Born: Kamalapura, Karnataka, British India [now India]
A. Karunanidhi was an Indian actor who featured mainly in Tamil-language films as a comedian. He was active in the field from 1948 till 1978. Though he was a comedian, the roles he played in some of the films were so imperative to the story. A case in point is his role in the award-winning film Veerapandiya Kattabomman. He featured as Sundaralingam a servant in Kattabommans court. The role was developed into a spy and he played it brilliantly. In some of the films he will not talk much but his body language itself will make the audience laugh as in Missiamma. He has also appeared in womens attire in some films. The turning and twisting of his body was well appreciated even by women. In Adhey Kangal 1967 film, he did the role of a Malayalee cook and spoke Malayalee Tamil making the audience laugh to their hilt. Apart from acting, at times he gave ideas for comedy scenes in films.T. P. Muthulakshmi was his co-star in many films.While he was acting in films, he ran a non-vegetarian hotel called Maamiya Hotel at Thiyagaraya Nagar in Chennai.He died in 1981 affected by diabetic.
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