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Suruli Rajan
Born சுருளி ராஜன்
1938
Periyakulam, Tamil Nadu, India
Died 1980
Occupation Actor, Comedian, Singer
Years active 1965-1980

Suruli Rajan was a Tamil film comedian. He was a recipient of Tamilnadu State Government’s Best Comedian Award for the year 1981-82.

Biography

Suruli Rajan was born in 1938 in Periyakulam, near Theni. His father Ponniah Pillai worked as an accountant for farm owners of the adjoining areas in Theni. The child was named after the Suruli Velappar, the family deity at the temple atop a hill graced by the picturesque Suruli Falls.

Suruli Rajan lost his parents one after and had to discontinue his schooling. He moved to his brother’s house in Madurai and worked as an apprentice mechanic in a neighborhood workshop. Bitten by the acting bug, he acted in several amateur stage plays in Madurai before moving to Madras in 1959 in search of greener pastures.

In spite of his passi0on for acting opportunities were few and far between. A sudden spate of opportunities in stage plays filled him with heartening optimism. He worked with various drama troupes, including those of O.A.K.Devar, pisir Ramarao, T.N. Balu and in Karunanidhi’s ‘kagithapoo’ staged in aid of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party’s election fund. It was filmmaker Joseph Thaliayath of The Citadel Film Corporation Pvt. Ltd who brought Suruli rajan to cinema, first in a brief appearance in Iravum Pagalum in the year 1965 and soon after in a more noticeable comic role in Kaadhal paduthum paadu the year following. [1]


His friendship with T.N. Balu earned him memorable roles in blockbusters by T.R.Ramanna like naan and MoondRezhuthu. Despite his young age Suruli Rajan was offered older roles in many of his early movies. Two other significant roles in his early years were the Madras Tamil spewing cameo in APN’s Thirumalai thenkumari (1970) and that of the devout fisherman in Aadhi parasakthi (1971). With his unique intonation and a flair for the absurd, Surulirajan rose to popularity in the late 70s.

Though at times bordering on the bawdy, he seldom failed to elicit a laugh. Suruli’s brilliant portrayal of a niggardly rustic in M.A.Khaja’s Maanthoppu Kiliye (1979) fetched him rare plaudits and has earned a place of pride in the annals of the immortal comedy sequences of Tamil cinema. ‘It never rains, but pours’ they say, and Suruli’s capers had become a mandatory inclusion in most movies of the time. He created a record by acting in not less than 50 movies in a single year in 1980.[2]

His career was cut short due his untimely death in 1980 (aged 42) while he was in the peak of his career.

Filmography

Year Tamil Movie Actors
1976 Akka
Badrakali
Inspector Manaivi
Janaki Sabatham
Kumara Vijayam
Madhana Maaligai
Mayor Meenakthi
Mittai Mummi
Nee Indri Naan Illai
Ore Thanthai
Thunive Thunai
Ungalil Oruthi
Uravaadum Nenjam
Vazhvu En Pakkam
1977 Aaru Pushpangal
Aattukkara Alamelu
Annan Oru Koil
Annan Oru Koil
Deepam
Durga Devi
Gasslight Mangamma
Ilaya Thalaimurai
Madhura Geetham
Munnooru Naal
Nee Vazha Vendum
Odi Vilayadu Thatha
Oli Mayamana Ethirkalam
Oruvanukku Oruthi
Palaabhishekam
Perumaikuriyaval
Raasi Nalla Raasi
Sonnathai Seiven
Sonthamadi Nee Enakku
Thoondil Meen
1978 Aayiram Jenmangal
Aghni Pravesam
Anna Lakshmi
Athaivida Rahasiyam
Aval Thantha Uravu
Bhairavi
Chittuk Kuruvi
En Kelvikku Enna Bathil
Ival Oru Seethai
Kannamoochi
Kannan Oru Kai Kuzhandai
Karate Kamala
Machanai Patheengala
Makkal Kural
Manitharil Ithanai Nirangala
Meenatshi Kunkumam
Mela Thalangal
Oru Veedu Oru Ulagam
Panchamurtham
Pavathin Sambalam
Rajavukku Etha Rani
Rudra Thandavam
Sakkaipodu Podu Raja
Sankar Saleem Siman
Sonnadhu Needhana
Taxi Driver
Thai Meedhu Sathiyan
Thirukkalyanam
Thirupura Sundari
Unakkum Vaazhvu Varum
1979 Annai Oru Alayam
Appothey Sonneyney Keetiya
Dharma Yuddham
Ennadi Meenakshi
Ennadi Meenakshi
Kadavul Amaitha Medai
Kamasasthiram
Kizhakkum Merkkum Santhikkindrana
Lakshmi
Manthoppu Kiliye
Mudal Iravu
Mugathil Mugam Parkalam
Naanoru Kai Paarkiren
Nangooram
Neechal Kulam
Needhikkumun Neeya Naana
Neeya
Oru Vidukathai Oru Thodardathai
Oru Vidukathai Oru Thodarkadhai
Paathai Maarinal
Pagalil Oru Iravu
Pancha Bootham
Poonthalir
Raja Rajeswari
Siri Siri Maamaa
Sithira Chevvanam
Sri Ramajayam
Thayillamal Naanillai
Veettukku Veedu Vasappadi
Yaarukku Yaar Kaval
1980 Anbukku Naan Adimai
Antharangam Oomayanathu
Azhaitthal Varuven
Bambai Mail 109
Deiveega Rahangal
Deiveega Rahangal
Edhir Veettu Jannal
Ellam Un Kairasi
Enga Vathiyar
Enga Vathiyar
Geetha Oru Shenbaga Poo
Jony
Kaadu
Kaali
Kadhal Kadhal Kadhal
Kalam Bathil Sollum
Karadi
Karumbu Vill
Kathal Kiligal
Kumarip Pennin Ulathile
Kuruvik Koodu
Malargindra Paruvathile
Meenakshi
Megathukkum Thagamundu
Murattuk Kalai
Muzhu Nilavu
Naan Potta Saval
Neer Nilam Neruppu
Oli Pirandhadhu
Ore Mutham
Oru Marathu Paravaigal
Panam Penn Pasam
Paruvathin Vasalile
Pennukku Yaar Kaaval
Pollathavan
Ponnagaram
Porkalam
Pudiya Thoranangal
Rishi Moolam
Rusi Kanda Poonai
Saranam Iyyappa
Thani Maram
Theru Vilakku
Ullasap Paravaigal
Valli Mayil
Vandi Chakkaram
Veli Thandiya Velladu
1981 Aadugal Nanaigindrana
Anichamalar
Kadavulin Theerpu
Kannadi
Kanni Mahamayi
Kazhugu
Lorry Driver Rajakkannu
Oru Iravu Oru Paarvai
Pennin Vaazhkkai
Pennmanam Pesugirathu
Ram Lakshman
Sankarlal
Satya Sundaram
Vadagai Veedu
Vadagai Veedu
Vasanthakalam
1982 Aval Yetriya Dheebangal
Hitler Umanath
Iniyavale Vaa
Irattai Manithan
Muraiponnu
Nayakarin Magal
Nirandharam
Oorukku Oru Pillai
Pannaiburathu Pandavargal
Sangili
1983 Avaloru Kaviyam
Kashmir Kadhali
Oppandham
Samsaram Enbathu Veenai
1984 Pillayar

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