M. G. Chakrapani
M. G. Chakrapani
Marudur Gopalan Chakrapani
13 January 1911
|Died||17 August 1986 (aged 75)|
|Parent(s)||Gopala Menan (father)|
|Relatives||M. G. Ramachandran (younger brother)|
Marudur Gopala Chakrapani (13 January 1911 – 17 August 1986), commonly known as Ettan ("elder brother" in Malayalam), was an Indian actor based in the Tamil film industry. He was the elder brother of actor-politician M. G. Ramachandran.
Chakrapani was born in Vadavannur, Kingdom of Cochin (now Kerala), on 13 January 1911. His parents, Gopala Menon and Sathyabhama, named him Neelakantan, but this was soon changed to Chakrapani because of his father's religious beliefs. Soon after his birth, the family migrated to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) where Chakrapani's two younger siblings (brother M. G. Ramachandran and a sister) were born. Gopala Menon worked as a magistrate in Kandy, until he suffered an early death. Chakrapani's sister also died while they were in Ceylon.
Sathyabhama took her sons to Kumbakonam to be close to her brother. Chakrapani studied at Yanaiadi School, but left after the seventh grade. His mother then enrolled him and Ramachandran in the Madurai Original Boys Company (MOBC), a professional Tamil theatre company, where Ramachandran found success, but Chakrapani did not.
Chakrapani made his Tamil cinema debut in Iru Sahodarargal in 1936. Maya Machindra and Tamizhariyum Perumal came next, where he began to be known as a character actor. His breakout role came in 1944 with Mahamaya. His character, Neelan, is believed to have been modelled after the Indian philosopher Kautilya.
Though Mahamaya was a box office failure, Chakrapani's lines continue to be spoken. His next big success came some 15 years later with Thaai Magalukku Kattiya Thaali, where he again played a villain.
Later in his career, Chakrapani transitioned from actor to director and producer and managing his brother's career. Chakrapani worked with his brother on several projects which failed to see the light of day. One such film, Bhavani had Ramachandran in the lead role. It was written by A. K. Velan, directed by Masthan, with Chakrapani producing. Years later, Chakrapani tried again, this time taking the director's seat in the renamed Arasa Kattalai. It was a success.
Chakrapani died on 17 August 1986 at the age of 75. At the time of his death, he was survived by his second wife, Meenakshi Chakrapani, and their ten children: seven sons and three daughters.
|1947||Aayiram Thalai Vaangi Apoorva Chinthamani||Tamil|
|1950||Digambara Samiyar||Magistrate Pattabhirama Pillai||Tamil|
|1952||En Thangai||MGR's uncle||Tamil|
|1956||Alibabavum 40 Thirudargalum||Amir Kasim Khan||Tamil|
|1957||Raja Rajan||Uthselan Kavirayar||Tamil|
|1959||Thaai Magalukku Kattiya Thaali||MGR's father||Tamil|
|1960||Raja Desingu||Nawab of Arcot||Tamil|
|1960||Mannadhi Mannan||King Karikala Chozhan||Tamil|
|1972||Idhaya Veenai||MGR's father||Tamil|
|1974||Netru Indru Naalai||Tamil|