(born Gopishantha Tamil
: கோபிசாந்தா) is a veteran Tamil
actress who has acted in more than 1500 films, 1000 stage performances and a few television serials. She is affectionately called Aachi
by the South Indian people. She holds a Guinness World Record
for acting in the most number of films.
Birth and early life
Manorama, a legend, was born Gopi Shantha to Kasi Clockudaiyar and Ramamitham on 26 May 1943 at Mannargudi
, Tiruvarur district
of Tamil Nadu
. Later her family moved to Pallathur
owing to poverty. When she started her stage performances she was rechristened as Manorama by the drama director, Thiruvengadam, and the harmonist, Thiayagarajan. She continued to act in plays and also performed on stage as a playback singer.
Entry into cinema
Manorama slowly migrated from dramas to the silver screen with the role of a comedienne in the Tamil film Malayitta Mangai
. During her initial days in the cine field, she concentrated more on comedy. She was given equally challenging roles alongside the well known comedian Nagesh
. They made an excellent pair and acted in many praiseworthy comedies.
The first song that Manorama sang in cinema was in a film called Magale Un Samathu. The... Read More