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T. S. B. K. Moulee
Thiruvidaimarudur Sambamoorthy Ganapathy Balakrishna Sastrigal Mouli

(1947-03-14) 14 March 1947 (age 77)
Other namesMouli, B Chandra Mouli, B C Mouli
Occupation(s)Actor, film director
Years active1973–present

T. S. B. K. Moulee (born: March 14, 1947 Thiruvidaimarudur Sambamoorthy Ganapathy Balakrishna Sastrigal Mouli) is an Indian film director, writer, playwright, thespian and actor known for his works in Telugu and Tamil cinema.[1] His celluloid scripts include Kamal Haasan's Pammal K. Sambandam, the biographical sports drama film Ashwini, and Nala Damayanthi in the year 2003.[2]

Three of his popular plays were translated into Telugu and Bengali and were staged in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal with a record of 4000 stage shows.[3][4] He received the Kalaimamani Award for "Best Writer" in 1985 and the Nandi Award for five films. He has acted in more than 100 films in Tamil and Telugu. He has done supporting roles in films like Thiruvilayaadal Aarambam, Pirivom Sandhippom, Irumbukkotai Murattu Singam and Kadhal to Kalyanam.[5]

Early life[edit]

Mouli is the son of Harikatha exponent T. S. Balakrishna Sastrigal. Mouli was interested in acting and played parts in stage plays from his school days. As a school-going kid, he was fascinated by the plays of T. K. Shanmugam and Singanallur Venkataramana Iyer Sahasranamam, both noted personalities in producing stage plays at that time.

Although he pursued a BTech degree, he said he "could not resist the temptation to write plays".[1] At 19, he wrote a 45-minute play and staged it at a function organised to felicitate actor Sivaji Ganesan for his Padma Shri award.[1] In his college days, he was a part of Y. G. Parthasarathy's United Artists Association. However, Mouli first came into limelight in 1969 when he wrote the screenplay for and acted in the play "Flight No. 172". The play was a success and ran for thirty continuous years[citation needed].

He then ventured into film direction despite not having worked as assistant director to anybody.[6] In an interview he said "Actually neither acting nor direction was my goal when I got a chance to venture into cinema. I just wanted to be a writer. But when a producer approached me to make one of my plays into a film and offered me direction too, I took it up".[6] His first feature film was Ivargal Vidhyasamaanavargal, which according to himself, "proved commercially viable" but his second film Matravai Neril, which he got to make, even before his first was completed, was commercially successful.[6] The film made with newcomers, took just 25 days to complete the shoot, and ran for 100 days.[1] He later directed two films under K. Balachander's banner, Anne Anne and Oru Pullanguzhal Adupputhugirathu and wrote the comedy track in Balachander's directorial Nizhal Nijamagiradhu besides acting in it.[1] His film Vaa Indha Pakkam was dubbed in Telugu and introduced Mouli to the Telugu industry. The same producer approached him to do a direct Telugu film. He did not know the language but with the help of popular Telugu writer Jandhyala who translated his script, he made the film Patnam Vachina Pativrathalu with Chiranjeevi and Radhika. The film was successful, running for 280 days. he made over 20 Telugu films in the next 15 years.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Mouli is married and has two children – a daughter and a son. His daughter Shravanthi is a carnatic singer. He has a brother, S. B. Khanthan who is also a film and creative director.

Selective filmography[edit]

As director and writer[edit]

