A number of luminaries of Tamil cinema are lacking from the record of Padma awardees this 12 months, giving credence to the view that political affiliations, not expertise or achievements, matter in relation to the honour.

This is not the primary time the state’s artistes have felt snubbed by the Centre. In 2012, Jayalalithaa really useful music director duo M S Viswanathan and T Okay Ramamurthy for an award for his or her pioneering contribution to south Indian movie music. They’ve nonetheless to obtain the honour. This 12 months, posthumous awards have been conferred upon former ministers Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and George Fernandes, but regardless of vital contributions to cinema and the humanities, greats corresponding to M S Viswanathan, Nagesh, R S Manohar, M N Nambiar and P S Veerappa haven’t but obtained the coveted award.

Music director duo M S Viswanathan (in pic) and T K Ramamurthy were recommended for the honour in 2012, but did not get it

Music director duo M S Viswanathan (in pic) and T Okay Ramamurthy have been really useful for the honour in 2012, however didn’t get it

Tamil Nadu, which used to file greater than 10 winners a 12 months on common, bagged seven awards in 2020 from a complete of 141. Minister for Tamil official language, Tamil tradition and archaeology Okay Pandiarajan, nevertheless, maintained that the system is clear on nominations and expressed confidence that the state would bag extra awards in future.

“We’ve really useful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that our former chief minister J Jayalalithaa be conferred with Bharat Ratna, the best civilian honour,” stated the minister, including that many of the 9 suggestions he made for Padma awards this 12 months have been recognised. “The truth that the work of individuals like Krishnammal Jagannathan, whose NGO works for the uplift of girls belonging to the scheduled castes within the Thanjavur area, has been recognised proves hard-work is rewarded,” he said.


Specialists and artists, nevertheless, disagreed. In line with observers, most of the recipients this 12 months, although well-deserving, appeared to have gotten the awards after making their affiliation to political events clear, including that after a string of ‘award wapsi’ episodes, the federal government determined to train warning of their alternative of candidates.

M N Nambiar played villian in over 1,000 films

M N Nambiar performed villian in over 1,000 movies

A producer-director, on situation of anonymity, felt there was a particular lack of transparency in collection of recipients. “Both the particular person is affiliated to a political social gathering or is lending assist from exterior. Take as an example, actor Vivek who acquired the award. Little doubt he’s expert and deserving, however why has the king of comedy — the late actor Nagesh — not been acknowledged? Nagesh contributed rather more to cinema. His comedian brilliance in ‘Thiruvilayadal’ is an instance of spectacular appearing.”

Nagesh's style was inspired by Hollywood actor Jerry Lewis

Nagesh’s fashion was impressed by Hollywood actor Jerry Lewis

Even youthful Tamil filmmakers and actors with a major physique of labor corresponding to Vetriman, Shankar, Dhanush and Vijay Sethupathy, who’re principally apolitical, weren’t thought-about. As a substitute, their contemporaries from the Hindi movie business — Karan Johar, Ekta Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut — have been conferred with the honour.

Srinivasan Shivpprasadh, nephew of veteran Tamil actor and doyen of Tamil stage R S Manohar, put the onus on the Tamil Nadu authorities to advocate deserving candidates. He felt Padma awards for dramatists was nearly unattainable. “It seems like we’ve got been blacklisted for causes unknown.”

R S Manohar essayed the role of hero, villain and comic character with equal ease

R S Manohar essayed the position of hero, villain and comedian character with equal ease

Shivpprasadh stated his uncle and P S Veerappa had labored with three TN chief ministers — M G Ramachandran, M Karunanidhi and J Jayalalithaa — an achievement few can boast of. “These should not actors, they’re establishments. There appears to be no understanding or a merit-based course of for choice,” he stated. He acknowledged {that a} nationwide presence was a bonus.

However these artistes have been decided not to surrender. Anand Babu, comic Nagesh’s son and an actor himself, stated he would attempt for recognition for his father. Seconding Babu’s opinion, his son Bijesh Nagesh stated, “Although we’ve got not raised this difficulty up to now, my upcoming movie ‘Server Sundaram’ will usher in reminiscences about my granddad who has been a doyen of Tamil cinema.” “He deserves the award,” he stated.

P S Veerappa acted with 4 generations of heroes - from MGR to Vijayakanth

P S Veerappa acted with four generations of heroes – from MGR to Vijayakanth

Legends who missed out on a Padma award


Remembered most for his comedy roles through the 1960s, he might play hero, villain or comedian character with equal panache. Some of the prolific artists, he has greater than 1,000 movies to his credit score. Since his fashion was impressed by Hollywood actor Jerry Lewis, he earned the sobriquet ‘Jerry Lewis of India’

M S Viswanathan

MSV scored music for greater than 600 movies in Tamil. Along with T Okay Ramamurthy, he belted out a number of memorable songs. He was referred to as ‘Mellisai Mannar’ (Monarch of sunshine music). MSV paved the way in which for movie music that was totally different from conventional Carnatic and Hindustani classical music varieties, that have been utilized in Tamil movies till then

M N Nambiar

The true blue dangerous boy of Tamil cinema, he perfected the character of the antagonist. For almost 50 years he performed the villain in additional than 1,000 movies. A merciless, charming villain on display and a pious man off it, his transformation in entrance of the digicam left everybody spellbound

P S Veerappa

The actor-producer was recognized for his iconic evil laughter that turned synonymous with villainy. Aside from appearing with 4 generations of heroes, ranging from MGR to Vijayakanth, he additionally produced a number of movies

R S Manohar

One of many few Tamil actors who dominated on display and stage, he was referred to as Nadaga Kavalar. His versatility helped him play a hero, villain or comedian character. He acted in additional than 200 movies. On stage, he passionately pursued his love for mythological tales

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