Nellai Siva
நெல்லை சிவா
Born
Sivanathan Shanmugavelan Ramamoorthy

(1952-01-16)16 January 1952
Died11 May 2021(2021-05-11) (aged 69)
OccupationTamil Actor
Years active1985 – 2021

Sivanathan Shanmugavelan Ramamoorthy (16 January 1952 – 11 May 2021[1]),[2] better known by his stage name Nellai Siva, was a comedian and a supporting actor, who predominantly worked in Tamil cinema.[3] He worked mostly in comedy scenes. His first film was Aan Paavam released in 1985.[4] He appeared in popular movies like Mahaprabhu, Vetri Kodi Kattu, Kannum Kannum. His way of speaking in the movies is completely of Nellai slang, which shows him unique from other supporting actors. He acted in over 500 films in his career.[5]

Early life

Nellai Siva was born on 16 January 1952 in Veppilankulam, a small village in Nellai district. He was an avid fan of Sivaji Ganesan and came to Chennai to make a break in films. He met and became good friends with Mansoor Ali Khan and Bonda Mani, who were also upcoming actors at the time. After struggling for over a decade, he met K. Bhagyaraj and participated in a few series on Chennai Television, gaining popularity, and whom he credits with "making him successful in cinema".[6] He also started his film career by acting alongside then-famous actor Nagesh, who admired his Tirunelveli slang on set and encouraged him to use it as a defining factor in his comedy.[7]

Film career

In 1985 he debuted in the movie Aan Paavam directed by Pandiarajan. Later, he acted in minor roles. In the late 1990s he started his career as a supporting comedian. He starred in the film Vetri Kodi Kattu as a tea shop owner. After this movie, he slowly progressed by acting in big movies like Saamy, Anbe Sivam, Thirupaachi, Kireedam and much more. He also acted along with Vadivelu and Vivek in films during 2000s. He is notable for his comedian roles along with actor Vadivelu whose movies became very popular.[8][9][10] [11]

Television career

In 2018-2021, he acted in Tamil television serials in Vijay TV such as Pandiyan Stores. His role as 'Kumaresan Mama' in Pandian Stores was a notable one. He was also a part of Mama Mapillai. On 11 May 2021, he died in Chennai due to a massiive heart attack.[12]

Filmography

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Year Film Role Notes
1985 Aan Paavam Villager Debut
1993 Rajadhi Raja Raja Kulothunga Raja Marthanda Raja Gambeera Kathavaraya Krishna Kamarajan
1994 En Aasai Machan
1994 Seevalaperi Pandi
1994 Ravanan Punnakku
1995 Gandhi Pirantha Mann
1995 Sindhu Bath
1996 Mahaprabhu Local politician
1996 Aruva Velu Police officer
1996 Aavathum Pennale Azhivathum Pennale Sandana Karuppan
1996 Tata Birla Police head constable
1996 Vaazhga Jananayagam
1998 Kannathal
1999 Unnai Thedi
1999 Suyamvaram hostler
1999 Unnaruge Naan Irundhal
2000 Kannan Varuvaan
2000 Vetri Kodi Kattu Tea shop owner
2002 Ivan
2002 Run Politician
2003 Anbe Sivam
2003 Saamy Perumal Pichai's supporter
2003 Winner Astrologer
2003 Thirumalai Thirumalai's friend
2003 Sindhamal Sitharamal
2005 Thirupaachi Villager
2005 Anbe Aaruyire Traffic Police Officer
2005 Oru Naal Oru Kanavu
2005 Padhavi Paduthum Paadu
2005 Vetrivel Sakthivel
2006 Imsai Arasan 23rd Pulikecei Poet
2006 Vattaram
2006 Ilakkanam House broker
2007 Manikanda
2007 Thirutham Head

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2007 Oram Po Annachi
2007 Ennai Paar Yogam Varum Head constable
2007 En Uyirinum Melana
2007 Kireedam Auto driver
2008 Chakkara Viyugam Police officer
2008 Silandhi
2008 Malarinum Melliya
2008 Arai En 305-il Kadavul Tea shop owner
2008 Sutta Pazham
2008 Thithikkum Ilamai Paranthaman
2008 Iyakkam
2008 Kannum Kannum Sudalai
2008 Maanavan Ninaithal Courier office manager
2008 Azhaipithazh
2008 Madurai Ponnu Chennai Paiyan Maths teacher
2008 Velvi Police constable
2009 Padikkathavan Kothandam
2009 Thoranai
2009 Kudiyarasu
2009 Madhavi Man on bike
2009 Pinju Manasu Annachi
2009 Aiymbulan
2009 Kanthaswamy Police constable
2009 Madurai To Theni
2009 Vedappan Annachi
2010 Ambasamudram Ambani Head Constable
2010 Kattradhu Kalavu
2010 Thamizh Padam Minister
2010 Pa. Ra. Palanisamy
2010 Azhagaana Ponnuthan
2010 Neeyum Naanum Nellai
2010 Mudhal Kadhal Mazhai
2011 Minsaram Thooyavan
2012 Vachathi
2012 Kazhugu Police Officer
2012 Saguni Policeman
2013 Puthagam Traffic police
2013 Thirumathi Thamizh
2013 Pattathu Yaanai Constable
2013 Yaaruda Mahesh
2014 Azhagiya Pandipuram
2014 Sooran
2015 Savaale Samaali
2015 Vindhai
2015 Eli
2015 Papanasam
2015 Thunai Mudhalvar
2015 Sakalakala Vallavan
2015 Viraivil Isai
2015 Kalai Vendhan
2016 Miruthan Gurumoorthy's henchman
2016 Bathiladi
2016 Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan
2016 Jithan 2 Vijayakumar
2016 Thagadu Park officer
2016 Nermugam
2016 Yokkiyan Vaaran
2017 Aarambame Attagasam
2017 Virudhachalam
2017 Unnai Thottu Kolla Vaa
2017 Namma Kadha
2018 Solli Vidava Traffic police officer
2018 Padithavudan Kilithu Vidavum
2018 Seemathurai Police officer
2019 Mudivilla Punnagai
2019 Kazhugu 2 Head Constable
2019 Udhay
2019 Impathu Roova
2019 Manguni Pandiyargal
2019 Peai Vaala Pudicha Kathai
2019 Arandavanukku Irundathellam Pei
2020 En Sangathu Aala Adichavan Evanda
2020 Pachai Vilakku
2020 Sollunganne Sollunga
2021 Pei Irukka Bayamen
2021 Pazhagiya Naatkal
2021 Paramapadham Vilayattu

References

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  3. ^ "எலே... எனக்கு பொண்ணு தாரீயளா?".
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  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KRNwM066oc
  7. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_FiV9sURVI
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