Mohan (actor)

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Born Mohan Rao
Other names Kokila Mohan
Occupation Actor, producer
Years active 1977 – 1991
2008 – present
Spouse(s) Gowri (1987-present)

Mohan Rao known by his stage name as Mohan is an Indian film actor, known for his works predominantly in Tamil cinema, and a few Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam films.[1] He is also known as Kokila Mohan after his debut as an actor in a film called Kokila.[2][3][4] In 1982, he received the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actor for his work in Payanangal Mudivathillai[4]

Playback singer and dubbing actor S.N.Surendar has given voice for Mohan for more than 75 films.[5]

Early life[edit]

Mohan was born and brought up in ITI Colony, Bangalore. He hails from Udupi district of Karnataka. His father was a restaurateur who owned restaurants at various places in south Karnataka and in Bangalore. He completed his education in Bangalore.


Mohan was introduced into the world of theatre by B. V. Karanth and trained by the likes of G. V. Iyer. Mohan was spotted by B. V. Karanth at a restaurant and asked to join the theatre group. Mohan's first stage play was praised by critics from places like Delhi. Mohan was introduced to the cinema by Balu Mahendra in his movie Kokila in 1977 alongside Tamil actor Kamal Haasan. Kokila was a hit and Mohan was catapulted into the limelight, where he played a friend of Kamal Haasan, the hero; ever since release of Moodu Pani in 1980 then he has become one of the biggest-grossing box-office stars of the Tamil cinema industry. He is called the "Silver Jubilee Star" and "Rajendra Kumar" of Tamil film industry since almost all movies featuring Mohan witnessed a fantastic run.

After Kokila, Mohan starred in a Malayalam movie titled Mathalasa. Furthermore, immediately after the success of the Malayalam movie, Mohan went on to sign a Telugu film titled Thoorpu Velle Railu, which was a remake of the Tamil film Kizhakkae Pogum Rail. The Telugu version was directed by Bapu. After that Mohan was introduced in the Tamil film Nenjathai Killathey by director Mahendran. In 1980 he acted in dual roles for the first time in Gandar Golam which was directed by director Singeetham Srinivasa Rao.[4] Nenjathai Killaadhey marked the beginning of the peak of Mohan's career. Kilinjalgal, Payanagal Mudivathillai had Silver Jubilee. Mohan became a major star through Payanangal Mudivathillai (1982)


Year Film Language Notes
1977 Kokila Kannada
1978 Aparichitha Kannada
1979 Madaalasa Malayalam
1979 Thoorpu Velle Railu Telugu
1980 Moodupani Tamil
1980 Nenjathai Killathe Tamil 365 Days[6]
1980 Hennina Sedu Kannada
1980 Muniyana Maadari Kannada
1981 Gaali Maathu Kannada
1981 Kilinjalgal Tamil 250 Days
1981 Njanonnu Parayatte Malayalam
1982 Ponmudy Malayalam
1982 Kadhoduthan Naan Pesuven Tamil
1982 kadavulukku oor kaditham Tamil
1982 Idho Varukiren Tamil
1982 Kathalithupaar Tamil
1982 Theeratha Vilayattu Pillai Tamil
1982 Payanangal Mudivathillai Tamil 500 Days
Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actor
1982 Lottery Ticket Tamil
1982 Chinnan Chirusugal Tamil
1982 Gopurangal Saivathillai Tamil 200 Days
1982 Iniyavale...Vaa!!! Tamil
1983 Jothi Tamil
1983 Nenjamellam Neeye Tamil
1983 Antha Sila Naatkal Tamil
1983 Manaivi Solle Mandiram Tamil 175 Days
1983 Naalu Perukku Nandri Tamil
1983 Saranalayam Tamil 175 Days
1983 Thungatha Kannendru Ondru Tamil
1983 Ilamai Kaalangal Tamil 200 Days
1984 Oh Mane Mane Tamil
1984 Anbe Odi Vaa Tamil
1984 Nirabarathi Tamil
1984 Nenjathai Allitha Tamil
1984 Nalam Nalamariya Aaval Tamil
1984 Magudi Tamil
1984 Vidhi Tamil 500 Days
1984 Vai Pandal Tamil
1984 Ambigai Neril Vanthaal Tamil
1984 24 Mani Neram Tamil
1984 Shanthi Muhurtham Tamil
1984 Osai Tamil 175 Days
1984 Rusi Tamil
1984 Sattathai Thiruthungal Tamil
1984 Naan Paadum Paadal Tamil 200 Days
Guest appearance
1984 Nooravathu Naal Tamil 200 Days
1984 Kuva Kuva Vathugal Tamil
1984 Vengaiyin Mainthan Tamil 175 Days
1984 Unnai Naan Santhithen Tamil 175 Days
Guest appearance
1984 Panam Pathum Seiyum Tamil
1985 Anbin Mugavari Tamil
1985 Annee Tamil
1985 Deiva Piravi Tamil
1985 Naan Ungal Rasigan Tamil
1985 Unakkaga Oru Roja Tamil
1985 Thendraley Ennai Thodu Tamil 250 Days
1985 Kunguma Chimil Tamil 175 Days
1985 Sri Raghavendrar Tamil Special appearance
1985 Idaya Kovil Tamil 200 Days including its second release
1985 Udaya Geetham Tamil 200 Days
1985 Pillai Nila Tamil 200 Days
1986 December Pookal Tamil 175 Days
1986 Paru Paru Pattanam Paru Tamil
1986 Uyire Unakkaka Tamil 175 Days
1986 Unnai Ondru Ketpen Tamil
1986 Mouna Ragam Tamil 250 Days
1986 Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu Tamil 200 Days
1986 Aayiram Pookkal Malarattum Tamil
1986 Sangalaiyil Oru Sangeetham Tamil
1986 Alapana Telugu
1987 Paadu Nilave Tamil
1987 Ore Ratham Tamil
1987 Neram Nallarukku Tamil Guest appearance
1987 Theertha Karayinile Tamil 175 Days
1987 Ninekka Therintha Maname Tamil
1987 Rettai Vaal Kuruvi Tamil 175 Days
1987 Ananda Aradhanai Tamil
1987 Krishnan Vanthan Tamil
1987 Idhu Oru Thodar Kathai Tamil
1988 Sahadevan Mahadevan Tamil 175 Days
1988 Vasanthi Tamil
1988 Choopulu Kalasina Subhavela Telugu
1988 Paasa Paravaigal Tamil
1988 Kunguma Kodu Tamil
1989 Police Report Telugu
1988 Nalaya Manithan Tamil Guest appearance
1989 Paasa Mazhai Tamil
1989 Manidhan Marivittan Tamil
1989 Mappillai Sir Tamil
1989 Thalaivanukkor Thalaivi Tamil
1989 Idhaya Dheepam Tamil
1989 Sondham 16 Tamil
1989 Oru Ponnu Nenacha Tamil
1990 Valiba Vilayattu Tamil
1990 Jagathalaprathapan Tamil
1991 Uruvam Tamil
1999 Anbulla Kadhalukku Tamil
2008 Suttapazham Tamil
2009 Ghauttham Kannada
2012 Shikari Kannada
2015 Asokavana Kannada film delayed release



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  3. ^ Mohan's loss
  4. ^ a b c d "Back to acting, again!". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 28 December 2007. 
  5. ^ "Grill Mill: S. N. Surendar". thehindu. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 2015-01-28. 
  6. ^ "Mohan Silver Jubilee Hits". lakshmansruthi. Retrieved 2015-05-14. 

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