T. S. B. K. Moulee
|T S B K Mouli|
|Born||Thiruvidaimarudur Sambamoorthi Ganapaadigal Balakrishna Sastrigal Mouli Chennai, India|
|Other names||Mouli, B Chandra Mouli, B C Mouli|
|Occupation||Actor, film director|
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.
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 BTech degree, he said he "could not resist the temptation to write plays". 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. 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. 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". 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. The film made with newcomers, took just 25 days to complete the shoot, and ran for 100 days. 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. 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.
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
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.
As Director & Writer
|2003||Nala Damayanthi||Tamil||Direction & Script|
|2002||Pammal K. Sambandam||Tamil||Direction & Screenplay|
|1994||O Thandri O Koduku||Direction|
|1992||Hello Darling Lachipadama||Direction|
|1988||O Bharya Katha||Direction|
|1986||Patnam Pilla Paleturi Chinnodu||Direction|
|1983||Oru Pullanguzhal Aduppuppthugirathu||Tamil||Direction|
|1982||Patnam Vachina Pativrathalu||Direction|
|1982||Oru Varisu Uruvagiradhu||Tamil||Direction|
|1982||Nandri Meendum Varuga||Tamil||Direction|
|1981||Vaa Intha Pakkam||Tamil||Direction|
|1983||Oru Pulanguzhal Adupudhugirathu||Tamil|
|1985||Oru Malarin Payanam||Tamil|
|1998||Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen||Tamil|
|2000||Pennin Manathai Thottu||Tamil|
|2001||Alli Thandha Vaanam||Tamil|
|2001||Kunguma Pottu Gounder||Tamil|
|2008||Poi Solla Porom||Tamil|
|2009||Thiru Thiru Thuru Thuru||Tamil|
|2010||Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai||Tamil|
|2010||Irumbu Kottai Murattu Singam||Tamil|
|2013||Kadhal 2 Kalyanam||Tamil|
- Nadhaswaram as Chockalingam (2010–present)
- "My first break". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 25 January 2008.