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Srinivasa Iyer, popularly known as Cho Ramaswamy (5 October 1934 – 7 December 2016), was an Indian actor, comedian, character actor, editor, political satirist, playwright, dialogue writer, film director and lawyer in Tamil Nadu.[1]

Contents

1 Career

1.1 Films

1.1.1 Frequent collaborations

1.2 Politics 1.3 Literature

2 Filmography

2.1 Plays 2.2 As Actor 2.3 Direction 2.4 Screenplay 2.5 Religious works 2.6 Television

3 Controversy 4 Illness and death 5 References 6 External links

Career[edit]

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Films[edit] Cho made his debut in 1963 with Paar Magale Paar
Paar Magale Paar
as a comedian. From 1963 to 2005 he acted in 180 Tamil films and directed 5 films. He also wrote and directed 20 plays.[2] He also wrote and acted in 27 Television serials. He wrote 10 books. Apart from being an actor, he was both the screenplay and story writer of films such as Thenmazhai, Ninaivil Nindraval, Bommalattam, Aayiram Poi and Panam Paththum Seyyum, all of which proved to be box office hits. Cho played the role of a bike mechanic in the play Petralthan Pillaiya, written by Pattu of the United Amateur Artistes (UAA), which became a huge success. When the play was later adapted into a film by director A. Bhimsingh, Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
persuaded Cho to play the same role in the film too, leading to Cho's entry into the film world.[3] Cho and Jayalalithaa
Jayalalithaa
have worked together in 19 films and also had been part of the same drama troupe. In fact, Mr. Cho had been consulted at the creation of Jayalalithaa's political career by the then actress and by MGR himself. During the rehearsal of the play The Whole Truth, Cho, donning the role of the villain, was supposed to strangle the character played by Jayalalithaa
Jayalalithaa
but as he closed in, she could not help laughing instead of being afraid. She later disclosed "His expressions made me laugh." After years, Cho said: "She might have treated my stinging comments too as comical."[citation needed] Frequent collaborations[edit] Cho as an actor has been pitted against other actors across generations. His comic timing against T.S. Balaiah in Manam Oru Kurangu, or with M.R. Radha, or many times with actors like V.K. Ramaswamy, Nagesh, Manorama and Sachu in many films brought out the best in him. Cho and Manorama were paired together in 20 films, which included Malligaip poo, Annaiyum pithavum, Dharisanam, Anbait thedi, Ninaivil Nindraval, Nirai Kudam, Therottam, Aayiram Poi, Mohammed Bin Tughlaq, Bommalattam, Pugundha Veedu, Vilayaattu Pillai, Kanavan, Rojavin Raja and Velum Mayilum Thunai and were pitted in a non-couple role in Suryagandhi, Delhi Mappilai and Naadagame Ulagam. Cho acted alongside Nagesh in Thenmazhai, Ninaivil Nindraval, Ulagam Ivvalavudhaan and Bommalattam among others. He was paired opposite Sachu in films like Deva Sankalpam, Galaataa Kalyanam and Delhi Mappilai. Cho has acted with the MGR–Jayalalitha combo in films like Oli Villaku, Kanavan, Kumarikottam, Mattukara Velan, Aadimai Penn, Engal Thangam, Thedi Vantha Mapillai, En Annan
En Annan
and Neerum Nerupum. Cho has acted with MGR in many films like Petralthaan Pillaiya, Sangey Muzhangu, Rickshawkaaran and Thalaivan. Cho has acted with Jayalalitha in other films like Bommalaattam, Galaattaak kalyanam, Suryagandhi, Vandhaale Maharaasi and Anbai Thedi. Cho has acted with Sivakumar in films like Shanmugapriya, Onne Onnu Kanne Kannu, Thaip Paasam, Uravu Solla Oruvan, Aan Pillai Singam, Yaarukkum Vetkamillai, Chinna Kuyil Padudhu, Sattai Illatha Pambaram and Kanna Thorakiran Samy. Among these, Yaarukkum Vetkamillai was directed by Cho in 1976. Politics[edit] He was nominated to the Rajya Sabha
Rajya Sabha
by the President of India, K. R. Narayanan. In the Rajya Sabha
Rajya Sabha
12 MPs are nominated by the President of India
India
from amongst persons who have special knowledge or practical experience in the fields of literature, science, art or social service. He served as a Rajya Sabha
Rajya Sabha
MP from November 1999 to November 2005.[4][5] Literature[edit] He was the founder and editor of the Tamil magazine Thuglak.[6] Politicians such as J. B. Kripalani, Indira Gandhi, Karunanidhi, Chandra Shekhar, G. K. Moopanar, M. G. Ramachandran, Jayalalithaa, Ramakrishna Hegde, N. T. Rama Rao, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and L. K. Advani, Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh
Manmohan Singh
and P. Chidambaram
P. Chidambaram
were targets of his editorial attacks. He was widely considered to be an unbiased political analyst who would criticize the negatives of both the left wing and right wing political parties. In his last years, he predicted that Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi
would do diligent work towards the development of India,[7] and also praised Jayalalithaa
Jayalalithaa
for her work in Tamil Nadu. The anniversary celebration of his popular magazine Thuglak
Thuglak
is being organised on 14 January every year coinciding with the local festival of '"Pongal" and is attended by thousands of his admirers as well as adversaries. Several VIPs also participate in the function. The main attraction during the celebrations is the questions posed by members of the audience and quick answers given by Cho.[citation needed] On 25 January 2017, the Government of India
India
announced the "Padma Bhushan" award for his contribution towards Literature & Education – Journalism.[8] Filmography[edit] Plays[edit]

