Srinivasa Iyer Ramaswamy Called as Cho Ramaswamy (Tamil: சோ ராமசுவாமி; 5 October 1934 – 7 December 2016) was an Indian actor, comedian, character actor, editor, political satirist, playwright and dialogue writer, film director and lawyer in Tamil Nadu. He was the founder and editor of the Tamil magazine, Thuglak. His popularity in the Tamil Nadu literary circles is mainly due to his impartial assessment of political issues, and the audacity with which he publishes his viewpoints. Politicians such as J. B. Kripalani, Indira Gandhi, Karunanidhi, Chandra Shekhar, G. K. Moopanar, M. G. Ramachandran, Jayalalithaa, Ramakrishna Hegde, N. T. Rama Rao, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and L. K. Advani, Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, P. Chidambaram have been some of the targets of his editorial attacks. He was widely considered to be an unbiased political analyst who would criticize the negatives of both the left wing and right wing political parties. In recent years, he has been applauding Narendra Modi for his diligent work towards the development of India.
Cho made his debut in 1963 with Paar Magale Paar as comedian. From 1963 to 2005 he acted in 190 Tamil films.
His career best performances are regarded as Muhammad Bin Tughlaq, Thenmazhai, Ninaivil Nindraval, Bommalaatam, Delhi Mappilai, Adimai Penn, Dharsinam, Nilgiri Express, Anayium Pithavum, Ayiram Poi, Deiva Sankalpam, Maligai Poo, Manam Oru Kurangu, Antharangam, Nirai Kudam, Therottam, Kashi Yatirai, Thangapadhakam, En Annan, Engal Thangam, Matukara Velan, Oli Villaku, Kanavan, Kumarikottam, Mattukara Velan, Aadimai Penn, Engal Thangam, Pungundha Veedu, Ulagam Ivlavdhaana, Velum Mayilum Thunai and Neerum Nerupum.
Many scenes in Hindi films have been directly borrowed and plagiarized from what Cho performed in his films. The sequence in Adimai Penn where Cho exchanges the various glasses of juices kept while narrating a story to R.S.Manohar, by which the villains poisonous glass gets mixed up, was later on borrowed in Andaz Apna Apna in 1994 where Aamir Khan foils plan of the villains. Similarly the scene in Thenmazhi where Cho acts as a doctor to look after a fraud patient played by Nagesh and brings carpenter's tools to operate on patient, was again copied in Andaz Apna Apna in 1994.
Mr Cho and Jayalalithaa have worked together in 19 films and also had been part of the same drama troupe. In fact, Mr Cho had been consulted at the creation of Jayalalithaa's political career by the then actress and by MGR himself.
Cho and Manorama were paired together in 20 films which included Malligai Poo, Annaiyum Pidhavum, Dharisanam, Anbai Thedi, Nanaivin Nindraval, Nirai Kudam, Therottam, Ayiram Poi, Mohammed Bin Tughlaq, Bommalattam, Pungundha Veedu, Vilayattu Pillai, Kanavan, Rojavin Raja, Therottam, Velum Mayilum Thunai and were pitted in non couple role in Suryagandhi, Delhi Mappilai, Nadagame Ulagam.
Cho acted alongside Nagesh in Thenmazhai, Nanivin Nindraval, Ulagam Ivalavuudhaan, Bommalattam among others. Has been paired opposite Sachu in films like Deva Sankalpam, Galata Kalyanam and Delhi Mappilai.
Cho has acted with MGR-Jayalalitha together in films like Oli Villaku, Kanavan, Kumarikottam, Mattukara Velan, Aadimai Penn, Engal Thangam, Thedi Vantha Mapillai, En Annan and Neerum Nerupum. Cho has acted with MGR in many films like Petralthaan Pillaiya, Sangey Muzhangu, Rickshawkaran, Thalaivan. Cho has acted with Jayalalitha in other films like Bomalatam, Galata Kalyanam, Suryagandhi,Vandhale Maharasi,Anbai Thedi.
He was both the screenplay and story Writer of films like Thenmazhai, Ninaivin Nindraval, Bommalattam, Aayiram Poi, Panam Paththum Seyyum. All proved to be box-office hits.
