Manorama (Tamil actress)

Not to be confused with Manorama, actress of 1950s–70s Bollywood.
Gopishantha Manorama
Born Gopishantha
May 26, 1937
Mannargudi, Madras Presidency, British India
Died 10 October 2015(2015-10-10) (aged 78)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Cause of death Heart attack, multiple organ failure
Other names Aachi
Years active 1937-2015
Spouse(s) S. M. Ramanathan
(m.1964–1966) (divorced)
Children Bhoopathy (1965)

Gopishantha (26 May 1937 – 10 October 2015), better known by her stage name Manorama, also called as Aachi, was an Indian actress and comedian who had appeared in more than 1,500 films, 5,000 stage performances, and several television series until 2015.[1][2] She entered the Guinness World Records for acting in more than 1000 number of films in 1985. By 2015, she had acted in more than 1,500 films.[3] She was a recipient of the Kalaimamani award, Padma Shri (2002), National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in film Pudhiya Padhai (1989), and Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South (1995).

Early life and family

Manorama was born in a Tamil Kallar family as Gopishantha to Kasi Kilakudaiyar and Ramamirtham in Mannargudi, a town in the erstwhile Thanjavur district of Madras Presidency.[4] Manorama's biological father was not happy that a girl was born to him and hence asked her mother to leave the house.[5] Her mother brought her up by taking up the job of working as maid.[6] She mentioned her indebtedness to her mother for her success: Many of the mother roles that she has played in films resemble her own mother. Her family moved to Pallathur near Karaikudi owing to poverty.[7] While in Pallathur, her mother had started vomiting out blood, hence Manorama decided to start working as maid and dropped out of school at the age of 11. Once a drama troupe had come to Pallathur but the actress who was to play a small part suddenly dropped out due to her inability to sing and the troupe was looking for an artiste who could act and sing as well. The drama troupe decided to give her this role in the drama titled Andhaman Kadhali. Hence her acting career began at the age of twelve, acting in plays. During this time, she was rechristened Manorama by one of her dramas' director Thiruvengadam and harmonist Thiayagarajan. She continued to act in plays and performed as a playback singer as well. After watching her performance in plays, she was offered her first film named Inbavazhvu by Janakiraman which remained 40% incomplete and later Kannadasan offered her lead role in second film Unmayinkottai, which got shelved after shooting for about 40%. She lost hope of becoming a film actor when both these films remained incomplete.

Manorama fell in love with her manager in the drama troupe S. M. Ramanathan and married him in 1964; the couple had a son named Bhoopathy. However, she got divorced in late 1966 and started to live in a separate house in Chennai. She quoted in an interview in 2015, "My mom wanted me to study medicine. But it was not easy to become a doctor in those days, and I became an actress. So, if I hadn't taken up acting, I would have tried to become a doctor as my mom wished for it. But now, fortunately, my grandson is a doctor, and I am proud of it."[3]

Early career

She acted in small roles in few Vairam Nataka Sabha dramas. Once she went to see a drama of S.S.Rajendran who was residing at Pudukkotai, in Tamil Nadu, and P.A. Kumar introduced her to Rajendran. She showed her skill in dialogue delivery and was offered a job in S.S.R Nataka Mandram company and played in hundreds of stage productions all over the district: The dramas included Manimagudam, Thenpandiveeran and Pudhuvellam. She credits her work in Manimagudam as where she was first recognised as an actress,[8] She then took part in an unfinished film starring S.S.Rajendran and Devika.


She migrated from dramas to the silver screen with the role of a heroine in the 1958 Tamil film Maalayitta Mangai: Kavignar Kannadasan gave her the lead role this film.[9] The first film in which she played the heroine the 1963 Konjum Kumari.[10] Then, she concentrated more on comedy from 1960. She was given equally challenging roles alongside the well known comedian Nagesh in 50 films.

