S. S. Rajendran

In this Indian name, the name Sedapatti Suryanarayana Devar is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Rajendran.
S. S. Rajendran
Native name எஸ். எஸ். ராஜேந்திரன்
Born Sedapatti Suryanarayana Devar Rajendran
January 1928 (1928-01)
Usilampatti, Madras Presidency, British India
Died 24 October 2014(2014-10-24) (aged 86)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Other names SSR
Latchiya Nadigar
Occupation film actor, director, producer, politician
Years active 1951–2014
Spouse(s) Pankajam, Vijayakumari, Thamarai Selvi

Sedapatti Suryanarayana Devar Rajendran, commonly known by his stage name S. S. Rajendran (SSR) (Tamil: எஸ். எஸ். ராஜேந்திரன்; January 1928 24 October 2014), was an Indian film actor, director, producer and politician.

Film career

According to film producer and writer G. Dhananjayan, Rajendran made his acting debut with Manamagal (1951), but his portions were deleted from the film by the Censor Board.[1] His first released scenes were in the 1952 film Parasakthi,[2] directed by duo directors Krishnan-Panju, in the character Gnanasekharan. Following with Mudhalali, President Panchatcharam,[3] Pillai Kani Amudhu, Thalai Koduthan Thambi, Thedi Vandha Selvam, C. N. Annadurai's Edhayum Thangum Idhayam, M. Karunanidhi's Avan Pithana, Poompuhar and Modern Theatres Kumudham. SSR acted with M. G. Ramachandran in Raja Desingu as Mohamed Khan and in Kaanji Thalaivan as Paranjothi. He had worked in many films with Sivaji Ganesan such as Manohara, Rangoon Radha, Raja Rani, Deivapiravi, Aalayamani, Pachai Vilakku, Pazhani, Kungumam, Shanthi and Kai Kodutha Dheivam.

Other notable films were Sorgavasal, Ammaiyappan, Ratha Kanneer, Kuladeivam, Thai Piranthaal Vazhi Pirakkum, Kalyanikku Kalyanam, Sivagangai Seemai, also in AVM's Kaakkum Karangal, Poomalai and K. Balachander's Ethiroli.

His drama company SSR Nadaka Mandram staged plays including[4]Or Iravu (C.N.Annadurai), Manimagudam (M. Karunanidhi), Thenpaandi Veeran (P. Nedumaran). He introduced and gave opportunities to actress Manorama.[5]

Director K. S. Gopalakrishnan was introduced from his film Saradha (a silver jubilee hit) and Saradha Studios was established to commomerate the success of this film by its producer A. L. Srinivasan. Like wise, SSRs film "Thai Pirandhal Vazhi Pirakkum" in which his co-star was Raja Sulochana,[6] a successful film in 1958.

Political life

He joined the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party and became the first elected member of legislative assembly among actors in India when he was elected to the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly as a DMK candidate Theni (State Assembly Constituency) in Madras State legislative assembly election, 1962.[7] Subsequently, he was elected as a member (MP) of Rajya Sabha. He joined the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and won from Andipatti constituency in the 1980 assembly election. Later he became a critic of M Karunanidhi and of the DMK's family policies.[8]

Personal interest

Rajendran, being a strict follower of Periyar E. V. Ramasamy's policy of rationalism, never acted in films based on mythology. He earned the sobriquet "Ilatchiya Nadigar" (Emblematic Actor) as he never acted in films against his policy.[9][10][11]


Rajendran was admitted in Chennai Meenakshi hospital on 20 October 2014 to treat issues related with lung infection. He died on 24 October 2014.[2][12]



