A. V. M. Rajan

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AVM Rajan
Born Shanmugasundaram
1935
Pudukottai
Occupation Film actor, Producer
Years active 1962–1987
Spouse(s) Pushpalatha
Children Sis Rachel (formerly Mahalakshmi)
Rev Dr Catherine Dhinakaradoss (formelry Abhirami)
Ganesh Rajan

A.V.M.Rajan (Tamil: ஏ. வி. எம். ராஜன்) is a Tamil film actor of the 1960s and 1970s. His real name is Shanmugasundaram of Pudukottai. He was born in 1935. Shanmugasundaram was very eager to join cinema. But his parents wanted to see him, a graduate, as a police officer. He came to Madras to write the examination, but didn’t bother to write it. Instead, he tried his luck in cinema knocking on the doors of every film company he could contact. At long last, his relentless efforts yielded result by getting him the opportunity to enter cinema through the film ‘Aayiram kaalathu payiru’. Soon after, he was signed to act in the AVM’s film ‘Naanum oru Penn’ also.[1]

Rajan acted in a movie produced by AVM Productions called Nanum Oru Penn, a film that starred S.S.Rajendran in the lead role. Hence he became 'A.V.M.' Rajan. Tamil actress Pushpalatha appeared in the same picture, and they became a couple and later married. They subsequently acted as a pair in many films, including Karppooram(1967) which he won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor. AVM Rajan has two daughters, the elder daughter Mahalakshmi was an actress between the 80s-90s. He also has a son who is a lawyer in Chennai. Rajan later became a Christian preacher and stopped acting in movies and dramas. His wife Pushpalatha is a Christian by birth. Following Rajan's conversion, his family too is serving full time Ministry.[2][3]

