Biography of M.N.Nambiar- Popular Indian Villain Actor (Tamil and Malayalam Movies)


M N Nambiar

Known As: M.N.Nambiar /Guru Swamy Nambiar / Maha Guru Swamy

Maha Gurusamy M N Nambiar

Date of Birth: 7th March 1919-Born at Kannur, Malabar, Present Kerala

Kannur Malabar

Date of Death: 19th November 2008 –Died at Chennai at the age of 89 years

M N Nambiar Expired in Chennai

Father: Kelu Nambiar

Mother: Lakhsmi

Mother Tongue: Malayalam

Wife: Rukmini  (Born:1930 –Died on 11th  April 2012 at the age of 82 years)

M N Nambiar and Mrs Rukmini Nambiar


2 Sons:

1.    Sukumar Nambiar – A Senior Leader of Bharathia Janatha Party / BJP-(Born: 1949- Died on 8th  January 2012 at the age of 63 years)

Sukumar Nambiar

2.    Mohan Nambiar – A Coimbatore Based Businessman and

1 Daughter: Sneha Nambiar

Occupation: Tamil Cinema Actor

Speciality of M.N.Nambiar: 

M N Nambiar

Nambiar a pure ‘Vegetarian’ and a ‘Teetotaler’.  (No To Tobacco and No To Alcohol)

It is reported that because of his being a pure vegetarian, he avoided joining the Indian Military Services, at the time when he was in search of a job.

Nambiar was said to take food prepared by his wife Ms.Rukmini only and he had never taken any outside food throughout his career and life.

He is said  that he would  feed the first morsel of his food to his wife and then only he would eat his food.

And whenever,  he would be without his wife, (only during his pilgrimage to Sabari Mala) , he would feed the first morsel of his food to his sons and then only he would eat his food.

He had been a ‘Cruel Villain’ in his Movies and a Rare Man in his Real Life, as witnessed by his co-actors.

M.N.Nambiar has acted as villain /  in negative roles  in most of his Movies, especially in Tamil.

On the contrary, he had been a very pious man in real life, being an ardent devotee of ‘Sabarimala Sri Ayyappan Swamy’.

Sabari Malai Sri Ayyappa Swamy

Sabari Mala Guru Swamy:  

Gurusamy Nambiar On Sabari Malai Pilgrimage

M.N.Nambiar had been a Hindu Spiritual Leader, making regular annual pilgrimage to Sabari Mala- And he was the ‘Guruswamy’ in the ‘Sabarimala Pilgrimage’ of many celebrities of South Indian Cinema Field-And he was also called the ‘Maha Guruswamy’.

Nambiar had started his first pilgrimage to Sabari Malai with his Guru ‘Nawab Rajamanickam’, in the year 1942.

And there after he had been regularly going on his annual pilgrimage to Sabari Malai.

Nawab Rajamanickam

Nambiar had been  visiting the shrine Sabari Malai,  for more than 55 times, taking group of many people under his guidance and leadership.

He had been a ‘Senior Guruswamy’ to many Movie Actors, since many years.

Notably, M.N.Nambiar died during the ‘Sabari Mala Season’, which is considered by his disciples and fans, to be blessing of Lord Ayyappa Swamy of Sabari Mala.

Movies Career of M.N.Nambiar: 

As Nambiar lost his father, when he was a very young boy, he went to stay with his elder sister and brother in law in Ooty.

As he was interested in acting, at the age of 13 years, Nambiar joined ‘Nawab Rajamanickam’s Drama Troop.

Nambiar acted in an Indian Movie ‘Bhaktha Ramadas’, released in the year 1935 both in Hindi and Tamil, when he was 16 years old, in a comedy role along with T.K.Sambangi.

Nambiar started acting in Tamil movies in negative roles / villain characters and became a popular villain actor in Tamil.

M.N.Nambiar has acted in more than 1000 Movies in Tamil. 

Also Nambiar has acted in about 15 Malayalam Movies and in very few movies in Hindi, Telugu and English.

The popular Indian Actor M.N.Nambiar had been active for more than 70 years between the years 1935 and 2006.

