‘Cheenu’ Mohan, a popular comedian and part of Crazy Mohan’s drama troupe, died here on Thursday due to cardiac arrest.
He was 61.He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.
He was suffering from kidney ailment for some time.
Popular comedy dramatist Crazy Mohan’s plays were incomplete without the characters Madhu and Cheenu.
If Balaji made a name for himself playing Madhu, it was Mohan who stole the show as Cheenu that earned him the sobriquet ‘Cheenu’ Mohan and the duo, who used to keep the audience in splits, was hailed as Laurel and Hardy of Tamil stage.
‘Cheenu’ Mohan had also acted in a few films like Rajinikanth starrer ‘Thalapathy’, ‘Varusham 16’, ‘Anjali’, ‘Jerry’, and the more recent ‘Kolamaavu Kokila’. Mohan joined Crazy Mohan’s Crazy Creations drama troupe in 1979. After doing small roles, he caught the attention of Crazy Mohan with his performance and his passion for humour ensured he got meaty roles in their subsequent plays.
Inspired by popular comedians Jerry Lewis and Laurel and Hardy, Crazy Mohan wrote plays with lead characters Madhu and Cheenu and both them performed their roles with ease.
Since then, Mohan had acted in several plays, including ‘Crazy Thieves in Palavakkam’, ‘Here is Crazy’, ‘Madhu Jaakirathai’, ‘Madhu Plus’ Two among others.
He was part and parcel of Crazy Creations that he appeared in over 4,000 of their stage plays. He had also toured extensively abroad with the team as part of the plays. Condoling his death, Crazy Mohan said “Mohan made millions forget their worries and laugh their heart out. As a trouper since the inception of Crazy Creations, he had a well-knit friendship with each and every one in the troupe.”
‘Madhu’ Balaji, who shares great rapport with Mohan said, “I lost a great friend. He was part and parcel of my routine. It is a huge loss for me.”
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