Chennai: Veteran journalist, former Rajya Sabha member and political commentator Cho Ramaswamy (82) died here today following illness.
Ramaswamy was founder editor of Thuqlaq magazine and was known as a satirist.
He had acted in many movies and featured with top actors like Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan.
A multi-faceted personality who left his imprint in the fields of journalism, theatre and cinema, Cho S Ramasamy was a name to reckon with in Tamil Nadu, with satire and quick repartee being his forte.
Cho moved with political stalwarts with absolute ease but still would never shy away from making a point against them, whenever warranted. However, he was a master in drawing the line, keeping politics and other differences out of personal life, making him a much respected and even endearing personality among political leaders, ranging from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Tamil Nadu stalwarts like M Karunanidhi and J Jayalalithaa.
A lawyer by profession, Cho was a popular name in theatre, cinema and journalism. In his ultimate onscreen satire, as it is considered till date, Cho wrote and acted in the titular role of the film ‘Mohammed Bin Thuglaq,’ (1971) an unabashed take on the prevailing political situation of those times.
He had acted in a number of films, including those of matinee idols M G Ramachandran and Sivaji Ganesan, besides Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan.
Fondly addressed as Cho, he was suffering from illness and breathed his last at a private hospital this morning, sources close to his family said.
He is survived by wife, son and daughter.