Wait and See Why Not What For Muhammad bin Tughluq Yaarukkum Vetkamillai Saathiram Sonnadhillai Nermai Urangum Neram Iraivan Irandhuvittana? Enru Thaniyum Inda Sudandira Thaagam? Judgement Reserved Quo Vadis Unmayae Unn Villai Ennae? Saraswathiyin Selvan Unmai Urangum Neram Madras
Madras
by Night

As Actor[edit]

Paar Magale Paar
Paar Magale Paar
(1963)(Debut) Thenmazhai
Thenmazhai
(1966) Marakka Mudiyumaa?
Marakka Mudiyumaa?
(1966) Ninaivil Nindraval (1967) Manam Oru Kurangu (1967) Penn Endraal Penn (1967) Naan Yaar Theriyuma (1967) Galatta Kalyanam
Galatta Kalyanam
(1968) Bommalattam (1968) Neelagiri Express (1968) Kuzhanthaikkaaga (1968) Delhi Maappillai (1968) Lakshmi Kalyanam (1968) Kannan En Kadhalan
Kannan En Kadhalan
(1968) Oli Vilakku
Oli Vilakku
(1968) Kanavan (1968) Nirai Kudam
Nirai Kudam
(1969) Aayiram Poi
Aayiram Poi
(1969) Ulagam Ivvalavuthaan (1969) Adimai Penn
Adimai Penn
(1969) Aindhu Latcham (1969) Kanni penn (1969) Magizham Poo (1969) Annaiyum Pithavum (1969) En Annan
En Annan
(1970) Maattukara Velan
Maattukara Velan
(1970) Engal Thangam
Engal Thangam
(1970) Thedi Vandha Mappillai
Thedi Vandha Mappillai
(1970) Dharisanam (1970) Nadu Iravil (1970) Vilayattu Pillai (1970) Muhammad bin Tughluq (1971) Therottam (1971) Neerum Neruppum
Neerum Neruppum
(1971) Rickshawkaran
Rickshawkaran
(1971) Oru Thaai Makkal
Oru Thaai Makkal
(1971) Kumari Kottam
Kumari Kottam
(1971) Arunodhayam (1971) Soodhattam (1971) Yanai Valartha Vanambadi Magan (1971) Thavapudhalavan
Thavapudhalavan
(1972) Unakkum Enakkum (1972) Mr.Sampath (1972) Thaaikku Oru Pillai (1972) Sange Muzhangu
Sange Muzhangu
(1972) Deiva Sankalpam (1972) Vandhale Magarasi (1973) Suryakanthi
Suryakanthi
(1973) Gauravam (1973) Pon Vanndu (1973) Vaakkuruthi (1973) Ganga Gowri (1973) Manitharil Maanikkam (1973) Kasi Yathirai
Kasi Yathirai
(1973) Ponnunjal (1973) Shanmugapriya (1973) Vayadi (1973) Veettukku Vandha Marumagal (1973) Malligai Poo (1973) School Master (1973) Anbu Sagothararkal (1973) Thanga Pathakkam
Thanga Pathakkam
(1974) Orey Saatchi (1974) Anbai Thedi (1974) Idhayam Parkkirathu (1974) (Guest role) Roshakkaari (1974) Devi Sri Karmariamman (1974) Kalyanamam Kalyanam (1974) Onne Onnu Kanne Kannu (1974) Pillai Selvam (1974) Thai Pasam (1974) Puguntha Veedu
