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Mohan
Born 23 August 1956 (1956-08-23) (age 53)
Other name(s) Kokilam Mohan, Mike Mohan
Occupation Actor, Producer
Years active 1977 - 1991
1998 - 2000
2008 - present

Mohan is a popular Kollywood actor. His actual name is Mohan Rao hailing from Udupi district of Karnataka. He derived his name Kokila Mohan by acting in film called Kokila [1][2]

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Career

Mohan was known as the "silver jubilee hero" in the 1980s based on the success of movies that he starred in. His nickname 'Mike' Mohan owes to the fact that he performed as a stage musician with a hand-held microphone in virtually all of his movies.

He usually played decent roles in films and one of the plus point is that he resembles Kamal Hasan, to some extent. He is a lucky cine Actor since the songs in his films are super hit. Surender (Singer) used to voice this actor. S.P. Balasubramaniam (Play back) singer used to praise him since he brings out the full expression required for the songs.

Mohan debuted in the 1977 Kannada language film, Kokila [3], directed by veteran Balu Mahendra. His first appearance in a Tamil language film was a guest role in Moodu Pani. This was followed by Nenjathai Killaadhey, which ran for a year and won best cinematography national award for director Mahendran.[citation needed] This film started the peak period of Mohan's career, which lasted almost eight years. Mohan's profile dropped considerably by the late 1980s following a series of flops, ironically he never made a good attempt to recapture his Stardom.

Mohan was best known for his stage singer roles. Many of his films had successful musical albums scored by Maestro Ilayaraja, which feature songs that are still remembered after 25 years. At the peak of his career he also played villain in blockbusters such as Nooravadhu Naal & Vidhi and comedies such as Sahadevan Mahadevan & Rettai Vaal Kuruvi. He also acted in few telugu movies which were hit in those days. One of them is under Jandhyala direction 'choopulu kalasina subhavela' in 1988 was a super hit in Telugu.

Mohan's landmark role in Sujatha Production's Mouna Ragam as a gentle middleman , might be his best performance regarded,won National Award for Best Tamil Film and started the career of now famous director Mani Ratnam.

Comeback ventures

He attempted a comeback by producing, directing, and playing the lead role in Anbulla Kadhalukku. Unfortunately the movie flopped. He took a new avatar as the producer of tele-serials and managed successfully to come out with a serial in a prominent Tamil satellite channel Sun TV. Mohan again played the hero after a hiatus of nine years in the moderate success film Sutta Pazham, a low budget production.

Also in 2008, Mohan's Civic Cinema produced a Malayalam Movie named Thalappavu, starring Prithviraj Sukumaran and Lal, the debut directorial venture of popular actor Madhupal, based on the controversial and real-life confession of police constable Raveendran Pillai who gunned down the Naxalite leader Varghese on 18 February 1970, in the jungles of Wayanad in North Kerala.

Mohan made a come back to Kannada film through Ghautham directed by Rajeev Prasad starring Prem Kumar, Sara, and Ananth Nag which was released in July 2009.

List of Silver Jubilee Hits

  • 1) Nenjathai Killadhey (365 days)
  • 2) Kilinjalgal (over 250 days)
  • 3) Payanangal Mudivathillai (over 500 days)
  • 4) Gopurangal Saivathillai (over 200 days)
  • 5) Naan Paadum Paadal (over 200 days)
  • 6) Ilamai Kaalangal (over 200 days)
  • 7) Manaivi Solley Manthiram (175 days)
  • 8) Saranaalayam (175 days)
  • 9) Vidhi (Over 500 days)
  • 10)Unnai Naan Sandhithen (175 days)
  • 11)Osai (175 days)
  • 12)Vengayin Mainthan (175 days)
  • 13)Nooravadhu Naal (over 200 days)
  • 14)Udhaya Geetham (over 200 days)
  • 15)Idaya Kovil (over 200 days including its second release)
  • 16) Thendrale Ennai Thodu (over 250 days)
  • 17) Pillai Nila (over 200 days)
  • 18) Kunguma Chimil (175 days)
  • 19) Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu (over 200 days) in Colombo
  • 20) Uyire Unakkaaga (175 days)
  • 21) Mouna Ragam (over 250 days)
  • 22) December Pookal (175 days)
  • 23) Rettai Vaal Kuruvi (175 days)
  • 24) Theerthakaraiyinile (175 days)
  • 25) Sahadevan Mahadevan (175 days)

