Janagaraj (actor)

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Janagaraj is a veteran Tamil film actor who has generally played comic roles. He has acted in over 140 Tamil films as a comedian or in supporting roles.

Early life[edit]

He was born to Vadivelu and Muthulakshmi in Tamil Nadu, India. He joined the Auditor Generals Office as a Junior Division Clerk in 1976 and worked part-time as a Theatre artist and a stage artist due to his desire to act and perform. He was friendly with Delhi Ganesh, another AGS employee who remains his closest friend to date.

He found his break in 1980 in Nizhalgal after several insignificant roles and by the middle 1980s was among the most wanted comedians, having roles with major movie stars like Sivakumar, Rajinikanth, Kamal Hassan, Rahman and with major movie directors like Mani Ratnam, K. Balachander and Suresh Krishna.

Film career[edit]

Beginning[edit]

In 1971, Janagaraj began to aspire for a movie career. Director K. Balachander offered him a chance to perform in very minor roles in several Tamil films from 1972 until 1977. It was in 1977 that he landed his first speaking role in Sevuppu Villu, a Tamil film starring actor Ravichandran. He continued minor roles through the late 1970s.

Janagaraj's career however spun silver in the 1980s. Starting with Nizhalgal (1980), Paarvai (1982), and continuing in Apoorva Pirargal (1983), Sindhu Bhairavi (1985), Palaivana Rojakkal, Muthal Vasantham (1986), Rajadhi Raja (1989), Apoorva Sagodharargal (1989), and Agni Natchathiram (1989), Janagaraj became a popular comedian in Tamil. He is known for his peculiar voice and face expression. Janagaraj has also acted in supporting roles in films like Nayakan, Annamalai (1992) and Baashha (1995). He was main sidekick for Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth in 80s and early 90s movies.

Later years[edit]

Janagaraj has also acted in character roles in films like Nayagan (1987), Kizhakku Vasal (1990) Annamalai (1992) and Baashha (1995). His latest roles were in King (2002), Aayutha Ezhuthu (2004), and M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi (2004) in supporting roles.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1978 Kizhake Pogum Rail Panchayat Member
1979 Suvarilladha Chiththirangal
1980 Red Rose Hindi film
Nizhalgal Moneylender
1981 Palaivana Solai Senthil
1982 Kalyana Kalam
Kaadhal Oviyam
1983 Paayum Puli
Mann Vasanai
Thoongadhey Thambi Thoongadhey
Dhooram Adhighamillai
1984 Pudhumai Penn
Pudhumai Penn
Kuva Kuva Vaathugal
Ingeyum Oru Gangai
Nooravathu Naal
Thambikku Entha Ooru
Iru Medhaigal
Unga Veetu Pillai
1985 Oru Kaidhiyin Diary Velappan
Kanni Rasi
Oru Malarin Payanam
Anbin Mugavari
Uyarndha Ullam
Muthal Mariyathai
Sri Raghavendra St. Sudeendrar's disciple
Puthiya Theerppu
Padikkadavan
Sindhu Bhairavi Tambura Musician
Aan Paavam
1985 Vikram Dubash Translator
Anandha Kanneer
Isai Paadum Thendral
Kadalora Kavithaigal
Aayiram Pookkal Malarattum
Kaalamellam Unn Madiyil
Ini Oru Sudhanthiram
Oru Iniya Udhayam
1987 Kadhal Parisu Malini's uncle
Kudumbam Oru Koyil
Valayal Satham
Makkal En Pakkam
Raja Mariyadhai
Vairagyam
Jallikattu Janagaraj
Oorkavalan
Theertha Karaiyinile
Nayagan Selvam
Neram Nalla Irukku
Vedham Pudhithu Vaidehi's Suitor
1988 Annanagar Mudhal Theru
Nethiyadi
Paimara Kappal
Urimai Geetham
Ullathil Nalla Ullam
En Bommukutty Ammavukku Lawyer
Agni Natchathiram Lakshmipathi
Ganam Courtar Avargaley
Puthiya Vaanam Pattabi
Soora Samhaaram
Unnal Mudiyum Thambi
Nallavan
Sathya
Jeeva Paaimarakappal
Kodi Parakuthu
Kaliyugam
1989 Nalaya Manithan
En Purushanthaan Enakku Mattumthaan
Thaai Naadu
Varusham Padhinaaru Rajamani
Rajadhi Raja
Paattukku Oru Thalaivan
En Rathathin Rathame
Apoorva Sagodharargal Police Inspector
Siva
Manithan Marivittan
Manandhal Mahadevan
Vetri Vizha Cameo appearance
Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal Jolly
Thiruppu Munai Pichandi
Ponnu Parkka Poren
1990 Idhaya Thamarai Absence of mind man
Panakkaran
Pachai Kodi
Arangetra Velai
Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari Police Inspector Telugu film
Kizhakku Vasal
Vellaiya Thevan
Saaththaan Sollai Thattaathe
Vaigasi Poranthachu
Kizhakku Vasal
Anjali
Keladi Kanmani
Vaigasi Poranthachu
Raja Kaiya Vacha Raghu
1991 Vetri Padigal Govind
Gopura Vasalile
Nattai Thirudathey
Kaaval Nilayam Murali
Veetla Ezhi Velila Puli
Guna Gunaa's uncle
1992 Naangal Sundaram
Unna Nenachen Pattu Padichen
Unakkaga Piranthen
Annamalai Panchachalam
Pattathu Raani Viswanathan
Roja Chajoo Maharaj
Brahmachari Ganesan's uncle
Pandiyan
Solaiyamma Balraj's father
Meera Comic Inspector
1993 Thangakkili
Prathap
Vedan McDowell
Kizhakke Varum Paattu
Sneha Sagaram Pazhaniappan Gounder Malayalam film
1994 Veetla Visheshanga Doctor Sree
Purushanai Kaikulla Poottukanum
Veera Rupa's Father
Captain Lakshmi Narayanan
May Madham
1995 Engirundho Vandhaan
Baashha Gurumurthy
Indira
Thirumoorthy Uma's father
Nandhavana Theru Albert
Thedi Vandha Raasa
Rajavin Parvaiyile Pannaiyar
1997 Vaimaye Vellum Michael
Arunachalam Kaathavaraayan
Devathai Keerthi's Father
1998 Ulavuthurai Duraisamy
Kumbakonam Gopalu
Dil Se.. Taxi Driver Hindi film
1999 Jodi Nachimuthu
Suyamvaram Doctor
2000 Seenu
2001 Piriyadha Varam Vendum
Kadal Pookkal
2002 King
2004 Aayutha Ezhuthu Doctor
New Doctor
M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi
2005 Aayudham
2006 Kalinga
2007 Thavam
2008 Pattaya Kilappu

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