Anandan (Tamil: ஆனந்தன், 15 June 1933 – 25 March 1989), born as C. L. Anandan, was a film actor and producer who was active in Tamil Cinema as well in Malayalam Cinema during the latter half of the 20th century. He was well known for his hero, supporting, and villain roles. In a career spanning close to three decades, he acted in about 60 films in Tamil and Malayalam, in which 25 films had him as hero.[2] Anandan debuted in a supporting role in the Tamil movie Thandhai, and later he holds the heroic role in Vijayapuri Veeran. He made a move on the Malayalam film industry; Kaattumaina was his first Malayalam movie, which was also re-shot in Tamil. He appeared in a song sequence "Us Paar Saajan" as a fisherman dancer from the Hindi film Chori Chori (1956).

C. L. Anandan
C. L. Anandan

15 June 1933
Died25 March 1989 (aged 55)
Other namesAnandan, Anandhan
OccupationActor, Producer, Politician[1]
Years active1952–1988
Political partyAll India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (ADMK)
ChildrenLalitha Kumari (daughter)
Disco Shanti (daughter)
Ammu (daughter)
Viji (daughter)
Mohan (son)
Arun (son)
Master Jayaram (son)
RelativesSrihari (son-in-law, deceased)
Prakash Raj (former son-in-law, before divorcing from Lalitha Kumari)

Early lifeEdit

Anandan was born in Salem, Tamil Nadu. His mother tongue is Tamil.

Personal lifeEdit

Anandan married Lakshmi, the couple has four daughters and three sons. Anandan is the father of actresses Disco Shanti and Lalitha Kumari.[3]

Film CareerEdit

Initially, C. L. Anandan was doing supporting roles in many films. He was introduced by Citadel Films as the hero in their production Vijayapuri Veeran, released in the year 1960. He won the hearts of the cine-goers through his versatility, which he displayed in sword fighting and horse-riding. He reached heights through his film Veerathirumagan, released in the year 1962. The film catapulted him to the film industry's big league of happening stars. The film helped his heroine Sachu also climb the rungs of the success ladder. He owned his own production company known as "Aanandan Movies", where the movie Nanum Manidhandhaan was his first production. He was frequently paired with actress Rajasree in most of his films such as Magaley Un Samathu, Kubera Theevu, Sengamala Theevu and Yanai Valartha Vanampadi Magan.


C. L. Anandan acted in about 60 films in Tamil and Malayalam.

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  1. Achan (1952)
  2. Kaattumaina (1963)
  3. Kaattumallika (1966)
  4. Aana Valarthiya Vanampadiyude Makan (1971)
  5. Prathikaram (1972)
  6. Kaadu (1973)
  7. Vanadevatha (1976)... Sathram Watcher


  1. Chori Chori (1956)


  1. ^ "Kalyanamalai Magazine - Serial story, Thiraichuvai - Potpourri of titbits about Tamil cinema, C. L. Anandan".
  2. ^ "C.L.Anandan". 22 September 2013.
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  4. ^ "List of Malayalam Movies acted by Anandan".