Rajendran

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Rajendran
Actor Motta Rajendran at the Vilaasam Press Meet.jpg
Rajendran at the Vilaasam Press Meet
Born (1957-06-01) 1 June 1957 (age 61)
ResidenceChennai, Tamil Nadu
Other namesNaan Kadavul Rajendran, Mottai Rajendran,ganesh
OccupationStunt double, actor, comedian
Years active1992–95, 2002–present

A. Rajendran, also known as Motta Rajendran or Naan Kadavul Rajendran, is an Indian stunt double, film actor and comedian, currently working in Tamil cinema. He has worked as a stunt double for over 500 South Indian films and began acting in Pithamagan (2003). He played the role of a villain in Naan Kadavul (2009) and he continued to play villainous and humorous supporting characters in a number of Tamil films.[1] He is best known for his voice and lack of hair on his scalp and face, which was the result of coming into contact with industrial waste during a stunt sequence.[2]

Career[edit]

He worked as a stuntman and worked in various films. While working for a Malayalam film as a stunt master he had a sequence of jumping in a pond after getting hit by actor Vijayaraghavan, following which he developed allergic reaction due to disposal of factory wastes in the pond. Since then, his hair growth stopped completely and even lost his eyebrow hairs.[3] He did a small role in Pithamagan (2003) and made his full-fledged acting debut in Naan Kadavul (2009).[1][4] His performance as a cruel leader who tortures beggars earned critical acclaim with a critic noting that he is "menacing and loathsome".[5] Following his villainic comedy role in Boss Engira Bhaskaran (2010), he says he was typecasted in similar roles.[1][4] He then appeared as a killer who dons the garb of women in Thirudan Police (2014) was appreciated by critics as "the ultimate showstealer and his already popular lady makeover clinches it big time".[6] His first release in 2015 was Darling where he appeared as a ghostbuster Ghost Gopal Varma.[4] M. Suganth of Times of India noted that "His bald head, thin figure and sandpapery voice make him effective for both villainous and comical roles but from the screams and whistles that his character gets, it is clear that he has made much more impact as a comedian".[7] His second release of the year was Ivanuku Thannila Gandam (2015) where he appeared as a dreaded murderer. Before the release, Rajendran's presence in the film's promotional videos garned positive response.[4][8] The film was released to negative reviews from critics but Rajendran's performance was appreciated by critics noting that "the film belongs to Rajendran as he comes out with his trademark dialogue delivery [..] and carries the entire film".[9][10]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1992 Amaran Henchman
1992 Thirumathi Palanisamy Henchman
1993 Gentleman Henchman
1995 Puthiya Aatchi Henchman
2002 Thandavam Henchman Malayalam film
2003 Pithamagan Prison Warden
2004 Apthudu Telugu film
2005 Thotti Jaya
Sree Telugu film
2006 Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu Henchman in 'Karka Karka' song
Thalaimagan Fighter
2007 Athidi Henchman in Maheshbabu Intro Telugu film
2009 Kandhakottai
Naan Kadavul Thandavan
2010 Boss Engira Bhaskaran Velpandi
Baana Kaathadi
Uthamaputhiran Velu
Milaga
Thambi Arjuna Mani
Naayaka Nagappa Kannada film
2011 Ilaignan Kaalia
Rowthiram
Thambikottai Amirthalingam
Velayudham A local goon
Ambuli Gugan
2013 Samar
Kan Pesum Vaarthaigal Janani's uncle
Singam 2 Sagaayam
Pattathu Yaanai Hotel Owner
Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam Goolmaayi
Raja Rani Henry
Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara Painter Rajendran (Raj)
Maayai
2014 Thirudan Police Manickam
Vellaikaara Durai Rajendran
Aindhaam Thalaimurai Sidha Vaidhiya Sigamani
2015 Darling Ghost Gopal Varma
Ivanuku Thannila Gandam Mark
Kalakattam
Nannbenda "Scorpio" Shankar
Kanchana 2 Marudhu's brother
Masss Ghost
Eli Kuruvi Manda Kumaru
Palakkattu Madhavan U.Santosh Kumar
Sakalakala Vallavan Muthukaruppan / Robot
Adhibar
49-O Advertisement director
Jippaa Jimikki
Naanum Rowdydhaan Rowdy Raja
Om Shanti Om Vavval Pandi
Vedalam "Kolkata" Kaali
2016 Peigal Jaakkirathai
Nayyapudai Baby Anaconda
Vaaliba Raja Ragendra
Theri P. Rajender
Kadha Solla Porom
Velainu Vandhutta Vellaikaaran Ghost 'Mottai' Guru
Enakku Innoru Per Irukku Maha
Jackson Durai Bradlee (Suruli)
Dhilluku Dhuddu Mani
Wagah PET Master
Yaanai Mel Kuthirai Savaari
Remo Mohana Santhosh
Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru Father Francis Rajendran
Atti
Veera Sivaji CBI officer
2017 Bairavaa Police officer
Enakku Vaaitha Adimaigal Karuppu Rock
Mupparimanam Himself Cameo appearance
Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva Supreme Star Subash
Bruce Lee Uncle of Abbas
Paambhu Sattai
Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae Chairman
Thangaratham Malaichamy
Kolara Kannada film
Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan Mani / Rajhu
Gemini Ganeshanum Suruli Raajanum Sultan Bhai
Podhuvaga Emmanasu Thangam Rajendran
Katha Nayagan Mike Maari
Neruppu Da MLA Kabali
Bayama Irukku Ajith
Pichuva Kaththi
Hara Hara Mahadevaki Spike
Mersal Health Minister
Brahma.com Vanagamudi
2018 Gulaebaghavali Annachi
Street Lights Surya
Chalo Senior Muthu Telugu Film
Madura Veeran
Kalakalappu 2
Solli Vidava
Veera Jonty Rhodes
Kaathadi
Munthal
Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuththu Jack
Kaathiruppor Pattiyal
Mohana
Junga Durai Singam
Ghajinikanth
Maniyar Kudumbam
Kolamavu Kokila Alponse
Seema Raja Special appearance
Nota Ramaswamy
Kalavani Mappillai Vanagamoodi
Odiyan Odiyan doppelgänger Malayalam film
2019 Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven Loan collector
Dhilluku Dhuddu 2
Nethraa


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c S.R Ashok Kumar. "My First Break". The Hindu. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  2. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Stunt-accident-left-him-hairless-and-with-plenty-of-roles/articleshow/55360906.cms
  3. ^ "Rajendran opens up on his menacing voice". Indiaglitz. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d "Rajendran turns hot as comedian!". sify.com. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Reality hits you hard -- Naan Kadavul". 13 February 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2017 – via www.thehindu.com.
  6. ^ "Thirudan Police (aka) Tirudan Police review". behindwoods.com. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Darling Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  8. ^ "'Rajendran a Big Asset for Ivanuku Thannila Gandam' – NDTV Movies". ndtv.com. 21 February 2015. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Ivanuku Thannila Gandam Movie Review: Rajendran Saves The Day But Only Just!". filmibeat.com. 13 March 2015. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Review : Ivanuku Thanila Gandam". www.sify.com. Retrieved 22 September 2017.

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