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V S Raghavan (18 February 1925 – 24 January 2015) was a Tamil actor, who has acted both in Tamil films
Tamil films
as well as television, had started his career as a dramatist and stage actor and went on to act as a character actor in films, starting with Vairamali (1954) and over 1000 films in all. He has also acted in numerous television series.[1][2] He died on 24 January 2015.[3]

Contents

1 Early life and education 2 Career 3 Partial filmography 4 TV serials 5 Short films 6 References 7 External links

Early life and education[edit] Born in Vembakkam
Vembakkam
village, near Singaperumal Koil near Chengleput, where he spent early part of his childhood, later for three years he lived in Mylapore
Mylapore
neighbourhood of Chennai, and studied at the P S High School. Subsequently, he studied at St Columbus Higher Secondary School, Chengalpattu, followed by two years in Madras Christian College, Chennai. However, as he finished his school the death of his father prompted his mother to shift from native village to move to Vellala Street in Purasawalkam, Chennai where his elder sister lived.[1] Career[edit] V S Raghavan started his career in 1942, as a sub-editor for Malathi magazine run by humourist Thumilan (N Ramaswamy), and after it closed he joined a printing press. At the press a group of fellow employees used to do amateur stage plays, which led him to act in some plays including some Hindi plays. Earlier, he had acted in YMIA Fine Arts' theatre group's play Vairamalai, written by Thottakara Viswanathan, staged at the YMCA, and when the production adapted the stage play into a film, he played the same role in it, thus made his film début in 1954. In the same year, he made his debut as a dramatist and started the Indian National Artists (INA) with four other friends like Malli, Vadiraj, Nataraj and K Balachander. The INA staged plays at reputed Sabhas in Chennai.[1][4] Veteran director K Balachander who has won several accolades for memorable films was part of his troupe where he acted and wrote scripts. The INA closed down a decade later and Raghavan entered the cinema world and acted in supporting roles. He has acted in around 1000 films and has also featured in many MGR
MGR
films. He is also very well known for his role in the TV serial Anni created by K Balachander.[2] Partial filmography[edit]

