Goundamani

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Goundamani
Goundar-2.jpg
Born
Subramaniyan Karuppaiya

(1939-05-25) 25 May 1939 (age 80)
Vallakundapuram, Udumalaipettai, Tamil Nadu(Native: Madathur, Sanakaramanallur North, Madathukulam Taluk)
NationalityIndian
OccupationComedian, actor
Years active1961-2016
Spouse(s)Shanthi
Parent(s)Father : Karuppaiya
Mother : Annammal

Subramaniyan Karuppaiyan (born 25 May 1939), known by his stage name Goundamani, is an Indian film actor and legendary Tamil comedian. He is known for his comic duo partnership in Tamil films with fellow actor Senthil. He was called Countermani after acting as a Gounder in one of his early day dramas and the pseudonym stuck with him forever. 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 late 2000's). So far, he has acted in over 310 films.

Early life and career[edit]

Goundamani was born as Subramaniyan in Vallakundapuram, a village near Udumalaipettai Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. His father is Karuppaiya and mother Annammal. He is married to Shanthi and has 2 children.[1][2]

He entered into the Tamil film industry due to his strong theatrical background. Kavundamani 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. The pair was described as "Tamil cinema's Laurel and Hardy" and have performed slapstick humour in several Tamil films from the mid-1980s until the early 2000s. 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.[3][4] [5][6]

Filmography[edit]

1960s[edit]

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

1970s[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1970 Raman Ethanai Ramanadi Driver Bus Driver Muthu
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 Servant
Suvarilladha Chiththirangal Kaliyannan Tailor

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
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
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
Mannuketha 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
Aayiram Pookkal Malarattum
Mr. Bharath Sanjeevi
Oru 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 '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 Vazhkai Chakkaram
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

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 Thannirmalai/Athiyapatham/Ezhumalai
Kannaal Pesavaa
2001 Kunguma Pottu Gounder
Vedham Govindsamy
Samuthiram Ramanathan
Azhagana Naatkal Ranjith
2002 Baba Annamalai
Samasthanam
2003 Chokka Thangam
Yes Madam
Parasuram Sub-Inspector Thangaraj
2004 Manmadhan 'Puncture' Pandi
2006 Suyetchai MLA Visky
2008 Thangam Kalai

2010s[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palaniappan, P. "Comedian Kavundamani's wedding photo – A Rare Picture!". SouthDreamz. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Comedian Kavundamani's Daughter Wedding". Indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Kavundamani is back as Hero with 49 O". Indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  4. ^ Lakshmi, Venketeswaran (16 December 2013). "Goundamani starts shooting for 49-O". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  5. ^ Palaniappan, P. "Comedian Kavundamani's wedding photo – A Rare Picture!". SouthDreamz. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Comedian Kavundamani's Daughter Wedding". Indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 16 December 2013.

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