When asked in an interview as to how she got into films, she quoted, "It's all because of Kannadasan. It was he who changed my life by casting me in the film Maalayitta Mangai in 1957. It was a comical role, and he trusted me so much and said that I will be able to pull it off. I was very doubtful about it, but he told me, "If you are going to act in films only as a heroine, people here will throw you out of the industry after three or four years, but doing such roles will take you places. And you have the talent, too, to reach higher peaks." That is when I got confidence and continued doing comedy roles."[3]

The first time Manorama stood before the camera was for a Sinhalese film, in which she played the heroine's friend. Her dance master Suryakala recommended her to the director Masthaan to play the role. She has acted predominantly in Tamil films since 1958 but also acted in Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada movies as well. Her onscreen pair with Tangavelu was appreciated in the film Vallvanakku Vallavan in 1965. Her on-screen pair with Nagesh was very popular in 1960-69 and then with Cho in the 1970s and 80s and later with Thengai Srinivasan, Venniradai Moorthy, and Surali Rajan in the 70s and 80s.[11] She had done playback singing for 300 songs, mostly pictured on herself, in Tamil films. The first song that she sang was in a film called Magale Un Samathu, composed by G. K. Venkatesh[12] and this opportunity she got due to the film's producer P.A. Kumar. She has sung classical-based song with TM Sounderajan in the film Dharshinam (1970), where she was paired with Cho. Manorama sang a song with L.R. Eswari named "Thaatha thaatha pidi kudu". Her career's biggest hit song sung by herself was Vaa Vaathiyaare Uttaande composed by music director V. Kumar for the film ''Bommalattam", which was picturised on her and Cho. She also sang for M. S. Viswanathan and A. R. Rahman.

Some of her best Tamil films include "Anbe Vaa", "Thenmazhi", "Ethir Neechal", "Galatta Kalyanam", "Chittukuruvi", "Durga Devi", "Annalakshmi" and "Imayam". In Telugu, she starred in films such as "Rikshavodu", "Krishnarjuna" and "Subhodayam".[13] When asked in an interview as to which are her memorable roles, she said "It is Nadigan, which had Sathyaraj and Khushbu in the lead. I cannot forget that role of Baby Amma in my life. Also my role in Chinna Gounder, for which I had to sport weird, artificial teeth, is something which I always think about.[3]

Manorama was paired with Nagesh regularly in films with M.G. Ramachandran in lead like En Kadamai, Kanni Thai, Thayin Madiyil, Kadhal Vaganam, Chandrodhyam, Anbee Vaa, Padagotti, Kadhal Vagahnam, Vivasaaye, Thaikku Thalaimagan, Vettikaran, Ther Thiruvizha. Other directors casted the Nagesh-Manorama pair in films like Anubhavi Raja Anubhavi, Kungumam, Saraswathi Sabadham, Panjavarnakilli, Navarathiri, Puthiya Paravai, Patthu Matha Bandham, Anbu Karangal, Micheal Madan Kamarajan, Annamitta Kai, Gowri Kalyanam, Anbe Aaruyire, Server Sundaram, Ner Vazhai, Ninaivin Nindraval, Poojaikku Vandamalar, Deiva Thirumagal, Rakta Thilagam, Aannavin Asai, Thiruvarutchelvar, Seetha, Karunthel Kannayiram. Manorama, actress Sachu and Jayalalithaa have acted together in 2 films as a combination - Galata Kalyanam and Bommalattam. Manorama and Jayalalithaa have acted in 25 films together.

Her work was noticed even among stalwarts like Sivaji Ganesan and Natiya Peroli Padmini. Manorama shared in an interview that initially she was nervous acting in front of veterans like T. S. Balaiah, but, the director A. P. Nagarajan made her understand that the scenes in which Jil Jil Ramamani appears, she would be the center of attention.[14] She acted alongside the well-known comedian Nagesh in 50 films and in 20 films with Cho Ramaswamy. They made an notable pair and acted in many well-received comedies. In 1974 she shared the screen space with the legendary comedian Mehmood in the Hindi movie Kunwara Baap. Cho and Manorama were paired together in 20 films which included Malligai Poo, Annaiyum Pidhavum, Dharisanam, Anbai Thedi, Nanaivin Nindraval, Nirai Kudam, Ayiram Poi, Mohammed Bin Tughlaq, Bommalattam, Delhi Mappilai, Vilayattu Pillai, Kanavan, Rojavin Raja, Suryagandhi.

