Legendary Playwright ‘Crazy’ Mohan Passes Away

June 10 is turning out to be a dark day for Indian theatre after the demise of Girish Karnad and Crazy Mohan. The latter who is a renowned Tamil playwright, passed away to a massive heart attack at the age of 67. He was admitted in Chenna’s Kauvery hospital where the team of doctors failed to revive him. He was pronounced dead at 2pm.

His demise shocked many in the industry who shared their condolences on Twitter. Kamal Haasan released a heartfelt statement that said the title ‘Crazy’ would not suit him, since he is a Nagaisuvai Gnani (comedic genius). “The important trait of Mohan was his childlike heart and I envy it. Not everyone is possessed with such a trait. He kept to a minimum his talents so that he could cater to the popular taste of the audience,” he said. Mr. Kamal Haasan, who was with Mohan during his final hours, said he would shower affection on him by generously declaring that he could be addressed as Mohanhasan (in the vein of Kamal Haasan’s brothers, Charuhasan and Chandrahasan).

Crazy Mohan’s most notable work include, the many classics starring Kamal Haasan. His impeccable writing skills make us laugh every single time we see the comic sequences in movies like Apoorva Sagodharargal, Sathi Leelavathi, Magalir Mattum, Kadhala Kadhala, Pammal K Sambandam, Panchathanthiram and Vasool Raja MBBS amongst others.

Crazy Mohan was born as Mohan Rangachari in 1952 and  he earned the title, ‘crazy’ after penning the script for the popular play ‘Crazy Thieves in Palavakkam’ which went on to become a runaway hit. After writing for other productions, he founded his own troupe, ‘Crazy Creations’ in 1979. The troupe has produced 30 original scripts ever since and staged more than 6500 shows in India and abroad. His play, Chocolate Krishna has been staged 500 times within 3 years. He has been awarded with the title, ‘Kalaimamani’ by the Tamil Nadu government for his contribution to art and literature.

-Nitasha Silesh
Pic courtesy: IANS