Puguntha Veedu
(1974) Magalukkaga (1974) Aan Pillai Singam (1975) Sonthankal Vaazhga (1975) Andharangam (1975) Cinema Paithiyam (1975) Unga Veettu Kalyaanam (1975) Avandhan Manidhan
Avandhan Manidhan
(1975) Thai Veettu Seethanam (1975) Uravu Solla Oruvan (1975) Yarukkum Vetkamillai (1975) Pinchu Manam (1975) Melnaattu Marumagal
Melnaattu Marumagal
(1975) (Guest actor) Unmaye Un Vilai Enna (1976) Mayor Meenakshi (1976) Rojavin Raja (1976) Avan Oru Sarithiram
Avan Oru Sarithiram
(1976) Perum Pugazhum (1976) Thanikudithanam (1977) Balappareetchai (1977) Unnai Sutrum Ulagam (1977)(Guest actor) Sakka Podu Podu Raja
Sakka Podu Podu Raja
(1978) Aarilirunthu Arubathu Varai
Aarilirunthu Arubathu Varai
(1979) Nadagame Ulagam (1979) Velum Mayilum Thunai' ' (1979) Kadavulin Theerppu (1981) Adutha Varisu
Adutha Varisu
(1983) Naan Mahaan Alla (1984) Saattai Illatha Pambaram (1984) Navgraha Nayagi (1985) Puthiya Theerpu (1985) Kanna Thorakkanum Saami(1986) Chinna Kuyil Paaduthu (1987) Manithan (1987) Anand (1987) Guru Sishyan (1988) Adhisaya Piravi
Adhisaya Piravi
(1990) Kadhala Kadhala
Kadhala Kadhala
(1998)

Direction[edit]

Muhammad bin Tughluq Unmaiye Un Vilai Enna Mr. Sampath Yarukkum Vetkam Illai Sambo Siva Samboo

Screenplay[edit]

Neelagiri Express Aayiram Poi Nirai Kudam Bommalattam Ninaivil Nindraval (1967 film)

Religious works[edit]

Hindu Maha Samudram Vol – I, II, III, IV, V, and VI (Latest) Mahabaratham Pesugirathu Valmiki Ramayanam Verukathagada Bramaniyam Nane Raja

Television[edit]

Engey Brahmanan? Verukatthakkatha Brahmaneeyam? Sambavami Yuge Yuge Vande Mataram Ivargalai Therindhu Kollungal Washington Il Nallathambi Sarakar Pugunda Veedu Koovam Nadikaraiyinile Adhigaprasangam Yaro Ivar Yaro? Saadhal Ellaiyel Kaadhal Mydear BrahmaDeva India
India
Enge Pogiradhu? Kamarajarai Sandhitthen Puratchi Geethai Sattam Thalai Guniyattum Enge Pogirai? Embak Kana Onru Kandaen Saraswathiyin Selvan Manam Oru Kurangu En Koodathu? Eravil Chennai Uravugal Ellaiyadi Pappa Edarkaga? Thiraiyulagathai Thirumbi Parkiraen Unmayae Unn Villai Ennae? Janatha Nagar Colony

