R. Muthuraman

R. Muthuraman

Muthuraman in Server Sundaram (1964)
Born 1929
Died 16 October 1981 (aged 52)
Other names Navarasa Thilagam
Occupation Film actor
Years active 1958–1982
Spouse(s) Sulochana Muthuraman
Children Karthik

R. Muthuraman (19291981) was an Indian actor who appeared in Tamil language films.[1] He was a leading Tamil actor during the 1960s and 1970s and was fondly called Navarasa Thilakam. He paired with all the leading heroines of his time and acted in over a hundred films. Muthuraman's son Karthik is also a Tamil actor and politician, whose son Gautham Karthik is also an actor who made his debut in Kadal (2013).

Early life

Muthuraman was born in Theni to a family that had no stage or acting links. He was the son of an advocate and his uncle was a police officer. However, in his youth he was attracted towards films and the fine arts. He joined the field much later in life, as he first became a government employee due to family pressure.[2]

Film career

In 1947, after finishing the intermediate course, Muthuraman joined the famous Gemini Studios in an administrative job. However, it was only in 1952 when he was working with P.Orr & Sons in Chennai that he was spotted by director Ilangovan's wife. Though his good looks were noticed, he had to wait until 1957 to begin his acting career.

Muthuraman was a stage actor in his early days. He joined veteran actor S.S.Rajendran's SSR Nataka Mandram and then Seva Stage and acted in numerous dramas, including Manimagudam, Muthumandapam, and Bharathiyar's poetic dramas.

He acted as Suppu, a simpleton in Thenthoosi, a film that starred Gemini Ganesan in the lead role. He went to play a few major roles and many secondary roles in about 100 movies in the sixties and seventies. Although he was a player in an era dominated by stalwarts like MGR, Sivaji Ganesan and Gemini Ganesan, he made a name and place for himself as a popular supporting actor. This handsome and mature actor was known as Navarasa Thilakam.

He was paired with many heroines of the time including Devika and Jayalalitha, but his most constant heroine with whom he was paired for a record of 19 times was Kanchana. He starred in many successful films, in co-hero roles in movies like Kaadhalikka Neramillai and supporting roles in movies like Server Sundaram.[2]


Muthuraman was married to Sulochana. The couple had four children, the youngest of whom, Karthik Muthuraman, became a popular actor in his own right.[2]


In October 1981, Muthuraman arrived at Ooty to attend the shooting for Ayiram Muthangal. When he was jogging as part of a routine exercise, he fainted due to a heart attack. The film unit of Moondram Pirai saw Muthuraman on the road and called for a doctor. But the doctor declared Muthuraman dead on 16 October.[3] He was 52 years old at the time of his death.[4]

Partial filmography


Year Title Role Co-Stars Director Notes
1982 Pokkiri Raja Rajinikanth, Sridevi S.P. Muthuraman Last film
1980 Guru Raghu Kamal Hassan, Sridevi I. V. Sasi


Year Title Role Co-Stars Director Notes
1978 Anna Poorani
1977 Pennjanmam
1976 Vazhvu En Pakkam Raju Lakshmi, Sreekanth
1976 Kanavan Manaivi Jayalalitha
1976 Perum Pugazhum
1976 Kaalangalil Aval Vasantham
1976 Nalla Penmani
1975 Kasturi Vijayam
1975 Vaazhnthu Kaattugiren
1975 Mayangugiral Oru Maadhu
1975 Ellorum Nallavare Manjula, Jayanthi Gemini Balan
1975 Uravu Solla Oruvan
1974 Thirumangalyam Jayalalitha, Lakshmi, Sivakumar
1974 Avalum Penn Thaane
1974 Dheerga Sumangali KR Vijaya
1974 Anbu Thangai Jayalalitha, Kamal Haasan S. P. Muthuraman
1973 Nathayil Muthu
1973 Maru Piravi Manjula, Nagesh C.V. Raman
1973 Suryakanthi J. Jayalalitha, Major Sundararajan Muktha Srinivasan
1973 Rajaraja Cholan Prince Vimaladhithan Sivaji Ganesan, M. N. Nambiar A. P. Nagarajan
1972 Kasethan Kadavulada Lakshmi, 'Thengai' Srinivasan Gopu
1972 Veettuku Veedu
1972 Dhikku Theriyatha Kaattil Jayalalitha, Baby Sumathi
1972 Kanimuthu Paappa Jaishankar, Lakshmi (actress) S. P. Muthuraman
1972 Kula Gowravam
1971 Punnagai Gemini, Nagesh
1971 Moondru Deivangal Sivaji Ganesan, Nagesh
1971 Irulum Oliyum Ramu A. V. M. Rajan, Vanisri Puttanna Kanagal
1971 Moonru Theivangal Sivaji Ganesan, Nagesh
1971 Avalukendru Oru Manam Gemini Ganesan, Bharathi C. V. Sridhar
1971 Thangaikkaha
1970 Navagraham
1970 Thapalkaran Thangai
1970 Penn Deivam
1970 Veettuku Veedu
1970 Maanavan Jaishankar


