Ganthimathi

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Ganthimathi
Born30 August 1945
Died9 September 2011 (age 66)
NationalityIndian
OccupationActor
Years active1957–2011

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.

Career[edit]

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.

Partial filmography[edit]

1960s[edit]

Year Film Role Note
1965 Iravum Pagalum
1966 Kumari Penn
Thenmazhai
1967 Thavapudhalavan

1970s[edit]

Year Film Role Note
1970 Kanthimathi
Kalam Vellum
Thirumalai Thenkumari
1971 Savaale Samali
1972 Nawab Naarkali
Needhi
Pattikada Pattanama
1973 Engal Thanga Raja
Suryakanthi
Rajaraja Cholan
Ponnunjal
1974 En Magan
Vani Rani
Netru Indru Naalai
Naan Avanillai
Athaiya Mamiya
1975 Ninaithadhai Mudippavan
Dr. Siva
Melnaattu Marumagal
Mayangukiral Oru Maadhu
Anbe Aaruyire
1977 16 Vayathinile Kuruvamma
1978 Vanakkatukuriya Kathaliye
Kizhakke Pogum Rail Karuthamma
1979 Manthoppu Kiliye
Suvarilladha Chiththirangal

1980s[edit]

Year Film Role Note
1980 Enga Ooru Rasathi
Rusi Kanda Poonai
Moodu Pani
Bhama Rukmani
1981 Indru Poi Naalai Vaa
Andhi Mayakkam
Erattai Manithan
1982 Moondram Pirai
Neram Vandhachu
1983 Mann Vasanai Ochaayi
Uyirullavarai Usha
1984 Tharaasu
Uravai Kaatha Kili
1985 Engal Kural
Chidambara Rahasiyam Ponnazhagi
1986 Natpu
Aayiram Kannudayaal
Mannukkul Vairam
1987 Chinna Thambi Periya Thambi
Ninaive Oru Sangeetham
1988 Therkathi Kallan
1989 Panthaya Kuthiraigal
Karagattakaran
Solaikuyil
Padicha Pulla
Thangamana Raasa
Annanukku Jai
En Arumai Manaivi

1990s[edit]

Year Film Role Note
1990 Mallu Vetti Minor
Sandhana Kaatru
Periya Veetu Pannakkaran
En Kadhal Kanmani
1991 Gnana Paravai
Kumbakarai Thangaiah
Namma Ooru Mariamma
1992 Solaiyamma
Unna Nenachen Pattu Padichen
Oor Mariyadhai
Idhu Namma Bhoomi
Thirumathi Palanisamy
Nadodi Pattukkaran
1993 Walter Vetrivel
Thalattu
Sakkarai Devan
Chinna Jameen
1994 Namma Annachi
Atha Maga Rathiname
Ilaignar Ani
1995 Aanazhagan
Mr. Madras
Muthu Poongavanam
Varraar Sandiyar
1996 Amman Kovil Vaasalile
Namma Ooru Raasa
1997 Nalla Manusukkaran
Vivasaayi Magan
Namma Ooru Raasa

2000s[edit]

Year Film Role Note
2003 Anbu Thollai
2004 Virumaandi
Settai
Oru Murai Sollividu
2006 Iyappa Saamy

References[edit]

  • "Actor Kanthimathi dead". The Hindu. 9 September 2011.

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