The character she was given by K.Balachander in the 1989 film Unnal Mudiyum Thambi she personally considers a cornerstone as she was giving a new challenge as an actor.She related in an interview on Toronto TV that one of the most challenging characters she played was the role of the 50-year-old unmarried woman in the 1990 film Nadigan with Sathyaraj.[15] She has acted with all of the lead comedians across five different generations which includes M. R. Radha, K. A. Thangavelu, J. P, Chandrababu, A. Karunanithi, Ennatha Kannaiya, V. K. Ramaswamy, Nagesh, Cho Ramaswamy, Thengai Seenivasan, M. R. R. Vasu, Suruli Rajan, Venniradai Moorthy, Janagaraj, Pandiarajan, Goundamani, Senthil, Vivek and Vadivelu.[16]

She has been in films with five chief ministers. She played the female lead in the plays written, directed and acted by C. N. Annadurai, former chief minister of Tamil Nadu. She has also appeared in plays with another chief minister of Tamil Nadu, M. Karunanidhi. She has acted in films with M. G. Ramachandran and J. Jayalalithaa, who both later became chief ministers of Tamil Nadu later. She has also acted in Telugu films with Dr. N. T. Rama Rao, who became the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh.[17] When asked which character of hers she found most hilarious to play, she specified the role of a talkative female, who is forced to act dumb in a film called ''Unakkum Vazhvu Varum''. She had played this role along with Thengai Srinivasan.[18] She was bitten by a Bungarus fasciatus/ Kattuviriyan snake during the shooting of ''Manjal Kungumam'' and was admitted to hospital. Coincidentally, after recovery, the next scene, she had to act was in ''Aadi Viradham,'' where she had to bathe a snake statue and sing a lullaby for it, and the director asked her whether she would like to perform and she replied "Yes very much!" and she did the film.

Manorama, being a close friend of Jayalalitha and of the firm belief that Jayalalitha would never be corrupt, campaigned against actor Rajinikanth in support of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the 1996 elections.[16]

In one of her last interviews, in 2015, she was asked if she had any regrets about her life. To this, she answered: "I've no regrets at all. I'm blessed in this life. Even in my next birth, I want to be born as Manorama again. I want this same life, and same people around me. Most of all, I want my mom with me again."[3] In an interview to BBC in 2015, "If I had chosen to act only as a heroine then I would have disappeared from the scene long ago. So, I decided to take up comedienne roles, so I survived in the industry for nearly six decades".[19]

When asked as to how she was able to do more than 1500 films, she said in her interview in September 2015, "I believe I am a blessed person. Without God's will, I couldn't have acted in so many films. It all just happened in my life, and you won't believe it, but I still have the urge to act. The one person who is the reason for all my success is my mom. She did everything for me in life, and I miss her the most now (she breaks into tears). Whatever I achieve or have achieved in life is only because of her."[3]

She supported young talents and budding directors on her old ages. In 2013 she acted in a Tamil Short Film named Thaaye Nee Kannurangu directed by LGR Saravanan. She acted as a Cancer Patient and a mother of Mr. Srikanth."


Between 2013-15, Manorama had suffered ill-heath resulting in hospital stays.[20][21] She died in Chennai at 11.20 pm on 10 October 2015[22] as a result of multiple organ failure. She was 78 and is survived by her son and singer-actor Bhoopathy.[23]


