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‘Cho’ S.Ramaswamy

Cho S.Ramaswamy

Cho Ramaswamy is a familiar name, not only in Tamil Nadu but all over India. He is known more as a political commentator who edits a Tamil magazine, Tughlaq. But little do people know about Cho as a Tamil dramatist.Cho Ramaswamy is an actor, playwright, columnist and a political commentator in Tamil Nadu, India. Cho as he is popularly known is well known for his satirical take on Indian and Tamilnadu politics.

He gained his entry by threatening a famous Tamil playwright! When a famous Tamil playwright, Koothabiran wrote his play, Thenmozhiaal, he did not have a role for Cho at all.

That would have discouraged a lot of people, but not Cho. He just went up to Koothabiran and ordered him to write him a role. Koothabiran was not taking any lip from anyone. “It is not possible to fit you in,” he said. “Well, in that case, I will walk into every scene,” Cho said. The threat, combined with the mad gleam in his eye, sent shivers running through Koothabiran. He reported his encounter with Cho to the bigwigs at Viveka Fine Arts. They asked Koothabiran to relax. “Do you think he will really carry out such a threat? Don’t worry, he’s not capable of it,” was their response. “I am and I will,” Cho told Koothabiran. “I need at least three scenes. Or else you see me in every scene.” The scriptwriter hurriedly wrote in not three but five scenes to accommodate him. But he could not think of a name for this new character. “Never mind, I can go with my own name,” Cho said.

Koothabiran gratefully grabbed the offer and named the character Mr. Cho.

Calling all those who thought Cho got his strange three-letter name from the name of the character in Thenmozhiaal: you now stand informed that it is the other way round. Mr Cho got his name from the man who was to play him.

Kalakendra.com : April 25, 2008, 3:18 pm