A versatile actor, Manorama had acted in over 1,200 Tamil films, rubbing shoulders with top stars like MGR and Sivaji Ganesan in a brilliant career spanning over six decades.
Manorama, who has acted in more than 1200 films and stage dramas and holds the Guinness World Record for the same, passed away on Saturday (October 10). The 78-year-old actor breathed her last in Chennai. Her death was due to cardiac arrest, which led to a multiple organ failure.
She was survived by her son Boopathi. "She passed away due to heart attack, my world has fallen apart," Boopathi said.
Manorama has shared screen space with almost all the legends of Tamil cinema. From veteran actors like MG Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan and Kamal Haasan to the newer ones like Surya and Vikram, the legendary actor has straddled different eras with much Ã©lan. She also holds a distinct record of sharing screen and stage space with five cheif miniters.
She was fondly called Aachi (Grandma) by the film fraternity. Manorama, like many legends, ailed from company drama. Her acting was compared with that of veterans like Sivaji.
Her characters like Jil Jil Ramamani in Thillana Mohanambal, Baby Amma in Nadigan, Kannama in Samsaram Adhu Minsaram, Thayamma in Singaravelan will all be cherished and remembered for years to come.
Aachi had also crooned many famous numbers. Madrasa Suthi Paaka Poraen, composed by Oscar winner AR Rahman, was one of the popular songs sung by the legend.
Apart from the Guinness World Record for acting in more than 1000 films, Manorama was also awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian government in 2002. She has also won National Award for Best Supporting Actress for the film Pudhiya Padhai (1989). The death of the legend has come as a shock to her innumerable fans.