Tamil Nadu reacted to Manorama's death with an outpouring of grief; numerous tributes were paid to the deceased actor across the state and on social media. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa laid wreath on the body at the actor's home in T. Nagar, Ms. Jayalalithaa said, "There had been no accomplished achiever like Manorama in the Tamil film world and there would be none in the future as well."[24] Jayalalitha was quoted as saying, "I was shocked to hear about her death. She was an elder sister to me. I used to call her Manorama while she called me Ammu. We used to visit each other's houses whenever we didn't have shootings."[25] The chief minister also said, "If Sivaji Ganesan was Nadigar Thilagam, Manorama was Nadigai Thilagam." Others who paid homage to the actress include Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sivakumar, Ajith Kumar, M. Karunanidhi, K. Veeramani, G. K. Vasan, Delhi Ganesh, R. Sarathkumar, Ilayaraja, Vairamuthu, Vijay, Karthik, S. Ve. Shekhar, Vijaykumar, Goundamani, K. Bhagyaraj, R. Parthiban, Raadhika Sarathkumar, Vimal, Silambarasan, Suriya, Karthi, Vikraman, S. Thanu, T. Rajender and Pandiarajan.[26]


TV serials

  1. Kattu Pattti Charitram
  2. Anbulla Amma
  3. Tyagiyin Magal
  4. Vanavil
  5. Aachi International
  6. Anbulla Snehithi
  7. Alli Rajyam
  8. Aval
  9. Robo Raja
  10. Manushi
  11. Vaa Vadhyare
  12. Tina Mina

Selected filmography & discography


Manorama also holds a record of singing for all the notable music directors. She has rendered her voice for M. S. Viswanathan, Ilayaraja, A. R. Rahman and many other notable music composers.

Song Movie Composer Co-singers
Madrasa Sutti May Madham A. R. Rahman Shahul Hameed, Swarnalatha, G.V. Prakash
Paarthale Theriyaatha Sri Raghavendrar Ilayaraja
Kaanaan Kuruvikku Kalyanamam (Two versions) Vaazha Ninaiththaal Vaazhalaam Ilayaraja
Theriyatho Nokku Theriyatho Suryakanthi M. S. Viswanathan
Dillikku Rajanaalum Paatti Sollai Thattaathe Chandrabose (composer)
Vaa vathiyaare Bommalattam V. Kumar
Thaatha Thaatha Magale Un Samathu G. K. Venkatesh L. R. Eswari
Thangeiyenum Pasa Kiligal Vidhyasagar Tippu (singer), Karthik (singer), Sujatha Mohan
Pogathey Pogathey En Kanava (parody) Ratha Thilagam Viswanathan Ramamoorthy
Thimikitta Thimikkitta Ganga Gowri M. S. Viswanathan



Year Film Language Notes
1958 Anbu Engey Tamil
Maalaiyitta Mangai Tamil
PeriyaKovil Tamil
Manamulla Maruthaaram Tamil
1959 Uthami Petra Rathinam Tamil


Year Film Language Notes
1960 Kalathur Kannamma Tamil Amali
Aadavantha Deivam (film) Tamil Navarasam
1962 Deivathin Deivam Tamil
Nenjil Or AalayamTamilManorama
1963 Konjum Kumari[10] Tamil Alli
Paar Magale Paar Tamil Aaraveli
Lava Kusha Tamil Washerman's wife
Ratha ThilagamTamil
1964 Magale Un Samathu Tamil
1964 Thaali Bhagyam TamilAndjalai
1964 Ratha Thilagam Tamil
1964 Puthiya Paravai TamilAlli Sanjeev
1964 PadagottiTamilManickam's sister
1964 NavarathriTamilInsane lady
1964 Thozhilali TamilChandira
1965 Thiruvilayadal Tamil Ponni
1965 Kanni Thaai TamilRukkumani (Rukku)
1965 ThazhampooTamil
1965 Paditha Manaivi Tamil
1965 Anbu Karangal TamiPonnamma
1965 Vallavanaukku VallavanTamilMala
1965 Poomalai TamilMyna
1966 Anbe Vaa Tamil Kannamma
Saraswathi Sabatham Tamil
Kandan Karunai Tamil Valli's best friend
Yaar Nee? Tamil Thamarai(Maid) & C.I.D Sulokchana
Madras to Pondicherry Tamil Brahmin Couple
Mugaraasi TamilAlangaram (Thandhaiyar Paithai)
Thenmazhai Tamil Indra
Mani MagudamTamilVanchi
Gowri KalyanamTamil
Thaali Bhagyam TamilAndjalai
Iru Vallavargal Tamil
1967 VivasayeeTamilShoki
1967Thiruvarutchelvar Tamil
1967 Thaikku ThalaimaganTamilMunimma
1967 Ninaivil Nindraval (1967 film) Tamil Sarala
1967 Paaladai Tamil
1967 Iru Malargal TamilPrincipal's wife
1967 Anubavam Pudhumai Tamil
1968 Ethir Neechal Tamil Renu
Galatta Kalyanam Tamil Rathna
Bommalattam Tamil Chinna Ponnu
Thillana Mohanambal Tamil Karuppayi / "Jil Jil" Ramamani / Roja Rani
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Character Artiste (Female)
Thaer Thiruvizha TamilVel's wife
Delhi Mapillai Tamil
1969 Ayiram Poi Tamil
1969 Nirai Kudam TamilActress Girija