Year Title Role Co-Stars Director Notes
1969 Sivandha Mann Anand Sivaji Ganesan C. V. Sridhar
1969 Kanne Pappa Bhaskar K. R. Vijaya P. Madhavan
1968 Poovum Pottum
1968 Ethir Neechal Nagesh, Sowcar Janaki K. Balachander
1968 Thaer Thiruvizha
1968 Uyira Manama
1968 Kannan En Kadhalan M. G. Ramachandran, J. Jayalalitha, Vanisree
1968 Thirumal Perumai Sivaji Ganesan, Sivakumar, Padmini
1967 Ooty Varai Uravu Sundaram Sivaji Ganesan, Nagesh C. V. Sridhar
1967 Bama Vijayam Raman Balaiya, Major Sundararajan K. Balachander
1967 Naan Ravichandran, J. Jayalalitha
1967 Thiruvarutchelvar Sivaji Ganesan, Savitri Ganesan
1967 Thangai Sivaji Ganesan, K. R. Vijaya
1967 Nenjirukkum Varai Sivaji Ganesan, K. R. Vijaya
1966 Marakka Mudiyumaa? S. S. Rajendran, Devika
1966 Major Chandrakanth Srikanth Major Sundararajan, Jayalalitha K. Balachander
1966 Kodimalar
1965 Vaazhkai Padagu Gopal Gemini Ganesan, Devika, S. V. Ranga Rao C. Srinivasan The film was remake of Hindi film as Zindagi (1964)
1965 Panchavarna Kili K.R. Vijaya, Jayashankar K.Shankar
1965 Thiruvilayadal Shenbaga Pandiyan Sivaji Ganesan A. P. Nagarajan
1964 Karnan Sivaji Ganesan, N. T. Rama Rao B. R. Panthulu
1964 Kalai Kovil
1964 Server Sundaram Raghavan Nagesh, K. R. Vijaya Krishnan-Panju
1964 Kaadhalikka Neramillai Vasu / Chidambaram Ravichandran, Kanchana C. V. Sridhar
1963 Annai Illam
1963 Paar Magale Paar Shekar Sivaji Ganesan, Sowcar Janaki A. Bhimsingh
1963 Karpagam Gemini Ganesan, K. R. Vijaya K. S. Gopalakrishnan
1962 Azhagu Nila Kalyan Kumar, Malini, Vasanthi Raghavan
1962 Policekaran Magal K. Balaji, C. R. Vijayakumari, Pushpalatha C. V. Sridhar
1962 Padithaal Mattum Podhuma Moorthy Sivaji Ganesan, Savitri A. Bhimsingh
1962 Nenjil Or Aalayam Kalyan Kumar, Devika C. V. Sridhar
1962 Sumaithaangi Gemini Ganesan, Devika C. V. Sridhar
1961 Arasilangkumari M. G. Ramachandran, Padmini A. S. A. Sami & A. Kasilingam
1960 Padikkadha Medhai Sivaji Ganesan, Sowcar Janaki A. Bhimsingh
1960 Mahalakshmi K. Balaji, Mynavathi A. L. Narayanan
1960 Paadhai Theriyudhu Paar K. Vijayan, L. Vijayalakshmi Nemai Ghosh (director)


Year Title Role Co-Stars Director Notes
1959 Sahodhari K. Balaji, Rajasulochana A. Bhimsingh
1959 Ulagam Sirikkiradhu M. R. Radha, Sowcar Janaki R. Ramamurthy
1959 Naalu Veli Nilam S. V. Sahasranamam, Pandari Bai, Mynavathi V. Srinivasan
1959 Mala Oru Mangala Vilakku M. R. Radha, Devika S. Mukerjee


  1. R. Muthuraman, IMDb, retrieved 29 November 2008
  2. 1 2 3 http://www.cinefundas.com/2011/12/27/r-muthuraman
  3. "Potpourri of titbits about Tamil cinema - Muthuraman". Kalyanamalai Magazine. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  4. "OBITUARIES" (PDF). Variety. 4 November 1981. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
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