May his soul rest in peace: One of the prolific screenwriter and theater artist ‘Crazy Mohan’ passed Away, tributes poured in.
The death of the 66-year-old actor, director, dialogue writer and comedian leaves a void in the heart of Tamil cinema, especially in the genre of humor. He is best remembered for his quick-witted one-liners and Tamil wordplay in films and plays over the years, a brand of comedy in which he ruled the roost among Tamil audiences.
Mohan Rangachari, fondly known to the cinema world as Crazy Mohan, who left us on Monday after he could not be revived following an acute heart attack.
The Crazy Thieves in Palavakkam set the tone for the rest of his career, as ‘Crazy’ Mohan and his brother Balaji wrote and starred in a number of plays of similar tone and tenor, which always had their audience in splits. The plays revolved essentially around wit and dialogue, even if thin plot-wise.
Mohan qualified as a mechanical engineer at the College of Engineering, Guindy, in the 1970s. But his calling was elsewhere and he started his own drama troupe Crazy Creations in 1979.
Several plays followed, as also movie scripts and his association with Kamal Hassan led to some hilarious comedy films in Tamil films including Apoorva Sagodharargal, Sathi Leelavathi, Magalir Mattum, Kadhala Kadhala, Michael Madana Kama Rajan and Vasool Raja MBBS.
A still of Kamal Hassan and Crazy Mohan from the set of film 'Sethu'.
Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu O Panneerselvam took to Twitter to express his condolences to the family and fans of the comedian. He said that Crazy Mohan had captured a special place in the hearts of Tamil audiences.
தமிழ் திரையுலகில் தனக்கென தனி இடம் பிடித்த கதை, வசன கர்த்தாவும் நகைச்சுவை நடிகருமான #CrazyMohan அவர்கள் உடல்நலக் குறைவால் காலமானார் என்ற செய்தி மிகுந்த அதிர்ச்சியும் மனவேதனையும் அளிக்கிறது. அன்னாரை இழந்து வாடும் அவர்தம் குடும்பத்தினருக்கும் ரசிகர்களுக்கும் எனது ஆழ்ந்த இரங்கல்! pic.twitter.com/0qH7MefS2F— O Panneerselvam (@OfficeOfOPS) June 10, 2019
Other renowned personalities also remembered him.
#CrazyMohan sir is no more. What a sad day for cinema, theatre, laughter and life. There will never be another like him. Prayers for his soul.Deepest condolences to the family. He was a huge part of our collective #Tamil consciousness and our ability to make or laugh at a joke.🙏🏽— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) June 10, 2019
News just coming in about the demise of #CrazyMohan .. they could not revive him very unfortunately.. a genius has left behind a legacy.. deepest condolences to his family.. may his soul rest in peace.. 😢😢😢— KhushbuSundar ❤️❤️❤️ (@khushsundar) June 10, 2019
Indeed a black today for our film fraternity..To lose 2 amazing performers in one day.. they are gonna be missed terribly..it’s a huge loss for us..hope we can learn from their lineage and the abundant talent that they have shown us.. #RIPCrazyMohan sir #RIPGirishKarnad sir pic.twitter.com/7bknBZsgcG— varalaxmi sarathkumar (@varusarath) June 10, 2019
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