Year Film Language Notes
1970 Thalaivan Tamil
Aana Valarthiya Vanampadiyude Makan Malayalam/Tamil
Engal Thangam TamilMiss Pantchali
Thirumalai ThenkumariTamil Munniyamma
Vilaiyaattu Pillai Tamil
1971 Kankatchi Tamil Surulirajan and Manorama teamed up in this movie to perform nine different roles together
1971 Muhammd bin TughkugTamilGandhimadhi
1971 Thanga GopuramTamil
1971 Sumathi En Sundari Tamil
1972 Pattikada Pattanama Tamil Vellaiamma
Kasethan Kadavulada Tamil Lakshmi
Needhi Tamil
Kanna NalamaTamilK. Manorama
Vidharthikale Ithile Ithile Malayalam
Raman Thediya SeethaiTamilSamoundhi
Thaikku Oru Pillai Tamil
Velli VizhaTamilKomalam
Mr.Sampath Tamil
Annamitta KaiTamilNurse Thangame
Gnana OliTamilDoctor's wife
Shakthi LeelaiTamil Kaveri
Karunthel KannayiramTamil
Kadhalikka Vanga Tamil
1973 Rajaraja Cholan Tamil Poonkodi
Suryakanthi Tamil
Kasi YathiraiTamilAndal (Stage-actress)/Lalitha(Chokkalingam's lover)
Manipayal Tamil
Ganga Gowri Tamil
Ponnunjal Tamil
Manidharil Manikkam Tamil
Rajapart Rangadurai Tamil
Ponnukku Thanga Manasu Tamil
1974 Kunwara Baap Hindi Sheela
1974Anbai ThediTamil
1974 En MaganTamil
1974 Gumasthavin Magal TamilGuest appearance
1975 Devara Gudi Kannada
Puthu Vellam Tamil
Melnaattu Marumagal TamilGuest appearance
Cinema PaithiyamTamilCameo appearance
Anbe Aaruyire TamilAlamelu
Dr. Siva Tamil
Thangathile VairamTamil
Pattampoochi TamilGuest sppearance
Vaazhnthu Kaattugiren TamilDollak Sundari
Yarukkum Vetkam Illai Tamil
1976 Akka Tamil
Unakkaga Naan Tamil
Unmaye Un Vilai Enna Tamil
Rojavin Raja Tamil
Nee Oru Maharani Tamil
Mogam Muppadhu Varusham Tamil
Grahapravesam Tamil
Varaprasadham Tamil
Bhadrakali Tamil
Vazhvu En Pakkam Tamil Seetha
Ungalil Oruthi Tamil
Perum Pugazhum Tamil
Paaloothi Valartha Kili Tamil
Oru Kodiyil Iru Malargal Tamil
Nalla Penmani Tamil
Muthaana Muthullavaa Tamil
Mayor Meenakshi Tamil
Kula Gowravam Tamil
Janaki Sabatham Tamil
1977 Aalukkoru Aasai Tamil
Aaru Pushpangal Tamil
Aasai Manaivi Tamil
Durga Devi Tamil
Devara Duddu Kannada
Geddvalu Naane Kannada
Thunai Iruppal Meenakshi Tamil
Nee Vazhva Vendum Tamil
Avan Oru Sarithiram Tamil
Sri Krishna Leela (1977 film) Tamil
1978 Kuppathu Raja Tamil
Annalakshmi Tamil
Maariyamman Thiruvizha Tamil
Kamakshiyin Karunai Tamil
Chittukuruvi Tamil
En Kelvikkenna Bathil Tamil
General Chakravarthy Tamil
Pilot Premnath Tamil
Punniya Boomi Tamil
Vandikkaaran Magal Tamil
Varuvaan Vadivelan Tamil
Vaazha Ninaithal Vazhaalam Tamil
Rudra Thaandavam Tamil
Seervarisai Tamil
Aayiram Jenmangal Tamil
Bhairavi Tamil
Andaman Kaadhali Tamil
Prathyaksha Deivam Malayalam
1979 Thyagam Tamil
Alankari Tamil
Imayam Tamil
Kalyanaraman Tamil
EnippadigalTamil Jayanthi


