Goundamani

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Goundamani
Goundar-2.jpg
Born
Subramaniyan Karuppaiya

(1939-05-25) 25 May 1939 (age 82)
NationalityIndian
OccupationComedian, actor
Years active1964- Present
Spouse(s)
Shanthi
(m. 1963)
Children2
Parent(s)Karuppaiya, Annammal

Subramaniyan Karuppaiya (born 25 May 1939),[1] known by his stage name Goundamani,[2] is an Indian actor and comedian.[3] He is known for his comic duo partnership in Tamil films with fellow actor Senthil. The pair dominated the Tamil industry as comedians in the 1980s and 90s.[4]

He was called Goundamani after acting as a Gounder in one of his early day dramas and the pseudonym stuck with him forever.[5][2] He has the ability to give counter dialogues on the spot and off the script on stage and during shooting but it has nothing to do with his screen name, contrary to popular belief (as counter is a term that was popular only from the late 2000s).[6] He was at his peak of his career as a comedian in Tamil cinema for nearly 20 years.[7] Despite being a comedian, Goundamani is known for being a social recluse.[8]

Early life[edit]

Goundamani was born as Subramaniyan in Vallakundapuram, a village near Pollachi in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.[2] His father is Karuppaiya and mother Annammal. He is married to Shanthi in 1963 and has 2 daughters.[9][10]

Career[edit]

On having interest in acting, he went to Chennai and initially started acting in theatre dramas and then entered into the Tamil film industry (Kollywood) due to his strong theatrical background.[2]

He made his film acting debut in Server Sundaram (1964) where he featured in a minor and uncredited role as a driver. He made his full fledged debut in 1977 film 16 Vayathinile where he played the role of Rajinikanth's sidekick. His role in the 1977 P. Bharathiraja directorial was also Goundamani's first credited role in his film

Goundamani has played lead roles in a few films during his career, but is predominantly a supporting actor playing comedy roles. While performing roles of a solo comedian in films, he often co-starred with Senthil to form a comedy duo.[11] The pair was described as "Tamil cinema's Laurel and Hardy" and have performed slapstick humour in many Tamil films from the mid-1980s until the early 2000s.[12][13] Both of them are also remembered as partners-in-crime and also known for their chemistry.[14]

Both Goundamani and Senthil were critically acclaimed for their career defining performance in Gangai Amaren's directorial Karakattakkaran (1989). Karakattakaran also coincidentally marked Goundamani and Senthil's 100th film as comedians together.[15] Senthil and Goundamani both reportedly spent full 28 days on set during the shooting of the film.[16] Goundamani's phrases in one of the comedy scenes featured in Karakattakaran, "Adhu enda enna pathu andha kelvi ketta?" when Senthil asked him "Intha cara vachiruntha Sopanasundhariya yaaru vaichiruka" became the highlight of the film and later became viral internet memes.[17]

Goundamani's comedy scene from Thangamana Raasa (1989) is also best remembered by critics for dreaming of singing under the music of Ilaiyaraja when he was spending a jail term for petty crime. His one line phrases "Start the music" and "Arasiyal la ithellam saatharnamappa" which featured in the 1992 film Suriyan also later became a viral meme and trendsetter in Internet.[17]

After recuperating from diabetes and respiratory illnesses during the late 2000s, he featured in Vaaimai and also played the lead role in 49-O, which began productions in 2013. It was directed by debutant Arokiadoss, a former assistant of Gautham Vasudev Menon.[18][19][9][10] In 2019, he was approached by film director R. Kannan and actor Santhanam to cast him in a supporting role for their film project but Goundamani reportedly turned down the offer as he was sceptical about the role.[20][21]

Partial filmography[edit]

1960s[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1964 Server Sundaram Driver
1965 Aayirathil Oruvan Fisherman
1967 Selva Magal Driver

1970s[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1970 Raman Ethanai Ramanadi School Van Driver
1971 Thenum Paalum Driver
1976 Annakili
Mayor Meenakshi
Uzhaikkum Karangal Cameo Appearance
1977 16 Vayathinile Subramani Debut film
Anandam Paramanandam
1978 Kizhake Pogum Rail Ramaiya
Sigappu Rojakal Manager
1979 Anandam Enndru Arambam
Puthiya Vaarpugal Ammavasai
Suvarilladha Chiththirangal Kaliyannan

1980s[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1980 Paruvathin Vasalile
Pennin Vazhkai
Mangala Nayagi
Pudhuyugam Parakkiradhu
Kallukkul Eeram
Enga Oor Rajathi
Sandhana Malargal
Vali Illa Mamaram
Varisu
Devi Dharisanam
1981 Alaigal Oivathillai
Aradhanai
Kudumbam Oru Kadambam House Owner
Velichathukku Vanga
Nenjile Thunivirunthal
Netrikan Singaram
1982 Anandha Ragam
Mullillatha Roja
Nenjamellam Neeye
Pakkathu Veetu Roja
Payanangal Mudivathillai
Magane Magane
Ilanjodigal
Uyirullavarai Usha
Valibamey Vaa Vaa
Agaya Gangai
1983 Adutha Varisu
Imaigal
Immai
Jothi
Kaadhal Oviyam
Raagangal Maruvathillai
Malaiyoor Mambattiyan 'Silk' Singaram
Nenjangal
Naan Sootiya Malar
Vasantha Azhaippugal
Thoongadhe Thambi Thoongadhe
1984 Aanandha Kummi
Komberi Mookan
Naan Paadum Paadal
Neram Nalla Neram
Nilavu Suduvathillai
Naalai Unathu Naal Varadhan
Ponnu Pudichirukku
Priyamudan Prabhu
Pozhudhu Vidinjachu
Unnai Naan Santhithen
Thambathigal
Vaidehi Kathirunthal

