Legendary actress Manorama, fondly called as Aachi by her fans and the entire film fraternity has acted in more than 1000 films, 1000 stage dramas and has appeared in many TV series. The news that she recently passed away in Chennai spread like wildfire in all social media networks.
On throwing light on the news, it turns out to be yet another death hoax which has made famed actress Manorama its latest victim. Sources close to the yesteryear actress have revealed that Manorama is fine and healthy.
They have also urged fans and public not to spread rumours about Manorama's health. Manorama is considered as one of the greatest actress Tamil cinema has ever produced.
She has done variety of roles and has shared screen space with all top actors and actresses for generations. She is only second to Sukumari in most number of films acted. She is also a renowned play back singer and has sung several songs.
An item in the 'Ripley's Believe It or Not' newspaper feature has her picture and the following statement: "Aachi' Manorama, a veteran of India's Tamil film industry, has appeared in more than 1,500 movies and 1,000 stage performances!".
She also has a unique record for being able to work with five Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. She played the female lead in the plays written, directed and acted by CN Annadurai, former CM of Tamil Nadu. She has also appeared in plays with M Karunanidhi.
She has acted in films with MG Ramachandran and Jayalalitha who both later became Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu. She has also acted in Telugu films with Dr. NT Rama Rao, who became the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.
Check out the below slides to know 10 best movies of Manorama:
Samsaram Adhu Minsaram
Manorama's role as Kannamma in this film is even remembered today. The film released on 18 July 1986 and won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.
This was Kamal Haasan's first film as a child artist. Directed by A Bhimsingh. The film stars Gemini Ganesan and Savitri in the lead.
Manorama portrayed a role called Ponni in this film. The film features Sivaji Ganesan and Savitri in the lead roles.
Manorama was praised for her role as that of a woman with speaking difficulties in this famous film.
Manorama portrayed the role Karuppayi to perfection in this film. The film stars Sivaji Ganesan, Padmini and T. S. Balaiah in the lead roles.
Manorama role as Rajappa's old friend had its own importance in this Rajinikanth starrer.
Manorama played Kamal Haasan's mentor in this film. The film was a blockbuster hit.
Manorama played Prabhu's mother in this film and as always walked away with many awards and accolades.
In this Kamal Haasan's movie, Manorama had played a cameo but did enough to be remembered for her role in the film.
Once again she portrayed the role of Hero's mother in this film and was praised for her acting skills.
Keezh Vaanam Sivakkum
Manorama was seen in an important role and made a mark as a character artist in Keezh Vaanam Sivakkum.
Though this Rajinikanth starrer did not do well at the box office, Manorama's characterization and her ability to pull off difficult roles was one of the highlights of this movie.
Ethir Neechal (1968 film)
Manorama's portrayed a role called Renu in this comedy drama directed by K Balachander. The film had Nagesh, Jayanthi, Sowcar Janaki, R Muthuraman and Sreekanth in the lead.
Paar Magale Paar
Manorama's character was known as Aaravalli in this film and is still remembered today. Starring Sivaji Ganesan, M.R. Radha and Sowcar Janaki, this movie was directed by A. Bhimsingh.
Manorama portrayed a character called Baby Amma in this comedy entertainer. Her comic sense in this movie was impeccable as always.
Starring Sivaji Ganesan and Jayalalitha in the lead, Galatta Kalyanam was once again a comedy entertainer in which Manorama was paired opposite Nagesh.
This film stars Sivaji Ganesan, Sujatha, Prabhu and Radhika in lead roles. Manorama once again had an important role to play in Nermai.
Paatti Sollai Thattathe
This film has Manorama playing Pandiarajan's grand mother and as the title of the movie suggests, Manorama's character holds the key to the entire plot.
In Nattamai, Manorama played the character of protagonist's mother to perfection. The movie featured Sarathkumar, Meena and Kushboo in the lead roles.
Gentleman was director Shankar's first movie which had Manorama playing Vinith's mother. Though she has a breezy appearance in this film, the way she had portrayed her character was powerful indeed.