M.N.Nambiar in Hindi Movie: 

In Hindi M.N.Nambiar has acted in the remake of the Tamil Movie ‘Kanavane Kann Kanda Deivam’

Kanavane Kann Kanda Deivam Tamil Movie

M.N.Nambiar in Telugu Movies:

In Telugu, M.N.Nambiar has acted in  the  Movie- ‘Kanna Talli’ in the year 1953-

Kanna Talli Telugu Movie

He acted in the movie along with Akkineni Nageshwara Rao, R.Nageswara Rao, Vasantha, Mikkilineni, K.Siva Rao, Peketi Sivaram, Pasumatrti Krishnamurthi, G.Varalakshmi and Raja Sulochana- The movie was Produced and Directed by K.S.Prakash Rao   

Nambiar in Telugu Movie Kanna Talli

“KANCHANA”/ 1952/

Kanchana Telugu Movie 1952

Nambiar acted in the Telugu Movie-‘Kanchana’ along with Actors: K. R. Ramaswamy, NS Narayana Pillai, K Doraiswamy, KS Kannayya,  PA Thomas and   TS Doraraj and Actresses:  Padmini, Lalitha, Miss Kumari, Thankamma, Thankam, Aranmula and Ponnamma.

The Movie-‘Kanchana’ was based on the Story ‘Kanchanayin Kanavu’ by: Lakshmi Tripurasundari and Screenplay by: Manickam and Dialogues Written by: Manickam (Tamil dialogues)& Munshi Paramu Pillai (Malayalam dialogues) and Produced&Directed by: S.M.Sriramulu  Naidu & Vembu

Lakshmi Tirupura Sundari Tamil Writer

The Movie-”Kanchana’ was simultaneously shot in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam.

M.N.Nambiar in English Movie:

In English, M.N.Nambiar has appeared in a few scenes of the 1952 English Movie-‘Jungle’, directed by William Burke.

The Movies of M.N.Nambiar as the ‘Hero’ of the Movies:-

In the Following 4 Movies M.N.Nambiar acted as the ‘Hero’ of the Movies:

Name of the Movie/ Year: “KANJAN” /1947/

M N Nambiar and Malathi in Kanjan

M.N.Nambiar acted in the Movie-‘Kanjan’ as the ‘Hero’ of the Movie along with the:

Actors: S.V.Subbaiha, P.V.Narasimha Bharathi and M.Mustafa and

Actresses: R.Malathi, T.G.Kamala Devi and M.S.S.Bhagyam

The Movie-‘Kanjan’ was:

Produced by: ‘Jupiter Pictures’-S.K.Mohideen  and

Written&Directed by:Kovai C.Ayyamuthu and

Co-Directed &Edited by:T.R.Gopu of Jupiter Pictures-Central Studios

The Movie-‘Kanjan’ of M.N.Nambiar was a Total -‘Failure Movie’


Nambiar’s  First Movie ‘Dhigambara Samiyar’, Produced by: Modern Theatres

Modern Theatres

and Directed by: T.R.Sundaram


was released   in the Year 1935 in Tamil-

Dhigambara Samiyar

Nambiar had acted as the’ Hero’ in the movie  in 11 roles  and -He acted along with the –

Nambiar in Dhigambara Samiyar

Actors:  Narasimha Bharathi, T.Balasubramaniam, M.G.Chakrapani, Alwar Kuppusamy, V.M.Ezhumalai, Karunanidhi, T.K.Ramachandran, V.K.Ramasamy, S.S.Sivasuriyan, M.A.Ganapathi, Srinivasa Gopalan,Thirpathi, Mani, Subbiah and

Actors List in Dhigambara Samiyar

Actresses:  M.S.Drowpathi, Lakshmi Prabha, C.K.Saraswathi, K.Jayalakshmi, K.T.Dhanalakshmi, Baby Lalitha, Kamalam, Kannamma and Saraswathi- The movie was produced by Modern Theatres and Directed by T.R.Sundaram

Actresses List in Dhigambara Samiyar


M.N.Nambiar acted in the Movie-‘Kalyani’ as the hero, along with B.S.Saroja as the Heroine, M.G.Chakrapani, D.Balasubramaniam, K.V.Srinivasan, M.Saroja, A.Karunanidhi, T.P.Muthulakshmi and P.S.Gnanam.

The Movie ‘Kalyani’ was based on a famous Hollywood Movie-‘Snake Pit’-1948, with story of a mentallay deranged girl was Produced by the Modern Theatres- T.R.Sundaram.