All-in-All Azhaguraja

1985 Rajathi Rojakili
Aagaya Thamaraigal Boopathy
Amudha Gaanam
Anbin Mugavari
Japanil Kalyanaraman Mayilsamy
Idhaya Kovil
Kanni Rasi Gopikrishna
Chavi
Karaiyai Thodadha Alaigal
Mannukketha Ponnu Vishamurukki Veluchamy
Meendum Parasakthi
Mookkanan Kaiyiru
Pagal Nilavu George Kutty
Annai Bhoomi Ragappa
Panam Pathum Seiyum
Chain Jayapal
Alai Osai
Avan
Karuppu Chattaikaran
Rajagopuram
Vellai Manasu
Udaya Geetham
Bus Conductor
Marudhani

School Teacher

Thendral Thodatha Malar
Eetti
Geethanjali
Hello Yaar Pesurathu
Karpooradeepam
Naane Raja Naane Mandhiri Kuppusamy
1986 Annai En Deivam
December Pookal
Maragatha Veenai
Engal Thaikulame Varuga
Aayiram Pookkal Malarattum
Mr. Bharath Sanjeevi
Rasigan Oru Rasigai
Pattu Selai
Piranthaen Valarnthaen Raja
Thalaiyaati Bommai
Mannukkul Vairam
Visham
Dharma Pathini
Isai Paadum Thendral
Paadum Paravaigal
1987 Dhoorathu Pachai
Anjatha Singam
Per Sollum Pillai
Paadu Nilave
Ninaive Oru Sangeetham
Idhu Oru Thodar Kathai
1988 Manamagale Vaa
Poo Pootha Nandhavanam
Sarkarai Pandal
1989 Anbu Kattalai
Ennai Petha Rasa Vakkeel
Karagattakaran[15] 'Thavil Vidhwan' Thangavelu
Manasukketha Maharasa
Enga Ooru Mappillai
Ninaivu Chinnam
Pennbuthi Pin Buthi
Ponmana Selvan
Raja Rajadhan
Rasathi Kalyanam
Thangamana Rasa
Vaathiyaar Veettu Pillai
Vetrimel Vetri

1990s[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1990 Vaazhkai Chakkaram Constable
Paattali Magan Dharmadi Dharmalingam
Salem Vishnu Kathavarayan
Paattukku Naan Adimai
Thangathin Thangam
Neengalum Herothan Pavadaikanth
Ulagam Pirandhadhu Enakkaga 'Suthi' Josiyar
Periya Idathu Pillai Guest Appearance
Madurai Veeran Enga Saami 'Balloon' Kandasamy
Ooru Vittu Ooru Vanthu Captain Tamil arasu
Velai Kidaichuduchu
Patanathil Petti
My Dear Marthandan Idea Mani
Puthu Paatu Palanisamy
Nadigan Kurangu Kannayiram
Namma Ooru Poovatha Everything Ekambaram
1991 Naadu Adhai Naadu
Naan Pudicha Maapillai
Pudhu Manithan Rasappa
Chinna Thambi Kanthasamy
En Rasavin Manasile Pannaiyar
Adhikari
Marikozhundhu
Idhaya Vaasal Balaraman
Cheran Pandiyan Mechanic Manikkam
Ayul Kaithi
Vaidehi Kalyanam Pachamuthu
Oorellam Un Paattu
Thambi Oorukku Pudhusu
Vasanthakala Paravai
Kizhakku Karai Raja (Jacky)
Bramma Valayapalayam Chinnasamy
Thalattu Ketkuthamma

Rasaiya's uncle

Nenjamundu Nermaiyundu
Pondatti Sonna Kettukanum Dharmalingam
1992 Mannan Muthu
Chinna Gounder Vellai
Pandithurai Mayilsamy
Rickshaw Mama Govinthasamy
Thilagam Singamuthu
Ilavarasan

Kung Fu Master

Chinna Thayye
Periya Gounder Ponnu Palanisamy
Sivantha Malar Police constable
Thanga Manasukkaran Guitarist
Singaravelan Drums Mani
Therku Theru Machan
Chinnavar
Chinna Pasanga Naanga Govind
Oor Mariyadhai 'Miner' Mahadevan
Idhuthanda Sattam Karuppan
Aavarampoo Chellappa Aasari
Thaali Kattiya Raasa
Magudam

Thanni Samy

Pattathu Raani Jalagandeswaran
Suriyan Pannikutty Ramasamy
Pangali Mani
Samundi Muthu
David Uncle Kavundar
Senthamizh Paattu

