R. Muthuraman

Muthuraman Radhakrishnan Onthiriyar popularly known as Pradeep Kumar (4 July 1929 - 16 October 1981) was an Indian actor who predominantly appeared in Tamil language films.[1] He was a leading actor during the 1960s and 1970s and was fondly called as Navarasa Thilagam. He had paired with all the leading heroines of his time and acted in over a hundred films. Muthuraman's son Karthik is also a popular Tamil actor and politician, and his grandson Gautham Karthik is also an actor who made his debut in Kadal (2013).

R. Muthuraman
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Muthuraman in Server Sundaram (1964)
Born
Muthuraman Radhakrishnan Onthiriyar

4 July 1929
Thanjavur, Orathanadu, Okkanadu Village, British India
Died16 October 1981(1981-10-16) (aged 52)
Other namesNavarasa Thilagam
Occupationactor, Producer
Years active1955–1981
Spouse(s)Sulochana Muthuraman
Children4 including Karthik
Parent(s)Radhakrishnan Devar, Rathnavathi

Early lifeEdit

Muthuraman was born in Thanjavur (Orathanadu Taluk -Okkanadu melayur) to a family that had no stage or acting links. He was the son of an advocate and his uncle was a police officer. However, in his youth he was attracted towards films and the fine arts. He joined the field much later in life, as he first became a government employee due to family pressure.[2]

Film careerEdit

In 1947, was acting in stage group called Vairam Nadaka Sabha along with Veteran Manorama, Kulatheivam Rajagopal etc. He was helped by a known philanthropist Sri KSBS Ganapathi (Late) from Thoothukudi to come in Cine field.

Muthuraman was a stage actor in his early days. He joined veteran actor S.S. Rajendran's SSR Nataka Mandram and then Seva Stage and acted in numerous dramas, including Manimagudam, Muthumandapam and Bharathiyar's poetic dramas.

He acted as Suppu, a simpleton in Thenthoosi, a film that starred Gemini Ganesan in the lead role. He went to play a few major roles and many secondary roles in about 100 movies in the sixties and seventies. Although he was a player in an era dominated by stalwarts such as M G Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan and Gemini Ganesan, he made a name and place for himself as a popular supporting actor. He is famous for playing a supporting role in movies which starred Sivaji Ganesan specially. This handsome and mature actor was known as Navarasa Thilakam.[citation needed]

He was paired with many heroines of the time including Devika, KR Vijaya, L Vijayalakshmi, Lakshmi, Vijaya Nirmala, Vanisri, Sujata, Srividya, Jayalalithaa and Sripriya, but his most constant heroine with whom he was paired for a record of 19 times was Kanchana. He starred in many successful films, in co-hero roles in movies such as Kaadhalikka Neramillai and supporting roles in movies such as Server Sundaram.[2]

FamilyEdit

Muthuraman was married to Sulochana. The couple had four children, the youngest of whom, Karthik Muthuraman, became a popular actor.[2]

DeathEdit

In October 1981, Muthuraman arrived at Ooty to attend the shooting for Ayiram Muthangal. When he was jogging as part of a routine exercise, he collapsed on the road and became unconscious. Actor Sivakumar who had stayed in the same place as Muthuraman was told that Muthuraman was lying unconscious on the street thereafter Muthuraman was rushed to the hospital by actor Sivakumar. But the doctor declared Muthuraman dead on arrival.[3] He was 52 years old at the time of his death.[4]

FilmographyEdit

1980sEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Pokkiri Raja Last film
1980 Guru Raghu
1980 Inaintha Thuruvangal

