T. S. Balaiah

Last updated

T. S. Balaiah
டி. எஸ். பாலையா
TS Baliah.jpg
Born(1914-08-23)23 August 1914
Died22 July 1972(1972-07-22) (aged 57)
Years active1936–1972
Children Junior Balaiah (actor)
Manochithra (actress)
Saibaba (musician)

Thirunelveli Subramaniyan Balaiah (Tamil : திருநெல்வேலி சுப்ரமணியன். பாலையா; 23 August 1914 – 22 July 1972) was an Indian actor. He is best known for playing supporting roles in Tamil films. Born in Sundankottai, near Udankudi in Thoothukudi, Balaiah was introduced to the cine field by director Ellis R. Dungan in Sathi Leelavathi (1936), along with M. G. Ramachandran, N. S. Krishnan and M.K. Radha. He was one of the very few actors who excelled as a villain, as well as in character roles and comic roles. [1]


Early life & death

T. S. Balaiah was born on 23 August 1914. [2] He was born in Sundankottai, now in Thoothukudi district, Tamil Nadu [3] He lived a comfortable life in T. Nagar but died at the age of 57 leaving huge fortune behind. [3]


Being Part of various drama troupe, his career into films started from 'Madurai Original Boys' drama company which had several talented youngsters who created history in Tamil cinema, including M.K. Radha, M. G. Ramachandran, N. S. Krishnan. Balaiah began his film career through the Tamil film Sathi Leelavathi in 1936. Balaiah played first lead role in Mohini paired opposite Madhuri Devi, where he played elder brother to V. N. Janaki and supporting role by M.G.R . He gained lot of weight at the age of 40 in 1954, hence started getting more character roles. Among his villain roles, Ambikapathy 1937, Andhaman Kaithi, Madurai Veeran, Thaikkupin Tharam, Hello Mister Zamindar and Thiruvilaiyadal were critically acclaimed. Balaiah also excelled in comedy roles in movies such as Kavalai Illaadha Manithan, Kadhalikka Neramillai, Bama Vijayam and Thillana Mohanambal. Actor Sivaji Ganesan had once mentioned that Balaiah along with M. R. Radha was his most admired actor. [3]

Personal life

Actress Manochithra is his daughter, while one of his sons Junior Balaiah has also appeared in films. Another son, Sai Baba, was part of MSV's troupe and sang a few songs.

Partial filmography

YearFilmRole Director Notes
1972 Agathiyar
1970 Ethiroli K. Balachander
1969 Kanne Pappa K. R. Vijaya, R. Muthuraman, Baby Rani P. Madhavan
1968 Thillana Mohanambal A. P. Nagarajan
1967 Ooty Varai Uravu Vedachalam C. V. Sridhar
1967 Bama Vijayam Ethiraj K. Balachander
1966Yarukaka Azhudan?
1966 Sadhu Mirandal Ramananda Bhagavathar Thirumalai–Mahalingam Special appearance
1965 Vaazhkai Padagu C. Srinivasan
1965 Thiruvilayadal Hemanatha BagavatharA. P. Nagarajan
1965 Ennathaan Mudivu?
1965 Hello Mister Zamindar K. J. Mahadevan
1964 Karuppu Panam SattanathanG. R. Nathan
1964 Kaadhalikka Neramillai VishwanathanC.V.Sridhar
1962KavithaMalaiyappanT.R. Raghunath
1961 Thayilla Pillai Pathanjali Sasthri L. V. Prasad
1961 Palum Pazhamum Relative (Sivaji Ganesan's uncle) A. Bhimsingh
1961 Pavamanippu
1961 Kumara Raja Wealthy man (Chandrababu's father)G. K. Ramu
1966 Chavukkadi Chandrakantha M. Radhakrishnan
1960 Kavalai Illaadha Manithan K.Sankar
1960 Kalathur Kannamma Ramalingam A. Bhimsingh
1960 Parthiban Kanavu Marappa Bhupathi D. Yoganand
1959 Vaazha Vaitha Deivam M. A. Thirumugam
1959 Paththarai Maathu Thangam K. S. Mani
1959 Orey Vazhi K. Shankar
1959 Bhaaga Pirivinai A.Bhimsingh
1957 Neelamalai Thirudan Police InspectorM. A. Thirumugam
1957 Pudhaiyal Ambalam Krishnan–Panju
1957 Allauddin Adhbhuta Deepam
1956 Kaalam Maari Pochu Tapi Chanakya
1956 Madurai Veeran Thalapathi MarappanYoganand
1955 Maaman Magal KanniyappanR. S. Mani
1955 Chella Pillai Director Yaman M. V. Raman
1954 Nallakalam K. Vembu, Jyotish Sinha
1954 Ratha Paasam MadhuR.S.Mani
1953 Gunasagari (Kannada film)H.L.N. Simha
1951 Manamagal N.S.Krishnan
1950 Ezhai Padum Padu Ramnath
1949 Velaikkari Mani A. S. A. Sami
1947 Rajakumari Prince Aalahaalan A. S. A. Sami
1946 Chitra SanjeeviWahab Kashmiri
1945 Meera JayamanEllis Dungan
1945 Burma Rani T. R. Sundaram
1937 Ambikapathy RudrasenanEllis Dungan
1936 Sathi Leelavathi Ellis Dungan

