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N S Krishnan

  • Primary Cinema: Tamil

N.S. Krishnan, popularly known as Kalaivanar and also as ‘NSK’ was a leading Tamil film comedian, drama  artist, playback singer and writer in the early stages of  the Tamil film industry from the 1930s to the 50s. He  made his debut in acting in 1935 with Menaka after which there was no looking back and acted in over 100 films. His stage and film comedy performances  were unique and always carried a message for the  people.

He was a social reformist who earnestly tried  to entertain and at the same time bring in changes in  the society through his films.

He directed only two  films: Manamagal (1951) and Panam (1952); both had dialogues by M. Karunanidhi.