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Sedapatti Suryanarayana Rajendran Thevar, commonly known by his stage name S. S. Rajendran (SSR) (Tamil: எஸ். எஸ். ராஜேந்திரன்; January 1928 – 24 October 2014), was an Indian film actor, director, producer and politician.

Contents

1 Film career 2 Political life 3 Personal interest 4 Death 5 Filmography

5.1 Actor

6 References 7 External links

Film career[edit] Rajendran made his acting debut with the 1952 film Parasakthi,[1] directed by the directing duo Krishnan-Panju, with the character Gnanasekharan.[citation needed] He followed with Mudhalali, President Panchatcharam,[2] Pillai Kani Amudhu, Thalai Koduthan Thambi, Thedi Vandha Selvam, C. N. Annadurai's Edhayum Thangum Idhayam, M. Karunanidhi's Avan Pithana, Poompuhar
Poompuhar
and Modern Theatres
Modern Theatres
Kumudham. SSR acted with M. G. Ramachandran
M. G. Ramachandran
in Raja Desingu
Raja Desingu
as Mohamed Khan and in Kaanji Thalaivan
Kaanji Thalaivan
as Paranjothi. He had worked in many films with Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
such as Manohara, Rangoon Radha, Raja Rani, Deivapiravi, Aalayamani, Pachai Vilakku, Pazhani, Kungumam, Santhi and Kai Kodutha Dheivam. Other notable films were Sorgavasal, Ammaiyappan, Ratha Kanneer, Kula Dheivam, Thai Pirandhal Vazhi Pirakkum, Kalyanikku Kalyanam, Sivagangai Seemai, also in AVM's Kaakum Karangal, Poomalai
Poomalai
and K. Balachander's Ethiroli. His drama company SSR Nadaka Mandram staged plays including[3]Or Iravu (C. N. Annadurai), Manimagudam (M. Karunanidhi) and Thenpaandi Veeran (P. Nedumaran). He introduced and gave opportunities to actress Manorama.[4]

S.S. Rajendran with M.G.R.

Director K. S. Gopalakrishnan
K. S. Gopalakrishnan
was introduced from his film Saradha (a silver jubilee hit) and Saradha Studios was established to commomerate the success of this film by its producer A. L. Srinivasan. Likewise, SSRs film Thai Pirandhal Vazhi Pirakkum, in which his co-star was Raja Sulochana,[5] was a successful film in 1958. Political life[edit] He joined the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
(DMK) party and became the first elected member of legislative assembly among actors in India when he was elected to the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly as a DMK candidate Theni
Theni
(State Assembly Constituency) in Madras State legislative assembly election, 1962.[6] Subsequently, he was elected as a member (MP) of Rajya Sabha.[citation needed] He joined the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
(AIADMK) and won from Andipatti constituency in the 1980 assembly election. Later, he became a critic of M. Karunanidhi
M. Karunanidhi
and of the DMK's family policies.[7] Personal interest[edit] Rajendran, being a strict follower of Periyar E. V. Ramasamy's policy of rationalism, never acted in films based on mythology. He earned the sobriquet "Ilatchiya Nadigar" (Emblematic Actor) as he never acted in films against his policy.[8][9][10] Death[edit] Rajendran was admitted into Chennai Meenakshi hospital on 20 October 2014 to treat issues related with lung infection. He died on 24 October 2014.[1][11] Filmography[edit] Actor[edit]

Year Film Role Director Notes Ref.

