P. S. Veerappa

P. S. Veerappa
பி. எஸ். வீரப்பா
Born P. S. Veerappa
(1911-09-10)10 September 1911
Kangeyam, Madras Presidency, British Raj (now Tamil Nadu, India)
Died 11 September 1998(1998-09-11) (aged 87)
Chennai, India
Occupation Actor, Producer
Years active 1939-1998
Religion Hindu
Spouse(s) V. Veera Lakshmi
Awards Kalaimamani Award, Rajiv Gandhi Award

P. S. Veerappa (Tamil: பி. எஸ். வீரப்பா; 10 September 1911  11 September 1998) was a villain actor and a producer of Tamil cinema.

Early life

Born in 1911, Veerappa belonged to Kangeyam. But he grew up in his grandfather’s house in Pollachi right from an early age. He was interested in studies but there were no income sources due to large members in family. He tried many small trading business which never gave him good returns. Before moving to madras he used to act in plays which was conducted in temple festival in Sivanmalai where he saw K. B. Sundarambal and her brother. They insisted him to join cinema and told him to come to Madras. So he moved to Madras with the aim of joining cinema; he expressed his desire to her and Sundarambal sent him to Ellis R. Dungan with a recommendation letter.[1]


Duncan was directing the film Manimekalai at that time in which Sundarambal had an important role. And, Veerappa was introduced to cinema through that film in 1939. His next films were Udayanan Vasavadatta, in which G. N. Balasubramaniam and Vasundhara Devi were the lead pair and Jupiter Pictures’ Sri Murugan with C. Honnappa Bhagavathar as the hero. MGR was also in the cast and Veerappa and MGR became friends after this film. Their duo acted in many films together as hero and villain. Veerappa’s popular laughter "ha ..ha ..haa .." was first tried in the film Chakravarthi Thirumagal in which MGR was the hero. As it had tremendous response, it was continued by Veerappa in all his subsequent films and it became his trademark. In the film Vanjikottai Valiban, there is a dance sequence in which Vyjayanthimala and Padmini are both dancing, challenging each other in the song Kannum Kannum Kalanthu. In this scene, Veerappa shouts, "Sabhaash … sariyana potti …", welcoming the challenge. And, in another film Mahadhevi, Veerappa, the villain, would chase the heroine K. Savithri with so much lust. In the scene in which he realizes that he could never get Savithri, he would say, "Manadhaal Mahadevi, illaiyel maranadevi …". This dialogue gets consistent claps from the audience even today. He was associated with six Chief Ministers (C. N. Annadurai, M. Karunanidhi, M. G. Ramachandran, N. T. Rama Rao, V. N. Janaki & J. Jayalalitha) as an actor and producer.[1]

Sivaji Ganesan was a great admirer and fan of Veerappa’s acting and his ‘famous’ laughter. Sivaji had openly expressed this admiration on many occasions. Veerappa had acted as the villain with four generation heroes, starting from MGR and Sivaji to heroes like Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth and Vijayakanth. A molded villain in movies, Veerappa was a great human being in real life. He became a producer also and produced many films. Veerappa, died in September 1998. He had a daughter and a son. His son P. S. V. Hariharan is a film producer, and has a daughter and a son.[1]

Selective filmography

As actor

Year Movie Name Role Co-Stars
1946 Sri Murugan
1948 Raja Mukthi T. K. Bagavathar
1950 Marutha Nattu Ilavarasi M. G. Ramachandran
1952 Mappilllai
1953 Naam M. G. Ramachandran V. N. Janaki M. N. Nambiar
Madhana Mohini
Jenova M. G. Ramachandran
1954 Sorgavasal
Sugam Engey Nagappan K. R. Ramasamy Savitri T. K. Ramachandran, [[K. A. Thangavelu
1955 Kaveri
Mullaivanam S. A. Natarajan
Ulagam Pala Vidham
1956 Marma Veeran
Asai Veeran Gemini Ganesan, Padmini, D. Balasubramaniam, Rajasulochana, N. S. Krishnan
Alibabavum 40 Thirudargalum Abhu Usian M. G. Ramachandran P. Bhanumathi K. Sarangapani
1957 Mahadevi General KarunaKaran M. G. Ramachandran Savitri
Chakravarthi Thirumagal General Bhairavan M. G. Ramachandran Anjali Devi S. Varalakshmi
Rani Lalithangi
Thangamalai Ragasiyam Mahendran Sivaji Ganesan Jamuna T. R. Rajakumari M. N. Nambiar
Ranja Rajan General Nagavelan M. G. Ramachandran Padmini Lalitha M. N. Nambiar
Yaar Paiyan
Neelamalai Thirudan Zamindar Nagappan R. Ranjan, Anjali Devi M. K. Radha
1958 Vanjikottai Valiban Senapathy Gemini Ganesan Vyjayanthimala Padmini
Nadodi Mannan Raja Guru M. G. Ramachandran P. Bhanumathi B. Saroja Devi
Boologa Rambai General Veera Kesari Gemini Ganesan Anjali Devi
Petra Maganai Vitra Annai S. S. Rajendran C. R. Vijayakumari
Panai Pidithaval Bhagyasali Savitri K. Balaji
1959 Sivagangai Seemai S. S. Rajendran Kumari Kamala
Thalai Koduthan Thambi
1960 Mannadhi Mannan M. G. Ramachandran Padmini Anjali Devi
Kaithi Kannayiram Prisoner Jagatheeran (or) Prisoner No:420 R. S. Manohar Javert Seetharaman Rajasulochana K. A. Thangavelu
Veerakkanal The King Gemini Ganesan Anjali Devi M. N. Nambiar M. N. Rajam
Parthiban Kanavu Kabaligan Gemini Ganesan Vyjayanthimala
1961 Marutha Nattu Veeran Sivaji Ganesan Jamuna
1962 Aalayamani Pakkiri Sivaji Ganesan B. Saroja Devi M. R. Radha T. R. Ramachandran
Vikramaadhithan M. G. Ramachandran Padmini
1963 Anandha Jodhi Jambu M. G. Ramachandran Devika Kamal Hasan
Veera Dhalapathi Veluthambi
Kalai Arasi Kannan M. G. Ramachandran P. Bhanumathi Rajasree
1964 Andavan Kattalai Prosicutor (Cameo Appearance) Sivaji Ganesan Devika K. Balaji J. P. Chandrababu
1966 Yaar Nee? CID Officer (Cameo Appearance) Jaishankar Jayalalitha
1967 Arasa Kattalai M. G. Ramachandran B. Saroja Devi Jayalalitha R. S. Manohar M. N. Nambiar S. A. Ashokan
1969 Ponnu Mappillai
1971 Iru Thuruvam Landlord Sivaji Ganesan Padmini R. Muthuraman Pandari Bai
1975 Pallandu Vazhga David/No:250 M. G. Ramachandran Latha M. N. Nambiar R. S. Manohar
1977 Meenava Nanban M. G. Ramachandran
Navarathinam Manarai M. G. Ramachandran
1978 Maduraiyai Meeta Sundarapandiyan M. G. Ramachandran
1979 Thisai Maria Paravigal]] Sarath Babu Sumalatha
Allavuthinum Arputha Vilakkum Kamal Hasan Rajinikanth Sripriya
1984 Vetri Vijayakanth Viji, M. N. Nambiar

As producer


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