On Jayalalitha he quoted in an interview " I always admired Jayalalitha. We know each other since 1964.I worked with her in drama of YG Parthasarthy named Undersecretary opposite her. She had was acted in Tea House of August Moon and Epistle before. I was against her only for a brief period when I believed she was misusing her power and was not acting in interests of people in the period 1998-2002.She was a voracious reader and a great speaker way back when she did shootings.As an actor I have worked with her in Bommalattam, Galatta Kalyanam, Kanavan, Matukaran Velan, Thedi Vantha Mapilai, En Annan, Engal Thangam, Adimai Penn, Suryagandhi, Vandhale Maharasi, Neerum Neruppum , Anbai Thedi. She was great dancer and deserved the tag of number on heroine in the time 1965 to 1977. She could effortlessly shift into roles and deliver hits.Her name guaranteed success financially and she used to get into skin of the character while performing. I directed her in Yarrukkum Vetkam Illai. My admiration for her has only increased with time. She proved her worth by doing good for the state during her tenure as the chief minister and came clear like Sita when false charges were foisted against her."
Cho as an actor has been pitted against actors across generations. His coming timing against T.S.Balaiah in Manam Oru Kurangu, or with M R Radha and multiple times with actors like V.K.Ramaswamy, Nagesh, Manorama, Sechu in many films brought out the best in him.
Cho has been the main comedian in the films with Jaishankar as the lead hero - like Naan Yaar Theriyuma, Nilagiri Express, Bommalattam, Aayiram Poi, Aseervadham, Unakkum Enakkum, Vakkurudhi, Vayadi, Vandhale Makarasi, Pon Vandu,Kalyanamam Kalyanam,Idayam Parkirathu,Unga Veetu Kalyanam, Pinjhu Manam, Cinema Paithiyam, Thai Veettu Seethanam, Sondangal Vazhka, Mayor Meenakshi, Aval Oru Athisayam, Rasi Nalla Rasi, Sakka Podu Poduraja, Janaki Thediya Raman. Cho had wrote Screeplay for Neelgiri Express and Cho was Story Writer & Screen play writer for Bommalattam and Aayiram Poi. There was another film Paarukkulle Nalla Naadu, which remains unreleased - which was based on Cho's drama 'Quo Vadis' and producers were Veerayyaa & Jaishankar.
Cho has acted with Shivakumar in films like Shanmugapriya, Onne Onnu Kanne Kannu, Thai Paasam, Uravu Solla Oruvan, Aan Pillai Singam, Yaarukkum Vetkamillai ,Chinna Kuyil Padudhu, Sattai Illatha Pambaram, Kanna Thorakiran Samy. Among these, Yaarukkum Vetkamillai was directed by Cho in 1976.
Nomination to Rajya Sabha
He was nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the President of India, K. R. Narayanan. In the Rajya Sabha 12 MPs are nominated by the President of India from amongst persons who have special knowledge or practical experience in the fields of literature, science, art or social service. He served as a Rajya Sabha MP from November 1999 to November 2005.
Ramaswamy died due to cardiac arrest on 7 December 2016 at the age of 82, at Apollo Hospital in Chennai where he was receiving treatment for respiratory problems. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter. He died two days after the death of Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, who was in the same hospital.
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Adutha Varisu (1983)
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Marakka Mudiyumaa? (1966)
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Paar Magale Paar(1963)(Debut)
Unmaye un vilai enna(1976)
Manam oru kurangu(1967)
Thaaikku Oru Pillai(1972)
Penn Endraal Penn(1967)
Unga Veettu Kalyaanam(1975)
Thedi vandha mappillai(1970)
Oru thai makkal(1971)
Unakkum enakkum (1972)
Veettukku vandha marumagal(1973)
Devi sri karmariamman(1974)
Onne onnu kanne kannu(1974)
Thai veettu seethanam(1975)
Uravu solla oruvan(1975)
Avan oru Charithiram(1976)
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Mohammed Bin Thuglak
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Ninaivil Nindraval (1967 film)
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Following Sanjay Gandhi's death, Cho released stamps in memory of a man called Saxena, who he claimed had also died in the air crash. The postal departments failed to realise that these stamps were not official and mistakenly approved them.
Cho played the role of a bike mechanic in a play "Petral dhaan Pillaya" written by Pattu of the United Amateur Artistes (UAA), which became a huge success. When the play was later adapted into a film by director A. Bhimsingh, Sivaji Ganesan persuaded Cho to play the same role in the film too, leading to Cho's entry into the film world.
The anniversary celebration of his popular magazine ″Thuglak″ is being organised on 15 January every year coinciding with the local festival of ″Pongal″ and is attended by thousands of his admirers as well as adversaries. Several VIPs also participate in the function. The main attraction during the celebrations is the questions posed by members of the audience and quick answers given by Cho.
Cho was hospitalized in January 2015 and in and out of hospital due to illness. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha called on Cho Ramaswamy.