A tribute to 'Crazy' Mohan

‘Crazy’ Mohan was a gentle giant

A scene from 'Meesai Aanalum Manaivi.' At extreme right is ‘Appa’ Ramesh Krishnamoorthy   | Photo Credit: R_ASHOK

Crazy Mohan was my mentor, but for him I would not have been in this field for so long. I was one of the actors in the team, which presented his play, ‘Ore Oru Nimisham’ for Doordarshan. We chatted after the show and he remembered me when Crazy Creations was started. He invited me to join the team and four decades have flown by.

Our inaugural play was ‘Alladdin & 100 Watts Bulb.’ It was a runaway success. Ahead of the show, we went to the Kapali temple and the script was placed at the feet of Karpagambal. Mohan said, “This is a drama troupe bound by friendship. This bond should remain for ever.” He kept his word. The trio — Mohan, Balaji and Khanthan — would adjust the show dates according to my availability because I was working for a bank.

Along with Madhu and Cheenu, Mohan created Ramanujam, which was a permanent character. At the age of 28, Ramesh Krishnamoorthy became a father (Appa) for his contemporary. Eventually it settled to be my visiting card. Mohan wrote meaty lines for me and gave a lot of space. For clean humour and entertainment, he had no parallel. His humility combined with his talent made him a gentle giant. I played a key role in ‘Madhil Mel Madhu.’ During a tour of Hong Kong in 2006, on the eve of a play, news reached that my father had expired. Mohan made all arrangements for my passage at short notice. Travelling in business class, I reached Chennai much to the relief of my family.

It is to Mohan that I have always dedicated the accolades and awards that have come my way. I was smug with the thought that we would travel as a group for many more years even as scripts would flow from his prolific pen. Destiny had other ideas. I’m grateful to the same Destiny for bringing me under his baton. Thank you Mohan for enriching my life, for being my friend, philosopher and guide.

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