Yechan Gunja Mahendran was born on 9 January 1950, popularly known as Y. G. Mahendran or Y. Gee. Mahendra, is an Indian dramatist, actor, singer playwright and comedian from the state of Tamil Nadu. He has acted in a number of plays and films. He is the son of Y. G. Parthasarathy, regarded as one of the pioneers of modern Tamil drama and Rajalakshmi Parthasarathy, founder and dean of Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan group of schools. Mahendra is also the cousin of Bollywood actress Vyjayanthimala and the co-brother of Rajinikanth. Y.G. Mahendran's daughter is married to legendary actress Savithri's grandson.
Y. Gee. Mahendra was born on January 9, 1950 to Mr.Y.G.Parthasarathy or Y.G.P. as he was affectionately known and Mrs. Rajalakshmi Parthasarathy. Y.G.P. founded the United Amateur Artists (UAA), one of the first drama companies in Madras city, in the year 1952. His drama company was a success and he emerged as one of the foremost dramatists of his era. Mahendra's mother Mrs. Rajalakshmi (also called Mrs. Y.G.P.) was the founder of the Padma Seshadri Group of Schools. Starting from modest beginnings in a thatched shed in the terrace of the Y.G.P home in 1959 with a batch of eleven students as an act of social service for the members of the Nungambakkam Recreation Club the school has since emerged as one of the best schools in Madras city.
He played the part of comedian in school plays and earned acclaim. On completion of his schooling from Don Bosco Matriculation School, Egmore, Chennai-600008, he studied Chemical Engineering at A.C.College of Technology, Univ. Madras, Guindy and MBA. During his college days, he was touted as a prospective film actor. Mahendra's acted more than 200 movies. He also acted in supporting roles with actors like Sivaji Ganesan, Jaishankar, Kamal Haasan and his co-brother, Rajinikanth. He acted with Rajinikanth in films like Pokkiri Raja, Paayum Puli, Shri Raghavendra, Veera and with Kamal Hassan in movies like Apoorva Raagangal, Neeya, Guru, etc.,
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