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Born 30 August 1945
Ramanathapuram district,
British India
Died 9 September 2011 (age 65)
Chennai, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor
Years active 1957–2011

Kanthimathi ( 30 August 1945 – 9 September 2011) was a Tamil stage and film actress. She acted in over 500 films.

Early life[edit]

Kanthimathi was born in Manamadurai in the then Ramanathapuram district of British India. She started acting in dramas and entered films at the age of eleven.


The role which got her noticed was the portrayal of Mayil's mother in 16 Vayathinile. Other important Tamil films in which she acted include Mann Vasanai, Muthu and Karagattakaran. She was awarded the Kalaimamani Award by the Government of Tamil Nadu for her contribution to Tamil cinema.

She acted as mother and grandmother almost to all actors and actresses like M.G.R, Rajinikanth, Kamalhassan, Vijaykanth, Sathyaraj, Prabhu, Vijay, Revathi, Radha, Ambika, Radhika, etc. Other actors or actresses cannot utter the non-lexical filler proverbs like "Chithada kalli viragu odaika ponalam kathala mullu kothoda kuthidichan" (When a lazy girl is forced to go for the work of cutting the firewood she may complain that aloe vera thorns poked her in a bunch) like she could.

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