Year Film Language Role Notes
1980 Mattravai Neril Tamil Direction
1980 Ivargal Vidhiyasamanavargal Tamil Direction
1981 Vaa Intha Pakkam Tamil Direction
1982 Nandri, Meendum Varuga Tamil Direction
1982 Oru Varisu Uruvagiradhu Tamil Direction
1982 Patnam Vachina Pativrathalu Telugu Direction
1983 Oru Pullanguzhal Aduppuppthugirathu Tamil Direction
1983 Anney Anney Tamil Direction
1985 Porutham Tamil Direction
1986 Patnam Pilla Paleturi Chinnodu Telugu Direction
1987 Rowdy Police Telugu Direction
1987 Akshintalu Telugu Direction
1987 Chandamama Rave Telugu Direction
1988 O Bharya Katha Telugu Direction
1988 Jeevana Ganga Telugu Direction
1989 Paila Pacheesu Telugu Direction
1990 Manasu Mamatha Telugu Direction
1991 Manchi Roju Telugu Direction
1991 Ashwini Telugu Direction
1992 Hello Darling Lachipadama Telugu Direction
1992 Adhrustam Telugu Direction
1993 Aadarsham Telugu Direction
1993 Aarambham Telugu Direction
1993 Inspector Aswani Telugu Direction
1994 O Thandri O Koduku Telugu Direction
1994 Andharu Andhare Telugu Direction
1995 Aunty Telugu Direction
1995 Miss 420 Telugu Direction
1996 Akka Bagunnava Telugu Direction
1996 Pellala Rajyam Telugu Direction
2000 Madhuri Telugu Direction
2002 Pammal K. Sambandam Tamil Direction & Screenplay
2003 Nala Damayanthi Tamil Direction & Script

As writer[edit]

Year Film Notes
1974 Pon Ondru Kanden
1982 Hitler Umanath

As actor[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
1973 Suryakanthi Tamil Debut Film
1974 Kai Niraya Kasu Tamil
1974 Anbai Thedi Tamil
1975 Anbe Aaruyire Tamil
1975 Maalai Sooda Vaa Tamil
1978 Nizhal Nijamagiradhu Tamil
1983 Oru Pullanguzhal Adupputhukirathu Tamil
1984 Mahanagaramlo Mayagadu Telugu
1985 Anney Anney Tamil
1985 Oru Malarin Payanam Tamil
1989 Apoorva Sagodharargal Tamil
1992 Pranadaata Telugu
1997 Pistha Tamil
1998 Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen Tamil
1998 Kaathala Kaathala Tamil
1998 Time Tamil
1999 Unnai Thedi Tamil
2000 Sandhitha Velai Tamil
2000 Pennin Manathai Thottu Tamil
2001 Alli Thandha Vaanam Tamil
2001 Kunguma Pottu Gounder Tamil
2003 Nala Damayanthi Tamil Director of this movie
2004 Cheppave Chirugali Telugu
2006 Thiruvilaiyaadal Aarambam Tamil
2006 Unakkum Enakkum Tamil
2008 Poi Solla Porom Tamil
2008 Pirivom Santhippom Tamil
2009 Thiru Thiru Thuru Thuru Tamil
2010 Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai Tamil
2010 Irumbu Kottai Murattu Singam Tamil
2010 Kadhal 2 Kalyanam Tamil
2011 180 Tamil
2013 Pattathu Yaanai Tamil
2018 Seethakaathi Tamil
2019 Embiran Tamil
2020 Mookuthi Amman Tamil
2021 Maara Tamil Amazon Prime film

As dubbing artist[edit]

Year Film Actor Notes
1982 Nandri, Meendum Varuga Prathap Pothan
1982 Oru Vaarisu Uruvaagirathu Prathap Pothan


Year Title Role Channel
1997 Nimmathi Ungal choice Mouli Sun TV
2008 Kolangal Mouli Raj
2008–2009 Kalasam Lawyer
2010–2015 Nadhaswaram Chockalingam
2015–2018 Kula Deivam Sundaram/Arunachalam
2018–2019 Kalyanamam Kalyanam Sivaprakasam Vijay TV
2019–2020 Kalyana Veedu Music Director Manikkavasan Sun TV


  1. ^ a b c d e f T. SARAVANAN (12 June 2014). "Mouli and the moolah". The Hindu.
  2. ^ "TSB's genius remembered". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 21 August 2009. Archived from the original on 28 August 2009.
  3. ^ Malathi Rangarajan (1 October 2004). "Fun-filled 'Flight' for a noble cause". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 6 April 2005.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. ^ "Welcome to KutcheriBuzz.com". kutcheribuzz.com.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 June 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ a b c "My first break". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 25 January 2008. Archived from the original on 28 January 2008.

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