Janagaraj (actor)

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Janagaraj (actor)
Born Janagaraj
Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor
Years active 1972–2007

'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.

Early life[edit]

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.

Film career[edit]


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.

Later years[edit]

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.


Year Film Role Notes
1978 Kizhake Pogum Rail Panchayat Member
1979 Suvarilladha Chiththirangal
1980 Red Rose
1981 Palaivana Solai Senthil
1983 Mann Vasanai
1985 Aan Paavam
1985 Muthal Mariyathai
1985 Padikkadavan
1985 Sindhu Bhairavi
1986 Kadalora Kavithaigal
1986 Vikram
1987 Nayagan Selva
1987 Raja Mariyadhai
1987 Vedham Pudhithu Vaidehi's Suitor
1988 Annanagar Mudhal Theru
1988 Agni Natchathiram
1988 Unnal Mudiyum Thambi
1988 Jeeva
1989 Vetri Vizha
1989 Nalaya Manithan
1989 Apoorva Sagodharargal
1988 Kodi Parakuthu
1989 Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal
1989 Rajadhi Raja
1989 Siva
1990 Arangetra Velai
1990 Vaigasi Poranthachu
1990 Keladi Kanmani
1990 Kizhakku Vasal
1990 Anjali
1990 Panakkaran
1990 Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari Telugu Film
1991 Gopura Vasalile
1992 Brahmachari
1992 Annamalai
1992 Guna
1992 Meera
1992 Pattathu Raani
1992 Solaiyamma
1992 Roja Chajoo Maharaj
1993 Sneha Sagaram Pazhaniappan Gounder Malayalam Film
1994 May Madham
1994 Veera Rupa's Father
1994 Veetla Visheshanga Doctor Sree
1995 Baashha Gurumurthy
1995 Indira
1997 Arunachalam
1998 Kumbakkonam Gopalu
1998 Dil Se.. Taxi Driver Hindi Film
1999 Jodi
1999 Suyamvaram Doctor
2002 King
2004 New
2004 M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi
2004 Aayudham
2004 Aayutha Ezhuthu
2006 Kalinga
2007 Thavam

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