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Yecha Gunja 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, regarded as 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[1] and the co-brother of Rajinikanth and Mohanlal.

Y. G. Mahendran
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Born
Yecha Gunja Mahendran

(1950-01-09) 9 January 1950 (age 69)
Madras (now Chennai), Madras State, India
OccupationDramatist, actor, singer, playwright
Years active1970–present
Spouse(s)
Sudha (m. 1975)
ChildrenHarish,
Madhuvanti Arun
Parent(s)Y. G. Parthasarathy
Rajalakshmi Parthasarathy
RelativesSee Vyjayanthimala family

Contents

Early life and familyEdit

Y. G. Mahendran was born on 9 January 1950[2][3] to Yecha Gunja Parthasarathy and Yecha Gunja Rajalakshmi. Y.G.P. founded the United Amateur Artists (UAA), one of the first drama companies in Madras city, in the year 1952.[4] 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.[5] 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.

Y.G. Mahendran's daughter Madhuvanti Arun is married to actor Gemini Ganesan and actress Savitri's grandson, V. Arunkumar.

CareerEdit

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.

BusinessEdit

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.

Partial filmographyEdit

FilmsEdit

Year Film Language Role
2019 Petta Tamil College principal
2017 Velaikkaran Tamil Narayanan
2017 Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan Tamil "Current" Murugan
2017 Inayathalam Tamil I.G Sabapathy
2017 Kadamban Tamil
2017 Saaya Tamil
2017 Bairavaa Tamil Bank manager Venkatesan
2016 Saithan Tamil Dinesh's boss
2016 Meen Kuzhambum Mann Paanaiyum Tamil
2016 Aagam Tamil
2016 Kanithan Tamil
2015 Yatchan Tamil
2015 9 Thirudargal Tamil
2015 Oru Kilo Taxi Tamil Short Film Swami
2014 Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe Tamil Subramaniyam
2014 Megha Tamil
2014 Irukku Aana Illai Tamil Dr. Mathrubootham
2014 Ramanujan English/Tamil S.Narayana Iyer
2013 Thalaivaa Tamil Lawyer Radhakrishnan
2013 Irandam Ulagam Tamil
2013 Puthran Tamil
2012 Vachathi Tamil
2012 Marupadiyum Oru Kadhal Tamil
2011 Venghai Tamil
2011 Deiva Thirumagal Tamil Ragunathan
2011 Doubles Malayalam Piyari sayip
2011 Yudham Sei Tamil Doctor prushoththaman
2011 Ilaignan Tamil
2010 Anandhapurathu Veedu Tamil
2010 Pen Singam Tamil
2009 Kanthaswamy Tamil
2009 Indira Vizha Tamil
2008 Seval Tamil
2008 Pandhayam Tamil
2007 Sringaram Tamil
2006 Kusthi Tamil Vayram
2006 Jambhavan Tamil
2000 Hey Ram Tamil
1996 Minor Mappillai Tamil Movie director
1995 Chinna Vathiyar Tamil
1995 En Pondatti Nallava Tamil
1994 Veera Tamil
1994 Sakthivel Tamil
1993 Karpagam Vanthachu Tamil Sarathi
1990 Lady Tarzan Hindi
1987 Anand Tamil
1987 Anbulla Appa Tamil
1987 America Abbayi Telugu
1986 Dharma Devathai Tamil
1986 Vasantha Raagam Tamil
1986 Marumagal Tamil
1986 Annai En Dheivam Tamil
1985 Sri Raghavendrar Tamil
1985 Uyarndha Ullam Tamil
1985 Aduthathu Albert Tamil
1985 Needhiyin Nizhal Tamil
1985 Naan Sigappu Manithan Tamil
1985 Padikkadha Pannaiyar Tamil
1985 Pudhu Yugam Tamil
1985 Nalla Thambi Tamil
1984 Kudumbam Tamil
1984 Vamsa Vilakku Tamil
1984 Nallavanuku Nallavan Tamil
1984 Anbulla Rajinikanth Tamil
1984 Neengal Kettavai Tamil
1984 Kai Kodukkum Kai Tamil
1984 Vaazhkai Tamil
1984 Tharaasu Tamil
1984 Vetri Tamil
1983 Neethibathi Tamil
1983 Sumangali Tamil
1983 Uruvangal Maralam Tamil
1983 Sivappu Sooriyan Tamil
1983 Vellai Roja Tamil
1983 Miruthanga Chakravarthi Tamil
1983 Oomakkuyil Malayalam
1983 Sattam Tamil M.L.Anandharaman
1982 Adhisaya Piravigal Tamil
1982 Sangili Tamil
1982 Sagalakala Vallavan Tamil
1982 Vaa Kanna Vaa Tamil
1982 Theerpugal Thiruththapadalam Tamil
1982 Paritchaikku Neramaachu Tamil
1982 Rani Theni Tamil
1982 Thyagi Tamil
1982 Simla Special Tamil
1982 Moondram Pirai Tamil
1981 Kazhugu Tamil
1981 Savaal Tamil Johny
1981 Ellam Inbamayyam Tamil
1981 Raja Paarvai Tamil
1980 Murattu Kalai Tamil
1980 Ilayarajavin Rasigai Tamil
1980 Guru Tamil
1979 Annai Oru Aalayam Tamil
1979 Adukku Malli Tamil
1978 Shankar Salim Simon Tamil
1976 Manmadha Leelai Tamil
1976 Idhaya Malar Tamil
1975 Anbe Aaruyire Tamil
1975 Uravukku Kayi Koduppam Tamil
1974 Dikkatra Parvathi Tamil
1974 Dheerga Sumangali Tamil
1973 Gauravam Tamil
1971 Nootrukku Nooru Tamil
1970 Navagraham Tamil Anumanthu

TelevisionEdit

As directorEdit

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.

Stage playsEdit

Dubbing artistEdit

Y.G. Mahendran dubbed for Kamal Haasan for Iru Nilavugal, the Tamil dubbed version of his Telugu film Sommokakadidhi Sokkakikidhi by imitating his voice.

Y. G. Mahendra also dubbed for Timon in the 1994's famous cartoon movie: The Lion King .

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "You and Sivaji made a great jodi". The Hindu. 20 September 2004. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  2. ^ Profile of Y. Gee. Mahendra at Nilacharal.com
  3. ^ A short autobiography of Y Gee M on his official website Archived 9 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ History of UAA Archived 9 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ His educational qualifications at ygeem.com[permanent dead link]

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