1948 Sri Aandal

Veluchamy Kavi

1952 Parasakthi Gnanasekaran Krishnan–Panju

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Panam

N. S. Krishnan

1954 Manohara Rajapriyan L. V. Prasad

Ratha Kanneer Balu Krishnan-Panju

Sorgavasal Muthu Manikam A. Kasilingam

Ammaiyappan Muthan A. Bhim Singh

1956 Raja Rani

A. Bhim Singh

Kuladeivam Rajaiya Krishnan-Panju

Rangoon Radha

A. Kasilingam

1957 Mudhalali Vasanthan/Varathan Muktha V. Srinivasan

1958 Anbu Engey Somu D. Yoganand

Petra Maganai Vitra Annai Prince Villalan/Neelan V. Ramanathan

Thai Pirandhal Vazhi Pirakkum Rangan A. K. Velan

Thedi Vandha Selvam

P. Neelakantan

Pillai Kaniyamudhu

M. A. Thirumugam

Thirudargal Jakkirathai

B. N. Rao

1959 Alli Petra Pillai

K. Somu

Kalyanikku Kalyanam Sadhasivam A. S. A. Sami

Koodi Vazhnthal Kodi Nanmai

D. S. Rajagopalan

Mamiyaar Mechiya Marumagal

Krishnan-Panju

Nattukku Oru Nallavan

K. Dasaratha Ramaiah

President Panchatcharam

A. Bhim Singh

Sivagangai Seemai

K. Shankar

Thalai Koduthaan Thambi Indrajith T. R. Sundaram

Sollu Thambi Sollu

T. V. Sundaram

1960 Deivapiravi Ramu Krishnan-Panju

Raja Desingu General Mohammed Khan T. R. Raghunath

Petra Manam

A. Bhim Singh

Thangarathinam

M. A. Thirumugam

Sangili Devan

B. R. Panthulu

1961 Kumudham Kumaran Adurthi Subba Rao

Manapanthal Dr. Gunasekaran V. N. Reddy

Panam Panthiyile

Krishna Rao

1962 Deivathin Deivam

K. S. Gopalakrishnan

Senthamarai

A. Bhim Singh

Muthu Mandapam

A. S. A. Sami

Aalayamani Sekar K. Shankar

Sarada Sambandham K. S. Gopalakrishnan

Ethaiyum Thangum Ithaiyam

P. Neelakantan

1963 Kaanji Thalaivan Commander Paranjothi A. Kasilingam

Aasai Alaigal Durai Raj A. S. A. Sami

Kaithiyin Kathali

A. K. Velan

Kattu Roja Baskaran Adurthi Subba Rao

Naanum Oru Penn Bhaskar A. C. Tirulokchandar

Neengadha Ninaivu

T. R. Raghunath

Vanambadi Sekhar G. R. Nathan

Kungumam Superintendent Raja Krishnan-Panju

1964 Pachai Vilakku

A. Bhim Singh

Alli

S. S. Rajendran

Kai Kodutha Dheivam Ravi K. S. Gopalakrishnan

Poompuhar Kovalan P. Neelakantan

Vazhi Piranthadu

A. S. A. Sami

Pazhani Raju A. Bhim Singh

Anandhi Somu P. Neelakantan

Santhi

A. Bhim Singh

Kakkum Karangal Dr. Shankar A. C. Tirulokchandar

Paditha Manaivi

Krishnaswamy

Poomalai Sundaram P. Neelakantan

1966 Avan Pithana?

P. Neelakantan

Mani Magudam King Mani Maaran/Puthumai Pithan S. S. Rajendran

Marakka Mudiyumaa?

Murasoli Maran

Thedi Vandha Thirumagal

Thaaye Unakkaga

P. Pullaiah

1969 Kula Vilakku

K. S. Gopalakrishnan

1970 Ethiroli

K. Balachander

1981 Erattai Manithan

K. Shankar

1985 Anbin Mugavari

Manivannan

1996 Rajali

Velu Prabhakaran

1998 Dharma Chief Minister K. R.

2000 Vallarasu

N. Maharajan

2001 Rishi Chief Minister Sundar C.

2003 Dum IGP A. Venkatesh

2008 Theekuchi

A. L. Raja

References[edit]

^ a b "Veteran Tamil actor SS Rajendran dead". The Times of India. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014.  ^ President Panchatcharam
President Panchatcharam
was a success at the box office.1959 THE HINDU 2/oct/2011 ^ P.R.Vasantha kumars'ilatchia selvam SSR 1987 'sironmani publications' ^ Manorama in her lifetime award function said (jan 15 2008): "Those were days when even a fleeting presence on the screen was considered a huge achievement. It was Kannadasan Sir who offered the role. But actually I owe all this to S. S. Rajendran. It was he who invited me to Madras to act in the Kalaignar's (M. Karunanidhi) play Manimagudam. That play was a resounding success and I was recognised as an actress. Later, I faced the camera for the first time in an unfinished film that had Rajendran and Devika in the lead roles. Then came Maalayitta Mangai." recounts the actor. ^ Rajasulochana's most successful film, according to critics and moviegoers, was "Thai Pirandhaal Vazhi Pirakkum". It was remade in Telugu as "Manchi Manasuku Manchi Rojulu" with N. T. Rama Rao playing the lead. The film was directed by her husband, noted writer-director C. S. Rao. (4/sep/2011)memories linger Raja Sulochana,THE HINDU ^ "GENERAL ELECTION, 1962 TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF MADRAS" (PDF). Election Commission of India. Retrieved 25 October 2014.  ^ "S S Rajendran: A Periyar follower, first Tamil actor to turn to politics". New Indian Express. Retrieved 26 October 2014.  ^ http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/%E2%80%98Latchiya-Nadigar%E2%80%99-SSR-No-More/2014/10/25/article2492415.ece ^ http://sangam.org/autobiography-actor-politician-s-s-rajendran/ ^ http://www.kalyanamalaimagazine.com/Content/Thiraichuvai/July10_1_15/Potpourri_of_titbits_about_Tamil_cinema_SSR.html ^ "பழம்பெரும் நடிகர் எஸ்.எஸ். ராஜேந்திரன் காலமானார்". Tamil Language. Daily Thanthi. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014.  ^ Rajadhyaksha, Ashish; Willemen, Paul (1998) [1994]. Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema (PDF). Oxford University Press. p. 327. ISBN 019-563579-5. 

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