Yachan Gunja Mahendran (born 21 January 1950) is an Indian dramatist, actor, singer playwright and comedian from the state of Tamil Nadu. He has acted in a number of plays and films. He is the son of Y. G. Parthasarathy, regarded as one of the pioneers of modern Tamil drama and Rajalakshmi Parthasarathy, founder and dean of Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan group of schools. He is also the cousin of one of the biggest Bollywood actress Vyjayanthimala and Latha Rajinikanth.
I’m a big YG Mahendran fan from my days growing up in Chennai. Some of the facts he stated about better film actors coming from the stage is very true.
It was heartening to see that somebody has, over decades of being in the industry, has kept his integrity intact and perseveres to do the ‘best one can in the role,’ offered to them.
Thanks for the interview. It is a poignant example for other artists to hold on to their beliefs in the face of lower returns for their talent.