THE biography of M.N. Nambiar, famous for playing the villain in Tamil movies, was launched in conjunction with his 100th birthday.
Having acted in more than 1,000 films over seven decades, the film legend’s illustrious acting career takes centre stage in the book.
The biography titled Nambiar Swami: The Good, The Bad and The Holy also captures the significant cinematic and cultural events that took place from 1940 to 2006.
It was penned by his grandson Dipak Nambiar who started writing the book some time ago.
However, the book was only released on March 7, which marked Nambiar’s 100th birthday.
Dipak expressed regret that he could not finish the biography before his grandfather passed away in 2008 at age 89.
Dipak regarded Nambiar and his late wife Rukmani Amma, who passed away in 2012, like his parents and described them as being loving and caring.
Behind the cruel antagonist’s mask that Nambiar wore on screen, he was known to be a philanthropist and a pious devotee who propagated Ayyapan worship.
Born in Kerala, South India, the actor’s most memorable role is probably in the 1963 blockbuster Nenjam Marapathillai, where he plays a man so overcome by hate and anger that he survives two lifetimes seeking revenge.
His last movie was Sudesi in 2006, where he acted as the grandfather of the protagonist in the movie.
The book was launched by Indian High Commissioner Mridul Kumar at the Royal Lake Club in Kuala Lumpur.
Dinesh Nambiar, the actor’s nephew who was born in Malaysia and is a citizen here, hosted the launch.
The book’s foreword was written by former Tamil Nadu chief minister, the late J. Jayalalithaa.