Controversy[edit] Following Sanjay Gandhi's death in an air crash, Cho released stamps in memory of Capt. Subhash Saxena, the pilot of the aircraft, who also died in the air crash. The postal departments failed to realise that these stamps were not official and mistakenly approved them.[3] Illness and death[edit] Cho was hospitalized in January 2015 and was in and out of hospital due to illness. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi
and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha called on Cho Ramaswamy. Ramaswamy died due to cardiac arrest at 3:58 AM on 7 December 2016, aged 82, at Apollo Hospital in Chennai, where he was receiving treatment for respiratory problems. He was survived by his wife, Soundara Ramaswamy,[9] son Rajivakshan alias Sriram, and daughter Sindhu.[10][11][12][13] Rajinikanth disclosed later that Jayalalithaa
Jayalalithaa
had always opined that Mr. Ramaswamy should live as long as she lived. He quoted: "As it turns out, he was alive till then and even few hours after that."[14] References[edit]

^ "Cho Ramaswamy". veethi.com.  ^ By Karthika Raveendran. "Rajinikanth, Sivakumar, Suriya, Karthi pay homage to late Journalist-actor Cho Ramaswamy". Bollywoodlife.com. Retrieved 8 December 2016.  ^ a b Cho interview on Koffee with Anu on YouTube ^ Biodata; accessed 28 January 2018.Archived 14 May 2003 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "He Introduced Me As 'Merchant Of Death': PM Modi On Cho Ramaswamy". Ndtv.com. Retrieved 2016-12-08.  ^ "Thuglak". Retrieved 28 January 2018.  ^ " Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi
will win laurels for India
India
in the future – Shri Cho Ramaswamy". 1 November 2013.  ^ "PadmaAwards-2017" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 January 2017.  ^ Ramaswamy, Srinivasa Iyer. "Srinivasa Iyer Ramaswamy passes away, aged 82". News Paper. Retrieved 7 December 2016 – via http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com.  ^ Obituary, thehindu.com; accessed 28 January 2018. ^ " Cho Ramaswamy watched Jayalalithaa's final journey before he breathed his last - Firstpost". www.firstpost.com.  ^ " Cho Ramaswamy watched Jayalalithaa's final journey before he breathed his last". Firstpost.com. Retrieved 8 December 2016.  ^ Ramaswamy, Cho (7 December 2016). " Cho Ramaswamy passes away". thehindu.com. The Hindu India. Retrieved 7 December 2016.  ^ http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/Modi-pays-tributes-to-‘Cho’-Ramaswamy/article17040268.ece

External links[edit]

Cho Ramaswamy on IMDb Audio of Cho Ramaswamy on Mrs Pratibha Patil, prior to the Indian Presidential elections where Mrs Patil was a candidate (in Tamil), 13 July 2007. Profile, thehindu.com, 2 June 2004. Profile, TribuneIndia.com, 11 July 2004. Profile, Rediff.com; accessed 28 January 2018. Virtual Page, HarmonyIndia.org; accessed 28 January 2018. Profile, tribuneindia.com; accessed 28 January 2018. PM Visit, indianexpress.com; accessed 28 January 2018. CM Visit, thehindu.com; accessed 28 January 2018. Obituary, indiatimes.com; accessed 28 January 2018.

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Padma Bhushan
Padma Bhushan
award recipients (2010–19)

2010

Satya Paul Agarwal Mohammad Amin Sailesh Kumar Bandopadhyay M. S. Banga Anil Bordia Bipan Chandra B. K. Chaturvedi Sant Singh Chatwal G. P. Chopra Tan Chung Madhusudan Dhaky P. R. Dubhashi Puttaraj Gawai Belle Monappa Hegde Ilaiyaraaja Jagdish Chandra Kapur Shrinivas Khale Aamir Khan Sultan Khan Ram Kumar Kumudini Lakhia Kuzhur Narayana Marar Chhannulal Mishra Eledath Thaikkattu Narayanan Mooss C. P. Krishnan Nair S. P. Oswal Akbar Padamsee Ramakanta Panda Balasaheb Vikhe Patil Arogyaswami Paulraj A. R. Rahman Moosa Raza Mallika Sarabhai Nookala Chinna Satyanarayana Abhijit Sen Satya Vrat Shastri Noshir M. Shroff Kushal Pal Singh Bikash Sinha Balagangadharanatha Swamiji Narayanan Vaghul P. K. Warrier Fareed Zakaria

