Srinivasa Iyer Ramaswamy also called as Cho Ramaswamy was an Indian actor, comedian, character actor, editor, political satirist, playwright and dialogue writer, film director and lawyer in Tamil Nadu. He was the founder and editor of the Tamil magazine, Thuglak.
His popularity in the Tamil Nadu literary circles is mainly due to his impartial assessment of political issues, and the audacity with which he publishes his viewpoints.
He was widely considered to be an unbiased political analyst who would criticize the negatives of both the left wing and right wing political parties. In recent years, he has been applauding Narendra Modi for his diligent work towards the development of India.
He was nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the President of India, K. R. Narayanan. He served as a Rajya Sabha MP from November 1999 to November 2005.
Politicians such as J. B. Kripalani, Indira Gandhi, Karunanidhi, Chandra Shekhar, G. K. Moopanar, M. G. Ramachandran, Jayalalithaa, Ramakrishna Hegde, N. T. Rama Rao, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and L. K. Advani, Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, P. Chidambaram have been some of the targets of his editorial attacks.
Cho made his debut in 1963 with Paar Magale Paar as comedian. From 1963 to 2005 he acted in 190 Tamil films.
His career best performances are regarded as Muhammad Bin Tughlaq, Thenmazhai, Ninaivil Nindraval, Bommalaatam, Delhi Mappilai, Adimai Penn, Dharsinam, Nilgiri Express, Anayium Pithavum, Ayiram Poi, Deiva Sankalpam, Maligai Poo, Manam Oru Kurangu, Antharangam, Nirai Kudam, Therottam, Kashi Yatirai.
Cho as an actor has been pitted against actors across generations. His coming timing against T.S.Balaiah in Manam Oru Kurangu, or with M R Radha and multiple times with actors like V.K.Ramaswamy, Nagesh, Manorama, Sechu in many films brought out the best in him.
Ramaswamy died due to cardiac arrest on 7 December 2016 at the age of 82, at Apollo Hospital in Chennai.
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