An veteran actress from Mannarugudi. Legendary actress of Tamil cinema.An actress who acted in 1000 films in film history. List of her excellence will exceed the length. Manoram has started her acting her carrier at the age of 12.Theater group has found an excellent dialogue delivery and confidence in Manorama’s acting which created an opportunity to act in films.
Unfortunately her first film has not released.Then she received an offer for playing a lead heroine role in a movie called “Malaiyitts Mangai” which was produced by legendary lyricist Kannadhasan. Officially that was the first film in her acting carrier.
Manorama was passionate about acting. Since she started playing a supporting roles and expressed her humor side of manaroma. She paired up with many legendary comedians like Nagesh,Cho,V.K.Ramasamy Thengai Srinivasan,Thangavelu and many more tamil vintage comedians.
“Thillana Mohanambal” is one of the trade mark film for manorama in which she played a folk dancer role with a catchy role name called “Jil Jil Ramamani”. She produced her acting talent in front of Sivaji Ganeshan who is a god father of tamil actors. This movie gained more recognition and provided many more big projects to manorama.
She became an essential of all star movies. She played a strong supporting roles along with MGR, Sivaji Ganeshan,Gemini Ganeshan, Nambiyaar,Jai Shankar,Muthu Raman and many others.
In the late 80’s she started preferring strong supporting roles, Sentiment,Comedy roles are her boundary at that time. ‘Unnal Mudiyum Thambi’ was the another trade mark film of her carrier. She played sister in law role for Kamal Hassan and proved herself that she does not only rely on lady comedian roles.Another remarkable thing is that the movie was directed by legendary director K.Balachandar.
She was the first choice of all leading directors in late 90’s to play mother roles which requires a great screen presence. She acted as a mother for all promising actors like Rajinikanth,Kamal Hassan,Vijay Kanth. People of 90’s will not forget her play in “Nattamai” in which she played a role sister of Vijaya Kumar and mother of terrific villain Kabali. She played a crucial role of ageing women who fall in love with Sathyaraj in “Nadigan”. It could have been disgusting and vulgar is any one else played this role other than manorama.Her dialogue delivery, body language and getup all these combination gave an excellent movie which will make you laugh till the movie ends.
Not only in late 80’s and 90’s , she played major roles with this generation leading actors like Ajith,Vijay,Suriya,Vikram,Dhanush and Simbu.
Manorama acted in 1300 films and more than 1000 stage plays. She hols a Guinness World Record for this achievement. Not only in tamil, she has printed her foot steps in Hindi,Kannada and Malayalam. Manorama has received a life time achievement filmfare award . She has been entitled with one of the prestigious Padma Sri award in the year 2002.
Manoram has been a fantastic play back singer with more than 300 songs. ‘Madras a Suthhi Kattta Poren’ is one of the very famous song in her voice composed by AR Rahman for the film ‘May Madham’ in 1994.
Absolutely tamil cinema has lost one of it’s precious diamond from it’s crown. Death of Manorama is certainly the end of an era . She is the one the most respected female lead comedy artist who made her own history in tamil cinema.
It’s the time to pray for her soul to rest in peace.