Notable Filmography

  1. Nenchathai Killathe (1980)
  2. Kilinjalgal (1981)
  3. Ponmudy (1982)
  4. Kadhoduthan Naan Pesuven (1982)
  5. Kadavulukku Oor Kadidham (1982)
  6. Idho Varukiren (1982)
  7. Kathalithupaar (1982)
  8. Theeratha Vilayattu Pillai (1982)
  9. Payanangal Mudivadhillai (1982)
  10. Lottery Ticket (1982)
  11. Chinnan Chirusugal (1982)
  12. Gopurangal Saayvathillai (1982)
  13. Jothi (1983)
  14. Nenjamellam Neeye (1983)
  15. Andha Silanatkal (1983)
  16. Manaivi Solle Mandiram (1983)
  17. Naalu Perukku Nandri (1983)
  18. Saranalayam (1983)
  19. Thungatha Kannendru Ondru (1983)
  20. Ilamai Kaalangal (1983)
  21. Oh Mane Mane (1984)
  22. Anbe Odivaa (1984)
  23. Nirabarathi (1984)
  24. Nenjathai Allitha (1984)
  25. Nalam Nalamariya Aaval (1984)
  26. Magudi (1984)
  27. Vidhi (1984)
  28. Vai Pandhal (1984)
  29. Ambigai Neril Vandhal (1984)
  30. Mani Neram (1984)
  31. Shanthi Muhurtham (1984)
  32. Osai (1984)
  33. Rusi (1984)
  34. Sattathai Thiruthungal (1984)
  35. Naan Paadum Paadal (1984)
  36. Nooravathu Naal (1984)
  37. Panam Pathum Seiyum (1985)
  38. Anbin Mugavari (1985)
  39. Annee (1985)
  40. Deiva Piravi (1985)
  41. Naan Ungal Rasigan (1985)
  42. Unakkaga Oru Roja (1985)
  43. Thendraley Ennai Thodu (1985)
  44. Kunguma Chimizh (1985)
  45. Idaya Kovil (1985)
  46. Udaya Geetham (1985)
  47. December Pookal (1986)
  48. Paru Paru Pattanam Paru (1986)
  49. Uyire Unakkaka (1986)
  50. Unnai Ondru Ketpen (1986)
  51. Mouna Ragam (1986)
  52. Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu (1986)
  53. Ayiram Pookkal Malarattum (1986)
  54. Paadu Nilave (1987)
  55. Ore Ratham (1987)
  56. Neram Nallarukku (1987)
  57. Theertha Karayinile (1987)
  58. Rettai Vaal Kuruvi (1987)
  59. Ananda Aradhanai (1987)
  60. Sahadevan Mahadevan (1988)
  61. Vasanthi (1988)
  62. Paasa Mazhai (1989)
  63. Manidhan Marivittan (1989)
  64. Mappillai Sir (1989)
  65. Thalaivanukkor Thalaivi (1989)
  66. Idhaya Dheepam (1989)
  67. Sondham 16 (1989)
  68. Jagadala Prathapan (1990)
  69. Valiba Vilayattu (1990)
  70. Uruvam (1991)
  71. Kattu Gudhirai (1999)
  72. Anbulla Kadhalukku (1999)
  73. Suttapazham (2008)
  74. Thalappavu (2008) Malayalam - Producer
  75. Ghautham (2009) Kannada

Untraced movie

  1. Idhu Oru Thodarkadhai

External links

Notes

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Mohan's loss
  3. ^ http://www.kannadastore.com/product_info.php?products_id=1636, http://www.salilda.com/filmsongs/other/kannada/kokila.asp
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