Kollywood celebrities share their memories of Crazy Mohan
More like Kamal's brother During the course of an interview, Crazy mohan He told us: When I started working with Kamal, it started more as a professional relationship. But over the years, we grew up so close that I now look more like his brother. We talk on the phone almost every day. I discuss and take your comments on almost everything I write. Even if I had to write a love letter to my wife, I would discuss it with him before giving it to my wife (laughs). Unlike his perceived image, Kamal is a cheerful guy.
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I first met Mohan (Rangachari) at the Mylapore Saibaba Temple. I asked him what he can do, and he said, ‘I can act’. I told him that I myself had only then started to act and suggested he do something else. He then said he can write. The Crazy Boys series had become popular then and we decided to do something like a spoof on the film, Naanal. It became a huge hit, and he came to be called Crazy mohan .
He had an extraordinary sense of humor, and he did not have a touch of vulgarity. His brand of humor was intelligent and mostly had to do with word games. He could come to a joke in a heartbeat. He was also a good painter and writer, especially of venbas (classical Tamil poetry).
He was a good human being, he was always optimistic and always smiling. He lived in a joint family until his end, which is something I admire about him. Although we were contemporaries, there was never a rivalry between us. We parted friendly once we created Crazy Creations, and we continue as friends. I'm happy that he lived a quiet life, but it's certainly not the age to go.
The one thing that I used to feel jealous about my friend Crazy mohan was his childlike soul. Not everyone can have that. Many friends have lost that in the name of trying to get worldly knowledge. Crazy was a title that didn’t suit him. He was a Nagaichuvai Gnani. The truth is he brought down his level of intelligence to ensure that people understood his humour. On many occasions, with his affection towards me, he has made me think that like Charuhasan and Chandrahasan, he could call himself Mohanhasan. As a mark of that good friendship, I, along with his brother Balaji, placed my hand on his forehead and bade him farewell. Friendship has no end. Should a person be alive for a friendship to live? Mohan’s humour will live on through his fans, and I’ll also ensure its continuance. His is a wonderful joint family. Whatever consolation we offer them will not suffice. I pray that they have the strength to bear this loss.
I can not reach an agreement ...
We work with several people, but only some of them become family. He was one of them. He has played a crucial role in my career and has written many unforgettable roles for me in films such as Magalir Mattum, Michael Madana Kama Rajan and performed in Sigamani Ramamani. He knew my limitations. Even when I met him the last time, we were talking about how he was playing Thiripurasundari (his character in Michael Madana Kama Rajan) again (in Oh Andha Naatkal by James Vasanthan). I told him that he should also be the person to write that movie, but since he was going to tour the United States for his work, he gave him a book as a reference. He called me every time he staged a play; I regret not being able to do it now. He told me how I had imagined myself even in the male characters he writes. I can not express it with words, the kind of link we share. I still can not accept the news that it is gone. I can not even go to see him now to show my last respects, because if I do not see him, I'll just remember his always smiling face.
- Urvasi, actress.
I was going to meet him today
We have been writing a comedy drama together for the past three-four months. When it comes to this genre, everyone knows that he is a legend. The content had the scope for the Crazy mohan treatment and so, I wanted him to be part of the film. I was supposed to meet him today evening to continue our discussions. He has finished quite a bit of his work on the film, and was working on his layer of fun and comedy. He would never get upset and he was an entertainer off screen as well. If you sit with him and talk for 10 minutes, you would end up in fits of laughter. He was very charged with writing this script.
- Bramma, with whom I was working on a movie.
A simple human
I was very surprised because I was interacting with him very recently regarding Ramanayanam. He kept sending me emails and he sent me more to come and work at the concert. In fact, they booked us for two more concerts this year. It is sad to know that he would not be there to listen to them. But I'm grateful to have done the first concert in April. After that, I spoke with him daily. He is a simple, big but humble human being. He gave the best in all fields ... be it theater, movies, poetry or painting. I do not think we'll see an actor like him again. And as a tribute to him, we will take Ramanayanam forward. It is a promise.
- Gayathri Girish, singer of Carnatic, who played Mohan's Venbas
I did not think twice
I met him when he worked with KB sir (K Balachander) in Poikkaal Kuthirai. He was new to the cinema then, Enakku thalaye suthudhu pa, but it's fun, he said. Later, we met when I was writing Apoorva Sagodharargal and we became good friends.
I wanted to work with him, so after Baasha, when I thought about doing a family drama like Aahaa, I immediately asked him if he would write his dialogues. His contribution was immense. He kept improvising the lines and the humor would simply flow. With him, it was not about forcing comedy. I used to write mainly at night and everything was loaded. He would eat Boost dust frequently. That and the betel leaves were all I needed to work. He usually wrote comedy films, but everyone was surprised that he could write powerful emotional scenes. He always told me that Aahaa was his personal favorite, and he adds that we should work in Aahaa 2.
- Suresh Krissna, for whom he wrote Aahaa, an emotional drama
He is our own PG Wodehouse.
Mr. Mohan is a hero to me. I have seen many of his works ... I have been going to his works for the last 25 years, and to this day, they have a full house. Games like, Crazy Thieves in Palavakkam will have you divided ... and what a clean humor. And to top it off, what a genuine human being. The combination of Crazy and Kamal is always the best. I worked with him in films like Sathi Leelavathi and Panchatanthiram. Dialogues like Munaadi pinaadi enna irundhadhu ... or I mean what I mean, but they can not be so bad! They can only be written by Mohan. What a pun and an extremely rare mind ... it's our own PG Wodehouse. He can never be replaced. Its a big lost.
- Ramesh Aravind, actor.
A multifaceted personality.
I met Mohan and Kamal Haasan on the same day, at a condolence meeting in Narada Gana Sabha for our mentor Sujatha. We soon became friends, mainly because we share a love for the Tamil language, especially venba. He was a prolific writer of venbas. He had an interesting habit. Every time before I've staged a play, I'd write to vazhipaattu venba and send it to me. Mohan would discuss his plays with me, and I'd also send my books at the soft copy stage to him. Everyone knew him as a humorist, but he was a multi-faceted personality. He wrote a wonderful foreword for my bio-fiction 40 Rettai Theru. As a sentiment, I've used at least one of his poems in four of my magical realism novels. And recently, for 1975, a novel set during the Emergency period, I gave me a paayiram, which is carried before the story begins.
- E Ra Murukan, writer and close friend.
Even his characters were simple.
The most amazing quality of him was his honesty. I would come through their dialogues. They were so simple that even a commoner could understand. Your jokes and dialogues will always be about how to take life lightly. Live only once, so it does not make sense to worry about what will happen tomorrow. Even the characters he built were simple. I like how my role in Michael Madana Kama Rajan aspired to be a great artist and yet he found love in a simple fireman. The characters would instantly connect with you. I think that was his greatest strength.
- Khushbu, actress.