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Sattanathapuram Venkataraman Shekher (born 26 December 1950) is a Tamil playwright and film actor known best for his slapstick humor and for his public welfare initiatives. In 2006, he made an entry into politics by contesting and winning the Legislative Assembly Elections as an All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) candidate from Mylapore. On June 2009 he decided to start his own party after he had issues with AIADMK, and was expelled from the party, due to anti-party activities.[1]. In Feb 2009 he started Brahmins Association under the banner FEBAS which has not received any support from the already existing association THAMBRAAS.

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Life

Shekher was born Sattanathapuram Venkataraman Shekher in a Thanjavur Iyer family on 26-December-1950. He completed his diploma on Mechanical Engineering and post diploma in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.

Shekher is married to Uma. The couple have a daughter named Anuradha and a son named Ashwin who has debuted in the Tamil flick 'Vegam'

Shekhar was a member and later a team leader of the popular drama troupe- 'Mylapore Boys'- who have performed over 50 plays and over 100 drama skits from 1978 to 1988. Shekhar later became the president of the troupe and the chairman of the troupe (by then renamed Mylapore Nataka Arangrum). Most of his later plays and television dramas include characters from his troupe and from his former plays.

Shekhar and his Mylapore Boys provided stiff competition for another popular Drama troupe in Madras- 'The Crazy Troupe'- lead by Crazy Mohan.

Career

Shekher's stage career began in 1974 when he acted in his first stage play. He was spotted by director K. Balachander who cast him in his movie Varumai Niram Sevappu. After performing movie roles in around 70 Tamil films, Shekher moved into television, appearing in Vanna Kolangal and Nam Kudumbam.

An expert in broadcast, sound effects and theatrics, he won the Best All India Programme Producer Award for four years in a row from RAPA (Radio & Television Advertisers & Producers Association). As a photographer, his colour transparencies have adorned the cover pages of popular Tamil magazines. Encouraged by the success of a Singapore drama tour in 1973, he formed his drama troupe, Natakhapriya, which has so far staged 24 plays, with over 4,000 shows. His troupe frequently tours the United States, Europe, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates.

Starting eight full length plays at one go, from 7.47a.m. to 1.49a.m. of the following day, Shekher performed a record of sorts in April 1985. While this is acknowledged an unsurpassed feat of a stage artiste in the Limca Book of Records, Shekher credits this to his audience and fellow artistes. The Mylapore Academy adjudged him "The Best Comedian" for three years in a row. Magazine Wisdom chose him as the 1990s Best Comedian, the Jaycees honoured him as The Outstanding Youth. Awards galore, the state's prestigious Kalaivanar Award, Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram's Kalai Maamani Award and Best Drama Troupe Award have only made him much more committed and devoted to the realm of arts and the society.

The play Adhirshtakaaran was made into a film Krishna Krishna, with S V Shekar himself in the lead role.

Taking his technical provio along with histrionics, he produced recently a unique television show, a real treat, "S. Ve. Shekher meets S. Ve. Shekher", wherein he is both the interviewer and interviewee. Some of the title accorded by Sabhas and other agencies: Drama Superstar, Comedy King, Sirippalai Chirpi, Nathaka Vasool Chakravarthy, Nagaichuvai Nayagan, Nagaichuvai Thenral, Nagaichuvai Ilavarasan aptly portray his qualities as humourist. An extrovert, he easily mixes with others.

Filmography

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Plays

No. Drama Name Inaugurated on
01 AVAN ORU THANI MARAM 27 April 1974 at M.F.A.C
02 KANNAMOOCHI 7 December 1976 at M.F.A.C.
03 THIRUMBI VANDHA MANAIVI 10 October 1975 at Vani Mahal for KALALAYAM
04 CRAZY THIEVES IN PALAVAKKAM 11 April 1976 at M.F.A.C.
05 TENANT COMMANDMENTS 6 August 1977 at M.F.A.C.
06 ONE MORE EXORCIST 14 October 1978 at M.F.A.C.
07 MAHABHARATHATHIL MANGAATHAA 14 March 1980 at M.F.A.C.
08 SATHAL ILLAYEL KAADHAL 30 January 1981 at M.F.A.C.
09 KAADHULA POO 3 September 1981 at M.F.A.C.
10 KATTULA MAZHAI 11 May 1983 at M.F.A.C.
11 1000 UDHAI VAANGIYA ABOORVA SIGAMANI 25 July 1984 at M.F.A.C
12 VAAL PAIYAN 14 December 1985 at M.F.A.C
13 ELLAME THAMASHTHAN 31 March 1987 at M.F.A.C
14 ELLARUM VAANGA 23 November 1987 at RANI SEETHAI HALL
15 ATHIRSHTAKKARAN 23 March 1990 at M.F.A.C
16 YAAMIRUKKA BHAYAM YEAN ? 28 April 1991 at RANI SEETHAI HALL
17 PERRIYA THAMBI 10 June 1992 at M.F.A.C.
18 CHINNA MAAPLEY PERIYA MAAPLEY 30 September 1993 at BHARATHIYA VIDYA BHAWAN
19 EPPAVUM NEE RAJA 25 November 1994 at MFAC
20 Thathu Pillai 1 February 1996 at Karthik Fine Arts
21 Alwaah
22 Periyappa
23 Kuzhandhaisaamy
24 Mega Vasool
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Films

  • Ninaithale Inikkum (First film for S.Ve.Shekhar, small role - the guy who decodes the address for Rajini)
  • Mr.Bharath (with rajini and sathyaraj)
  • Manalkairu
  • Poovey poochoodava
  • Kadhaanayagan
  • Chidambara Ragasiyam
  • Sagadevan Mahadevan
  • Dowri Kalyanam
  • Simla Special
  • Payanangal Mudivathillai
  • Jeans
  • Varumayin Niram Sivappu
  • Vegam
  • Krishna Krishna
  • Sigamani Ramamani

Politics

S. V. Shekar is the current Member of Tamil Nadu legislative assembly elected from Mylapore constituency. He was elected as an Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam candidate in 2006 election. He had a turbulent relationship with party leadership, J. Jayalalitha. In February 2008, he rebuked the party leadership for not inviting him to a general council meeting. His commendation of M. K. Stalin, deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu from Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party evoked strong protests from ADMK party members.He was expelled from ADMK on 30 July 2009.[2]

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