Murugesan

Thirumathi Palanisamy Dhandapani
Onna Irukka Kathukanum Sudalai
Villu Pattukaran Appakannu
Natchathira Nayagan 'Detective' Thiruvasagam
1993 Koyil Kaalai Ilaneer Businessman
Walter Vetrivel 'Royal' Ramasamy
Rakkayi Koyil

Singaram

Manikuyil
Ejamaan Vellaiyangiri
Maharasan Govindan
Amma Ponnu
Uthama Raasa Ondippulithevar
Ponnumani

Naachi

Porantha Veeda Puguntha Veeda Ravi's Father
Uzhaippali P. A. of Lawyer
Band Master
Dharma Seelan
Gentleman Mani
Udan Pirappu 'White Rice' Vellaichamy
Thalattu
I Love India
Dhuruva Natchathiram
Chinna Jameen

Thalaiyari Vellasamy

Kattabomman 'Supervisor' Subramani
Rojavai Killathe Devit Lorry Driver
1994 Sethupathi IPS Muthaiya
Rajakumaran Marusamy, The Milkman
Aranmanai Kaavalan Thangamani
Varavu Ettana Selavu Pathana 'Anjatha Singam' Marugupandi
Seeman
Vandicholai Chinraasu Kittu
Jai Hind Kottaisamy
Rasigan Ekambaram
Mettupatti Mirasu Kavundar
Vietnam Colony Joseph
Sadhu 'Anjukolai' Aarumugam
Sathyavan Kiruba
Thai Maaman Rasappan's uncle
Jallikattu Kaalai Aarusamy
Nattamai Pangali / Pangali's mom
Periya Marudhu

Sudalai

Nila
Thaai Manasu Chokkalingam
1995 Naan Petha Magane K. D. Varadarajan
Veluchami Kathavarayan
Muthu Kaalai
Muthukulikka Vaariyala Kondakara Annachi
Raja Enga Raja Raja
Coolie
Karnaa Nayak
Lucky Man Yamadharmarajan
Chinna Vathiyar Josiyar
Murai Maman Perusu (Sirasu's elder brother)
Villadhi Villain Mani
Thamizhachi Villangam
Marumagan Govindsamy
Thedi Vandha Raasa Albert Kothandam
Chakravarthy Chinnappa
Nadodi Mannan Ponnusamy
Periya Kudumbam

Post Master

Mr. Madras Govindsamy
Ilavarasi Gaja
Ragasiya Police Ponnurangam
Maamanithan Mr.Dinar / Vettiyan
Ayudha Poojai Kanthasamy
Maaman Magal
Murai Mappillai Ramesh
Mannai Thottu Kumbidanum Desingu
1996 Coimbatore Mappillai Gopal
Parambarai Karuppusamy
Ullathai Allitha Great Vasu
Mahaprabhu Sethu
Nattupura Pattu Kattamuthu
Musthaffaa Chellappa
Indian Subbaiah
Pudhu Nilavu Taxi Driver
Katta Panchayathu
Avathara Purushan 'Pickpocket' Periyasamy
En Aasai Thangachi
Poovarasan Govind
Mettukudi Kalingarayan
Parivattam
Tata Birla Ranjith
Senathipathi Kathavarayan
Gnanapazham
1997 Periya Thambi Azhagu Sundaram
Nesam
Pudhayal
Mannava Raghupathy
Vallal

Sithappu

Sishya
Periya Idathu Mappillai Kaali
Aahaa Enna Porutham
Thedinen Vanthathu Tamizhmani / 'Pollachi' Ponnusamy
Janakiraman
Rettai Jadai Vayasu
1998 Aval Varuvala Dhandapani
Thaayin Manikodi 'Silverspoon' Shilpakumar
En Uyir Nee Thaane 'Bullet' Jackie
Bhagavath Singh
1999 Suriya Paarvai Raj Bharath / Nattamai
Ponnu Veetukkaran Ekambaram
Ethirum Pudhirum

Auto Driver

Kadhalar Dhinam Professor Daniel
Malabar Police Govindrajan (Govindo)
Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga Kundalakesi
Azhagarsamy

2000s[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2000 Veeranadai Ulagavaayan
Kannan Varuvaan[22] Thannirmalai/Athiyapatham/Ezhumalai
Kannaal Pesavaa Crendan
2001 Kunguma Pottu Gounder Chinnasamy
Vedham Govindsamy
Samuthiram Ramanathan
Azhagana Naatkal Ranjith
2002 Baba Annamalai
Samasthanam
2003 Chokka Thangam Muthu's uncle
Yes Madam
Parasuram Sub-Inspector Thangaraj
2004 Manmadhan 'Puncture' Pandi
2005 London Vedimuthu's adopted father
2006 Suyetchai MLA Visky
2008 Thangam Kalai

2010s[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2010 Jaggubhai MIB alias Kalaniyappan
Pollachi Mappillai
2015 49-O Savuri [23]
2016 Enakku Veru Engum Kilaigal Kidayathu Caravan Krishnan [24]
Vaaimai Benny

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