Year Film Language Notes
1980 Billa Tamil Rajappa's old friend
Enippadigal Tamil Jayanthi
Ennadi Meenakshi Tamil
Nadagame Ulagam Tamil
Neechalkulam Tamil
Panchabhootham Tamil
Poonthalir Tamil
Sri Ramajayam Tamil
Rusi Kanda Poonai Tamil
Subhodayam Telugu Sivakamini
Rishi Moolam Tamil
Natchathiram Tamil
Jamboo Tamil
1981 Kodeeswaran Magal Tamil
Keezh Vaanam Sivakkum Tamil Servant
Thee Tamil
Savaal Tamil
Mangamma Sabatham Tamil
Premanubandha Kannada
Erattai Manithan Tamil
1982 Vazhvey Maayam Tamil Baby
Simla Special Tamil Roja Devi
Thaai Mookaambikai Tamil Kittumani's sister
Sangili Tamil
Theerpu Tamil
Manal Kayiru Tamil
Marumagale Vaazhga Tamil Servant
Kannodu Kan Tamil
Kaivarisai Tamil
Jodippura Tamil
Pokkiri Raja Tamil
Pakkathu Veetu Roja Tamil
Vasandhathil Or Naal Tamil
Sattam SirikkiradhuTamil
1983 Sattam Tamil
Dowry Kalyanam Tamil Seetha Latchmi
Sivappu Sooriyan Tamil
Miruthanga Chakravarthi Tamil
Neethibathi Tamil Loosy
Nirabarathi Tamil
Thanga Magan Tamil Annapoorani
Adutha Varisu Tamil
Paayum Puli Tamil
Snehabandham Malayalam
Yamirukku Bayamen Tamil
Muthu Engal SothuTamil
1984 Enakkul Oruvan Tamil Madan's mom
Kairaasikkaaran Tamil
Mansoru Tamil
Oh Maane Maane Tamil
Kuva Kuva Vaathugal Tamil
Anbe Odi Vaa Tamil
Kudumbam TamilGuest appearance
Raja Veetu Kannu KuttyTamil
Ninaivugal Tamil
Naalai Unathu NaalTamil
1985 Antha Sila naatkal Tamil
Iru Methaigal Tamil
Madras Vaathiyaar Tamil
Vaazhkai Tamil
Sri Raghavendrar Tamil Saraswathi Bhai's friend
Vidhi Tamil
Ilamai Tamil
Simma Soppanam Tamil
Nyaayam Tamil
Ninaivugal Tamil
Chidambara Ragasiyam Tamil Valayapatti Valliammai
Jhansi Tamil
Anni Tamil
Kadivalam Tamil
Bandham Tamil
Madhuvidhu Theerum Mumbe Malayalam Palakkattu Maami
Nalla Thambi TamilRaju's mother
Oru Malarin Payanam Tamil
1986 Vikram Tamil Pallathor Ramadevi
Samsaram Adhu Minsaram Tamil Kannamma, the maid
Ilamai Tamil
Kaaval Tamil
Nermai Tamil
Perumai Tamil
Porutham Tamil
Chandamama Tamil
Odangal Tamil
Kaithiyin Theerppu Tamil
Veeran Tamil
Naan Adimai Ilai
Kanna Thorakkanum Saami Tamil
Sarvam SakthimayamTamilNagamma
Nambinar KeduvathillaiTamil
Nilave Malare Tamil
1987 Per Sollum Pillai Tamil Cook
Naan Adimai Illai Tamil
Aankiliyude Tharattu MalayalamSakunthala
Veendum Lisa MalayalamGomathi
Makkal Enn Pakkam Tamil
Paruva Ragam Tamil
Premaloka Kannada
Valayal SathamTamil
Shankar GuruTamil
Chinna Kuyil PaaduthuTamilGeetha's mother
1988 Guru Sishyan Tamil Kalyani Nallasivam
Paatti Sollai Thattaadhe Tamil
En Jeevan Paduthu Tamil
Katha Nayagan Tamil
Unnal Mudiyum Thambi Tamil Angayarkanni
Idhu Namma Aalu Tamil
Thambi Thangakambi Tamil
Penmani Aval Kanmani Tamil
Annanagar Mudhal TheruTamil
1989 Kutravaali Tamil
Vasanthi Tamil
Ulagam Piranthathu Enakkaga Tamil
Aararo Aariraro Tamil
Apoorva Sagodharargal Tamil Muniyamma
Puthiya Padhai Tamil National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
Meenakshi Thiruvilayadal Tamil
Raaja RaajathanTamil
Pongi Varum KaveriTamil


