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Cho Ramaswamy Biography

Cho Ramaswamy (Srinivasa Iyer Ramaswamy), born on 5 October 1934, was an Indian actor, political satirist, editor, playwright and dialogue writer, film director and a lawyer in Tamil Nadu. He is known for being the founder and editor of the Tamil magazine Thuglak. He also published his impartial viewpoints on politics. Some of his editorial attacks were on Chandra Shekhar, Indira Gandhi, Karunanidhi, Ramakrishna Hegde, Jayalalithaa, Sonia Gandhi, N. T. Rama Rao, P. Chidambaram, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L. K. Advani and Manmohan Singh.

In his last years, he praised Jayalalithaa for her work in the state. He also predicted that Narendra Modi would work hard to improve the condition of the country.

Film Career

Cho made his debut with film Paar Magale Paar as a comedian in 1963. He acted in 190 Tamil films from 1963 to 2005. Some of the films where his acting was considered outstanding include Thenmazhai, Manam Oru Kurangu, Adimai Penn, Neelagiri Express, Oli Vilaku, Pugundha Veedu, Velum Mayilum Thunai and many more. Cho had worked with Jayalalithaa in 19 films and they were also part of the same drama troupe.

In most of his films, he acted as a comedian.

Nomination to Rajya Sabha

President of India, K. R. Narayanan nominated him to Rajya Sabha. From November 1999 to November 2005, he served as a Rajya Sabha MP.


Cho was admitted at Apollo Hospital where he was being treated for respiratory problem, but suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away on 7 December 2016.


Some of the movies in he acted are:

  • Ninaivil Nindraval
  • Unmaye un vilai enna
  • Vaakkuruthi
  • Sakka podupodu raja
  • Guru Sishyan

Movies Directed

  • Mohammed Bin Thuglak
  • Unmaiye Un Vilai Enna
  • Mr Sampath
  • Yarukkum Vetkam Illai
  • Sambo Siva Samboo

Screenplays Written

  • Neelagiri Express
  • Ayiram poi
  • Pottaa Poti
  • Bomallaatam
  • Ninaivil Nindraval (1967 film)