Snake Pit 1948

The  screen play of the movie ‘Kalyani’ depicting  the horrible experiences of the mentally ill girl at an Institution for the mentally disturbed people was written by ‘Ko Tha. Shanmuga Sundaram, the First Editor of the ‘Daily Thanthi’.

The Movie ‘Kalyani’ was Directed by ‘T. G. Raghavacharya’ /Acharya, who directed ‘Mangamma Sapatham’, ‘Apoorva Sahodarargal’ and a good part of ‘Chandralekha’, including the celebrated ‘drums- dance’.  The music was scored by S. Dakshinamurthy and G. Ramanathan.  Kannadasan, who was not famous then, penned the lyrics of the Movie ‘Kalyani’.


M N Nambiar in Kavitha 1962

Nambiar acted in the Movie-‘Kavitha’ as the Hero, along with Raja Sulochana, 

Raja Sulochana in Kavitha 1962

Pandari Bai, Pushpalatha, 

M N Nambiar and Pushpalatha in Kavitha 1962


M R Radha in Kavitha 1962

and S.V.Ranga Rao. 

S V Ranga Rao in Kavitha 1962

The Movie was Produced by Modern Theatres

Modern Theatres

and Directed by T.R.Raghunath, with Music Score by K.V.Mahadevan.

Raja Sulochana and M N Nambiar in Kavitha 1962


M.N.Nambiar in Stage Dramas: 

Nambiar in Stage Drama

In the beginning of his acting career, M.N.Nambiar had been acting in ‘Stage Dramas’ of ‘Nawab Rajamanickam’.

Afterwards Nambiar started his own drama troupe called ‘Nambiar Nataka Mandram’,which had staged two plays, `Kaviyin Kanavu’ and a Comedy Play-`Kalyana Supermarket’.   

M.N.Nambiar in Television Serials:

M.N.Nambiar has acted in Television Serials such as, ‘Alaigal’ ‘Oviyam’ and ‘Velan’

Alaigal TV Serial
Nambiar in TV Serial Oviyam

In the Sun TV Serial ‘Alaigal’ he acted along with Jayachitra, A.L.Raghavan, Vadivukkarasi, Venu Arvind, Raaghav and Nizhalgal Ravi and

the Serial was telecast form 23rd April 2001 to 28th May 2003 and

– the serial was produced by the ‘Vikatan Televista’ and Directed by ‘Sundar K Vijayan’

Sundar K Vijayan

Awards and Recognitions Given to M.N.Nambiar:

M.N.Nambiar has acted efficiently in Tamil and Malayalam Movies for more than 60 years and his contributions to India Cinema is worth many awards and recognition.

It is notable that M.N.Nambiar has not been awarded any notable award of the Union Government of India or the State Governments of Tamilnadu and Kerala.

M.N.Nambiar had been the ‘Best Villain Actor’ in Tamil Movies. However, he was not recognized by anyone as the ‘Best Villain Actor’.

However, in the year 1990, M.N.Nambiar was given  the ‘Tamil Nadu State Films-Honorary Award’- the “MGR Award” for his contributions to Tamil Movies.

The Tamil Movie-‘Thillana Mohanambal’, in which M.N.Nambiar acted as the ‘Maharaja of Madanpur’, received the ‘National Film Award’ for the “Best Regional Movie” in Tamil, for the year 1968 and

The Cameraman, K.S.Prasad of the Movie-‘Thillana Mohanmbal’ received the ‘National Award For the Best Camera Man’ for the year 1968 and

The Movie ‘Thillana Mohanmbal’ was given the “State Government of Tamilnadu Award” as the ‘Second Best Tamil Movie’ of the year 1968 and

the ‘Best Actress Award’ was given to Padmini and

the ‘Best Story Writer’ Award was given to Kothamangalam Subbu and

the ‘Best Supporting Actors Awards’ were given to T.S.Balaiah and ‘Aachi’ Manorama.

Though M.N.Nambiar was not given any award for his excellent acting in the movie-‘Thillana Mohanambal’, his contribution to the success of the movie as the “Pride of Indian Cinema” cannot be ignored.

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Krishna Prakash
Krishna Prakash
5 years ago

Swami Saranam . Thanks for the article on Mahaguruswamy Nambiar Swami

3 years ago

Sri M.N.Nambiar’s daughter Sneha is NOT an actress as printed by you.

3 years ago

Sri MN Nambiar’s mother is not Lakshmi. Her name is Kalyani.