Indian actor, producer, and director who appeared in close to 200 Tamil films between 1989 and 2013, including Nandha, Muni, and Kaavalan. His acting honors include a 2005 Filmfare Award for Thavamai Thavamirundhu and a Tamil Nadu Government Award for Pandavar Bhoomi.
He made his acting debut in the 1989 Tamil movie, Ennappetha Rasa.
He produced the 1993 Tamil film, Aranmanai Kili.
He was married twice - to Chellamma and to Padma Jyothi - and had two children: Nainar Muhammed and Zeenat Priya.
He and Vijay Chandrasekhar both became known for their numerous roles in Tamil films.