Crazy Mohan, Tamil playwright, screenwriter, comedian and actor suffered a cardiac arrest and died at 2 pm on Monday, 10 June. With the 66-year-old’s demise, the era of Tamil comedy theatre and comedy in Tamil films comes to an abrupt end.
With Girish Karnad’s death this morning as well, the day marks a grave loss for South Indian cinema.
Kamal Haasan paid tribute to Crazy Mohan’s ‘childlike’ attitude, his deep knowledge of comedy and the legacy he is leaving behind.
RIP #CrazyMohan— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) June 10, 2019
The master of one-liners, wordplay, puns and PJs.
In other words, the King of Twitter even before Twitter was invented.
From Balachander to Kamal Haasan; He Wrote for Them All
Crazy Mohan’s first foray into cinema was as the screenwriter for K Balachander’s Poikkal Kuthirai (1983). Balachander had an eye for spotting exceptional talent – Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan... who went on to become legends in their own right.
Crazy Mohan is easily the biggest reason behind Kamal Haasan’s hit films, starting from the 90s up until 2004. Beginning with Aboorva Sagotharargal (Appu Raja) in 1989 to the remake of Munnabhai, Vasool Raja MBBS in 2004, it was Crazy Mohan’s whiplash comedy that conceived of a new generation in the genre: quick-repartee, pun-intended, alliterative and completely out of the box.
Not a great day for cinema and theatre lovers.. 1st #GirishKarnard leaves us heartbroken and now I hear #CrazyMohan sir is critical..please pray for his speedy recovery..kindly do not spread fake news about his demise..pray for him.— KhushbuSundar ❤️❤️❤️ (@khushsundar) June 10, 2019
Grew up watching, laughing and admiring his work. His impeccable command over the language and the amazing word play, A special and unique brand of humour ! #CrazyMohanJokes— RJ Balaji (@RJ_Balaji) June 10, 2019
Crazy Mohan sir, a true legend.! What a loss to the world of Tamil humour. We will miss you sir.
Even few days back when I met my friend dir @rs_prasanna we were talking about #CrazyMohan sir and how he added value to our film #KSS his writings and performances have always been top notch. His comedy sense non stop. A fantastic human. RIP Crazy sir. Will miss u— Prasanna (@Prasanna_actor) June 10, 2019
Crazy Creations and Chocolate Krishna
It was in 1979, three years after he had earned the ‘Crazy’ in his name for the hit Crazy Thieves in Paalavakkam, that Crazy Mohan founded ‘Crazy Creations’, his very own drama troupe. It would go on to produce the Maadhu series, Crazy series, Meesaianaalum Manaivi, Jurassic Baby and, of course, Chocolate Krishna.
In fact, Chocolate Krishna has such great recall that, as of 2018, it has been staged over 1,000 times, with Kamal Haasan attending the 100th show. How the troupe will manage without its lead actor and writer is anyone’s guess.
தமிழ் திரையுலகில் தனக்கென தனி இடம் பிடித்த கதை, வசன கர்த்தாவும் நகைச்சுவை நடிகருமான #CrazyMohan அவர்கள் உடல்நலக் குறைவால் காலமானார் என்ற செய்தி மிகுந்த அதிர்ச்சியும் மனவேதனையும் அளிக்கிறது. அன்னாரை இழந்து வாடும் அவர்தம் குடும்பத்தினருக்கும் ரசிகர்களுக்கும் எனது ஆழ்ந்த இரங்கல்! pic.twitter.com/0qH7MefS2F— O Panneerselvam (@OfficeOfOPS) June 10, 2019
புகழ் பெற்ற நகைச்சுவை வசனகர்த்தாவும், நடிகருமான திரு.கிரேசி மோகன் மறைந்தார் என்ற செய்தி கேட்டு அதிர்ச்சி அடைந்தேன். நாடக மேடைகளிலும், சின்னத்திரையிலும், திரையுலகிலும் லட்சோபலட்சம் பேரை தன்னுடைய நகைச்சுவை ஆற்றலால் மனம் விட்டு சிரிக்க வைத்தவர் கிரேசி மோகன்.— TTV Dhinakaran (@TTVDhinakaran) June 10, 2019
Within a small circle of his friends and well-wishers, Crazy Mohan is also known for his prolific (daily) short poems, composed in the venba meter which is rooted in classical Tamil. Typical to his authorial instinct, Crazy Mohan occasionally infused these poems with English words and phrases and derived puns of them, either by the way they sounded when mixed with another language or by their connotations.
Crazy Mohan will be deeply missed for his ingenious comedic timing, plays that were bastions of the slowly crumbling medium, and for the genuinely warm and funny person he was known to be.
His legacy of incisive wit and affable comedy hinged on puns and alliteration will survive him as one of our greatest for a long time to come.
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