Nagesh - The best ever comedian of Indian Cinema

This article is on Nagesh , one of the best actors of Indian cinema

"Nagesh" – proudly called the Nagaichuvai Mannan was one of the best comedians and character artists in Indian cinema history. He could make the audience laugh in amusement or shed a tear in empathy , such was his power. Here are few details about this great actor.

Nagesh's personal details

Server Sundaram

Real name of Tamil comedian Nagesh Gundu Rao

Native place of Tamil comedian Nagesh Tumkur, Karnataka

Mother tongue of Tamil comedian Nagesh Kannada

Date of Birth of Nagesh 27th September 1927

Father of Tamil comedian Nagesh Krishna rao (Railway station master)

Mother of Tamil comedian Nagesh Rukmani ammal

Wife of Tamil comedian Regina

Sons of Tamil comedian Nagesh Rajesh Babu, Ramash Babu, Anand Babu (Actor)

Tamil Actor Nagesh left Dharapuram, his hometown at an early age and moved to Madras city in search of a career . Its said that Tamil actor Nagesh lived in Madras in a single room with Writer Vaali and Director Sridhar as his roommates. Tamil comedian Nagesh then found a job as a clerk in the southern railways. Seeing hNaagesh's friends blossoming in cinema , he gained a passion for Tamil cinema , and there after Nagesh started doing small roles in various drama troupes.

Year 1986 , gave Nagesh a small change . Debut movie of tamil comedian Nagesh "Manamulla Marudhaaram."But this movie did not give Nagesh an opportunity to exhibit his exceptional talents. Movies which served as turning point for his carrier were "Nenjil ore aalayam and Server sundaram". With these flicks , Kollywood recognized the best comedian it can ever have. Another performance which is well-remembered is his role as the poor struggling orphan Maadhu in "Ethir Neechal."


Best movies of Nagesh

  • Server sundaram

  • Nenjil ore aalayam

  • Ethir Neechal

  • Thiruvilayadal (The famous scene where Nagesh asks questions to actor Shivaji)

  • Kadhalikka Neramillai

  • Anbe Vaa

  • Shanthi Nilayam

  • Pattanathil Bhootham

  • Vietnam Veedu

  • Apoorva Sagodharargal

  • Michael Madana Kama Rajan

  • Avvai Shanmugi

Movies Nagesh acted in 2009

  • Panchathanthiram

  • Vasool Raja MBBS

  • Imsai Arasan 23m Pulikesi

  • his last appearance, Dasavathaaram

Characteristics of Naagesh

*Inimitable style

* Witty dialogues

* Dialogue delivery

* Mimicry

* Mannerism

* Facial expressions

* Voice modulation

* Swift bodily responses

* Innocent smile

* Dancing ability

Tamil comedian Nagesh's autobiography is "Sirithu Vaala Vendum".

Memorable Characters of Nagesh

*Dharumi in "Thiruvilaiyadal"

* Chellappa in "Kadhalikka Neramillai"

* Vaidhi in "Thillana Moganambaal"

* Madhu in "Ethir Neechal"

Awards received by Nagesh

*Silver Lotus Award, Best supporting actor for Nammavar (1995)

* Kannadasan Award organized by Kaviyarsu Kannadasan Tamil Sangam, Chennai (2007)

* Kalaimamani Award.

Year when Tamil comedian Nagesh passed away was 2009 and Date of death of Nagesh is 31st January 2009 due to Diabetes and heart ailment. Tamil comedian Nagesh's smoking and drinking habit worsened his health.

About Nagesh


Director K. Balachander (Director):

"He was very passionate about theatre. He asked me to give him a role in my plays and I told him that I would write one, with him as the protagonist. That is how Server Sundaram happened. He would think through me, and I would act through him."

Kamal Haasan (Actor & Producer)

"The greatness of the man is that even as we are mourning his passing away and crying, you are reminded of some 'Nagesh joke,' which will make you laugh instantly. The only photograph I have in my office is that of him and me. I am such a huge fan."

Cho Ramasamy: (Actor, Playwright and political analyst)

"He made the role of a comedian the most indispensable and important part of films. When he was at his peak, he could devote only two hours per film per day. Even Sivaji Ganesan and MGR had to wait for him to come to the set. He was such a crowd puller that distributors insisted on Nagesh being there for all the films then."


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