M. N. Nambiar

M. N. Nambiar (Aka) Manjeri Narayanan Nambiar

 Kannur, Malabar, British Raj (now in Kerala, India)
 Bhaktha Ramadass (1935)

About Me

Manjeri Narayanan Nambiar was born on 7 March 1919, known as M. N. Nambiar, was a film actor in Tamil cinema who dominated the industry in the role of villain for around 50 years. Also known as Nambiar swami or Maha Guruswami, he was a spiritual leader who pioneered the movement of taking pilgrims to Sabarimala. He became interested in acting when he was 13 and he joined Nawab Rajamanikkam's troupe. From then on acting became the only thing that occupied him. His first film was Bhaktha Ramadoss, shot in 1935 in Hindi and Tamil, where he played as a comedian along with T.K.Sampangi. He made quite a statement in the early 50s with his portrayal of 11 roles in Digambara Samiyar, one of his films as the Lead. His arresting performance in films such as Manthiri Kumari, Velaikaari, Ayirathil Oruvan, Thillana Mohanambal, Missiyamma and Nenjam Marappadillai paved way for a very successful career that spanned over five decades. A majority of the more than 1000 films that he has done is in Tamil, though he has acted in Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi, besides an English film `Jungle'. Nambiar swami was that rare contradictory personality - a cruel, charming villain on the silver screen while being a very pious man in real life. He was also a pure vegetarian and teetotaler.  Nambiar suffered from bacterial infection and died at his residence in Chennai on 19 November 2008. As his last act on Earth, he looked at his wife (the woman he loved above all) one final time & then slowly closed his eyes. He was survived by his wife Rugmini Amma, 2 sons - one, a senior BJP leader Sukumar Nambiar, and the other, Mohan Nambiar, a prominent businessman based in Coimbatore and a daughter, Sneha Nambiar. His eldest son Sukumar Nambiar died on 8 January 2012 aged 63 and later his wife Rugmini Amma also died on 11 April 2012 aged 82.