Actor Political Critic Play wright writer Cho Ramasamy passes away due to heart attack. The True Multi faceted personality of Cho Ramaswamy is no more. Though Cho has been ill for the past few years his death comes as a rude shock to everyone as it has occurred a day after the death of former Tamil Nadu CM and his long time friend J. Jayalalitha that too in the same hospital were she was admitted.
While Jayalalitha died of cardiac arrest on Monday night, Cho Ramasamy died of heart attack at around 3:30 am on Wednesday (December 7, 2016). Both were admitted to Apollo hospitals prior to death.
One of India’s most colorful political analysts and founder-editor of the popular political magazine Cho, was always forthright and bold in his political criticism. But at a personal level he maintained a good friendship with even those he opposed strongly.
A veteran of more than 100 films Cho was persuaded to make his screen debut by none other than Nadigar Thilagam Sivaji Ganesan in ‘Petralthaan Pillaya’ and he sparkled as one of the top three comedians of his era along with Nagesh and Chandrababu. Cho has starred in and made his mark in numerous films with Sivaji Ganesan, MGR, Jai Shankar, Muthuraman, Sivakumar, Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Vijayakanth, Sathyaraj, Prabhu and Karthick.
His most recent films in which he played prominent roles is Kamal’s ‘Kadhala Kadhala’ and Rajini’s ‘Guru Sishyan’. Cho is very famous for speaking the Chennai Tamil slang perfectly in most of his films. It is hard to believe that this witty man is actually a leading lawyer, writer director and lead player of numerous satirical plays, director of five films, screenplay writer of three films, writer of five religious books besides his fulfilling his role as the chief editor of the country’s older political weeklies.
Cho Ramasamy was respected by all the politicians irrespective of parties and he was known to not spare anyone in his criticism even if it is a party he supports. He is hailed for his unabashed criticism on the Emergency rule imposed by former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The political cartoons in the cover page of Thuglaq has fans cutting across generations and they are being shared in social media by youngsters of this generation.
The fact that leaders from such diverse pan Indian parties like Narendra Modi, Jayalalitha (sadly she was taken away by fate before him), Ramadoss, Vaiko and Karunanidhi (Those who believe him and Cho to be cat and mouse please wait for his tribute) made a beeline to visit him when he was admitted in hospital stands proof for his staggering stature.