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Thambi Ramaiah is an Tamil film actor and director who works in the Tamil film industry. He has also worked occasionally as a lyricist.[2] He directed three films, Manu Needhi (2000) starring Murali, Indiralohathil Na Azhagappan (2008) with Vadivelu in lead role[3] and Maniyar Kudumbam (2018).

Thambi Ramaiah
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Born
Thambi Ramaiah Jagannathapillai

(1956-02-27) February 27, 1956 (age 63)
Rarapuram, Pudhukottai district, Tamil Nadu[1]
OccupationActor, director, lyricist
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Ponnazhagu
Children
  • Umapathy
  • Viveka
Parent(s)
  • Jagannathapillai
  • Pappammal

As actor, for his performance in Mynaa (2010), he won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Comedian. He has also received awards for his work in Kumki (2012) and Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam (2014).

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CareerEdit

Thambi Ramaiah was born in Rarapuram village in Pudukkottai, and initially entered the film industry hoping to become a screenwriter. His father was a poet and a fiction writer and his mother was a housewife, while Ramaiah was their eldest child. He earned pocket money during his school days by writing love letters for his classmates.[4] He also had an interest in lyric writing, often writing lyrics for parody versions of popular songs, while becoming trained in various instruments including the harmonium and guitar. At the age of 20, he moved to Chennai and tried to make a breakthrough into the film industry, but was hindered by his lack of contacts and instead worked for a private company for nine years.[5] He got a break in 1994 and took up a job as a dialogue writer for a serial on Sun TV, doubling up as an assistant director, script writer and lyricist. He then earned opportunities to work as an assistant director in films directed by T. Rajender and P. Vasu, and he considers the latter his teacher of screenplay-writing.[4] He made a cameo acting appearance in Vasu's film Malabar Police (1999) in a scene featuring Goundamani. The following year, he made his directorial début with Manu Needhi (2000), which starred Murali and Napolean in the lead roles. He carried on playing supporting roles in films as well as writing comedy tracks, also directing the Vadivelu-starrer Indiralohathil Na Azhagappan (2008).

He made a breakthrough as an actor portraying a friendly cop in Prabhu Solomon's romantic film Mynaa (2010) and won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance. He subsequently won positive reviews for his performances in films including Saattai, Kumki (2012) and Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam (2014). At the peak of his career in 2013-2014, he worked for up to four films a day, while being on locations for close to 25 days a month. He also served as his own manager and often was in charge of his own make-up and costumes in films.[4]

In 2014, he announced plans to introduce his son, Umapathi, as an actor. His son later made his debut in Adhagappattathu Magajanangalay (2016).

