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Native name
Born18 October 1958
Years active1986–2001; 2012
(m. 1987; div. 2000)
ChildrenArun, Aruna (b. 1988)

Ramarajan is an Indian Tamil film Actor, Writer and Director who specialised in acting and directing films on village-based subjects. He is also known as Makkal Nayagan. Many of his films were successful. He was called the rural box office emperor in the late 1980's. He is known for his colourful gaudy costumes and excessive makeup. His pairings with Rekha in Tamil cinema were his biggest hits.


Ramarajan hails from a small town Melur situated near Madurai. He grew up from a Cinema entrance ticket validator and plantain seller to a cinema producer.[1][1] Known for his films with rustic simplicity, he had disappeared from filmdom following a string of failures. His films were so popular and made big at box-offices that they were equally competent to Superstar Rajinikanth and Kamalhassan's films. Considered as the man of the rural audiences, he was nicknamed Vasool Chakravathi. Many of his films based on village-based subjects were a big hit in B and C centres. He is known for his dark shirts and colourful costumes. His film Karagattakaran was a block buster which ran for 365 days in Madurai and in Chennai.

In the late 1990s, Ramarajan's career began to falter with several of his films failing at the box office or becoming stalled. His Poomaname Vaa and Annan had a delayed release, while films such as Sathya Thaai with Suvaluxmi, Thambikku Thaai Manasu with Sanghavi and Kannuppada Povvudhu were cancelled midway through shoot.[2] Another project Madurai Thangam which was launched in 2006 was also shelved.[3]

He took a plunge in politics and managed to become an MP. He was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Tiruchendur constituency on the AIADMK ticket in 1998.[1] His film and political career both failed for a certain period.[4] His last low budget film Medhai got released on 2012 which largely went unnoticed and failed.

Political career[edit]

He was elected to 12th Lok Sabha as an All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam candidate from [[Thoothukudi ]] Lok Sabha constituency in 1998.

Personal life[edit]

Ramarajan fell in love with actress Nalini and they got married in 1987. However, they divorced citing differences in their relationship and got divorced in 2000. They have twin children, daughter Aruna, and son Arun born in 1988. His Daughter Aruna is married to Ramesh Subramanian on 6 May 2013. His Son Arun is married to Pavithra on 25 April 2014.


Year Title Role Note
1977 Meenakshi Kungumam Uncredited
1979 Anbe Sangeetha Uncredited
1980 Theru Vilakku Uncredited
1981 Pattam Parakattum Uncredited
1984 Sattathai Thiruthungal
1985 Mannuketha Ponnu Also director
1985 Marudhani Also director
1985 Hello Yaar Pesurathu Also director
1986 Marakka Maatten Also director
1986 Solai Pushpangal Also director
1986 Namma Ooru Nalla Ooru Ramu Debut as Hero[1]
1987 Enga Ooru Pattukaran Seethan
1987 Evargal Indiyargal
1987 Ondru Engal Jathiye Also director
1987 Neram Nalla Irukku
1987 Gramatthu Minnal
1988 Shenbagamae Shenbagamae Thangaraasu
1988 Ennai Vittu Pogaathe
1988 Raasave Unnai Nambi
1988 Rayilukku Neramachu
1988 Paarthal Pasu
1988 Melam Kottu Thali Kattu
1988 Enga Ooru Kavalkaran
1988 Namma Ooru Nayagan
1989 Pongi Varum Kaveri
1989 Enne Petha Raasa
1989 Enga Ooru Mappillai
1989 Karagattakaran Muththaiyaa
1989 Raaja Raajathan Raja
1989 Anbu Kattalai
1989 Thangamana Raasa
1989 Manasukketha Maharasa
1990 Paattukku Naan Adimai
1990 Thangathin Thangam
1990 Ooru Vittu Ooru Vanthu
1990 Puthu Paatu
1991 Naadu Adhai Naadu
1991 Annan Kattiya Vazhi
1991 Mill Thozhilali Balu
1991 Oorellam Un Pattu
1991 Nenjamundu Nermaiundu
1992 Ponnuketha Purushan
1992 Villu Pattukaran Kalimuthu
1995 Thedi Vandha Raasa
1996 Amman Kovil Vaasalile Also director
1996 Namma Ooru Raasa Also director
1997 Gopura Deepam Also writer & director
1997 Vivasaayi Magan Also writer & director
1997 Themmangu Paattukaaran
1999 Poomaname Vaa
1999 Annan Velan
2001 Ponnana Neram Also director
2001 Seerivarum Kaalai Kaalayan Also writer & director
2012 Medhai Also writer & director


  1. ^ a b c d "Tamil Cinema News - Kollywood News - Tamil Film News - Maalaimalar". cinema.maalaimalar.com.
  2. ^ "A-Z (V)". Web.archive.org. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Ramarajan is back". Web.archive.org. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Ramarajan - Tamil celebrities then and now". The Times of India.

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