T. S. Balaiah

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T. S. Balaiah
டி. எஸ். பாலையா
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Born Tirunelveli S. Balaiah
(1914-08-23)23 August 1914
Sundankottai, Thoothukudi District, British Raj
Died 22 July 1972(1972-07-22) (aged 57)
Years active 1936 - 1972

Tirunelveli S. Balaiah (Tamil: திருநெல்வேலி எஸ். பாலையா; 23 August 1914 – 22 July 1972) was an Indian actor best known for playing supporting roles in the Tamil films. He was introduced to the cine field by director Ellis R. Dungan in Sathi Leelavathi (1936), along with MGR, N.S.Krishnan and M.K. Radha. He was one of the very few actors who excelled as a villain, as well as in character roles and comic roles.He was the main lead hero in Mohini (1948) paired opposite Madhuri Devi, where he played elder brother to V. N. Janaki and united M. G. Ramachandran with his sister in the film. He gained lot of weight at the age of 40 in 1954, hence started getting more character roles. Among his villain roles, Ambikapathy (1937), Madurai Veeran (1956), Thaikki Pin Tharam, Hello Mr. Zamindar and Thiruvilayadal (1965) were classics. Balaiah also excelled in comedy roles in movies such as Kavalai Illatha Manithan (1960), Kaadhalika Neramillai (1964), Bama Vijayam (1967) and Thillana Mohanambal (1968). Actor Sivaji Ganesan had once mentioned that Balaiah along with M. R. Radha was his most admired actor. Actress Manochithra is his daughter, while one of his sons Junior Balaiah has also appeared in films. Another son, Sai Baba, was part of MSV's troupe and sang a famous song, "Andhapakkam Vazhnthavan Romeo, Indhapakkam Naan Enna Saamiyo" in Veetukku Veedu, picturized on Nagesh.

Early life[edit]

T. S. Balaiah was born on 23 August 1914. He was born in Sundankottai, now in Thoothukudi district, Tamil Nadu. He ran away from home at young age and joined a Circus. Later joined Jagannatha Iyer’s famous drama company which was working in Tirunelveli and from which no turning back.[1]

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Film Cast Director Role
1972 Agathiyar
1969 Kanne Pappa Saint P. Madhavan K. R. Vijaya, R. Muthuraman, Baby Rani
1968 Thillana Mohanambal Sivaji Ganesan, Padmini A. P. Nagarajan
1967 Ooty Varai Uravu Sivaji Ganesan, R. Muthuraman, K. R. Vijaya C. V. Sridhar Vedachalam
1967 Bama Vijayam R. Muthuraman, Nagesh, Jayanthi, Kanchana K. Balachander Ethiraj
1966 Yarukaka Azhudan
1965 Vaazhkai Padagu Gemini Ganesan, Devika, K. Balaji C. Srinivasan
1965 Thiruvilayadal Sivaji Ganesan, Savithri, R. Muthuraman, K. R. Vijaya A. P. Nagarajan Hemanatha Bagavathar
1965 Hello Mister Zamindar Gemini Ganesan, M. R. Radha K. J. Mahadevan
1964 Karuppu Panam Kannadasan, K. Balaji, K. R. Vijaya G. R. Nathan Sattanathan
1964 Kaadhalikka Neramillai C.V.Sridhar Vishwanathan
1961 Thayilla Pillai R. S. Manohar, Kalyan Kumar, L. Vijayalakshmi L. V. Prasad Pathanjali Sasthri
1961 Pavamanippu
1961 Kumara Raja J. P. Chandrababu, M. N. Rajam G. K. Ramu Wealthy man (Chandrababu's father)
1960 Kavalai Illaadha Manithan K.Sankar
1960 Parthiban Kanavu Gemini Ganesan, Vyjayanthimala, S. V. Ranga Rao D. Yoganand Marappa Bhupathi
1959 Vaazha Vaitha Deivam Gemini Ganesan, B. Sarojadevi M. A. Thirumugam
1959 Orey Vazhi Prem Nazir, M. N. Rajam K. Shankar
1959 Bhaaga Pirivinai Sivaji Ganesan, M. R. Radha A.Bhimsingh
1957 Neelamalai Thirudan Ranjan, Anjali Devi, P. S. Veerappa M. A. Thirumugam Police Inspector
1957 Allauddin Adhbhuta Deepam
1956 Madurai Veeran M. G. Ramachandran, P. Bhanumathi Yoganand Thalapathi Marappan
1956 Kaalam Maari Pochu Tapi Chanakya
1955 Maaman Magal Gemini Ganesan, Savitri, D. Balasubramaniam R. S. Mani Kanniyappan
1955 Chella Pillai K. R. Ramasamy, Pandari Bai, Savitri M. V. Raman Director Yaman
1954 Ratha Pasam;; R.S.Mani Madhu
1953 Gunasagari (Kannada film) Gubbi Veeranna, Honnappa Bhagavathar, Pandari Bai H.L.N. Simha
1951 Manamagal N.S.Krishnan
1950 Ezhai Padum Padu Ramnath
1949 Velaikkari A.S.A.Samy Mani
1945 Meera Ellis Dungan Jayaman
1945 Burma Rani
1937 Ambikapathy Ellis Dungan Rudrasenan
1936 Sathi Leelavathi Ellis Dungan

References[edit]

  1. ^ "100 years of laughter". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 23 August 2014. 

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