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">M. G. Ramachandran</span> Indian actor and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (1917–1987)

Marudhur Gopalan Ramachandran, also popularly known as M.G.R., was an Indian politician, actor, philanthropist and filmmaker who served as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu from 1977 till his death in 1987. He was the founder of AIADMK and mentor of J. Jayalalithaa. On 19 March 1988, M.G.R. was posthumously honoured with Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">M. R. Radha</span> Indian actor

Madras Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan was an Indian actor and politician active in Tamil plays and films. He was given the title "Nadigavel" by Periyar E. V. Ramasamy. He mostly played villain roles, but had also acted in several films as comedian.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ellis R. Dungan</span> American director of Indian films

Ellis Roderick Dungan was an American film director, who was well known for working in Indian films, predominantly in Tamil cinema, from 1936 to 1950. He was an alumnus of the University of Southern California and moved to India in 1935. During his film career in South India, Dungan directed the debut films of several popular Tamil film actors, such as M. G. Ramachandran in Sathi Leelavathi, T. S. Balaiya, Kali N. Ratnam and N. S. Krishnan.

<i>Iru Sahodarargal</i> 1936 film by Ellis R. Dungan

Iru Sahodarargal is a 1936 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by Ellis R. Dungan. This was the second film for M. G. Ramachandran and Dungan. This film cemented the reputation of Dungan as the most successful Tamil film director of that period. It is one of the earliest Tamil films to be set in a contemporary social setting. No print of the film is known to survive, making it a lost film.

<i>Saalivaahanan</i> 1945 Indian film

Saalivaahanan is a Tamil language film starring Ranjan, T. R. Rajakumari, M. G. Ramachandran and K. L. V. Vasantha. The film was released in 1945. No print of the film is known to survive, making it a lost film.

<i>Dhaasippen</i> 1943 film by Ellis R. Dungan

Dhaasippen, also Dhaasippenn is a 1943 Tamil-language film directed by Ellis R. Dungan and produced by Bhuvaneswai Pictures. The lead actors are T. R. Mahalingam and M. G. Ramachandran. The film was scored by Lalitha Venkatraman and S. Rajeswara Rao. The film has had three other titles: Jyothi Malar, Dasi Penn and Thumbai Mahatmyam, and Jothi Malar. The film is based on a folk tale about a girl becoming a devadasi and dedicating her life to worshipping Lord Shiva and refusing to follow the traditional path of marrying a man. Dhaasippen performed well and became a box office hit. But no print of the film is known to survive, making it a lost film.

<i>Server Sundaram</i> 1964 film by Krishnan–Panju

Server Sundaram is a 1964 Indian Tamil-language comedy drama film directed by Krishnan–Panju and produced by A. V. Meiyappan. The film stars Nagesh as the title character. Muthuraman and K. R. Vijaya play the other lead roles while Major Sundarrajan, S. N. Lakshmi and Manorama play supporting roles. It focuses on a hotel waiter who strives to reach greater heights after he becomes an actor to attain the love of his restaurateur's daughter.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">K. A. Thangavelu</span> Indian actor and comedian (1917-1994)

Karaikal Arunachalam Thangavelu popularly known as "Danaal Thangavelu", was an Indian actor and comedian popular in the 1950s to 1970s. Not known for physical, acrobatic comedy like his contemporaries J. P. Chandrababu and Nagesh, Thangavelu's humour is recognised for his impeccable timing in verbal agility and the characteristic twang of his delivery. He exclusively acted in Tamil films.

