Thambi Ramaiah

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Thambi Ramaiah
Born Thambi Ramaiah Jagannathapillai
Rarapuram, Pudhukottai district, Tamilnadu[1]
Occupation Actor, director, lyricist
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Ponnazhagu
Children
  • Umapathy
  • Viveka
Parent(s)
  • Jagannathapillai
  • Pappammal

Thambi Ramaiah is an Indian film actor and director, who works in the Tamil film industry. He directed the Vadivelu-starrer Indiralohathil Na Azhagappan;[2] his performance in Mynaa, won a National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor.[3] Ramaiah has also been working occasionally as a lyricist.[4]

Career[edit]

Thambi Ramaiah, hails from Rarapuram village in Pudukkottai, and initially entered the film industry hoping to become a screenwriter. His father was a poet and a fiction writer and his mother was a housewife, while Ramaiah was their eldest child. He revealed he earned pocket money during his school days by being the writer of love letters for his classmates,[5] and also had an interest in lyric writing, often wrote lyrics for parody versions of popular songs, while becoming trained in various instruments including the harmonium and guitar. Aged 20, he moved to Chennai and tried to make a breakthrough into the film industry but lack of contacts meant he worked in a private company for nine years.[6] He got a break in 1994 and took up a job as a dialogue writer for a serial on Sun TV, doubling up as an assistant director, script writer and lyricist. He then earned opportunities to work as an assistant director in films directed by T. Rajender and P. Vasu, and he considers the latter his teacher of screenplay-writing.[5] He also made a cameo acting appearance in a scene from Vasu's film Malabar Police (1999) in a scene featuring Goundamani. The following year, he made his directorial debut through Manu Needhi (2000) which starred Murali and Napolean in the lead roles. He carried on portraying supporting roles in films as well as writing comedy tracks, also directing the Vadivelu-starrer Indiralohathil Na Azhagappan (2008).

He made a breakthrough as an actor portraying a friendly cop in Prabhu Solomon's romantic film Mynaa (2010) and won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance. He subsequently won positive reviews for his performances in films including Saattai, Kumki (2012) and Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam (2014). At the peak of his career in 2013-2014, he worked for up to four films a day, while being on locations for close to twenty five days a month. He also served as his own manager and often was in charge of his own make-up and costumes in films.[5]

Filmography[edit]

As actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1999 Malabar Police Perumal
2001 Manu Needhi Broker Dharmalingam also director
2004 Jore
2005 Vetrivel Sakthivel Selvi's father-in-law
Aaru
2006 Kodambakkam
Vathiyar
Sillunu Oru Kadhal Vellaichaamy's Assistant
Thalaimagan
Imsai Arasan 23m Pulikesi
Kovai Brothers Astrologer
2007 Oram Po
Maa Madurai Osamma's husband
Thottal Poo Malarum
2008 Indiralohathil Na Azhagappan Chithraguptan Also director
Theekuchi Kurangu Ramasamy
Kee.Mu
2009 Odipolama
Guru En Aalu Lawyer
Malai Malai
2010 Magane En Marumagane
Mynaa Ramaiah Winner, National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Winner, Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor - Tamil
Mandhira Punnagai Manmadhan Naidu
2011 Nanjupuram
Vaagai Sooda Vaa
Osthi Maasaana Moorthy
Aayiram Vilakku
Rajapattai Shanmugham
2012 Vettai Constable
Ambuli Vethagiri
Kazhugu Shanmugam (Chittappa)
Pechiyakka Marumagan
Pandi Oliperukki Nilayam Muthiah
Mannaru Also writer
Saattai Singam Perumal Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Villain
Thaandavam Thappachae Mama
Neerparavai Joseph Bharathi
Kumki Kothali SIIMA Award for Best Comedian
Filmfare Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
2013 Lokpal SI Ramdas Malayalam film
Mathil Mel Poonai
Moondru Per Moondru Kadhal Thiruvengadam
Keeripulla
Neram Saravanar
Summa Nachunu Irukku Chinniah
Apple Penne Aarumugam
2014 Jilla
Veeram Savarimuthu
Pulivaal Valliappan
Vu Ganesh
Nimirndhu Nil Head Constable
Nedunchaalai Master
Ennamo Nadakkudhu
Un Samayal Arayil Krishna
Athithi Ondipuli
Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam Seenu
Amara Kaaviyam Gnanam
Aindhaam Thalaimurai Sidha Vaidhiya Sigamani Silambu Chinnadurai
Vanavarayan Vallavarayan
Rettai Vaalu
Yaan Chinna
Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe Rajagopalan
Gnana Kirukkan
Oru Oorla Rendu Raja
Kaaviya Thalaivan Koduvaai
Kaadu Chettiar
2015 Isai Church Priest
Sandamarutham
Vajram
En Vazhi Thani Vazhi
Arjunan Kadhali completed
Sivappu Filming
Kangaroo Completed
Azhagu Kutti Chellam Filming
Saahasam Filming
Vizhithiru Filming
Thirai Padam Nagaram Filming
Sankarapuram Filming
Yatchan Filming
Komban Rajakili Filming
Thiruttukalyanam Filming
Puli Filming

As director[edit]

Year Film Language Cast Notes
2000 Manu Needhi Tamil Murali, Prathyusha
2008 Indiralohathil Na Azhagappan Tamil Vadivelu, Yamini Sharma

As singer[edit]

Year Film Song Composer Lyrics Notes
2013 Vu "Oru Padi Mela" Abhijith Ramasamy Murugan Manthiram
2010 Oru Koodai Mutham "Nongala Enakku" Shanthan Thambi Ramaiah
2010 Oru Koodai Mutham "Pappa Poranthathu" Shanthan Thambi Ramaiah

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