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18 October 1960|
Melur, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
|Years active||1986–2001; 2012|
(m. 1987; div. 2000)
|Children||Arun, Aruna (b. 1988)|
Ramarajan is a 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 Sivagangai. He grew up from a Cinema entrance ticket validator and plantain seller to a cinema producer. 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.
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. His film and political career both failed for a certain period. His last low budget film Medhai got released on 2012 which largely went unnoticed and failed.
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.
|1985||Mannuketha Ponnu||Also director|
|1985||Hello Yaar Pesurathu||Also director|
|1986||Marakka Maatten||Also director|
|1986||Solai Pushpangal||Also director|
|1986||Namma Ooru Nalla Ooru||Debut as Hero|
|1987||Enga Ooru Pattukaran||Seethan|
|1987||Ondru Engal Jathiye||Also director|
|1987||Neram Nalla Irukku|
|1988||Ennai Vittu Pogaathe|
|1988||Raasave Unnai Nambi|
|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|
|1990||Paattukku Naan Adimai|
|1990||Ooru Vittu Ooru Vanthu|
|1991||Naadu Adhai Naadu|
|1991||Annan Kattiya Vazhi|
|1991||Oorellam Un Pattu|
|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|
|2001||Ponnana Neram||Also director|
|2001||Seerivarum Kaalai||Also writer & director|
|2012||Medhai||Also writer & director|