muthulakshmi married P. K. Muthuramalingam in 1958, he was supervisor of the state agency. Chairman of the Tamil Nadu Peninsula Institute. She was Sister in law of famous director T. P. Gajendran. [6] She died on 29 May 2008, having suffered ill health and being hospitalised in Vijaya hospital, then she was shifted to home. She spent one month at home with proper medical care. Her body was cremated in Nungamabakkam, Chennai. [7]


She has acted in around 350 movies in Tamil films.


1948 Chandralekha Group dancer


1950 Ponmudi
Manthiri Kumari Karpagam
1951 Or Iravu
Rajambal Kanakavalli
1952 Thai Ullam
Parasakthi Kantha
1953 Thirumbi Paar
1954 Koondukili
Manohara Malini
Pon Vayal
Sugam Enge Maragatham
Thuli Visham
Rajee En Kanmani
Rajee Na Pranam
Kanavaney Kankanda Deivam Nagi
Town Bus Poongavanam
Gnana Sundari
Gomathiyin Kaadhalan Ponnayee/ Parijatham
1956 Naan Petra Selvam Ezhilarasi
Naane Raja
Rambaiyin Kaadhal Oyyari
Silambu Guhai
1957 Chakravarthi Thirumagal
Aaravalli Singaravalli
Mahadhevi Vasantha
Soubhagyavathi Maragatham
Makkalai Petra Magarasi
Rani Lalithangi
1958 Vanjikottai Valiban
Veerapandiya Kattabomman
Vaazha Vaitha Deivam
Kadan Vangi Kalyanam
Nadodi Mannan
Petra Maganai Vitra Annai Mohana
Manamulla Marutharam
Avan Amaran
Annaiyin Aanai
Maya Manithan
Neelavukku Neranja Manasu
1959 Vannakili Eesal
Thanga Padhumai
Thalai Koduthaan Thambi
Veerapandiya Kattabomman Kamakshi


1960 Adutha Veettu Penn
Padikkadha Medhai
1961 Thayilla Pillai Gangamma
Kappalottiya Thamizhan
1962Vadivukku Valaikkappu
Konjum Salangai Alangaram
Sengamala Theevu
1963 Chittoor Rani Padmini
Kalyaniyin Kanavan Ramayee
Iruvar Ullam
1964 Navaratri Cameo Appearance
1965 Vallavanukku Vallavan Muthulakshmi
1966 Anbe Vaa Pappamma
Avan Pithana? Avaiyamma
1967 Naan
Anubavi Raja Anubavi Chithambaram wife
1968 Harichandra
Thirumal Perumai
1969 Aayiram Poi Maragatham
Poova Thalaiya

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