Tamil actor Pandu dies due to Covid-19 complications

Tamil actor Pandu passes away due to Covid-19 complications

Pandu had acted in films such as 'Muthu' and 'Ghilli'

A versatile personality, Pandu carve a niche for himself. Credit: Special Arrangement

Tamil actor Pandu, who acted in over 300 films in various roles particularly as a comedian, passed away in Chennai on Thursday after contracting coronavirus. He was 74.

Pandu, a brilliant artist, was the one who designed the party flag of AIADMK with C N Annadurai's image on it in 1972 at the request of the party founder M G Ramachandran. In interviews to various Tamil channels, Pandu had recalled his coming into contact with MGR through his brother who was in the Tamil film industry.

Sources said Pandu and his wife were detected with Covid-19 on May 5 and were admitted to a hospital. Pandu breathed his last on Thursday morning.

A versatile personality, Pandu carve a niche for himself when the comedy world in Tamil cinema was ruled by the famous Goundamani-Senthil duo. Not just comedy roles, Pandu has also acted in several support roles with popular actors.


He made his full-fledged acting debut with a key role in the 1981 release Karaiyellam Shenbagapoo, garnering attention with his work. The star subsequetly went on to act in films such as Kadhal Kottai, Mazhai, Rajinikanth's Muthu and the Vijay-starrer Pokkiri.  He was also part of the actioner Singam, which starred Suriya and Anushka Shetty as the lead pair. The film, which hit the screens in 2009, proved to be a treat for the masses and was later remade in multiple languages. 

Pandu was also active in the TV industry and had acted in shows such as Uravugal  and Sabitha Engira Sabapathi.