There is one unique aspect about Tollywood which cannot be replaced by any other film industry. It is the presence of exceptional supporting actors besides star heroes and glamorous heroines. This rich repository of supporting actors began in the bygone era with legends like SV Ranga Rao, Ramana Reddy, CSR and continued in the 70s- 80s with Rao Gopala Rao, Kaikala Satyanarayana, Kota Srinivasa Rao and so on. But there was a new wave of supporting actors that began in the mid 90s and a gentleman named MS Narayana was one of the pioneers.
This short heighted and curious actor was first noticed in his portrayal of Pedarayudu's (Mohan Babu) assistant Chari in the blockbuster film Pedarayudu. His peculiar dialogue delivery made people think that there was an emotional actor within him. But little did people know that there was a brilliant comedy angle hidden in him as well. Popular commercial comedy director EVV Satyanarayana unleashed the best of MS Narayana through Maa Nannaki Pelli in which he played the role of an alcoholic father. This role became so popular that the actor was seen in similar roles till quite recently. Despite being seen in roles where he is either addicted to alcohol or some bad habit such as playing cards, MS Narayana never disappointed the audience with his tremendous comedy timing. Nobody can forget his unique diction in saying , “Nothing is Impossible!” and his hilarious dance for Bollywood hit song “Piya Tu Ab to Aaja” in Srinu Vaitla’s feel good film Aanandam.
One of the greatest assets of MS Narayana is his diction and hilarious voice which was put to best use in every film of his. The popular scene in Athadu where he over hears the hero Mahesh Babu and Sunil’s conversation is perhaps the best example of this. It was Maatala Mantrikudu Trivikram Srinivas who made the best use of MS Narayana right from the time he began writing dialogues for Swayamvaram till his recent film Attarintiki Daaredi. MS Narayana always got fantastic roles from director Srinu Vaitla. His spoof series of imitating various actors like Ram Charan, Jr.NTR and Balakrishna in Mahesh Babu’s Dookudu is yet another memorable feast for Telugu audience. He managed to generate nonstop laughter even in Srinu Vaitla’s recent offering Aagadu. Sometimes actors inspire directors to create something and MS Narayana was the best example.
Five times Nandi Award winner, MS Narayana could make people laugh with his mere presence; which is indeed a gifted quality. This doesn't mean he confined to comedy alone because he did some fantastic roles that of a Telugu professor in Nani's Pilla Zamindar as well.
iQlikmovies tries to commemorate this legendary comedian on his death anniversary. We miss you Sir..