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Goodbye Crazy Mohan: The loved linguistic genius is the reason Tamil cinema got Kamal Haasan, the great comic actor

Crazy Mohan was adored for his sparklingly funny comedies, his brilliant wordplay and his marvellous ability to make absolutely clean jokes.

Crazy Mohan’s ‘crazy’ talent found perfect collaborators in actor Kamal Haasan and director Singeetam Srinivasa Rao.

Crazy Mohan is gone.

But his rich body of work — a unique mix of puns across languages, hilarious one-liners, situational comedy, a little bit of slapstick, exaggerated tropes, stereotypes turned on their heads, some good-humoured politically incorrect jokes and, above all, excellent comic timing — is there to cherish.

His dialogues were crisp and bullet-sharp but never came across as imposed on the actors.

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