Manorama also called as Aachi was a tamil actress. She was born as Gopishantha to Kasi Kilakudaiyar and Ramamirtham in Mannargudi, Thanjavur district on 1937. She appeared in more than 1,500 films, 5,000 stage performances, and several television series until 2015. She entered the Guinness World Records for acting in more than 1000 number of films in 1985. By 2015, she had acted in more than 1,500 films. She was a recipient of the Kalaimamani award, Padma Shri (2002), National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in film Pudhiya Padhai (1989), and Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South (1995).
Manorama started her acting career at age twelve, acting in plays. During this time, she was rechristened Manorama by one of her dramas’ director Thiruvengadam and harmonist Thiayagarajan. She continued to act in plays and performed as a playback singer as well. Manorama married her manager in the drama troupe S. M. Ramanathan in 1964. They had a son named Bhoopathy. However, she got divorced in late 1966 and started to live in a separate house in Chennai.
Some of her best Tamil films include “Anbe Vaa”, “Thenmazhi”, “Ethir Neechal”, “Galatta Kalyanam”, “Chittukuruvi”, “Durga Devi”, “Annalakshmi” and “Imayam”. In Telugu, she starred in films such as “Rikshavodu”, “Krishnarjuna” and “Subhodayam”. When asked in an interview as to which are her memorable roles, she said “It is Nadigan, which had Sathyaraj and Khushbu in the lead. I cannot forget that role of Baby Amma in my life. Also my role in Chinna Gounder, for which I had to sport weird, artificial teeth, is something which I always think about.
Manorama was paired with Nagesh regularly in films with M.G.Ramachandran in lead like En Kadamai, Kanni Thai, Thayin Madiyil, Kadhal Vaganam, Chandrodhyam, Anbee Vaa, Padagotti, Kadhal Vagahnam, Vivasaaye, Thaikku Thalaimagan, Vettikaran, Ther Thiruvizha. Other directors casted the Nagesh-Manorama pair in films like Anubhavi Raja Anubhavi, Kungumam, Saraswathi Sabadham, Panjavarnakilli, Navarathiri, Puthiya Paravai, Patthu Matha Bandham, Anbu Karangal, Micheal Madan Kamarajan, Annamitta Kai, Gowri Kalyanam, Anbe Aaruyire, Server Sundaram, Ner Vazhai, Ninaivin Nindraval, Poojaikku Vandamalar, Deiva Thirumagal, Rakta Thilagam, Aannavin Asai, Thiruvarutchelvar, Seetha, Karunthel Kannayiram. Manorama, actress Sachu and Jayalalithaa have acted together in 2 films as a combination – Galata Kalyanam and Bommalattam. Manorama and Jayalalithaa have acted in 25 films together.
Manorama died in Chennai at 11.20 pm on 10 October 2015 as a result of multiple organ failure. She was 78 and is survived by her son and singer-actor Bhoopathy.
written by Dipisha Sukesh