Sunday, February 08, 2009

Tribute To Actor Nambiar The Handsome Villan In Movies But A Spirtual Giant In Real Life!!

Nambiar, the handsome villain, goes off screen



Real Life Hero


MN Nambiar, the handsome villain that generations of cinegoers loved to hate, passed away here on Wednesday. He was 88.


M. N. Nambiar a veteran villain cum character actor in India Cinema passed away today in a private hospital in the City. He was 90 years old. He has been in the film industry for more than 60 years.

Born on March 17, 1919 in Kannur, Kerala, he entered the stage at the age of 13.

His first film Bhakta Ramadoss, where he played a villain was shot in 1935 in Hindi and Tamil. Nambiar was ailing for quite some time, and was hospitalized some days back.

He was suffering from age-related ailments for the past four months and breathed his last at his residence here, family sources said.

He is survived by wife, son Sukumaran Nambiar, a senior BJP leader, another son and a daughter.

Nambiars Sons With Madoo.They Played Western Music In A Group Called Vooodoos


Joining the famous 'Nawab' Rajamanikam group as a stage artist at the age of 13, he made his film debut in 1935 in the 'Bhaktha Ramadosss' made in Tamil and Hindi. He went on to act in more than 1,000 films.

Nambiar was one of the most sucessful stars of Tamil cinema and perhaps the only actor, who had remained active for six decades.

After becoming popular in Tamil films, he started his own drama troupe 'Nambiar Nataka Mandram', which had staged many plays.

He has completed more than 1000 films, mostly in Tamil and a few in Hindi and Malayalam. He has also acted in an English movie titled Jungle.

Manjeri Narayanan Nambiar was the best known 'villain' in Tamil films who graduated to character roles. He became a legend during his life time mainly playing the villain in MGR films. He has done over 1000 films in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi.

Nambiar had acted with almost all top heroes of Tamil cinema like M G Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan, Rajnikanth and Kamal Hassan.

He also acted in Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi, besides an English film 'jungle', which was released in 1952, with Rod Cameron directed by Willam Burke.

M.N. Nambiar was a veteran theatre artist and a legend in cinema. He was one of the oldest actors from the pre-war era who remained in the industry till date. He was always humble despite having worked with seven generations of actors.

The Spiritual Guru


A God fearing person, Nambiar was completely opposite to the villains that he portrayed all the years.

M.N. Nambiar was an ardent devotee of Sabari Mala Sri Ayyappan. He had a long association with the temple, and had visited the shrine for more than 65 years, which earned him the title Maha Guruswamy.

Like the man himself, a professional to the core and devoted to his wife and children, his Gopalapuram hou-se exuded an air of peaceful comfort. Its garden absorbed the unending footfalls of the city’s luminaries, who arrived to pay their last respects.


Reminiscences 'Film News' Anandan, the Kollywood historian and journalist: " Nambiar was the first villain actor in Tamil cinema to get claps, when he appeared on the screen.

He was a very good actor as he had a theatre background. The MGR formula films were not complete without Nambiar as the villain.

Though he played the villain, he was a perfect gentleman and a good human being and had no enemies"
Says noted director P.Vasu who grew up on MGR films: "Who can forget Nambiar? He was the epitome of villainy on screen.

I remember films like Enga Veetu Pillai, Aayirathil Oruvan with MGR sir and Ambikapathy, Utama Puthran with Sivaji sir.

These were classics and Nambiar sir's role in these films was outstanding." In the later part of his career he has done a lot of sympathetic character roles in films like Bhagyaraj's Thooral Ninnu Pochu.

In real life Nambiar was an ardent devotee of Lord Ayappa of Sabarimala.

He was a 'Guru Swamy' to a lot of superstar's who made a pilgrimage to Sabarimala, including superstar Rajinikanth and Amitabh Bachchan.

Superstar Rajnikanth, in whose 'Ejaman' Nambiar had acted, said: "He was a blessed atma." Jayalalithaa, who had also acted with Nambiar in films like 'Aayirathil Oruvan' and 'Dikku Theriyada Kattil', hailed him as a "man of high culture in personal life."



Having acted in more than 330 films in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi, Sinhalese and English, he also spearheaded a huge following for Lord Ayyappa. He organised 63 trips to Sabarimala; Amitabh Bachchan and Rajnikanth accompanied him during three pilgrimages.

"Nambiar used to hide Rajnikanth under the bed to keep gawkers at bay," said Nellai Sundarajan, who was part of the trips for years.

Nambiar's high strung acting, which was at its best when he was cast opposite MGR, and his part-smooth and part rough dialogue delivery, peppered with a Malayalam flavour, held an inexplicable fascination for the youth. Nambiar, who entered the field via Tamil theatre like MG Ramachandran and Sivaji Ganesan, was a natural actor. From 1935, when he entered Tamil films, until his last film 'Sudeshi' in 2006, Nambiar was an actor you could never miss.

Even when the rivalry between MGR and Sivaji was at its height, Nambiar was the only actor who could be cast as villain in both their films. "He is irreplaceable," said director P Vasu.

The Handsome Villan


His favourite films were Ayirathil Oruvan with MGR, Ambikapathi with Sivaji Ganesan, Missiyamma with Gemini Ganesan, Nenjam Marappathillai directed by Sridhar and Thooral Ninnu Pochu with Bagyaraj. This was the film in he had done character roles, something which he had continued till date.

Another film which is unforgettable is Thigambarasamiyar in which he had done 11 roles! He has also acted as hero in two films Kalyani and Kavitha produced by Modern Theatres. He has also done serials such as 'Velan.'

May his soul rest in peace.

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