Crazy Mohan (1952-2019): A pictorial tribute to the actor-playwright

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In an unfortunate development, popular screenwriter, playwright and actor "Crazy" Mohan passed away in Chennai this Monday (June 10, 2019) shortly after suffering a heart attack.

The actor was declared dead at 2 pm at Kauvery Hospital in the city. He had said that he wanted to pursue engineering initially and never thought he would become a writer. His first play was called "The Great Bank Robbery" and won the best actor and writer award.

Crazy Mohan was a man who wore several hats. An engineer by profession, Mohan started writing plays and later established his own drama troupe, Crazy Creations.

Born in 1952, as Mohan Rangachari, he began his career with Crazy Thieves in Paalavakkam for Natakapriya in 1976, which was a run-away hit and gave him the nom de plume "Crazy" Mohan. Kamal Haasan had a guest role in this film. Some of their most noted movies include Apoorva Sagodharargal (Appu Raja), Avvai Shanmughi, Vasool Raja MBBS, Micheal Madana Kama Rajan and Kadhala Kadhala. "He wrote, "#CrazyMohan sir is no more.

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Among a number of awards and at least one honorary doctorate, "Crazy" Mohan was conferred with the Kalaimamani award in 2004, which is awarded by the Tamil Nadu Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram for excellence in the fields of literature and arts, the state's equivalent of the Sangeet Natak Akademi or the Sahitya Kala Akademi awards.

Manivannan and Crazy Mohan in the film 'Kannopdu Kanbhede Ellam. Creatively, Crazy Mohan was a force to be reckoned with as he wrote over 30 plays, appeared in over 40 movies and penned 100 short stories. He also has over 60 sketches and paintings to his name.

Several actors expressed their condolences. In other words, the King of Twitter even before Twitter was invented.

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