1970sEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1979 Raja Rajeswari
1979 Neeya? Special Appearance
1978 Achchani
1978 Aval thantha uravu
1978 Kaatrinile Varum Geetham
1978 Anna Poorani
1978 Per solla oru pillai
1978 Shri Kanchi Kamakshi Adishankara
1977 Aalukkoru Aasai
1977 Deviyin Thirumanam
1977 Mazhai megam
1977 Murugan Adimai
1977 Nee Vazha Vendum 175th Film
1977 Pennjanmam
1977 Punitha Anthoniyar
1977 Punniyam Seithaval
1977 Thalia Salangaiya
1976 Vazhvu En Pakkam Raju
1976 Kanavan Manaivi
1976 Perum Pugazhum
1976 Kaalangalil Aval Vasantham
1976 Nalla Penmani
1976 Seervarisai
1976 Chitra Pournami
1976 Inspector Manaivi
1976 Kula Gauravam
1976 Muthana Muthallavo
1976 Unmaiye Un Vilai Enna
1975 Oru Kudumbathin Kadhai
1975 Vaira Nenjam
1975 Amudha
1975 Vaazhnthu Kaattugiren Ramanathan
1975 Aan Pillai Singam
1975 Ezhaikkum Kaalam Varum
1975 Uravu Solla Oruvan
1975 Mayangukiral Oru Maadhu Kumar
1975 Ellorum Nallavare
1975 Avandhan Manidhan Chandran
1975 Piriya Vidai
1975 Anbu Roja
1975 Kasthuri Vijayam
1974 Avalum Penn Thaane Muthu
1974 Thai Pirandhal
1974 Engamma Sapatham
1974 Engal Kula Dheivam 150th Film
1974 Anbu Thangai
1974 Penn Ondru Kanden
1974 Roshakkari
1974 Kadavul Mama
1974 Vani Rani Dr. Ravi
1974 Dheerga Sumangali
1974 Dhaagam
1974 Pathu Madha Bandham
1974 Thirumangalyam
1973 Malligai Poo
1973 Radha
1973 School Master Guest Appearance
1973 Nathayil Muthu Madhu
1973 Karaikkal Ammaiyar Paramathathan
1973 Deiva Kuzhandhaigal
1973 Veettukku Vandha Marumagal Guest Appearance
1973 Thirumalai Deivam King Tondaimann
1973 Suryagandhi Mohan
1973 Sondham
1973 Ponnunjal
1973 Nyayam Ketkirom
1973 Shanmugapriya 125th Film
1973 Rajaraja Cholan Prince Vimaladhithan
1973 Nalla Mudivu
1973 Maru Piravi
1973 Petha Manam Pithu
1972 Itho Enthan Deivam
1972 Dheivam Mani
1972 Bathilukku Bathil
1972 Vazhaiyadi Vazhai
1972 Kannamma
1972 Deiva Sankalpam Guest Appearance
1972 Dharmam Engey
1972 Delhi To Madras
1972 Kanimuthu Paappa
1972 Kasethan Kadavulada Ramu
1972 Kurathi Magan
1972 Mr. Sampath Sampath
1972 Dhikku Theriyadha Kaattil
1972 Rani Yaar Kuzhanthai
1971 Soodhattam
1971 Oru Thaai Makkal Ravi
1971 Punnagai Rajan 100th Film
1971 Aathi Parasakthi
1971 Annai Velankanni Land Lord
1971 Moondru Dheivangal Muthu
1971 Sudarum Sooravaliyum
1971 Irulum Oliyum Ramu
1971 Savaale Samali Marimuthu Guest Appearance
1971 Veguli Penn Captain Muthu
1971 Avalukendru Oru Manam Gopal
1971 Uyir
1971 Arunodhayam
1971 Thangaikkaaga
1971 Pudhiya Vazhkai Raju
1971 Iru Thuruvam Durai
1970 Nilave Nee Satchi
1970 Namma Veettu Deivam 75th Film
1970 Sorgam
1970 Engirundho Vandhaal Guest Appearance
1970 Anadhai Anandhan
1970 Kannan Varuvan
1970 Navagraham Siva
1970 Raman Ethanai Ramanadi
1970 Maanavan
1970 Veettuku Veedu Balu
1970 Noorandu Kalam Vazhga
1970 En Annan Murali
1970 Thabalkaran Thangai
1970 Penn Deivam

1960sEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1969 Sivandha Mann Anand
1969 Avare En Daivam
1969 Thulabharam
1969 Nirai Kudam Sambath
1969 Gurudhatchanai
1969 Kanne Pappa Bhaskar
1969 Kaaval Dheivam Guest Appearance
1969 Suba Dhinam
1968 Ethir Neechal Nair
1968 Uyira Maanama
1968 Kannan En Kadhalan Sundaram
1968 Teacheramma
1968 Thaer Thiruvizha Muthu / Ram
1968 Poovum Pottum
1968 Devi
1967 Ooty Varai Uravu Sundaram
1967 Naan
1967 Muhurtha Naal
1967 Rajathi
1967 Anubavi Raja Anubavi Janakiraman
1967 Anubavam Pudhumai 50th Film
1967 Thiruvarutchelvar
1967 Seetha
1967 Deiva Cheyal
1967 Nenjirukkum Varai
1967 Bama Vijayam Raman
1967 Manam Oru Kurangu
1966 Namma Veettu Lakshmi Guest Appearance
1966 Major Chandrakanth Srikanth
1966 Thaaye Unakkaga Guest Appearance
1966 Mahakavi Kalidas
1966 Marakka Mudiyumaa?
1966 Kodimalar Ramu
1966 Chitthi Balu
1965 Naanal Inspector Baskaran
1965 Thayin Karunai
1965 Thiruvilaiyadal Shenbaga Pandiyan
1965 Panchavarna Kili
1965 Vaazhkai Padagu Gopal
1965 Poojaikku Vandha Malar Ravi / Chandhru
1965 Pazhani Muthu
1964 Server Sundaram Raghavan
1964 Amma Engey
1964 Kalai Kovil Kannan
1964 Deiva Thirumagal
1964 Nanum Manidhandhaan 25th Film
1964 Nal Varavu
1964 Kadhalikka Neramillai Vasu / Chidambaram
1964 Karnan Arjuna
1963 Ninaipadharku Neramillai Selvam
1963 Annai Illam
1963 Karpagam Rajangam
1963 Vanambadi Mohan
1963 Kungumam Das
1963 Paar Magale Paar Shekar
1963 Mani Osai
1963 Kadavulai Kanden
1962 Sumaithaangi
1962 Policekaran Magal Chinnaiah
1962 Azhagu Nila
1962 Padithal Mattum Podhuma Moorthy
1962 Ethaiyum Thangum Ithaiyam
1962 Nenjil Or Aalayam Venu
1961 Arasilangkumari Pulikesi
1960 Paadhai Theriyudhu Paar
1960 Padikkadha Medhai
1960 Mahalakshmi

1950sEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1959 Sahodhari Ravi
1959 Ulagam Sirikkirathu Kumar
1959 Naalu Veli Nilam
1959 Thanga Padumai sitha pramai patient
1959 Mala Oru Mangala Vilakku Debut Movie
1957 Karpukkarasi Minister of Karpagatheevu
1956 Rangoon Radha Lawyer Uncredited

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ R. Muthuraman, IMDb, retrieved 29 November 2008
  2. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 April 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Potpourri of titbits about Tamil cinema - Muthuraman". Kalyanamalai Magazine. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  4. ^ "OBITUARIES" (PDF). Variety. 4 November 1981. Retrieved 18 October 2016.

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