Major Sundarrajan was born on 1 March 1935 in Chennai. His first debut film Pattinathaar. Starting as an amateur stage artist while working fulltime in the Telecom department in the early 1950s, Sundararajan entered the film world with Pattinathaar (1962), directed by K. Somu. After a powerful performance as a blind and retired army official in K. Balachander's Major Chandrakant, he came to be known as Major Sundararajan. He died in March 1, 2003. His son Gowtham Sundararajan is active in the film industry as an actor and choreographer.