T. S. B. K. Moulee

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T. S. B. K. Mouli
Born Chennai, India
Nationality Indian
Other names Mouli, B. Chandra Mouli, B. C. Mouli
Occupation Actor, film director
Years active 1975–present

Thiruvidaimarudur Sambamoorthi Ganapaadigal Balakrishna Sastrigal Mouli, credited as Mouli is an Indian stage and film actor, director and playwright. He is the son of noted Harikatha exponent T. S. Balakrishna Sastrigal. Mouli has stamped his authority on different facets of the film industry viz,. drama, script writing, acting and direction. He has directed films in Tamil and Telugu. A Kalaimamani award winner, his films have won five Nandi Awards including one for best direction in Telugu.[1]

Early life[edit]

Mouli was interested in acting and played parts in stage plays right from his school days. As a school-going kid, he was fascinated by the plays of T. K. Shanmugam and Singanallur Venkataramana Iyer Sahasranamam, both noted personalities in producing stage plays at that time.

Although he pursued a B.Tech degree, he said he "could not resist the temptation to write plays".[2] At 19, he wrote a 45-minute play and staged it at a function organised to felicitate actor Sivaji Ganesan for his Padma Shri award.[3] In his college days, he was a part of Y. G. Parthasarathy's United Artists Association. However, Mouli first came into limelight in 1969 when he wrote the screenplay for and acted in the play "Flight No. 172". The play was an enormous success and ran for thirty continuous years.

He then ventured into film direction despite not having worked as assistant director to anybody.[4] In an interview he said "Actually neither acting nor direction was my goal when I got a chance to venture into cinema. I just wanted to be a writer. But when a producer approached me to make one of my plays into a film and offered me direction too, I took it up".[4] His first feature film was Ivargal Vidhyasamaanavargal, which according to himself, "proved commercially viable" but his second film Matravai Neril, which he got to make, even before his first was completed, was his big break.[4] The film made with newcomers, took just 25 days to complete the shoot, and ran for 100 days.[5] He later directed two films under K. Balachander's banner, Anne Anne and Oru Pullanguzhal Adupputhugirathu and wrote the comedy track in Balachander's directorial Nizhal Nijamagiradhu besides acting in it.[6] His film Vaa Indha Pakkam was dubbed in Telugu and introduced Mouli to the Telugu industry. The same producer approached him to do a direct Telugu film. He did not know the language but with the help of popular Telugu writer Jandhyala who translated his script, he made the film Patnam Vachina Pativrathalu with Chiranjeevi and Radhika. The film was a high success, running for 280 days. From then on, he made over 20 Telugu films in the next 15 years.[7]

His celluloid scripts include Kamalhassan's Pammal K. Sambandam, who later made him to direct a film for his own banner Rajjkamal films starring R.Madhavan, Nala Damayanthi in the year 2003.

Three of his popular plays were translated into Telugu and Bengali and were staged by eminent troupes in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal with a record of 4000 stage shows.

He received the Kalaimamani Award for "Best Writer" in 1985 and the Nandi Award for five films. He has acted in more than 100 films in Tamil and Telugu. He has done supporting roles in films like Thiruvilayaadal Aarambam, Pirivom Sandhippom, Irumbukkotai Murattu Singam and Kadhal to Kalyanam [8]

Personal life[edit]

Mouli is married and has two children - a daughter and a son. His daughter Shravanthi is a carnatic singer. He has a brother, S. B. Khanthan who is also a film and creative director.

Selective Filmography[edit]

As Director[edit]

Year Film
2003 Nala Damayanthi
2002 Brahmachari, Pammal K. Sambandam
2000 Madhuri
1997 Manaammaie
1996 Pellala Rajyam, Akka Bhagunavaa
1995 Miss 420, Aunty
1994 Andharu Andhare, O Thandri O Koduku
1993 Inspector Aswani, Aarambham
1992 Adharsham, Adhrustam, Hello Darling Lachipadama
1991 Aswani, Manchi Roju
1989 Manasu Mamatha, Paila Pachiis
1988 Jeevana Ganga, O Bharya Katha
1987 Chandamama Rave
1987 Akshintalu, Rowdy Police
1986 Patnam Pilla Paleturi Chinnodu
1985 Porutham
1983 Anney Anney, Oru Pullanguzhal Aduppuppthugirathu
1982 Patnam Vachina Pativrathalu, Oru Varisu Uruvagiradhu, Nandri Meendum Varuga
1981 Vaa Intha Pakkam
1980 Ivargal Vidhiyasamanavargal, Mattravai Neril

As Actor[edit]

Films
Year Film Language Notes
1973 Suryakanthi Tamil
1975 Anbe Aaruyire Tamil
1975 Anbai Thedi Tamil
1978 Nizhal Nijamagiradhu Tamil
1984 Mahanagaramlo Mayagadu Telugu
1985 Anney Anney Tamil
1989 Apoorva Sagodharargal Tamil
1989 Oru Pulanguzhal Adupudhugirathu Tamil
1997 Pistha Tamil
1998 Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen Tamil
1998 Kaathala Kaathala Tamil
1998 Time Tamil
1999 Unnai Thedi Tamil
2000 Pennin Manathai Thottu Tamil
2001 Alli Thandha Vaanam Tamil
2001 Kunguma Pottu Gounder Tamil
2003 Nala Damayanthi Tamil
2006 Thiruvilaiyaadal Aarambam Tamil
2006 Unakkum Enakkum Tamil
2008 Poi Solla Porom Tamil
2008 Pirivom Santhippom Tamil
2009 Thiru Thiru Thuru Thuru Tamil
2010 Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai Tamil
2010 Irumbu Kottai Murattu Singam Tamil
2011 180 Tamil
2013 Pattathu Yaanai Tamil
2013 Kadhal 2 Kalyanam Tamil
Television

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