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Shanmugasundaram was an Indian film actor who has appeared in Tamil films. He began his career as an actor by starring in Ratha Thilagam (1963) and Karnan (1964), and continued his career for seven decades. He has acted over 500 Films in Tamil cinema industry.He died on 15 August 2017.
|Born||3 August, 1939|
|Died||15 August 2017 (aged 78)
|Occupation||Film actor, Television actor, Voice actor, Stage actor|
|Parent(s)||Father : Konjithapatham Mother : Ramamirtham Ammal|
|Family||Chandrakantha (Elder Sister)|
Shanmugasundaram was born in Chennai to a family of businesspeople. When he was studying in college, he had accompanied one of his actor friends to a drama performance, and as one of the junior artists did not perform well, he was brought in spontaneously. To the surprise of many, he had done that role with efficiency, which earned him appreciation spontaneously. He then moved on to work in Tamil theatre, notably appearing as Adolf Hitler in a play also featuring Kannadasan. Sivaji Ganesan was impressed by his performances and recruited him to make film acting debut with Ratha Thilagam (1963), where he portrayed a Chinese army major. He next went on to play the mythological character of Salliya Chakravarthy in B. R. Panthulu's critically acclaimed Karnan (1964), a crippled man in K. S. Gopalakrishnan's Vazhaiyadi Vazhai and a prince in Dasavatharam (1976).
Shanmugasundaram’s role in the 1989 Tamil film, Karagattakaran directed by Gangai Amaran, won him critical acclaim and prompted several film makers to offer him roles as a village chieftain and the scene where he pleads innocence to his sister (Gandhimathi) made him popular among mimicry artists. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, he moved on to feature in television serials, and collaborated with Raadhika in series such as Annamalai, Selvi and its sequel, Arasi. In the 2010s, he has regularly featured in films directed by Gangai Amaran's son, Venkat Prabhu.
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|1963||Ratha Thilagam||Chinese Military Officer||Debut movie|
|1974||Avalukku Nigar Avale|
|1977||Unnai Suttrum Ulagam|
|1978||Madhuraiyai Meetta Sundharapandiyan|
|1980||Ellam Un Kairasi|
|1984||Vellai Pura Ondru|
|1991||Naan Pogum Paadhai|
|1995||En Pondatti Nallava|
|1996||Namma Ooru Raasa|
|1996||Take It Easy Urvashi|
|1997||Kaalamellam Kadhal Vaazhga|
|1999||Nee Varuvai Ena|
|2013||Onbadhule Guru||Chinna Gounder|
|2015||Massu Engira Masilamani||Ghost|
|2015||Trisha Illana Nayanthara|
|2016||Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru|
|2016||Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings||Sports minister|
|2017||Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan||Last movie|
As dubbing artistEdit
|1984||Kai Kodukkum Kai||For Ranganath|
|1985||Naan Sigappu Manithan||For Banerjee|
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- "500 படங்களுக்கு மேல் நடித்த நடிகர் சண்முக சுந்தரம் மரணம்; உடல் தகனம் இன்று நடக்கிறது". Dailythnathi.com. 16 August 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
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- "'Bowlinga, fieldinga?': Veteran Kollywood actor Shanmugasundaram is no more". 15 August 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2018.