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Updated: June 5, 2013 14:55 IST

Tamil comedian ‘Loose’ Mohan passes away

Petlee Peter
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A file photo of actor ‘Loose’ Mohan. Photo: Special Arrangement
A file photo of actor ‘Loose’ Mohan. Photo: Special Arrangement

Veteran Tamil comedy actor ‘Loose’ Mohan died of a prolonged illness here on Sunday morning. He was 84.

Well-known for his dialogue delivery in Madras Tamil, Mohan, whose real name was A. Mohanasundaram, was born in Kancheepuram. His family moved to Chennai when he was young and his father, known as ‘Loose’ Arumugam, also acted in a few Tamil films.

Mohan made his debut at the age of 16 in a Tamil film Harichandra staring famous South Indian star P.U. Chinnappa in 1944. According to the actor’s first grandson J. Sai Prasad, Mohan played a role as Chinnappa’s son and acted and dubbed in his original voice in the Tamil, Telugu and Kannada versions of the movie.

He shot into fame in a hit movie “Rosapoo Ravikaikari” (1979) starring Sivakumar. He had also acted with leading stars, including Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan.

With over 1,000 films to his credit, Mohan became synonymous with Madras lingo. His dialogue delivery was well received by the Tamil audience. He also acted in four Marathi films and played cameos in a film each in Bhojpuri, Hindi and Tulu.

The government conferred on him the Kalaimamani Award in 2000.

The comedy actor’s last appearance was in “Azhagi” (2002), with Parthiban and Nandita Das playing the lead roles. Mohan played the small role of a politician.

Last October, Mohan approached the city police commissioner’s office with a complaint that his son was not taking care of him. The Mylapore police pacified the actor and reunited him with his son.

Mohan who resided on Salai Street, Mylapore, was admitted to a private hospital on R.K. Salai. He died around 6 a.m. on Sunday.

When I was a child, I always assumed he was the Indian Charlie Chaplin
:) Rest in peace, funny man...

from:  Abhishek
Posted on: Sep 18, 2012 at 06:27 IST

May his soul rest in peace :'(

from:  Saranya
Posted on: Sep 17, 2012 at 10:35 IST

Loose Mohan was a versatile comedian who had evolved his own unique style of acting and stood out among the several comedy stars in Tamil cinema. His different styles of laughter will remain green in the minds of the audiences whom he regaled for more than six decades.

from:  C V ARAVIND
Posted on: Sep 17, 2012 at 05:54 IST

Loose Mohan, as he is called,came as a new comedian,along withother senior but they have not changed their style,the same old,whille there are others who change accordig tothe situationand film.yet they thrived becasue ofthe producers and directors.tamil film having many hero heorins andcomedians and they go astry immediate after onerelaease,sice there are no further supporters of rich to continue.Govt must have toensure thaat the renevenue they get tfrom cicnemas part of the same must utilised for all those dyihg senior actors for sometime,andit is gestur of Ms JJ to have invited all female actors for a dinner once. but how about male actors?

from:  vaidya
Posted on: Sep 17, 2012 at 02:00 IST

Master of Madras Slang Mr.Loose MOGHAN has written a page of Tamil
cinema. May his soul rest in peace.

from:  Paris EJILAN
Posted on: Sep 17, 2012 at 01:34 IST
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