Janagaraj

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Janagaraj
Born 1955
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Comedian
Years active 1978-2008

Janagaraj is an Indian actor. He has acted in over 200 predominantly in Tamil cinema as a comedian or in supporting roles. He also starred in few Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi films.

Early life[edit]

Janagaraj was born to Vadivelu and Muthulakshmi in Chennai Tamil Nadu. 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.

Janagaraj 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 film stars like Sivakumar, Rajinikanth, Kamal Hassan, Ramki and with major film 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), and continuing in Sindhu Bhairavi (1985), Palaivana Rojakkal (1986), Muthal Vasantham (1986), Agni Natchathiram (1988), Rajadhi Raja (1989) and Apoorva Sagodharargal (1989). Janagaraj became a popular comedian in Tamil. He is known for his peculiar voice and face expression. He has also acted in supporting roles in films like Nayakan (1987), Annamalai (1992), and Baashha (1995). He was main sidekick for Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth in 80s and early 90s films. Suruli Rajan's untimely death pushed him to forefront for roles that demanded comedy as well as character support.

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 Kallukkul Eeram
Red Rose Hindi film
Nizhalgal Moneylender
1981 Enakkaga Kaathiru
Palaivana Solai Senthil
1982 Kalyana Kalam
Kaadhal Oviyam
1983 Paayum Puli
Mann Vasanai
Thoongadhey Thambi Thoongadhey
Dhooram Adhighamillai
1984 Pudhumai Penn
Kuva Kuva Vaathugal
Ingeyum Oru Gangai
Nooravathu Naal
Thambikku Entha Ooru
Ambigai Neril Vanthaal
Unga Veetu Pillai
Iru Medhaigal
Vai Sollil Veeranadi
January 1
1985 Oru Kaidhiyin Diary Velappan
Mannukketha Ponnu
Kanni Rasi
Oru Malarin Payanam
Anni
Anbin Mugavari
Uyarndha Ullam
Muthal Mariyathai
Maruthani
Vetrikani
Sri Raghavendra St. Sudeendrar's disciple
Puthiya Theerppu
Thiramai
Padikkadavan
Sindhu Bhairavi Tambura Musician
Aan Paavam
1986 Vikram Dubash Translator
Selvakku
Marakka Matten
Anandha Kanneer
Isai Paadum Thendral
Palaivana Rojakkal
Kadalora Kavithaigal
Aayiram Pookkal Malarattum
Kaalamellam Unn Madiyil
Oru Iniya Udhayam
1987 Kadhal Parisu Malini's uncle
Raja Mariyadhai
Kudumbam Oru Koyil
Valayal Satham
Makkal En Pakkam
Vilangu
Ini Oru Sudhanthiram
Vairagyam
Jallikattu Janagaraj
Oorkavalan
Theertha Karaiyinile
Nayagan Selvam
Neram Nalla Irukku
Vedham Pudhithu Vaidehi's Suitor
1988 Annanagar Mudhal Theru
Nethiyadi
Paimara Kappal
Manasukkul Mathappu Vasu
Urimai Geetham
Ullathil Nalla Ullam
En Bommukutty Ammavukku Lawyer
Agni Natchathiram Lakshmipathi
Therkathi Kallan
Ganam Courtar Avargaley
Jeeva
Soora Samhaaram
Unnal Mudiyum Thambi
Nallavan
Sathya
Kodi Parakuthu
Kaliyugam
Paravaigal Palavitham
Puthiya Vaanam Pattabi
1989 Nalaya Manithan
En Purushanthaan Enakku Mattumthaan Lawyer
Thaai Naadu
Vaai Kozhuppu
Varusham Padhinaaru Rajamani
Moodu Manthiram
Rajadhi Raja
Paattukku Oru Thalaivan
En Rathathin Rathame
Apoorva Sagodharargal Police Inspector
Siva
Manidhan 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
Aarathi Edungadi
Vellaiya Thevan
Sathan Sollai Thattathe
Vaigasi Poranthachu
Kizhakku Vasal
Anjali
Keladi Kanmani
Pudhiya Sarithiram
Vaigasi Poranthachu
Raja Kaiya Vacha Raghu
1991 Naan Pudicha Maapillai
Vetri Padigal Govind
Nattukku Oru Nallavan
Gopura Vasalile Bank clerk
Thanga Thamaraigal
Nattai Thirudathey
Aatha Un Koyilile Kaliappan
Kaaval Nilayam Murali
Archana IAS Perumalswamy
Pondatti Pondattithan Kathiresan
Veetla Ezhi Velila Puli
Nee Pathi Naan Pathi Ramasamy
Guna Gunaa's uncle
Kurumbukkaran
1992 Rendu Pondatti Kaavalkaaran Muthusamy
Naangal Sundaram
Unna Nenachen Pattu Padichen
Nadodi Thendral
Unakkaga Piranthen
Annamalai Panchachalam
Kalikaalam
Pattathu Raani Viswanathan
Roja Chajoo Maharaj
Brahmachari Ganesan's uncle
Pandiyan
Solaiyamma Balraj's father
Meera Comic Inspector
1993 Thangakkili
Prathap
Vedan McDowell
Pass Mark
Sneha Sagaram Pazhaniappan Gounder Malayalam film
Nallathe Nadakkum Rami
Parvathi Ennai Paradi Venkatraman
Dhadi Telugu film
Kizhakke Varum Paattu
Idhaya Nayagan Jana
1994 Veetla Visheshanga Doctor Sree
Purushanai Kaikulla Poottukanum
Captain Lakshmi Narayanan
Pondattiye Deivam Sundaram
Uzhiyan Manickam
Veera Rupa's father
May Madham
Karuththamma Kaliamma's husband
Manju Virattu
1995 Engirundho Vandhan Manikandan
Oru Oorla Oru Rajakumari Accountant Ekambaraeshwarar
Baashha Gurumurthy
Gangai Karai Paattu
Paattu Padava Rangarajan
Thottil Kuzhandhai Muthu
Puthiya Aatchi Rajarathnam
Indira
Thirumoorthy Uma's father
Nandhavana Theru Albert
Thedi Vandha Raasa
Rajavin Parvaiyile Pannaiyar
En Pondatti Nallava
1996 Gopala Gopala Kuzhanthaivel
1997 Vaimaye Vellum Michael
Arunachalam Kaathavaraayan
Devathai Keerthi's father
Paththini
Vidukathai
Vasuki Kabali
1998 Ulavuthurai Duraisamy
Kavalai Padathe Sagodhara
Harichandra Doctor
Dil Se.. Taxi Driver Hindi film
Kumbakonam Gopalu
1999 Ullathai Killathe
Annan Thangachi Kodeeswaran
Suyamvaram Mithrabuthan
Jodi Nachimuthu
2000 Seenu
2001 Piriyadha Varam Vendum
Kadal Pookkal
2002 King
2004 Jai
Aayutha Ezhuthu Doctor
New Doctor
M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi
2005 Aayudham
2006 Kalinga
47A Besant Nagar Varai
2007 Thavam
2008 Pattaya Kilappu

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