R. S. Shivaji, Indian actor, Died at 66


R. S. Shivaji: Indian Actor and Film Professional

R. S. Shivaji was an Indian actor known for his work in Tamil films, particularly for his collaboration with Kamal Haasan and Raaj Kamal Films International. In addition to acting, he contributed to the film industry as an assistant director, sound designer, and line producer.

Early Life and Career: R. S. Shivaji was born on October 26, 1956, as the son of actor and producer M. R. Santhanam, known for his work in the film “Meera” (1945). His brother, Santhana Bharathi, is also a well-known actor and film director in Tamil cinema.

In the realm of acting, Shivaji was recognized for his comedic roles and had a frequent presence in Kamal Haasan’s films during the 1980s and 1990s. He became famous for his dialogue “Saar! Neenga Engeyo Poiteenga, sir” from “Apoorva Sagodharargal” (1989), directed at Janagaraj, which became a subject of parody in subsequent Tamil movies. Notable roles include appearances in “Kolamavu Kokila” and “Dharala Prabhu.”

Death: Tragically, R. S. Shivaji passed away in his sleep in Chennai on September 2, 2023, due to a heart attack, at the age of 66. His contributions to the Tamil film industry, both as an actor and in various behind-the-scenes roles, left a lasting impact and were deeply appreciated by the audience.