J. P. Chandrababu

J. P. Chandrababu

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J. P. Chandrababu Profile

  • Name:
  • J. P. Chandrababu
  • Other Name:
  • Joseph Panimayadas Rodriguez Chandrababu
  • Died:
  • March 7, 1974
  • Father:
  • Joseph Pichai Rodriguez
  • Mother:
  • Roselin Fernando
  • Spouse:
  • Sheila

J. P. Chandrababu Biography

J.P. Chandrababu was an Indian actor who concentrated in Tamil film industry. He was not only an actor but also a singer and a dancer who captivated in the hearts of people for about three decades from forties to seventies. He had skills of speaking Madras Bashai which is unique to Chennai area and his slapstick comedies always were highly welcomed by people.


He was born in the year 1927. His father’s name was Joseph Pichai Rodriguez and his mother’s name was Roselin Fernando. His father was a patriot who took part in the Indian freedom struggle. He was running a paper called Sudhandhira Veeran. But British government arrested him for participating in the Satyagraha movement and exiled him and his family to Colombo in Sri Lanka. Chandrababu completed his education at St. Joseph College and Aquinas College at Colombo and moved to Chennai in 1943. He married Sheila and later divorced her.


He got the friendship of some popular actors of those times namely Sriram, B.R. Panthulu and T.R. Mahalingam. His talents in singing and dancing were praised by them and this gave him a chance to perform a small role in the film Dhana Amaravathi released in 1947.


After that, he was not successful in his career and so he attempted suicide in 1952 after writing a note with all reasons explained. Since this attempt is a criminal offence, he was arrested and put in prison. But during the trial, he exhibited his talents in acting before the judge and so he was released.


Shortly after this incident, the director Vasan gave him a chance in his film Moondru Pillaigal. Then T.R. Mahalingam gave him chance to perform in his films Chinnadurai and Mohanasundaram. He had great talents in yodeling and soon rose to great heights and started to earn a huge income.


He acted and sang the popular song Naan Oru Muttalunga in the film Sahodari by A.V. Meiyappan and this turned to be a mega hit. He learnt the local language of Chennai from rickshaw pullers and street vendors and used that in his films.


He did not get any good opportunities after 1960 and he was so frustrated that he turned to alcohol. He tried to act in a film of M.G. Ramachandran but could not get the chance to do it. His last work was in the film Thattungal Thirakkappadum and it was not a box office success. He turned to poverty in his later part of his life and died on 7th March 1974.


Some of his popular songs are Poda Raja Podi Nadaya in Mohanasundaram, Hello My Dear Ramy in Pudhayal, Bambara Kannale in Manamagan Thevai, Onnume Puriyale Ulagathile in Kumara Raja, Kadhan Enbathu Edhuvarai in Paadha Kaanikkai, Kungama Poove Konjum Puraave in Maragadham, etc. 

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