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Actor ‘Cheenu’ Mohan dies of cardiac arrest

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The 61-year-old actor-comedian started his career on stage with Crazy Mohan’s Crazy Creations

Theatre artiste and film actor ‘Cheenu’ Mohan, who was associated with Crazy Creations for over two decades, died here on Thursday due to cardiac arrest.

The 61-year-old actor-comedian started his career on stage with Crazy Mohan’s Crazy Creations. He appeared in nearly 4,000 shows since the troupe was started in 1979. Mohan shot to fame as he played the role of one of the comic duo ‘Maadhu-Cheenu’ in many dramas, including Maadhu +2 and Madhil Mel Maadhu.

Recalling his friendship with Mohan, ‘Maadhu’ Balaji, actor and brother of playwright Crazy Mohan, said, “We met in 1977-1978 during inter-collegiate competitions. He was impressed by my brother’s scripts and joined the troupe in 1979. He travelled with us throughout the world to enact in dramas for 25 years. He had a natural talent and was spontaneous on stage.”

The duo went on to enthral television audience in 1,000 episodes of serials such as Nil Gavani Crazy, Maadhu Cheenu, Siri Gama Padhani and Vidaathu Sirippu.

“He was my roommate for two decades wherever we stayed for performance and we shared great chemistry on stage. He was a good trouper. He could not join us regularly due to his ill-health. His last performance on stage was for Crazy Premier League in April and he got thunderous applause from the audience,” said Mr. Balaji.

In films

‘Cheenu’ Mohan has also acted in many films. He made his debut as an film actor in Varusham Padhinaaru and went on to act in several movies including Thalapathi and Anjali. Some of his recent movies were Iraivi, Aandavan Kattalai and Kolamaavu Kokila.

He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.

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