Help also came from many of those in the Tamil film industry such as Vijay Sethupathi, Sivakarthikeyan, Rajinikanth, Soundarya and Simbu. Haasan is a well-established singer; she has studied music in the USA. Dr Saravanan told TNIE that the actor admitted to the hospital on November 11 and was diagnosed with stage IV oesophageal cancer. With just six months left for the Assembly elections, Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah will meet office-bearers of the party's Tamil Nadu unit … She is the voice actor of Elsa in the Tamil version of Frozen 2. More recently, actor Dulquer Salmaan essayed the role of Gemini Ganesh in the Telugu-Tamil biopic of actor Savithri. In a post on his social media page, the actor said he considered it an honour to have been able to play the role of Gemini Ganesh onscreen. A week ago, the actor had appealed for financial assistance for his cancer treatment, the video of which went viral on social media, with help pouring in from actors Vijay Sethupathi, Sivakarthikeyan and Robo Shankar. After MGR, no actor has got the most power in politics in Tamil Nadu. (Youtube Screengrab). He has also acted in Rajini Murugan and Appukutty's Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai. Cyclone Nivar is expected to intensify into a 'very severe cyclonic storm' and cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram on the late evening of November 25, the IMD said. Support our journalism by becoming a TNM Member - Click here. “One of the best things we learnt from him was how he never differentiated between people based on anything,” she said. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines. ", Published: 24th November 2020 12:18 PM  |   Thiruparankundram DMK MLA Dr P Saravanan had announced that Thavasi, who was admitted to his hospital - Saravana Multispecialty Hospital in Narimedu - would be treated free of cost. The entrepreneur and actor said that he remembered his grandfather being very particular about replying to every fan mail that he had received. “Apart from leaving a legacy that has inspired a generation of movie lovers, he had a larger-than-life personality that today is the stuff of legends,” he said. “He struck a sort of balance onscreen which made his acting honest and sincere. “The simplicity with which he led his life permeated into his acting and movies as well. I express my deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans.”. Subscribe to The Hindu now and get unlimited access. However, we have a request for those who can afford to subscribe: please do. While he was in the general ward, today (Nov 23) he got breathlessness and was shifted to emergency care. Tamil Nadu cadre is not worried … But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. ‘Gemini Ganesh never differentiated between people’, Subscribe to Morning Filter & Evening Wrap newsletter, Watch | Cyclone Nivar: scenes from across Tamil Nadu, Doctors see more stroke cases being reported during pandemic, HC permits private schools to collect 35% more fees, Coronavirus | Tamil Nadu’s dilemma — To reopen schools or not, Protesters enter field during India-Australia ODI at SCG, Wait-listed SC medical aspirant takes up job in catering service in Pollachi, In Kerala's Attingal Palace ward, candidates of all three fronts are from the same family, 'Why did Hyderabad drown?' She has been nominated several times for Filmfare Playback Singer-Tamil. He passed away due to oesophageal cancer. Actor-turned-politician Khushbu Sundar was travelling in her car when it was hit by a tanker near Melmaruvathur. Actor Thavasi passed away on Monday evening due to oesophageal cancer at Madurai’s Saravana Multispeciality Hospital. He has also acted in Rasathi, a TV serial. Police said the BJP leader escaped unhurt in the accident. MADURAI: Actor and comedian Thavasi (60), who had played supporting roles in over 100 Tamil movies, died at a private hospital around 8 pm on Monday, after battling oesophageal cancer. It has helped us keep apace with events and happenings. This is best evinced in how he took up a number of roles where he played the supportive male character in films which had his female co-stars essaying strong roles,” she said. Kaaviya Thalaivi, Naan Avan Illai, Mayabazaar, Kappalotiya Thamizhan, Missiamma, Then Nilavu and Vanjikottai Valiban were among his many notable films. “As a dad, he has laid the foundation for where I am today,” she said. She won the Filmfare for Best Female Playback Singer- …   |  A+A A-, Actor Thavasi in Tamil movie 'Karuppan'. We have been keeping you up-to-date with information on the developments in India and the world that have a bearing on our health and wellbeing, our lives and livelihoods, during these difficult times. While he debuted in 1947 in the Gemini Studios’ production Miss Malini, it was the 1953 film Manampola Mangalyam, where he played the main double role, which was a runaway success and catapulted him into the limelight. In the video, Thavasi explained his dire financial situation. He is someone who brought happiness to all our lives and there is no other way I can remember him,” the actor said, in a video. A week ago, Dr Saravanan tweeted that an oesophageal stent has been placed and Thavasi has been undergoing treatment as an in-patient. The Hindu has always stood for journalism that is in the public interest. His contemporary, veteran actor Vyjayanthimala, who has starred opposite him in several films, recalled him as a jovial, cheerful person on set who was very easy to get along with. Thirty years ago, Thavasi began his career with the film "Kizhakku Cheemaiyile," with his last film being the yet-to-be-released Rajinikanth-starrer "Annathe." MLA Saravanan also saw the message and had offered to treat him for free. On the occasion of his birth centenary, his daughter, a leading obstetrician and fertility specialist Kamala Selvaraj released a series of videos on her YouTube channel featuring several members of the Tamil film fraternity who spoke about their association with the veteran actor.