Year Film Language Notes
1990 Michael Madana Kama Rajan Tamil Ganga Bai
Engal Swamy Ayyappan Tamil
Ethir Kaatru Tamil
Nadigan Tamil Baby Amma
Enkitta Mothathe Tamil Pandiyan's mother
Kizhakku Vasal Tamil
Vedikkai En Vadikkai Tamil
Aarathi EdungadiTamil
En Veedu En Kanavar Tamil
1991 Aadi Viratham Tamil
Pondatti Sonna Kettukanum Tamil
Aakasha Kottayile Sultan Malayalam Kumudam
Chinna Gounder Tamil Chinna Gounder's mother
Chinna Thambi Tamil Kannamma
Raakkaayi Kovil Tamil
Nanbargal Tamil
Pudhu Manithan Tamil Pangajam
Idhayam Tamil
Gnana Paravai Tamil
Nattukku Oru Nallavan Tamil
1992 Mannan Tamil Azhagi
Singaravelan Tamil Thaiyamma
Pangali Tamil Durai;s mother
Nee Pathi Naan Pathi Tamil Vedavalli
Annamalai Tamil Annamalai's mother
Magudam Tamil
Suriyan Tamil
Raasukutti Tamil Raasukutti's Mother
Onna Irukka Kathukanum Tamil
Pattathu Raani Tamil Muniamma
Harihara Puthiran Tamil
Neenga Nalla IrukkanumTamil
Thoorathu SonthamTamil
Periya Gounder Ponnu Tamil
Idhu Namma BhoomiTamilValiammal
Unnai Vaazhthi PaadugirenTamilRavi's mother
1993 Yejaman Tamil Grandmother of Vaanavarayan
Gentleman Tamil Ponnammal Kicha's mother
Ponnumani Tamil
Uthama Raasa Tamil
Dharmaseelan Tamil Mother Mary
Sendhoorapandi Tamil Senthoorapandi's mother
Pangali Tamil
Pandithurai TamilPandithurai's mother
Neelakuyil Tamil
Atha Maga Rathiname Tamil Pappamma
Nallathe Nadakkum Tamil Valliammal
1994 Kadhalan Tamil Shruthi's grandma
May Madham Tamil
Deva Tamil Raasathi
Jaihind Tamil Bharath's mother
Sarigamapadani Tamil Kulasekaran's mother
Seeman Tamil
Anbumagan Tamil
Vietnam Colony Tamil
Rasigan Tamil Vijay's grandmother
Ravanan TamilRavanan's mother
Nattamai Tamil Nattamai's paternal aunt
Thaai ManasuTamilMuthamma
1995 Murai Maman Tamil Kannamma
Dear Son Maruthu Tamil
Marumagan Tamil Thaiyamma
Coolie Tamil
Periya Kudumbam Tamil Rathnavelu's Mother
ThirumoorthyTamilRama Aatha
Nandhavana Theru Tamil
Rikshavodu Telugu Bamma
Naan Petha Magane Tamil Andal
Veluchami Tamil
Mr. Madras Tamil Aruna Arunachalam
Muthu Kaalai Tamil Raakayi
Maaman Magal Tamil
Raja Enga RajaTamil
DevaTamil Raasathi
1996 Mahaprabhu Tamil Vellamma
Parambarai Tamil Paramasivan's grandmother
Indian Tamil
Nattupura Pattu Tamil Pattamma
Love Birds Tamil
1997 Arunachalam Tamil
Vallal Tamil Kamakshi
Sakthi Tamil
1998 Pooveli Tamil Grandmother of Mahalakshmi
Natpukkaga Tamil Muthaiya's mother
Veera Thalattu Tamil
Marumalarchi Tamil Jayanthi's mother in law
Natpukkaga Tamil Muthaiya's mother
1999 Rojavanam Tamil
Unnai Thedi Tamil
Periyanna Tamil
Kummi Paattu Tamil
Simmarasi Tamil
Poovellam KettupparTamilHerself
Unnaruge Naan IrundhalTamilCaring maid
Edhirum Pudhirum Tamil
Sundari Neeyum Sundaran Naanum Tamil


