Crazy Mohan

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"Crazy" Mohan
Born Mohan Rangachari[1]
(1949-10-16) 16 October 1949 (age 65)
Occupation Comedy actor
Playwright
Screenwriter

"Crazy" Mohan (Tamil: க்ரேசி மோகன், born 16 October 1949 as Mohan Rangachari) is a Tamil comedy actor, script writer and playwright.[2] An engineer by profession, Mohan started writing plays and dramas for stage and established his own drama troupe called Crazy Creations in 1979. In addition to dramas and tele-serials, he has worked as a dialogue writer on a number of comedy films. He has written over 30 plays, worked on over 40 films and played cameo roles in each of these films, and written 100 short stories.[3]

Career[edit]

Mohan was a student at the College of Engineering, Guindy, where he graduated as a Mechanical Engineer in 1973.[4] His guide was his classmate S. Ravi, who was the President of Tamil Manram. Before becoming a full time writer, Mohan was working at Sundaram - Clayton Limited.[5]

At the College of Engineering, Guindy, he first wrote Great Bank Robbery, a skit for the inter-collegiate contest.[6] It was followed by scripts for his younger brother Maadhu Balaji's drama troupe at Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College, Chennai.[7] The first full-length play he wrote was Crazy Thieves in Paalavakkam for Natakapriya in 1976,[8] which was a run-away hit [9] and gave him the nom de plume "Crazy" Mohan.[10][11] He also wrote scripts for Tenant Commandments and One More Exorcist.[12]

After writing for other productions, Mohan decided to start his own troupe and founded Crazy Creations in 1979.[13] Since, the troupe has created over 30 plays with original scripts and staged over 4,500 shows all over India and abroad.[14] His play Chocolate Krishna had been staged 500 times within three years.[15] His brother Maadhu Balaji, who is an actor, plays the hero in all his dramas.

The first feature film he worked on was K. Balachander's Poikkal Kudhirai for which he wrote the dialogues. The film itself was based on Mohan's drama Marriage made in Saloon.[16] He went on to write dialogues for several comedy films, particularly starring Kamal Haasan, which include Sathi Leelavathi, Kaathala Kaathala, Michael Madana Kama Rajan, Apoorva Sagodharargal, Avvai Shanmughi, Thenali, Panchathanthiram and Vasool Raja MBBS.[17][18] The 2006 film Jerry had story and screenplay by Mohan and featured Mohan's entire theatre team including its director S. B. Khanthan.[19] He has also acted in supporting or cameo roles in the films he wrote the dialogue or script for.

In 1989, he also began producing television comedy series. Serials he produced include Here is Crazy, Kalyanathukku Kalyanam with over 600 episodes and Vidathu Sirippu,[20] with the latter winning the Best Comedy Serial award from Mylapore Academy in 2005.[21] He has also written 100 short stories.[22]

Works[edit]

Stage dramas[edit]

Some of his popular Tamil dramas as a dialogue writer and actor are listed below.

  • Maadhu +2[23]
  • Jurassic Baby[24]
  • Marriage Made in Saloon
  • Meesai Aanaalum Manaivi[25]
  • Alaavudeenum 100 Watts Bulbum[26]
  • Crazy Kishkintha[27]
  • Return of Crazy Thieves[28]
  • Oru Babiyin Diary Kurippu[29]
  • Kathalikka Maadhu Undu[30]
  • Maadhu Mirandal
  • Madhil Mel Maadhu[31]
  • Chocolate Krishna[32]
  • Satellite Saamiyaar[33]
  • Crazy Thieves in Paalavaakkam[34]
  • Oru Sontha Veedu Vaadagai Veedagirathu
  • Ayya Amma Ammamma[35]
  • Google Gadothgajan (Upcoming Drama)[36]
  • Gummaala Gokulam (Upcoming Drama)[37]

Films[edit]

As a script and dialogue writer
As an actor

Television plays[38][edit]

  • Here is Crazy
  • Maadhu Cheenu
  • Nil Gavani Crazy
  • Siri Gama Padhani
  • Crazy Times
  • Vidaathu Siripu
  • Siri Siri Crazy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Comedy cocktails his forte". The Hindu. 
  2. ^ "`Crazy' Mohan back with his classic plays". The Hindu. 29 August 2006. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Comedy cocktails his forte". The Hindu. 
  4. ^ "Comedy cocktails his forte". The Hindu. 
  5. ^ "On the name ‘Kathadi’". The Hindu. 
  6. ^ "Comedy cocktails his forte". The Hindu. 
  7. ^ "Comedy cocktails his forte". The Hindu. 
  8. ^ "rediff.com: Movies: An interview with comedian Crazy Mohan". 
  9. ^ "Crazy humour and much more". The Hindu. 
  10. ^ "Angry, Crazy, Gemini and Cho". The Times of India. 
  11. ^ "How did Mohan become Crazy Mohan? - Tamil Movie News". indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "rediff.com: Movies: An interview with comedian Crazy Mohan". 
  13. ^ "rediff.com: Movies: An interview with comedian Crazy Mohan". 
  14. ^ "Feast of comedy plays from Crazy’s stable". The Hindu. 
  15. ^ "‘Crazy' Mohan to produce kids-oriented play". The Hindu. 
  16. ^ "Crazy humour and much more". The Hindu. 
  17. ^ "rediff.com: Kamal Haasan does a Munnabhai!". 
  18. ^ "rediff.com: Movies: An interview with comedian Crazy Mohan". 
  19. ^ "Crazy humour and much more". The Hindu. 
  20. ^ "The Hindu : Crazy robot". 
  21. ^ "The Hindu : Comic interlude". 
  22. ^ "Comedy cocktails his forte". The Hindu. 
  23. ^ "Of ‘Crazy’ Mohan, Madras and Mylapore". The Hindu. 
  24. ^ "Of ‘Crazy’ Mohan, Madras and Mylapore". The Hindu. 
  25. ^ "rediff.com: Movies: An interview with comedian Crazy Mohan". 
  26. ^ "rediff.com: Movies: An interview with comedian Crazy Mohan". 
  27. ^ "The Hindu : Tamil Nadu / Chennai News : Crazy Mohan's plays in CD format". 
  28. ^ "The Hindu : Tamil Nadu / Chennai News : Crazy Mohan's plays in CD format". 
  29. ^ "The Hindu : Tamil Nadu / Chennai News : Crazy Mohan's plays in CD format". 
  30. ^ "The Hindu : Tamil Nadu / Chennai News : Crazy Mohan's plays in CD format". 
  31. ^ "Crazy time". The Hindu. 
  32. ^ "The Hindu : Friday Review Chennai : How humour meets magic". 
  33. ^ "Humour on demand". The Hindu. 
  34. ^ "Of ‘Crazy’ Mohan, Madras and Mylapore". The Hindu. 
  35. ^ "Funny one-liners of marriage woes". The New Indian Express. 
  36. ^ "‘Crazy' Mohan to produce kids-oriented play". The Hindu. 
  37. ^ "‘Crazy' Mohan to produce kids-oriented play". The Hindu. 
  38. ^ "Comedy cocktails his forte". The Hindu. 

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