Year S.No: Film Banner Director
1952 1 Parasakthi National pictures & AVM Productions Krishnan-Panju
1952 2 Panam Madras Pictures N. S. Krishnan
1954 3 Manohara Manohar Pictures L. V. Prasad
4 Ratha Kanneer Manohar Pictures Krishnan-Panju
5 Sorgavasal Parimala Pictures A. Kasilingam
6 Ammaiyappan National Pictures A. Bhim Singh
1956 7 Raja Rani National Productions A. Bhim Singh
8 Kuladeivam S. K. Pictures Krishnan-Panju
9 Rangoon Radha Mekala Pictures A. Kasilingam
1957 10 Mudhalali M. A. V. Pictures Muktha V. Srinivasan
1958 11 Anbu Engey Jubilee Films D. Yoganand
12 Petra Maganai Vitra Annai Modern Theatres V. Ramanathan
13 Thai Pirandhal Vazhi Pirakkum Arunachalam Pictures A. K. Velan
14 Thedi Vandha Selvam Arasu Pictures P. Neelakantan
15 Pillai Kani Amudhu PSV Pictures M. A. Thirumugam
16 Thirudargal Jakkirathai Pratibha Films B. N. Rao
1959 17 Alli Petra Pillai M. M. Production K. Somu
18 Kalyanikku Kalyanam Manohar Pictures A. S. A. Sami
19 Mamiyaar Mechiya Marumagal AVM Productions Krishnan-Panju
20 Nattukku Oru Nallavan Majestic Pictures K. Dasaratha Ramaiah
21 President Panchatcharam Savithri Pictures A. Bhim Singh
22 Sivagangai Seemai Kannadasan Productions K. Shankar
23 Thalai Koduthaan Thambi Modern Theatres T. R. Sundaram
24 Sollu Thambi Sollu T. V. S. Production T. V. Sundaram
1960 25 Deivapiravi Kamal Brothers Krishnan-Panju
26 Raja Desingu Krishna Films T. R. Raghunath
27 Petra Manam National Pictures A. Bhim Singh
28 Koodi Vaazhthaal Kodi Nanmai Narasu Studios D. S. Rajagopalan
29 Thangarathinam SSR Pictures M. A. Thirumugam
1961 30 Kumudham Modern Theaters Adurthi Subba Rao
31 Manapanthal RR Pictures V. N. Reddy
32 Panam Pandhiyile
1962 33 Deivathin Deivam Chithra Productions K. S. Gopalakrishnan
34 Senthamarai Madras Pictures A. Bhim Singh
35 Muthu Mandapam SSR Pictures A. S. A. Sami
36 Aalayamani PSV Pictures K. Shankar
37 Sarada A. L. S. Productions K. S. Gopalakrishnan
38 Ethaiyum Thanggum Ithaiyam Udhayasooriyan Productions
1963 40 Kaanji Thalaivan Mekala Pictures A. Kasilingam
41 Aasai Alaigal Poongavanam Pictures A. S. A. Sami
42 Kaidhiyin Kadhali Arunachalam Pictures A. K. Velan
43 Kattu Roja Modern Theatres Adurthi Subba Rao
44 Naanum Oru Penn AVM Productions A. C. Tirulokchandar
45 Neengatha Ninaivu Padma Films T. R. Raghunath
46 Vanambadi Kannadasan Productions G. R. Nathan
47 Kungumam Rajamani Pictures Krishnan-Panju
1964 48 Pachai Vilakku Vel Pictures A. Bhim Singh
49 Alli SSR Pictures S. S. Rajendran
50 Kai Kodutha Dheivam Sri Ponni Productions K. S. Gopalakrishnan
51 Poompuhar Mekala Pictures P. Neelakantan
52 Vazhi Pirandhadhu A. K. Velan Pictures A. S. A. Sami
53 Pazhani Bharathamatha Pictures A. Bhim Singh
54 Anandhi (1965 film) ALS Productions P. Neelakantan
55 Santhi ALS Productions A. Bhim Singh
56 Kakkum Karangal (film) AVM Productions A. C. Tirulokchandar
57 Paditha Manaivi Bala Movies Krishnaswamy
58 Poomalai Mekala Pictures P. Neelakantan
1966 59 Avan Pithana? (film) A. L. S. Productions P. Neelakantan
60 Mani Magudam SSR Pictures S. S. Rajendran
61 Marakka Mudiyumaa? Mekala Pictures Murasoli Maran
62 Thedi Vandha Thirumagal
63 Thaaye Unakkaga
1969 64 Kula Vilakku
1970 65 Ethiroli Kalakendra Productions K. Balachander
1981 66 Erattai Manithan
1985 67 Anbin Mugavari Sri Meenakshi Production Manivannan
1996 68 Rajali Velu Prabhakaran
1998 69 Dharma Rowther Films K. R.
2000 70 Vallarasu Captain Cine Creations N. Maharajan
2001 71 Rishi P. A. Art Productions Sundar C.
2003 72 Dum Rockline Productions A. Venkatesh


  1. Dhananjayan, G. (2014). Pride of Tamil Cinema: 1931 to 2013. Blue Ocean Publishers. p. 91.
  2. 1 2 "Veteran Tamil actor SS Rajendran dead". The Times of India. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  3. President Panchatcharam was a success at the box office.1959 THE HINDU 2/oct/2011
  4. P.R.Vasantha kumars'ilatchia selvam SSR 1987 'sironmani publications'
  5. Manorama in her life time award function said...(jan 15 2008) "Those were days when even a fleeting presence on the screen was considered a huge achievement. It was Kannadasan Sir who offered the role. But actually I owe all this to S. S. Rajendran. It was he who invited me to Madras to act in the Kalaignar's (M. Karunanidhi) play Manimagudam. That play was a resounding success and I was recognised as an actress. Later, I faced the camera for the first time in an unfinished film that had Rajendran and Devika in the lead roles. Then came ‘Maalayitta Mangai.’" recounts the actor.
  6. Rajasulochana's most successful film, according to critics and moviegoers, was "Thai Pirandhaal Vazhi Pirakkum". It was remade in Telugu as "Manchi Manasuku Manchi Rojulu" with N. T. Rama Rao playing the lead. The film was directed by her husband, noted writer-director C. S. Rao. (4/sep/2011)memories linger Raja Sulochana,THE HINDU
  7. "GENERAL ELECTION, 1962 TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF MADRAS" (PDF). Election Commission of India. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  8. "S S Rajendran: A Periyar follower, first Tamil actor to turn to politics". New Indian Express. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  9. http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/%E2%80%98Latchiya-Nadigar%E2%80%99-SSR-No-More/2014/10/25/article2492415.ece
  10. http://sangam.org/autobiography-actor-politician-s-s-rajendran/
  11. http://www.kalyanamalaimagazine.com/Content/Thiraichuvai/July10_1_15/Potpourri_of_titbits_about_Tamil_cinema_SSR.html
  12. "பழம்பெரும் நடிகர் எஸ்.எஸ். ராஜேந்திரன் காலமானார்". Tamil Language. Daily Thanthi. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014.

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