“Major” Sundararajan


“Major” Sundararajan, one of southern India’s most popular movie stars, died February 28. He was 67.

Born in Periyakulam, he studied science in college before moving to Madras, where he began acting with amateur theater companies. He played leads in plays by Kailasam Blachandar, and when Blachandar began directing film version of those plays in the 1960s, he cast Sundararajan in the same roles, including the title role in “Major Chandrakanth.” Sundararajan made such an impression in the part that he was dubbed “Major” himself.

He went on to act with most of India’s major stars, starring in films and television series. He acted in many films with Sivaji Ganesan, including “Gnana Oli,” a reworking of Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables.”

He is survived by his wife and son.

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