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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2521

Veteran Tamil Movie Actor M.N. Nambiar passed away

B. Ravikumar in Chennai for Asian Tribune

Chennai, 20 November, ( The doyen of South Indian Film industry a well respected and reputed film artist veteran M.N. Nambiar (89 Yrs) passed away in Chennai yesterday due to brief illness. He was suffering from age-related ailments for the past four months and breathed his last at his residence.M.N. Nambiar Doyen of South Indian film industryM.N. Nambiar Doyen of South Indian film industry

He is survived by his wife (Rukmani), two sons - Sukumaran (senior BJP leader) and Mohan, and a daughter (Snehalatha).

Nambiar has worked in a well over 1,000 films in a career spanning more than 70 years. The actor, with his unique style and mannerisms, redefined villainy in Kollywood.

Born on March 7, 1919, in Kannur, Kerala, Nambiar was one of the most successful stars of Tamil cinema and perhaps the only actor, who remained active for seven decades. He also acted in Telegu, Malayalam and Hindi cinema, besides in Willam Burke’s English film Jungle (1952) with Rod Cameron.

Nambiar had acted with all top stars of Tamil cinema like M.G. Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan, Rajini Kanth, Kamal Haasan & Vijay. His famous films include Aayirathil Oruvan, Ambikapathi, Missiyamma, , Engal Veettu pillai Nenjam Marappathillai, Padagotti, Thirisulam, Thillana moganambal, Thooral Ninu Pochu , Thigambara Samiyar, Sarvadhikari, Manthrikumari, Enga Veetu Pillai and Arasilankumari.

Nambiar had also acted in Velaikari, written by the reformist writer and DMK founder C. N Annadurai and directed by A. S. A. Sami.

After becoming popular in Tamil films, he started his own drama troupe 'Nambiar Nataka Mandram', which staged many plays.

A deeply religious person, Nambiar was an ardent devotee of Lord Ayyappa of the famous Sabarimala shrine and visited it regularly for more than 65 years, which earned him the title 'Maha Gurusamy.'
Recently, AIADMK leader J. Jayalalithaa had visited the veteran and sought his blessings on the occasion of her 60th birthday.

Entire Tamil film industry is mourning the death of the great on-screen villain who was a great human being off-screen. Mega superstar Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and actors Prabhudeva, Sreekanth, Radharavi, Senthil, S.V. Sekar, Karan, Rajesh and actress K.R. Vijaya, Manorama, Vijayakumari, were few of the many artists who on Wednesday at Nambiar's residence to pay their last respect.

- Asian Tribune -

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