FilmographyEdit

As actorEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1999 Malabar Police Perumal
2001 Manu Needhi Broker Dharmalingam Also director
2004 Jore
2005 Kodambakkam
Vetrivel Sakthivel Selvi's father-in-law
Aaru
2006 Kovai Brothers Astrologer
Imsai Arasan 23m Pulikesi
Nee Venunda Chellam
Sillunu Oru Kadhal Vellaichaamy's assistant
Thalaimagan
Vathiyar
Thagapansamy
2007 Maa Madurai Osamma's husband
Thottal Poo Malarum
Oram Po
Piragu
2008 Indiralohathil Na Azhagappan Chithraguptan Also director
Theekuchi Kurangu Ramasamy
Kee Mu
2009 Guru En Aalu Lawyer
Malai Malai
Odipolama
2010 Magane En Marumagane
Mynaa Ramaiah Winner, Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actor
Winner, National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Comedian
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor - Tamil
Mandhira Punnagai Manmadhan Naidu
2011 Nanjupuram
Aayiram Vilakku
Vaagai Sooda Vaa Twonaalettu (2×4=8)
Osthi Maasaana Moorthy
Rajapattai Shanmugham
2012 Vettai Constable
Ambuli Vethagiri
Kazhugu Shanmugam (Chittappa)
Pechiyakka Marumagan
Pandi Oliperukki Nilayam Muthiah
Mannaru Also writer
Saattai Singam Perumal Winner, Norway Tamil Film Festival Award for Best Villain
Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Villain
Thaandavam Thappachae Mama
Neerparavai Joseph Bharathi
Kumki Kothali Winner, SIIMA Award for Best Comedian
Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor - Tamil
2013 Lokpal SI Ramdas Malayalam film
Mathil Mel Poonai
Moondru Per Moondru Kadhal Thiruvengadam
Keeripulla
Neram Saravanar
Summa Nachunu Irukku Chinniah
Apple Penne Aarumugam
2014 Jilla
Veeram Savarimuthu
Pulivaal Valliappan
Vu Ganesh
Nimirndhu Nil Head constable
Nedunchaalai Master
Ennamo Nadakkudhu
Un Samayal Arayil Krishna
Athithi Ondipuli
Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam Seenu Winner, Vijay Award for Best Comedian
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor - Tamil
Amara Kaaviyam Gnanam
Aindhaam Thalaimurai Sidha Vaidhiya Sigamani Silambu Chinnadurai
Vanavarayan Vallavarayan
Rettai Vaalu Ramasamy Padayatchi
Yaan Chinna
Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe Rajagopalan
Gnana Kirukkan
Oru Oorla Rendu Raja Good Samaritan
Kaaviya Thalaivan Koduvaai
Kaadu Chettiar
2015 Isai Church priest
Sandamarutham Nirukalathan
Vajram
En Vazhi Thani Vazhi
Serndhu Polama Kumaran
Komban Rajakili
Kangaroo Thakapan Swami Nadar
Inimey Ippadithan
Thani Oruvan Sengalvarayan Winner, Edison Award for Best Character Actor
Adhibar
Strawberry
Yatchan Sotta Mani
Maanga
Puli Kodangi
Sivappu
Thiraipada Nagaram
Vedalam Thamizh's father
2016 Azhagu Kutti Chellam
Peigal Jaakkirathai Pazhaivel Annachi
Saagasam ACP Seetharaman
Vetrivel Othasai
Appa Singamperumal Main Antagonist
Tamilselvanum Thaniyar Anjalum Manikandan
Iru Mugan Muthaiah
Thodari Chandrakanth
Virumandikkum Sivanandikkum
2017 Bairavaa Narayanan
Koditta Idangalai Nirappuga
Enakku Vaaitha Adimaigal Muthu Vinayagam
Kuttram 23 Thirupathi
Mupparimanam Santhosh
Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva Home Minister
Dora Vairam
Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae Jambulingam
Thondan Income tax officer
Vanamagan Pandian
Vizhithiru
12-12-1950 Vanangamudi
Palli Paruvathile
Velaikkaran Stella Bruce
2018 Thaanaa Serndha Koottam Iniyan's father
Maniyar Kudumbam Narthanga Saamy also director and composer
Billa Pandi
2019 Viswasam Rosamani
Thirumanam Kumaraguru
Pottu Arjun's father
Aghavan
Mr. Local Lakshman
Thiruttu Kalyanam

As directorEdit

Year Film Cast Notes
2000 Manu Needhi Murali, Prathyusha
2008 Indiralohathil Na Azhagappan Vadivelu, Yamini Sharma
2018 Maniyar Kudumbam Umapathi, Mrudula Murali

As singerEdit

Year Film Song Composer Lyrics Notes
2013 Vu "Oru Padi Mela" Abhijith Ramasamy Murugan Manthiram
2010 Oru Koodai Mutham "Nongala Enakku" Shanthan Thambi Ramaiah [6]
2010 Oru Koodai Mutham "Pappa Poranthathu" Shanthan Thambi Ramaiah [6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tickling the funny bone". The Hindu. 27 December 2010. Archived from the original on 6 March 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  2. ^ "He says that he does not read books, but read people". The Hindu. 31 October 2009. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Thambi Ramaiah has no time to direct!". Indiaglitz. 24 September 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Neelima Menon (18 November 2014). "Life of the Party: The Thambi Ramaiah Interview". Silverscreen.in. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Thambi Ramaiah - Tamil Cinema Actor Interview - Thambi Ramaiah | Kumki | Saattai | Kazhugu - Behindwoods.com". Videos.behindwoods.com. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  6. ^ a b https://gaana.com/album/oru-koodai-mutham-tamil

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