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MGR at the wedding of films stars Nalini & Ramarajan.jpg
MGR at the wedding of films stars Nalini & Ramarajan
Born Okkur, Sivagangai, Tamilnadu
Occupation actor, director, producer, make-up artist, comedian
Years active 1986-2001; 2012-Present
Spouse(s) Nalini (1987-2000) (divorced)
Children Arun, Aruna
Parents Ramaiya,

Ramarajan (Tamil: ராமராஜன்) is a Tamil film actor who specialised in acting films on village-based subjects. He is also known as Makkal Nayagan or Pasu Nesan. He was called as the rural box office emperor in the late 1980s, his movies used to do well in rural centres. He is known for his colourful gaudy costumes and excessive makeup. His pairing with Rekha in Tamil film is a hit.


Ramarajan hails from a small town Melur situated near Sivagangai. He grew up from a Cinema entrance ticket validator and plantain seller to a cinema producer.[1][2] Known for his movies with rustic simplicity, he had disappeared from filmdom following a string of failures. His films were so popular and made big at box-offices that they were equally competent to Superstar Rajinikanth and Kamalhassan's films. Considered as the man of the rural audiences, he was nicknamed Vasool Chakravathi.Many of his films based on village-based subjects were a big hit in B and C centers. He is known for his dark shirts and colorful costumes. His movie Karagattakaran was a block buster which ran for 365 days in Madurai, Chennai. He fell in love with actress Nalini and they got married. However, they divorced citing differences in their relationship.[3]

He took a plunge in politics and managed to become an MP. He was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Tiruchendur constituency on the AIADMK ticket in 1998.[4] His film and political career both failed for a certain period. His new low budget movie Medhai got released on 2012 which largely went unnoticed and failed.

Political career[edit]

He was elected to 12th Lok Sabha as an All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam candidate from Tiruchendur Lok Sabha constituency in 1998.

Personal life[edit]

Ramarajan fell in love with actress Nalini and they got married in 1987. However, the citing differences in their relationship and they got divorced in 2000. They have twins, daughter Aruna,and son Arun. His Daughter Aruna is married to Ramesh Subramanian on 06 May 2013.[5]

Partial filmography[edit]


Year Film Role Co-Stars Music Director Notes
1977 Meenakshi Kungumam Uncredited
1979 Anbe Sangeetha Uncredited
1980 Theru Vilakku Uncredited
1981 Pattam Parakattum Uncredited
1986 Namma Ooru Nalla Ooru Rekha Debut as Hero[6]
1987 Enga Ooru Pattukaran Seethan Rekha, Shanthipriya Ilayaraja
1987 Neram Nallairukku Shanthipriya M S Viswanathan
1987 Evargal Indiyargal Madhuri, Lakshmi Manoj Gyan
1987 Ondru Engal Jaathiye Shanthipriya Gangai Amaran
1987 Gramatthu Minnal Revathi Ilayaraja
1988 Rayilukku Neramachu Shanthipriya S. A. Rajkumar
1988 Sembakame Sembakame Rekha Ilayaraja
1988 Paarthal Pasu Pallavi Ilayaraja
1988 Enga Ooru Kavakkaran Gouthami Ilayaraja
1988 Ennai Vittu Pogaathe Sabitha Anand Ilayaraja
1988 Namma Oor Nayagan Gouthami Gangai Amaran
1988 Raasave Unnai Nambi Rekha Ilayaraja
1989 Enne Petha Raasa Rupini Ilayaraja
1989 Pongi Varum Kaveri Gouthami Ilayaraja
1989 Enga Ooru Mappillai Gouthami Ilayaraja
1989 Karagattakaran Muththaiyaa Kanaka Ilayaraja
1989 Raaja Raajathan Gouthami Ilayaraja
1989 Anbu Kattalai Pallavi Ilayaraja
1989 Thangamana Raasa Kanaka Ilayaraja
1989 Manasukketha Maharasa Seetha Deva
1990 Paattukku Naan Adimai Rekha, Kushboo Ilayaraja
1990 Thangathin Thangam Ragasudha S. A. Rajkumar
1990 Ooru Vittu Ooru Vanthu Gouthami Ilayaraja
1990 Puthu Paatu Suman Ranganathan, Vaidegi Ilayaraja
1991 Naadu Adhai Naadu Rupini Deva
1991 Mill Thozhilali Aishwarya Deva
1991 Oorellam un Pattuthan Ilayaraja
1991 Nenjamundu Nermaiundu Rupini S. A. Rajkumar
1992 Ponnuketha Purushan Gouthami Ilayaraja
1992 Villu Pattukaran Kalimuthu Rani Ilayaraja
1995 Thedi Vandha Raasa Kushboo Ilayaraja
1996 Amman Kovil Vaasalile Sangita Deva
1997 Gopura Deepam Sukanya Sirpy
1997 Vivasaayi Magan Devayani Sirpy
1997 Themmangu Paattukaaran Aamani Ilayaraja
1999 Annan Swathika Ilayaraja
2001 Ponnana Neram
2001 Seerivarum Kaalai Abitha Deva
2012 Medhai Kavusika Dhina


Year Film Cast Music Notes
1981 Mannuketha Ponnu
1985 Hello Yaar Pesurathu Suresh, Jeevitha Illayaraja, Gangai Amaran
1981 Marudhani
1986 Marakka Maatten Nizhalgal Ravi, Viji Gangai Amaran
1986 Solai Pushpangal Chandrasekhar, Jeevitha Gangai Amaran
1981 Amman Koil Vaasasile Ramarajan, Sangita Deva
1986 Namma Ooru Raasa
1997 Gopura Deepam Sivaji Ganesan, Ramarajan Soundaryan
1997 Vivasaayi Magan Ramarajan, Devayani Sirpy
1981 Ponnana Neram
2001 Seerivarum Kaalai Ramarajan, Abitha Soundaryan


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