Tamil actor, playwright and screenwriter Crazy Mohan passed away following a cardiac arrest on Monday afternoon. He was 67.
Born in 1952 as Rangachari, Crazy Mohan started his career as a playwright. His Crazy Thieves in Paalavakkam for S Ve Shekher’s drama troupe was a massive success. So he later formed Crazy Creations. His hit plays include Chocolate Krishna, Jurassic Baby, Alaavudeenum 100 Watts Bulbum and more.
Besides playwriting, he was known for his collaborations with actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan. Kamal and Mohan collaborated on Sathi Leelavathi, Kaathala Kaathala, Michael Madana Kama Rajan, Apoorva Sagodharargal, Indian, Avvai Shanmughi, Thenali, Panchathanthiram and Vasool Raja MBBS.
Haasan shared a heartfelt note on Twitter. It read, “There are multiple reasons why I am jealous of my friend Crazy Mohan, most important of all is his childlike heart. Not everyone gets it. Many friends in the name of practising humour have lost this quality.
Title “Crazy” doesn’t apply to him. The right title should be “sage” of comedy. The actual truth is that he reduced his various talents so he can present the common man in a funny manner.
On many occasions, he has openly shared his love for me saying he is Charu, Chandra and Mohan Haasan for me. As a mark of that friendship today, along with his brother Balaji, I placed my hand on his forehead and we bade him farewell.
Is it friendship only if the person is alive? There is no end to the friendship.
Mohan’s sense of humour will live through his fans, and I too will stand in support of that life. He has a wonderful, huge joint family. There are no words enough to provide them solace. I pray that they get enough strength to get used to this loss.”
— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) June 10, 2019
Crazy Mohan’s first film as dialogue writer was K Balachander’s Poikkal Kudhirai. Creatively, he was a force to be reckoned with as he wrote over 30 plays, appeared in over 40 movies and penned 100 short stories.
Mohan was a qualified mechanical engineer and an alumnus of the College of Engineering, Guindy.
Many celebrities took to Twitter to share their condolences.
RIP #CrazyMohan sir … a genius who can never be replaced … bt sir forever u wil live with us through ur writings …. u were alwys soooo kind… 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
— DD Neelakandan (@DhivyaDharshini) June 10, 2019
Grew up watching, laughing and admiring his work. His impeccable command over the language and the amazing word play, A special and unique brand of humour ! #CrazyMohanJokes
Crazy Mohan sir, a true legend.! What a loss to the world of Tamil humour. We will miss you sir.
— RJ Balaji (@RJ_Balaji) June 10, 2019
Shocking News.. Cant believe it… What a great Writer/Actor.. Our film fraternity gonna miss u for sure.. May your soul rest in peace Crazy Mohan Sir.
— KRISH (@krishoffl) June 10, 2019
Will miss him #CrazyMohan , very sad.
— Radikaa Sarathkumar (@realradikaa) June 10, 2019
South Indian theatre has lost two of its darling sons on the same day! Irreplaceable loss! RIP ‘Crazy’ Mohan sir🙏🏽
— Rahul Ravindran (@23_rahulr) June 10, 2019
— venkat prabhu (@vp_offl) June 10, 2019
Terrible terrible news… I thought he had a lot more to give to the world through his stage plays and script writing. RIP crazy Mohan. #RIPCrazyMohan
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) June 10, 2019
— G.V.Prakash Kumar (@gvprakash) June 10, 2019
#CrazyMohan what a sad day. First Karnad now Crazy Mohan, the ace screen stage play writer of many classic Tamil comedy films like Apoorva Sahodarngal, Michel Madana Kamarajan etc. His dramas of Maathu Cheenu are great. No one has made so many happy in their lifetime. RIP Sir
— anand neelakantan ആനന്ദ് നീലകണ്ഠൻ (@itsanandneel) June 10, 2019
News just coming in about the demise of #CrazyMohan .. they could not revive him very unfortunately.. a genius has left behind a legacy.. deepest condolences to his family.. may his soul rest in peace.. 😢😢😢
— KhushbuSundar ❤️❤️❤️ (@khushsundar) June 10, 2019
Actor Siddharth tweeted, “#CrazyMohan sir is no more. What a sad day for cinema, theatre, laughter and life. There will never be another like him. Prayers for his soul.Deepest condolences to the family. He was a huge part of our collective #Tamil consciousness and our ability to make or laugh at a joke.”
Prasanna posted on Twitter, “Even few days back when I met my friend dir @rs_prasanna we were talking about #CrazyMohan sir and how he added value to our film #KSS his writings and performances have always been top notch. His comedy sense non stop. A fantastic human. RIP Crazy sir. Will miss u”