Tamil Nadu, India
'Janagaraj' is a veteran Tamil film actor who has generally played a comedian in his films, and provided stiff competition to the comic duo of Goundamani and Senthil. He has acted in over 100 Tamil films as a comedian or in supporting roles.
He was born to Vadivelu and Muthulakshmi in Tamil Nadu, India. He joined the Auditor Generals Office as a Junior Division Clerk in 1976 and worked part-time as a Theatre artist and a stage artist due to his desire to act and perform. He was friendly with Delhi Ganesh, another AGS employee who remains his closest friend to date.
He found his break in 1980 in Nizhalgal after several insignificant roles and by the middle 1980's was among the most wanted comedians, having roles with major movie stars like Shivakumar, Rajinikanth, Kamal Hassan, Rehman and with major movie directors like Mani Rathnam, K. Balachander and Suresh Krishna.
In 1971, Janagaraj began to aspire for a movie career. Director K. Balachander offered him a chance to perform in very minor roles in several Tamil films from 1972 until 1977. It was in 1977 that he landed his first speaking role in Sevuppu Villu, a Tamil film starring actor Ravichandran. He continued minor roles through the late 1970s.
Janagaraj's career however spun silver in the 1980s. Starting with Nizhalgal(1980), Palaivana Rojakkal, Mudhal vasantham, Paarvai (1982), and continuing in Apoorva Pirargal (1983), Sindhu Bhairavi (1985), Rajadhi Raja (1989), Apoorva Sagodharargal (1989), and Agni Natchathiram (1989), Janagaraj became a popular comedian in Tamil Nadu. He is known for his peculiar voice and face expression. Janagaraj has also acted in supporting roles in films like Nayagan (1987), Annamalai (1992) and Baasha (1995). He was main sidekick for Kamalhaasan and Rajinikanth in 80s and early 90s movies.
Janagaraj has also acted in character roles in films like Nayagan (1986), Annamalai (1992) and Baasha (1995). His latest roles were in King (2002), Aayutha Ezhuthu (2004), and M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi (2004) in supporting roles.