<i>Sathi Leelavathi</i> (1936 film) 1936 film by Ellis R. Dungan

Sathi Leelavathi is a 1936 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by Ellis R. Dungan and written by Madras Kandaswamy Mudaliar. It is based on S. S. Vasan's novel of the same name, which had been serialised in 1934. M. K. Radha stars as Krishnamurthy, a man from Madras, who is lured into drinking alcohol by an acquaintance. Believing he murdered his friend in a drunken stupor, Krishnamurthy flees to Ceylon while his wife and daughter, played by M. R. Gnanambal and M. K. Mani respectively, are reduced to poverty. T. S. Balaiah, M. G. Ramachandran, M. V. Mani and P. Nammalvar appear in supporting roles.

<i>Paithiyakkaran</i> 1947 Indian film

Payithiyakaran is a 1947 Tamil-language film produced by and starring N. S. Krishnan. It was based on the play of the same name staged by Krishnan's drama troupe. It was the first film for Krishnan after his acquittal in the Lakshmikanthan murder case. M. G. Ramachandran played a supporting role in the film.

<i>Madurai Veeran</i> (1956 film) 1956 film by D. Yoganand

Madurai Veeran (transl. The Warrior of Madurai) is a 1956 Indian Tamil-language action film directed by D. Yoganand, written by Kannadasan, and produced by Lena Chettiar. Based on the folklore legend turned deity of the same name, it stars M. G. Ramachandran as the eponymous character, with P. Bhanumathi and Padmini playing his love interests. T. S. Balaiah, N. S. Krishnan and T. A. Mathuram play supporting roles.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">P. U. Chinnappa</span> Indian actor

Pudukkottai Ulaganathan Pillai Chinnappa was an Indian singer and film actor during the 30s era from Pudukottai, India. He is also credited as one of the first major influential actors of South Cinema. His notable movies include Uthama Puthiran, Aryamala, Kannagi, Manonmani, Kubera Kuchela and Jagathalaprathapan.

Sathi Murali was a 1941 Tamil-language film directed by Vadivelu Naicker. It starred M. K. Radha, M. R. Santhanalakshmi and T. R. Mahalingam in the lead roles. No print of the film is known to survive, making it a lost film.

Sozhavanthan Varadharajan Venkatraman, also known as SVV, was an Indian actor, singer, and music director, who was active in the Indian film industry from 1938 to the 1970s.

<i>Uthama Puthiran</i> (1940 film) 1940 film

Utthama Puthiran is the 1940 Tamil language film directed by T. R. Sundaram. P. U. Chinnappa, M. V. Rajamma, T. S. Balaiah played the lead roles. It was the first Tamil film in which the leading actor P. U. Chinnappa played a double role.

<i>Petralthan Pillaiya</i> 1966 film by Krishnan–Panju

Petralthan Pillaiya is a 1966 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by Krishnan–Panju and written by Aaroor Dass. The film stars M. G. Ramachandran, B. Saroja Devi and Sowcar Janaki. Based on Charlie Chaplin's 1921 American film, The Kid, it revolves around a tramp finding a homeless boy and raising him as his own son until five years later the boy's biological parents try to find him.

Raghu Balaiah, popularly known as Junior Balaiah is an Indian actor who has appeared in Tamil language films. The son of actor T. S. Balaiah, Junior Balaiah has primarily featured in supporting roles throughout his career, which has stretched over forty years.

<i>Neelamalai Thirudan</i> 1957 film by M. A. Thirumugam

Neelamalai Thirudan is a 1957 Indian Tamil-language swashbuckler film directed and edited by M. A. Thirumugam, produced by Sandow M. M. A. Chinnappa Thevar and written by S. Ayyaiah Pillai. The film stars R. Ranjan and Anjali Devi, with T. S. Balaiah, K. A. Thangavelu, P. S. Veerappa, M. K. Radha, E. R. Sahadevan, Kannamba and E. V. Saroja in supporting roles. It revolves around a man seeking to avenge his family that was separated during his childhood due to his greedy uncle.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">M. V. Mani</span>

Mantri Vancheeswaran Mani (1904-1952) was an Indian freedom fighter and Conservationist. In 1938, he created the South Indian Film Artistes Association and served as Secretary under P.N. Velu Nair, the Association's President. Mani's contributions were described by Tamil actor and Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M.G. Ramachandran in his autobiography Nan Yaean Piranthaen.

Pathi Bhakthi is a 1936 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by P. Y. Altekar. It is based on the Madurai Original Boy's Company (MOBC) theatre troupe's play of the same name. The film stars K. P. Kesavan, Radha Bai and Kali N. Rathnam.


  1. "My movie minutes: The Three-in-One T.S.Balaiah". 12 September 2012.
  2. Raman, Mohan (23 August 2014). "100 years of laughter". The Hindu. ISSN   0971-751X . Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  3. 1 2 3 "Darling of the masses". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 23 August 2014.