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Language Director Co-stars Notes
1963 Naanum Oru Penn Balu Tamil A. C. Tirulokchandar S. S. Rajendran, C. R. Vijayakumari, Pushpalatha
Aayiram Kalathu Payir Tamil T.S. Durairaj T.S. Durairaj, Balaji, Devika First Movie but Naanum Oru Penn got released first
Paar Magale Paar Sundaram Tamil A. Bhimsingh Sivaji Ganesan, R. Muthuraman, Pushpalatha
Thulasi Maadam Tamil K. B. Srinivasan Gemini Chandrakantha, S. N. Lakshmi, Sharadha, M. S. Sundari Bai
1964 Chitrangi Jeyveeran Tamil R. S. Mani Pushpalatha
Main Bhi Ladki Hoon Hindi A. C. Tirulokchandar Dharmendra, Pushpalatha Remake of Naanum Oru Penn
Andavan Kattalai Tamil K. Shankar Sivaji Ganesan, Devika, Pushpalatha
Pachai Vilakku Tamil A. Bhim Singh Sivaji Ganesan, S. S. Rajendran, Pushpalatha
1965 Enga Veetu Penn Tamil
Ennathan Mudivu Tamil K.S. Gopalakrishnan T.S Balaiah, V.S. Ragavan, Anjali Devi
Veera Abhimanyu Abhimanyu Tamil V. Madhusudhan Rao Gemini Ganesan, Kanchana, Anjali Devi
1966 Major Chandrakanth Rajinikanth Tamil K. Balachander Major Sundarrajan, Nagesh, R. Muthuraman, Jayalalitha Remake of Hindi film Oonche Log
Kodimalar Tamil C. V. Sridhar R. Muthuraman, C. R. Vijayakumari, Kanchana
Namma Veettu Lakshmi Tamil B.R. Panthulu R. Muthuraman, Vanisri
1967 Karpooram Tamil V.T. Vasu Pushpalatha, Manorama, T.S Balaiah, S.A. Asokan, Sri Kanth
Manam Oru Kurangu Tamil V.T. Arasu R. Muthuraman, K.R. Vijaya, Cho
Panthayam Somu Tamil A. Kasilingam Gemini Ganesan, Vijayanirmala, A.R.R. Vasu Remake of the Hindi movie Sachaai
1968 Thillana Mohanambal Thangarathnam Tamil A. P. Nagarajan Sivaji Ganesan, Padmini
Galatta Kalyanam Mohan Tamil C. V. Rajendran Sivaji Ganesan, Nagesh
Chakkaram Tamil A. Kasilingam Gemini Ganesan, Vennira Aadai Nirmala, Sowkar Janaki, Nagesh
Poovum Pottum Prakash Tamil Dada Mirasi S. V. Ranga Rao, P. Bhanumathi, R. Muthuraman, Pandari Bai, Bharathi, Nagesh
Jeevanaamsam (film) Balu Tamil Malliyam Rajagopal Jaishankar, C. R. Vijayakumari, Pushpalatha, Sowkar Janaki, Nagesh
Thulaabaram Tamil A. Vincent Kanchana, Sharada, Muthuraman Remake of Malayalam film Thulabharam
1969 Thunaivan Tamil M. A. Thirumugam Sowkar Janaki, Nagesh
Annaiyum Pithavum Bhaskar Tamil AVM Brothers Vanisri, Lakshmi, Nagesh, Sivakumar
Mannippu Tamil
Dharisanam Tamil Bombay Maniyam A.V.M. Rajan, Pushpalatha, Sri Kanth, Cho
Chellapen Tamil K. Krishnamurthy A.V.M. Rajan, Pushpalatha
Magizhampoo Tamil V T Arasu A.V.M. Rajan, Pushpalatha
Paal Kudam Tamil Pattu A.V.M. Rajan, Pushpalatha, Lakshmi
1970 Engal Thangam Moorthy Tamil Krishnan-Panju M. G. Ramachandran, Pushpalatha
Anadhai Anandhan Selvam Tamil Krishnan–Panju A.V.M. Rajan, Jayalalithaa, R.S. Manohar, Anjali DeviMaster Sekhar Hindi Version of Chanda Aur Bijli
Noorandu Kaalam Vazhga K. Sampath Tamil [[]] A. V. M. Rajan, R. Muthuraman, Kanchana, L. Vijayalakshmi
Yaen? Tamil T. R. Ramanna A.V.M. Rajan, Ravichandran, Lakshmi, Vennira Aadai Nirmala
1971 Irulum Oliyum Thyagarajan (Thyagu) Tamil Puttanna Kanagal Vanisri R. Muthuraman
Deivam Pesuma Tamil Chinni-Sampath A.V.M. Rajan, Sandhya Rani, Vennira Aadai Nirmala
Thirumagal Raju Tamil A. S. A. Samy Gemini Ganesan, Sivakumar, Lakshmi
1972 Shakthi Leelai Tamil
Puguntha Veedu Bhaskar Tamil G. Subramania Reddiar Ravichandran, Savitri, Chandra Kala, Lakshmi
Aval A. C. Tirulokchandar Tamil Vijayalakshmi Pictures Vennira Aadai Nirmala, A. V. M. Rajan, Sreekanth, Manorama
Thangathurai A. Kasilingam Tamil National Pictures A. V. M. Rajan, Sowcar Janaki, Master Sekhar
Akka Thamudu Tamil Dubbed movie of Anadhai Anandhan
Deivam Tamil M.M.A. Chinappa Devar Gemini Ganesan, R. Muthuraman
Deiva Sankalpam Tamil P.R.Somu C. R. Vijayakumari, R. Muthuraman, Sachu, T.S Balaiah , Varalakhsmi, Major Sunderarajan
Bathilukku Bathil Tamil Jambulingam Muthuraman, Thengai Seenivasan, Vijayakumari, V.K. Ramasamy
Kandavarundo Malayalam Mallikarjuna Rao Sadhana, Vincent
Agathiyar Tamil
Thaikku Oru Pillai Tamil Pattu AVM Rajan, Nirmala, Savitri
1973 Amman Arul Tamil Pattu Jaishankar
Anbu Sagodharargal Tamil Lakshmi Deepak Jaishankar Remake of Telugu film Pandanti Kapuram
Engal Thai Tamil Lakshmi Deepak Jaishankar Remake of Telugu film Pandanti Kapuram
Paasa Deepam Rajarathna Tamil A. V. M. Rajan, Manjula
Manipayal Malliyam Rajagopal Tamil Malliyam Productions Savitri, A. V. M. Rajan, Vennira Aadai Nirmala, Sreekanth, Thengai Srinivasan, Manorama
Veettukku Vandha Marumagal Tamil R. Vittal Lata, Ravichandran, Vennira Aadai Nirmala, Sri Kanth
Prarthanai Tamil Kousilan Sowkar Janaki, Vennira Aadai Nirmala
Manidharil Manikkam Tamil C. V. Rajendran Sivaji Ganesan, Prameela
1974 Sivagamiyin Selvan Tamil C. V. Rajendran Sivaji Ganesan, Vanisri
Paththu Maatha Pandham Vasanthi's Husband Tamil Banu Mathi, Muthu Raman, Saroja Devi, Raja Sri, Manorama, Nirmala
Ore Saatchi Tamil K. Vijayan P.R. Varalakshmi, M.N. Rajam, Major Sundarrajan
Magalukaga Tamil M. Krishnan C. R. Vijayakumari, S.A. Asokan, M.R.R Vasu
Doctoramma Manjula's Husband, Raja Tamil Sornam Manjula, S.A. Asokan, Thengai Seenivasan, M.N. Rajam
1975 Thiruvarul Tamil P.Madhavan AVM Rajan, Major Sundarrajan
Annadammula Anubandham Venu Gopal Rao Telugu S. D. Lal N. T. Rama Rao, N. T. Rama Rao, Murali Mohan, Pushpalatha
Murugan Kattiya Vazhi Muniyandi Tamil P.Madhavan AVM Rajan, Sri Priya, Vijayakumar, Nagesh
1976 Rojavin Raja Tamil K. Vijayan Sivaji Ganesan, Vanisri
1977 Murugan Adimai Tamil R. Thyagarajan Muthuraman, K.R. Vijaya
Navarathinam Raja Tamil A. P. Nagarajan M. G. Ramachandran, Pushpalatha
Unnai Suttrum Ulagam Tamil Kamal Haasan, Jayalalithaa
1978 Thai Meethu Sathiyam Tamil R.Thyagarajan Rajnikanth, Ambareesh, Mohan Babu
1980 Billa Inspector Varma Tamil R. Krishnamurthy Rajinikanth
1981 Thee Sita's Husband Tamil
1982 Oorum Uravum Officer Tamil Major Sunderarajan, PushpaRajan Sivaji Ganesan, KR Vijaya, Nizhalgal Ravi, Major Sunderarajan
1984 Nanri IGP Tamil AVM Rajan Karthik, Nalini, Mahalakshmi (Daughter of AVM Rajan), Arjun Sarja Arjun's Debut Movie
1987 Veeran Veluthambi IG of Police Tamil Vijayakanth, Karthik

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