Y. G. Mahendran
Y. G. Mahendran (born 9 January 1950) is an Indian dramatist, actor, singer, playwright and comedian from the state of Tamil Nadu. He has acted in a number of plays and films. He is the son of Y. G. Parthasarathy, one of the pioneers of modern Tamil drama and Rajalakshmi Parthasarathy, founder and dean of Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan group of schools, and nephew of veteran Tamil filmmaker K. Balaji. Mahendra is also the cousin of actress Vyjayanthimala and the co-brother of Rajinikanth and Mohanlal.
Y. G. Mahendran
Y G Mahendran
9 January 1950
|Years active||1970 – present|
|Spouse(s)||Sudha (m. 1975-present)|
|Children||Harshavardhan Madhuvanti Arun|
|Relatives||See Vyjayanthimala family|
Early life and familyEdit
Y. G. Mahendran was born on 9 January 1950 to Y. G. Parthasarathy and Y. G. Rajalakshmi. Y. G. P. founded the United Amateur Artists (UAA), one of the first drama companies in Madras city, in the year 1952. His drama company was a success and he emerged as one of the foremost dramatists of his era. Mahendra's mother Mrs. Rajalakshmi (also called Mrs. Y.G.P.) was the founder of the Padma Seshadri Group of Schools. Starting from modest beginnings in a thatched shed in the terrace of the Y.G.P. home in 1959 with a batch of eleven students as an act of social service for the members of the Nungambakkam Recreation Club the school has since emerged as one of the best schools in India.
Hailing from a family of stage-lovers, Mahendra soon developed a liking for drama from his early days. He played the part of comedian in school plays and earned acclaim. On completion of his schooling from Don Bosco Egmore, he studied Chemical Engineering at A. C. College of Technology, Univ. Madras, Guindy and MBA. During his college days, he was touted as a prospective film actor. He was in his early teens when he joined his father's drama troupe, the United Amateur Artists (UAA). This gave him the desired break. His first few plays were huge successes attracting audiences by thousands. Mahendra's name had become one of the prominent names in the city. Eventually, he had to choose between acting and his career and he chose the former.
In 1971, Mahendra was cast by veteran director K. Balachander in the latter's film Navagraham. The film was an average grosser. Mahendra was discovered to have a nasal accent which made him funny. He acted in a variety of roles in a number of movies – particularly as a dim witted fool of a cousin – generally eclipsing roles enjoyed by Cho Ramaswamy in the 1960s and 1970s.
Mahendra's career spans over four decades and involves more than 200 movies. He also acted in supporting roles with actors such as Sivaji Ganesan, Jaishankar, Kamal Haasan and his brother-in-law, Rajinikanth. He acted with Rajinikanth in films such as Pokkiri Raja, Paayum Puli, Shri Raghavendra and Veera and with Kamal Hassan in movies such as Apoorva Raagangal, Neeya, Guru, etc.
Speech on CAAEdit
Mahendra made reference to the ongoing Citizenship Amendment Act protests across India and the involvement of the student community and said the students go to the protests because they can get a leave on the day and they can cause ruckus and to check out the women standing in the crowd. His statements were criticized by different sections on social media. Singer Chinmayi said, "Comments from men such as Y. G. Mahendran has to be brushed aside, because it's a waste of time speaking about them.
Y.Gee, thanks to his brother in law, also began a parallel career in industrial ceramics and had a flourishing company established in 1982 – by which period his acting career thinned down and he became more preoccupied with his business.
Y.Gee sold his ceramics business in 2001 for a whopping sum and has made a comeback into production and acting.
|1975||Uravukku Kayi Koduppam||Tamil|
|1977||Ilaya Thalaimurai||Tamil||Balbeer Singh|
|1978||Shankar Salim Simon||Tamil|
|1979||Annai Oru Aalayam||Tamil|
|1982||Vaa Kanna Vaa||Tamil|
|1983||Sattam||Tamil||M. L. Anandharaman|
|1984||Kai Kodukkum Kai||Tamil|
|1985||Viswanathan Velai Venum||Tamil|
|1985||Naan Sigappu Manithan||Tamil|
|1986||Annai En Dheivam||Tamil|
|1987||Kathai Kathayam Karanamam||Tamil|
|1991||Thambikku Oru Pattu||Tamil|
|1993||Muqabla||Hindi||Police Constable Saajan|
|1995||En Pondatti Nallava||Tamil|
|1996||Minor Mappillai||Tamil||Movie director|
|2011||Yudham Sei||Tamil||Doctor prushoththaman|
|2012||Marupadiyum Oru Kadhal||Tamil|
|2014||Ramanujan||English/Tamil||S. Narayana Iyer|
|2014||Irukku Aana Illai||Tamil||Dr. Mathrubootham|
|2014||Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe||Tamil||Subramaniyam|
|2015||Oru Kilo Taxi||Tamil Short Film||Swami|
|2016||Meen Kuzhambum Mann Paanaiyum||Tamil|
|2017||Bairavaa||Tamil||Bank manager Venkatesan|
|2017||Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan||Tamil||"Current" Murugan|
|2020||Indha Nilai Maarum||Tamil|
|2020||Oh Andha Naatkal||Tamil||GKB|
|2002-2006||Rudhraveenai||"Sakthi Upasakar" Narasimma Barathi|
|2004–2005||Chidambara Rahasiyam||Dr. Thillairajan|
|2012–2017||Bhairavi Aavigalukku Priyamanaval||Namboothiri, Mathura's uncle|
|2015||Enga Veettu Penn|
|2020–Present||Anbe Vaa||Colonel Ram|
Y.G. Mahendra also has directed a Tamil film named Kathai Kathaiyam Karanamam in the year 1987 and is currently planning two more assignments as director.
- Venkata 3
- Vietnam Veedu
- Sudesi Iyer
- Kaadhalikka Neramundu
- Antha 7 Aatkal
- Ragasiyam Parama Ragasiyam
- Irandam Ragasiyam
- Soppana Vazhvil
- Kasedhan Kadavulada
Mahendran also dubbed for Telugu actor Babu Mohan for Idhuthaanda Police, Tamil dubbed version of Telugu film Ankusam.
|1980||Iru Nilavugal||Kamal Haasan|
|1990||Idhuthanda Police||Babu Mohan|
|1992||Pokkiri Ponnu||Babu Mohan|
|1994||The Lion King||For the character Timon|
- "You and Sivaji made a great jodi". The Hindu. 20 September 2004. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
- Profile of Y. Gee. Mahendra at Nilacharal.com
- A short autobiography of Y Gee M on his official website Archived 9 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- History of UAA Archived 9 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- His educational qualifications at ygeem.com[permanent dead link]
- "Actor's comments on CAA protests invites ire". The Hindu. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
- Subramanian, Anupama (25 December 2019). "Y Gee Mahendran trolled for comments on CAA protests". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
- "மாணவர்கள் போராட்டம் குறித்து ஒய்.ஜி. மகேந்திரன் கருத்து! | Actor YG Mahendran Controversial speech about Students protest | News7 Tamil". ns7.tv (in Tamil). Retrieved 10 August 2020.
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