Mohan (actor)

Mohan (born 23 August 1956) is an Indian actor, known for his works predominantly in Tamil cinema, and a few Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam films. He is also known as "Kokila Mohan" after his debut film Kokila (1977),[2][3] and "Mic Mohan" from numerous roles playing singers using microphones.[4][5][6] In 1982, he received the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actor for his work in Payanangal Mudivathillai.[3][7]

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Mohan Rao

(1956-08-23) 23 August 1956 (age 66)
Other namesKokila Mohan
Mic Mohan
Silver Jubilee Star[1]
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1977–1991
(m. 1987)


Mohan was introduced to the world of theatre by B. V. Karanth, who spotted him at a restaurant. Mohan's first stage play was praised by critics from places like Delhi. Mohan was introduced to the cinema industry through Kannada film industry by Balu Mahendra in his movie Kokila in 1977 alongside Tamil actor Kamal Haasan. Kokila was a hit and Mohan was catapulted into the limelight; since release of Moodu Pani in 1980 he became one of the biggest stars of the Tamil cinema industry. Mohan was called in the industry as the 'silver jubilee hero' in the 1980s for almost all movies featuring the actor that witnessed a fantastic run.[8]

After Kokila, Mohan starred in a Malayalam movie titled Madaalasa (1978). Furthermore, immediately after the success of the Malayalam movie, Mohan went on to sign a Telugu film titled Thoorpu Velle Railu (1979), which was a remake of the Tamil film Kizhakke Pogum Rail. The Telugu version was directed by Bapu. After that Mohan was introduced in the Tamil film Nenjathai Killathe (1980) by director Mahendran.[9] The film ran for a year and won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil.[10] After his films began to be either silver jubilee or over 200 days most of the time. He became a big star in Payanangal Mudivathillai (1982) winning the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil.[11]

He was best known for his stage singer roles and people had a general thought that he was not versatile. At the peak of his career, he was not afraid to take up challenging negative roles in films like Vidhi (1984), Nooravathu Naal (1984)[12] and comedies like Rettai Vaal Kuruvi (1987),[13] Sahadevan Mahadevan (1988).

In 1985 he created a record of releasing 3 films in a span of 2 days. In Chennai Devi theatre complex, 3 screens filmed his three movies simultaneously and all were huge success. So far no actor can replace his record.

Mohan played a major role in the lifetime of production company Motherland Pictures and its producer Kovaithambi. He donned his best performance in the critically acclaimed Mouna Ragam (1986), winning the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil and gave recognition to the director Mani Ratnam.[14][15]

Almost all his films were good musical albums (Ilaiyaraaja), which feature songs that are still remembered after 25 years. Mohan is still talked about every time a conversation springs up for 80s films or Ilaiyaraaja's songs.

He tried hard to stage a comeback by producing, directing besides playing the lead role in a movie titled Anbulla Kadhalukku (1999). Unfortunately, his bad luck continued and the movie disappeared from the box office without any trace. Mohan stated that when not acting, he is busy producing television serials like Acham Madam Nanam, Selvangal, Hasiyaramayana and Brindavanam. Aside from that, he is also doing charity works and spends time with his family.

He declined to do the role of Jayam Ravi's father in Unakkum Enakkum (2006), which was later played by K. Bhagyaraj. Mohan again played the hero after a hiatus of 9 years in Sutta Pazham released in 2008.[16] The film was a low budget fare which helped the producer and distributors enjoy the profit.

Mohan's Civic Cinema has already produced Thalappavu (2008), the Prithviraj-Lal starrer, the debut directorial venture of popular actor Madhupal.[17] In 2022, it was announced that Mohan would be returning to Tamil cinema with Haraa.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

Mohan was born on 23 August 1956 and married Gowri in 1987.


