Renowned Tamil writer, actor and comedy giant Crazy Mohan breathed his last in Chennai on Monday after he suffered a major heart attack. He was 67. “After he complained of pain in his chest and suffered a heart attack, he was rushed to Kauvery hospital in the afternoon. Efforts were taken to revive him but unfortunately he passed away around 2 pm,” a family source told news agency IANS.
Actor Kamal Haasan penned a moving tribute to his friend on Twitter, it read, “Crazy is an inappropriate title for him, he is an intellectual humorist. What I envy about him is his childlike-innocence, it is something that everybody cannot posses. There is no end to friendship, does friendship last only when the person is alive? Mohan’s humor will live on via his fans.”
Born as Mohan Rangachari in 1952, Mohan’s first stint with writing began in college, where he was studying Mechanical Engineering when he wrote the script for Great Bank Robbery for an inter-collegiate contest.
He then started writing scripts for his brother Maadhu Balaji’s drama troupe. In 1976, Mohan wrote his first full-length play called Crazy Thieves in Paalavakkam, thereby, earning the moniker ‘Crazy’ to his name.
By 1979, Mohan started his own drama troupe Crazy Creations which went on to create over 30 plays that have been staged over 6,500 times till date. Some of their popular plays include Chocolate Krishna, Satellite Saamiyar, Marriage Made in Saloon and Return of Crazy Thieves, among others.
In 1983, Mohan made his film debut as a writer for K Balachander’s Poikkal Kuthirai, which was based on Mohan’s own play Marriage Made in Saloon. The film featured Kamal Haasan in a cameo.
As a writer, Mohan was widely popular for his association with Kamal Haasan in multiple Tamil comedies which include Sathi Leelavathi, Michael Madana Kama Rajan, Apoorva Sagodharargal, Avvai Shanmugi, Panchatanthiram and Vasool Raja MBBS.
Mohan forayed into television in 1989 and produced popular comedy serials, which include Crazy, Kalyanathukku Kalyanama and Vidathu Sirippu.
Mohan was a recipient of the Kalaimamani award given by the Tamil Nadu government for excellence in the field of art and literature.