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“Crazy Mohan’s Humour Will Live Through His Fans”: Kamal Haasan And Others Tweet Tributes


Veteran actor, comedy writer and playwright Crazy Mohan passed away in Chennai on June 10 following an acute cardiac arrest. He was 66. He has worked in over 40 memorable films and several stage plays. His untimely death came as a shock to all.

Kamal Haasan, who worked with Crazy Mohan on some of his best comedies including Aboorva Sagodharargal, Sathi Leelavathi, Panchathanthiram and more wrote a tribute on Twitter:

“Among the many things I envy about my friend Crazy Mohan is his child-like heart. It is not easy to have such a heart. Many friends have lost that child-like simplicity in their attempt to become worldly-wise.

Actually, the title ‘Crazy’, does not suit him at all. He is a ‘genius’ in humour. The fact is, he diluted his genius to reach the common people in order to make them happy.

On many occasions, he has openly shown his affection for me, saying, “Like we have ‘Charuhasan and Chandrahasan’, we can have ‘Mohanhasan’, too”.

With that feeling, I, along with his brother Balaji, bid farewell to him today, keeping my hand on his forehead. Friendship does not come to an end. Will friendship live only if the person is alive? Mohan’s humour will live through his fans. I will also be with them.

Theirs is a wonderful joint family; no comforting words will assuage their sorrow. I wish they will get the strength of mind to bear this loss.”

Comedians Senthil and Goundamani’s popular dialogues in Chinna Vadhiyaar, Indian and other films were also written by Crazy Mohan. Goundamani was among the first to visit Mohan’s house this afternoon and pay his last respects.

Theatre and film actor YGee Mahendra, who also regularly worked with Mohan, told The Hindu, “Humour has lost a great advocate. I have lost a great friend of over five decades. He was so close to my dad and I. His special brand of innocent humour brought out the child in everyone. One big pillar of Tamil theatre has fallen. Tamilians all over the world will miss him.”

Actor-comedian Charle condoled his death and reportedly said, “He was the kind of comedian who conveyed sensitive messages with humour.”

Director Suresh Krissna, who worked with Crazy Mohan on Aahaa (1997), wrote, “A simple, down to earth person, a great friend, brilliant writer, actor, playwright, never there will be one like him again.” He also visited his house this evening.

Directors Seenu Ramasamy, Suseenthiran and Venkat Prabhu, cinematographer KV Anand, and actors Prasanna, GV Prakash, Khushboo, Gayathrie, Siddharth and Harish Kalyan also tweeted their condolences.

Many fans of Kamal tweeted famous Crazy Mohan dialogues and clips from his films and said he would be remembered forever.

Among the more poignant tributes was the one from artist Keshav; Mohan would write a venbaa every day, for Keshav’s Krishna series of paintings.

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