2011

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Rajashree Birla M. N. Buch C. V. Chandrasekhar Ajai Chowdhry Yogesh Chander Deveshwar Satyadev Dubey T. J. S. George Shankha Ghosh Kris Gopalakrishnan Keki Byramjee Grant Shashi Kapoor Krishen Khanna Khayyam Chanda Kochhar Dwijen Mukhopadhyay Madavoor Vasudevan Nair Ramdas Pai Dashrath Patel Rajendra Singh Pawar Suryanarayanan Ramachandran Shobhana Ranade Gunupati Venkata Krishna Reddy Kallam Anji Reddy Waheeda Rehman Shyam Saran Analjit Singh Arpita Singh Surendra Singh R. K. Srikantan Raghavan Thirumulpad

2012

Suresh H. Advani Shabana Azmi Homi K. Bhabha Shashikumar Chitre Khaled Choudhury Jatin Das Vidya Dehejia Dharmendra S. N. Goenka M. S. Gopalakrishnan T. V. Gopalakrishnan Buddhadev Das Gupta Sunil Janah Anish Kapoor S. B. Mujumdar B. Muthuraman Mira Nair Arvind Panagariya José Pereira Mata Prasad M. S. Raghunathan P. Chandrasekhara Rao Ronen Sen Devi Shetty M. V. Subbiah N. Vittal N. H. Wadia George Yeo

2013

Satya N. Atluri Maharaj Kishan Bhan Jaspal Bhatti Rahul Dravid Adi Godrej Abdul Rashid Khan Rajesh Khanna Mary Kom Nandkishore Shamrao Laud Mangesh Padgaonkar Hemendra Singh Panwar Jogesh Pati Shivajirao Girdhar Patil A. Sivathanu Pillai D. Ramanaidu Kanak Rele V. K. Saraswat Ashoke Sen Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak B. N. Suresh Sharmila Tagore Ramamurthy Thyagarajan Saroja Vaidyanathan

2014

Anisuzzaman Mrityunjay Athreya Padmanabhan Balaram Dalveer Bhandari Ruskin Bond Anita Desai Pullela Gopichand Kamal Haasan Jyeshtharaj Joshi V. N. Kaul Neelam Kler M. Mahadevappa Leander Paes K. Radhakrishnan Anumolu Ramakrishna Thirumalachari Ramasami Lloyd Rudolph Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Vinod Prakash Sharma Ghulam Mohammed Sheikh Parveen Sultana Dhirubhai Thaker Vairamuthu J. S. Verma T. H. Vinayakram

2015

Jahnu Barua Manjul Bhargava Vijay P. Bhatkar Swapan Dasgupta David Frawley Bill Gates Melinda Gates Swami Satyamitranand N. Gopalaswami Subhash C. Kashyap Gokulotsavji Maharaj Saichiro Misumi Ambrish Mithal Sudha Ragunathan Harish Salve Ashok Seth Rajat Sharma Satpal Singh Shivakumara Swami Khadg Singh Valdiya

2016

Ravindra Chandra Bhargava Robert Blackwill Hafeez Contractor Indu Jain Heisnam Kanhailal Anupam Kher Sania Mirza Pallonji Mistry Udit Narayan Saina Nehwal Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad Vinod Rai N. S. Ramanuja Tatacharya A. V. Rama Rao D. Nageshwar Reddy Dayananda Saraswati Barjinder Singh Hamdard Ram V. Sutar Tejomayananda

2017

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt Deviprasad Dwivedi Ratnasundarsuri Niranjanananda Saraswati Cho Ramaswamy Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Tehemton Erach Udwadia

2018

Pankaj Advani Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mahendra Singh Dhoni Alexander Kadakin Ramachandran Nagaswamy Laxman Pai Arvind Parikh Sharda Sinha

# Posthumous conferral

1954–1959 1960–1969 1970–1979 1980–1989 1990–1999 2000–2009 2010–2019

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 70487710 LCCN: n88176540 ISNI: 0000 0000 2765 022

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