Vaira Malai
Vaira Malai
(1954) Kalvanin Kadhali (1955) Kaalam Maaripochu (1955) Kalyanam Seydhukko (1955) Samaya Sanjeevi (1957) - Also Director Sarangadhara (1957) Manaiviey Manidhanin Manikkam (1959) Kaathirundha Kangal
Kaathirundha Kangal
(1962) Nenjil Or Aalayam
Nenjil Or Aalayam
(1962) Sumaithaangi
Sumaithaangi
(1962) Káthirunda Kangal
Káthirunda Kangal
(1962) Kalai Kovil
Kalai Kovil
(1964) Bommai
Bommai
(1964) Kadhalikka Neramillai
Kadhalikka Neramillai
(1964) Karnan (1964) Nadu Iravil(1965) Chitthi
Chitthi
(1966) Ramu (1966 film)
Ramu (1966 film)
(1966) Gowri Kalyanam
Gowri Kalyanam
(1966) Pesum Dheivam
Pesum Dheivam
(1967) Anubavam Pudhumai (1967) Ethirigal Jakkirathai (1967) Kadhalithal Podhuma (1967) Nenjirukkum Varai (1967) Ninaivil Nindraval (1967) Pattanathil Bhootham
Pattanathil Bhootham
(1967) Kallum Kanniyagum (1968) Neelagiri Express
Neelagiri Express
(1968) Oli Vilakku
Oli Vilakku
(1968) Galatta Kalyanam
Galatta Kalyanam
(1968) Lakshmi Kalyanam (1968) Machan (1968) Uyarndha Manidhan
Uyarndha Manidhan
(1968) Ethir Neechal (1968) Iru Kodugal
Iru Kodugal
(1969) Aayiram Poi
Aayiram Poi
(1969) Ethiroli (1970) Penn Deivam (1970) Welcome Back Gandhi (1970) Vilaiyaattu Pillai
Vilaiyaattu Pillai
(1970) Engal Thangam
Engal Thangam
(1970) Balan (1970) Panama Paasama Savale Samali Uyir (1971) Punnagai (1971) Arunodhayam
Arunodhayam
(1971) Avalukendru Oru Manam
Avalukendru Oru Manam
(1971) Savaale Samali
Savaale Samali
(1971) Moondru Dheivangal
Moondru Dheivangal
(1971) Iru Thuruvam
Iru Thuruvam
(1971) Nootrukku Nooru
Nootrukku Nooru
(1971) Needhikku Thalaivanangu
Needhikku Thalaivanangu
(1972) Raman Thediya Seethai (1972 film)
Raman Thediya Seethai (1972 film)
(1972) Sange Muzhangu
Sange Muzhangu
(1972) Vazhaiyadi Vazhai (1972) Nawab Naarkali (1972) Kurathi Magan (1972) Neethikku Thalai Vanangu Urimaikural
Urimaikural
(1974) En Magan
En Magan
(1974) Gumasthavin Magal (1974) Sirithu Vazha Vendum
Sirithu Vazha Vendum
(1974) Athaiya Mamiya (1974) Sivagamiyin Selvan
Sivagamiyin Selvan
(1974) Gumasthavin Magal (1974) Ellorum Nallavare
Ellorum Nallavare
(1975) Pallandu Vazhga
Pallandu Vazhga
(1975) Ninaithadhai Mudippavan
Ninaithadhai Mudippavan
(1975) Idhayakkani
Idhayakkani
(1975) Naalai Namadhe
Naalai Namadhe
(1975) Dasavatharam (1976) Mayor Meenakshi
Mayor Meenakshi
(1976) Uzhaikkum Karangal
Uzhaikkum Karangal
(1976) Sri Krishna Leela (1977) Madhuraiyai Meetta Sundharapandiyan
Madhuraiyai Meetta Sundharapandiyan
(1978) Varuvan Vadivelan
Varuvan Vadivelan
(1978) Vaazhkai Alaigal
Vaazhkai Alaigal
(1978) Aayiram Jenmangal
Aayiram Jenmangal
(1978) Kalyanaraman (1979) Azhage Unnai Aarathikkiren
Azhage Unnai Aarathikkiren
(1979) Devi Dharisanam (1980) Gnana Kuzhandhai (1979) Rishi Moolam
Rishi Moolam
(1980) Sathya Sundharam
Sathya Sundharam
(1981) Kalthoon
Kalthoon
(1981) Sangili (film)
Sangili (film)
(1982) Thyagi
Thyagi
(1982) Hitler Umanath (1982) Krodham (1982) Deviyin Thiruvilaiyadal (1982) Rusi (1984) Sumai Thaangi Simma Soppanam
Simma Soppanam
(1984) Thambikku Entha Ooru
Thambikku Entha Ooru
(1984) Kai Kodukkum Kai (1984) Nalla Thambi
Nalla Thambi
(1985) Santhosha Kanavukal (1985) Navagraha Nayagi (1985) Padikkadha Pannaiyar
Padikkadha Pannaiyar
(1985) Naan Sigappu Manithan (1985) Sri Raghavendrar
Sri Raghavendrar
(1985) Naam Iruvar (1985) Naanum Oru Thozhilali
Naanum Oru Thozhilali
(1986) Veerapandiyan
Veerapandiyan
(1987) Unnal Mudiyum Thambi
Unnal Mudiyum Thambi
(1988) Sattathin Marupakkam (1989) Avasara Police 100
Avasara Police 100
(1990) Idhuthanda Sattam (1992) Hey Ram
Hey Ram
(2000) Love Channel (2001) Poovellam Un Vasam (2001) Kanna Nalama (2004) Kamaraj (2004) Imsai Arasan 23m Pulikesi
Imsai Arasan 23m Pulikesi
(2006) - Palace Astrologer Arai Enn 305-il Kadavul
Arai Enn 305-il Kadavul
(2008) (cameo) Irumbu Kottai Murattu Singam
Irumbu Kottai Murattu Singam
(2010) (cameo) Kola Kolaya Mundhirika
Kola Kolaya Mundhirika
(2010) Magizhchi (2010) Thamizh Padam
Thamizh Padam
(2010) Nagaram Marupakkam (2010) Kalakalappu
Kalakalappu
(2012) - Maya's Grandfather Saguni
Saguni
(2012) - Kamalakannan's Grandfather All in All Azhagu Raja
All in All Azhagu Raja
(2013) Anna Nee En Deivam
Anna Nee En Deivam
(2013) Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara
Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara
(2013) - Prayer Song Oru Kanniyum Moonu Kalavaanikalum
Oru Kanniyum Moonu Kalavaanikalum
(2014) Indru Netru Naalai
Indru Netru Naalai
(2015) Kaathadi (2018)

TV serials[edit]

Anni Rekha IPS 2008 - 2009 Bhairavi Aavigalukku Priyamanaval
Bhairavi Aavigalukku Priyamanaval
(2012) - 3 Episode Valli - Swaminathan (Subbu grandfather; Episode 16-449) 2012-14

Short films[edit]

Alaivarisai (2013)

References[edit]

^ a b c Memories of Madras: The golden age of theatre The Hindu, 8 December 2010. ^ a b "A virtuoso recalls". The Hindu. 7 October 2010.  ^ "Veteran actor V S Raghavan dead". 24 January 2015.  ^ "Still has a passion for challenging roles". The Hindu. 13 Jun 2004. 

5. Alaivarisai short film External links[edit]

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