Manorama, who matched protagonists of her day, passes away

ManoramaActor, comedian and singer Manorama, known as Aachi, whose performance matched the heroes and heroines of her times, died of multiple organ failure in Chennai on Saturday. She was 78 and is survived by her son and singing-actor Boopathy.

Her first film was Malaiitta Mangai produced by lyricist Kannadasan in 1958. Her experience in the theatre and singing talents came in handy in the film world. She rendered her first song, in the music of G.K. Venkatesh. But it was the parody of “Pogathey Pogathey En Kanava”, in the film Ratta Thilagam, in the music of K.V. Mahadevan produced by Kannadasan, identified her talent as a singer.

In the music of A.R. Rahman, she sang “Marasai Sutti Paarka Poren.”

Manoraman’s life in a way resembled the unforgettable Karuppayee turned Jil Jil Ramamani turned Rojarani of the Thillana Mohanambal. Her body language, delivery of dialogues coupled with affable nature secured her a permanent place in Tamil film industry. Whether it was the corrupt Madras Tamil or dialects of Thanjavur or Madurai or Kongu region he rendered them effortlessly.

Born in Mannargudi in Thanjavur district, her original name was Gopichanda and latter assumed the name Pallathur Pappa after her family moved to Pallathur in Chettinadu. In the film world she was known as Manorama.

Even while acting in dramas, she got a chance to act in the film with late S.S. Rajendran and Devika in Pudukottai. But it did not see the light of the day. But SSR had spotted her talent and invited her to participate in the drama Manimagudam in Chennai.

Cinema music historian Vamanan in his book Thirai Isai Alaigal has said it was Mukta Srinivasan who gave her an opportunity to render the song in Madras Tamil in the film Pommalattam. “Vaa Vaathiyarey Ootandey” became an instant hit and a cine magazine described her as the star of the month. “But actor Cho was played opposite to her in the film wrote a letter to the magazine saying she was the star of the generation,” recalled Mr Vamanan.

She had acted with actors of years including M.G.R. Sivaji Ganesan, Jayalalithaa, Nagesh, Cho, Thengai Srinivasan and the present day actors.

She also created controversy when she campaigned against actor Rajinikanth in support of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the 1996 elections.

Source: The Hindu

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