Mohan Rao, known mononymously as Mohan or Mike Mohan is an Indian film 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, and "Mike" from numerous roles playing singers using microphones. In 1982, he received the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actor for his work in Payanangal Mudivathillai.
23 August 1956
|Other names||Kokila Mohan, Silver Jubilee Star, Mike Mohan|
|Years active||1977–1991, 1999 |
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 in Kannada 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 has become one of the biggest stars of the Tamil cinema industry. He is called the "Silver Jubilee Star" and market level equal to Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, K. Bhagyaraj and "Rajendra Kumar of Tamil Film Industry" since almost all movies featuring Mohan witnessed a fantastic run.
After Kokila, Mohan starred in a Malayalam movie titled Mathalasa. Furthermore, immediately after the success of the Malayalam movie, Mohan went on to sign a Telugu film titled Thoorpu Velle Railu, which was a remake of the Tamil film Kizhakkae Pogum Rail. The Telugu version was directed by Bapu. After that Mohan was introduced in the Tamil film Nenjathai Killathey by director Mahendran. Nenjathai Killathey marked the beginning of the peak of Mohan's career. Kilinjalgal, Payanagal Mudivathillai had Silver Jubilee. Mohan became a major star through Payanangal Mudivathillai (1982). Actress Poornima Bhagyaraj was favourite evergreenpair in most of the mohan films. This pair act more than 7 films
|1979||Toorpu Velle Railu||Telugu|
|1982||Payanangal Mudivathillai||Tamil||Ravi Kumar||Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actor|
|1982||Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai||Tamil|
|1982||Njan Onnu Parayatte||Malayalam|
|1983||Antha Sila Naatkal||Tamil|
|1983||Thoongadha Kannendru Onru||Tamil|
|1983||Manaivi Solle Manthiram||Tamil|
|1983||Naalu Perukku Nandri||Tamil|
|1984||Kuva Kuva Vaathugal||Tamil||Guest Appearance|
|1984||Ambigai Neril Vanthaal||Tamil|
|1984||Nalam Nalamariya Aaval||Tamil|
|1984||Naan Paadum Paadal||Tamil|
|1984||Sakala Kala Priyudu||Telugu|
|1984||Anbe Odi Vaa||Tamil|
|1984||24 Mani Neram||Tamil|
|1984||Oh Maane Maane||Tamil|
|1984||Unnai Naan Santhithen||Tamil||Guest Appearance|
|1985||Maappillai Singam||Tamil||Guest Appearance|
|1985||Thendrale Ennai Thodu||Tamil|
|1985||Sri Raghavendrar||Tamil||Guest Appearance|
|1985||Naan Ungal Rasigan||Tamil|
|1985||Unakkaga Oru Roja||Tamil|
|1986||Aayiram Pookkal Malarattum||Tamil|
|1986||Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu||Tamil|
|1986||Paru Paru Pattanam Paru||Tamil|
|1986||Unnai Ondru Ketpen||Tamil|
|1987||Rettai Vaal Kuruvi||Tamil|
|1987||Idhu Oru Thodar Kathai||Tamil|
|1987||Ninaikka Therintha Manamey||Tamil|
|1988||Choopulu Kalasina Subhavela||Telugu|
|1989||Naalaiya Manithan||Tamil||Guest Appearance|
|1989||Oru Ponnu Nenacha||Tamil|
|1999||Anbulla Kadhalukku||Tamil||Also director|
- "'Mike' Mohan: The unsung phenomenon". S.Shiva Kumar. The Hindu. 21 May 2019. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
- "Mike Mohan to make a comeback". The Times of India. 15 July 2017. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
- "'Mike' Mohan still in demand". Subha J Rao. The Hindu. 25 December 2017. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
- Mohan. Archived 23 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine Freebase. Retrieved on 17 February 2016.
- Mohan's loss. Indiaglitz.com (24 March 2006). Retrieved on 2016-02-17.
- "Back to acting, again!". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 28 December 2007.
- Arvind, T. (2 November 2017). "The numbers game: Tamil cinema's numerical titles". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
- "Grill Mill: S. N. Surendar". thehindu. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2015.