How Cho Ramaswamy wore multiple hats. She debuted as a child actress with the YG Parthasarathy drama troupe where Cho was a star. He acted as her friend, philosopher and guide in politics as. 2h 16min Comedy, Drama Rangachari unearths the graves of two historical figures, Ibn Batuta and Mohammed-bin-Tughlaq. Both men are alive and eventually impersonate politicians in Madras. Cho Ramaswamy left this world on 7th December 2016 after spending 82 glorious and fearless years. He was a great personality with abundant wealth of knowledge, wisdom, wit and humour. As a child I enjoyed his portrayal of comedy scenes in Movies and enjoyed his Drama though many dialogues which were penned to attack the politicians could not be.
Cho Ramaswamy left this world on 7th December 2016 after spending 82 glorious and fearless years. He was a great personality with abundant wealth of knowledge, wisdom, wit and humour. As a child I enjoyed his portrayal of comedy scenes in Movies and enjoyed his Drama though many dialogues which were penned to attack the politicians could not be understood by me at that age.
I have seen many of his Stage Plays like Unmaye Unn Vilai Enna; Mohammed Bin Thuglak; Judgement Reserved; Nermai Urangum Neram; Yaarukkum Vetkam Illai and Endru Thaniyum Enda Sudandira Dhaagam.
In his Drama - Yaarukkum Vetkamillai there is a dialogue ' Confusion can come only to persons who are capable of thinking. One who does not think will never get confused'. What a statement and how true it is in real life. I get confused quite often and once the confusion is cleared I feel doubly happy - one for getting clarity and other for having been thinking.
I had the privilege of meeting him in Shri.T.T.Vasu's house and feel I was honoured to meet the man in close quarters and be part of a brief conversation. Despite his age, position, stature he was so humble and simple in front of Shri.T.T.Vasu who was his ex-boss. Cho has worked for 18 years in TTK Group as Legal Adviser and I am privileged to have worked for the same Group much later than him.
He says 'everything has been happening to me' and narrates how he became a playwright; actor; publisher; etc. Watch this interview which clearly shows the genius in this man:
He says everything that he has done is part of the profession and not any kind of a service to the nation. He says his strength is he will not tell a lie. 'Whatever I feel as justified I will express those ideas or views' he says.
I have always admired him for his wit, satire, comedy, spontaneity, sarcasm, courage, wisdom, quick reflex and common sense approach.
Long Live Cho Ramaswamy through his great words and works.
29th December 2016
Chennai: With Thuglak and Cho Ramawamy having become synonymous, TV Varadharajen's new play Thuglak Durbar evoked enthusiastic response from drama buffs at Vani Mahal on a hot Sunday morning
The play, a political satire, has interesting plot, good structure, eye-catching but not distracting backdrops and lively characters tailor-made for modern-day audience.
The play opens with Cho Ramaswamy giving an introduction to the play and the characters. The scene shifts to heaven where Cho and Narada have a discussion and decide to send Sultan Mohamed Bin Thuglak and Badhudha to Tamil Nadu to correct the political system by fielding only honest and 'good' candidates in elections. Sultan Thuglak poses several questions and Cho answers them in his inimitable style evoking peals of laughter and applause from the audience. Do Thuglak and Badhudha cleanse the political system in Tamil Nadu and establish a corruption-free rule forms the rest of the story.
The play portrays the fall in standards of public probity and exhorts people to cast their vote with responsibility. Thuglak Durbar, inspired by Cho Ramaswamy's play and later film, Muhammad bin Tughlak, mocks at politicians and political parties even while reflecting the shocking reality.
TV Varadharajen as Thuglak plays his role to perfection. Shankar Kumar as Badhudha lends full support to him. P. T. Ramesh does a good job by imitating Cho’s mannerisms like pulling his ear and clearing his throat often while speaking.
Special mention must be made about Girish Venkat who portrays popular actor-turned politician Shankar and speaks alliterative and rhyming words which make no sense. Kudos to Ramanujan (TV reporter Bhuvanendran), Swayamprakash (Vajravelu), Elango (Govindasamy) and Lakshmi (Opposition leader Mangamma).
It is Thuglak Sathya's story and dialogues which holds the audience's attention till the end. Dramatised and directed by TV Varadharajen, the play attempts to make a commentary on state politics and mindset of voters with the right dose of comedy and fantasy.