Year Film Language Notes
2000 Kannal Paesava Tamil
Vetri Kodi Kattu Tamil Deivane
Millenium Stars Malayalam
Thirunelveli Tamil
Kannan Varuvaan Tamil Rangganayagi(Aatha)
Snegithiye Tamil Vani's mother
Unnaruge Naan Irundhal Tamil Caring maid
Maayi Tamil
2001 Krishna Krishna Tamil'Bullet' Pushpa
Pandavar Bhoomi Tamil
Bava Nachadu TeluguMrs. S. Bhanupathi
Seerivarum KaalaiTamil
Piriyadha Varam VendumTamilAzhagi
Sigamani Ramamani Tamil
2002 Thamizh Tamil Thamizh's mother
Jaya Tamil
Gemini Tamil Annamma
Ninu Choodaka Nenundalenu Telugu
Kadhal VirusTamil
KarmegamTamilKarmegham's mother
Nee PremakaiTelugu
Manorama The LegendTamilHerself
2003 Saamy Tamil Bhuvana's Grandmother
Diwaan Tamil Duraisingam's sister
Whistle Tamil
Anbe Anbe Tamil
Ottran TamilKarthik's Mother
Yes MadamTamil
2004 Perazhagan Tamil Pattamma
7G Rainbow Colony Tamil Extended cameo
Kuththu TamilAnjali's grandmother
Neranja ManasuTamil
Azhagesan Tamil
2005 Karka Kasadara Tamil
Aadum KoothuTamilDalit woman
2006 Imsai Arasan 23m Pulikesi Tamil Rajamatha Bhavani Ammaiyar
Pasa Kiligal Tamil
2007 Aalwar Tamil Priya's grandma
Thaamirabharani Tamil Thangapazham
Raakilipattu MalayalamVani's mother
Mauryan Malayalam
2008 Krishnarjuna Telugu Arjun's grandmother
Uliyin Osai Tamil Azhagi
2009 Arundhati Telugu Chandramma
Laadam Tamil
A Aa E Ee Tamil
Seetha Kalyanam Malayalam Sreeni's mother


Year Film Language Notes
2010 Singam Tamil Kavya's grandmother
Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam Tamil Keluthi Amma
2013 Singam II Tamil Kavya's grandmother
Thaaye Nee KannuranguTamilAmma
2016 S3 (film) Tamil Kavya's grandmother


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