Year Film Role Language Notes
1977 Kokila Baskar Kannada debut movie
1978 Aparichita Shamu Kannada
1978 Madaalasa Chandru Malayalam
1979 Bhoolokadalli Yamaraja Suresh Kannada
1979 Toorpu Velle Railu Raamanna Telugu
1980 Nammammana Sose Nataraj Kannada
1980 Moodu Pani Bhaskar Tamil
1980 Gandharagolam Madhan Telugu
1980 Nenjathai Killathe Ram Tamil
1981 Gaali Maathu Chintamani Kannada
1981 Muniyana Madari Maara Kannada
1981 Hennina Sedu Guru Kannada Simultaneously made in Telugu as Chalaki Chellamma with Murali Mohan replacing Srinath,
Dubbed in Tamil as Kalyanam Aanavare Sowkyama
1981 Kilinjalgal Babu Tamil
1982 Payanangal Mudivathillai Ravi Kumar Tamil Won - Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
1982 Thambathyam Oru Sangeetham Tamil
1982 Kaatrukkenna Veli Tamil
1982 Ponmudy Raju Malayalam
1982 Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai Kannan / Sekhar Tamil Dual Role
1982 Lottery Ticket Vasu Tamil
1982 Iniyavale Vaa Prabhu Tamil
1982 Archanai Pookal Karthik Tamil
1982 Gopurangal Saivathillai Murali Tamil
1982 Njan Onnu Parayatte Madhavankutty Malayalam
1982 Anantha Ragaalu Mohan Telugu
1982 Chinnan Chirusugal Tamil
1983 Haavada Hoovu Mohan Kannada
1983 Antha Sila Naatkal Gopi Tamil
1983 Jothi Tamil
1983 Thoongadha Kannendru Onru Ravi Tamil
1983 Nenjamellam Neeye Mohan Tamil
1983 Ilamai Kaalangal Raghu Tamil
1983 Saranalayam Prabhu Tamil
1983 Manaivi Solle Manthiram Thyagu Tamil
1983 Naalu Perukku Nandri Babu Tamil
1984 Kuva Kuva Vaathugal Mohan Tamil Guest Appearance
1984 Vidhi Raja Tamil
1984 Nooravathu Naal Ramkumar Tamil Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
1984 Vengaiyin Mainthan Radha's husband Tamil
1984 Naan Paadum Paadal Anand Tamil
1984 Nenjathai Allitha Venghu Tamil
1984 Anbe Odi Vaa Mahesh Tamil
1984 Nalam Nalamariya Aaval Tamil
1984 Sattathai Thiruthungal Chiranjeevi Tamil
1984 Shanthi Muhurtham Raja Tamil
1984 24 Mani Neram Raj Tamil
1984 Magudi Amavasai Tamil
1984 Rusi Ravi Tamil
1984 Niraparaadhi Inspector Raja Tamil Guest Appearance
1984 Oh Maane Maane Mahesh Tamil
1984 Osai Raja Tamil
1984 Unnai Naan Santhithen Vijay Tamil Guest Appearance
1984 Vai Pandal Dhivakar Tamil
1984 Ambigai Neril Vanthaal Ravi Tamil
1985 Sravanthi Chiranjeevi Telugu
1985 Maappillai Singam Dancer Tamil Guest Appearance
1985 Udaya Geetham Arun Tamil
1985 Deivapiravi Raja Tamil
1985 Pillai Nila Mohan Tamil
1985 Anbin Mugavari Balu Tamil
1985 Thendrale Ennai Thodu Raghunath Tamil
1985 Anni Raja Tamil
1985 Kunguma Chimil Ravi Tamil
1985 Sri Raghavendrar Disciple Tamil Guest Appearance
1985 Unakkaga Oru Roja Balu Tamil
1985 Idaya Kovil Shankar Tamil Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
1985 Naan Ungal Rasigan Subramani Tamil
1986 December Pookal Chandru Tamil
1986 Uyire Unakkaga Balumurali Tamil
1986 Aalapana Sivudu Telugu
1986 Aayiram Pookkal Malarattum Arun Tamil
1986 Mouna Ragam Chandrakumar Tamil Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
1986 Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu Subramani Tamil
1986 Paru Paru Pattanam Paru Mohanraj Tamil
1986 Unnai Ondru Ketpen Tamil
1987 Rettai Vaal Kuruvi Gopi Tamil Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
1987 Ananda Aradhanai Mohan Tamil
1987 Idhu Oru Thodar Kathai Ravi Tamil
1987 Paadu Nilave Balakrishnan Tamil
1987 Ninaikka Therintha Maname Babu Tamil
1987 Krishnan Vandhaan Raja Tamil
1987 Theertha Karaiyinile Ganesan (Raja) Tamil
1988 Kunguma Kodu Ramu Tamil
1988 Paasa Paravaigal Dr. Shankar Tamil
1988 Mappillai Sir Driving Master Tamil
1988 Aathma Katha Ravi Telugu
1988 Choopulu Kalasina Subhavela Anand Mohan Telugu
1988 Sahadevan Mahadevan Sahadevan Tamil
1988 Vasanthi Raja Tamil
1989 Naalaiya Manithan Host Tamil Guest Appearance
1989 Police Report Srinivas Telugu
1989 Sondham 16 Varudhu Tamil
1989 Oru Ponnu Nenacha Tamil
1989 Thalaivanukkor Thalaivi Siva Tamil
1989 Manidhan Marivittan Viswanathan & Uthaman Tamil Dual Role
1989 Idhaya Dheepam Madhan Tamil
1989 Paasa Mazhai Ashok Tamil
1990 Saradamba Srikanth Telugu
1990 Valiba Vilayattu Raja Tamil
1990 Jagathalaprathapan Prathap Tamil
1991 Uruvam Mohan Tamil
1999 Anbulla Kadhalukku Prem Tamil Also director
2008 Sutta Pazham Nandakumar (Nandu) Tamil
2009 Ghauttham Raghuram Kannada
2022 Haraa[19][20] Ram / Dawood Ibrahim Tamil


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  • Balabharathi (2012). தமிழ் சினிமா 80 பாகம்-2 [Tamil Cinema 80 Part-2] (in Tamil). Chennai: Nakkheeran Publications. ISBN 978-93-81828-41-0.

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