A.V.M.Rajan (Tamil: ஏ. வி. எம். ராஜன்) is a Tamil film actor of the 1960s and 1970s. His real name is Shanmugasundaram of Pudukottai. He was born in 1935. Shanmugasundaram was very eager to join cinema though being a BA Graduate (Mathematics). His parents wanted to see him as a police officer. He came to Madras to write the examination, but didn’t bother to write it. Instead, he tried his luck in cinema knocking on the doors of every film company he could contact. At long last, his relentless efforts yielded result by getting him the opportunity to enter cinema through the film ‘Aayiram kaalathu payiru’. Soon after, he was signed to act in the AVM’s film ‘Naanum oru Penn’ also.Rajan acted in a movie produced by AVM Productions called Naanum Oru Penn, a film that starred S.S.Rajendran in the lead role. Hence he became A.V.M. Rajan. Tamil actress Pushpalatha appeared in the same picture, and they became a couple and later married. They subsequently acted as a pair in many films, including Karppooram(1967) which he won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor. AVM Rajan has two daughters, the elder daughter Mahalakshmi was an actress between the 80s-90s. Rajan later became a Christian preacher and stopped acting in movies and dramas. His wife Pushpalatha is a Catholic by birth. Following Rajans conversion, his family too is serving full time Ministry.
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