Topyaps Logo

Topyaps Logo Topyaps Logo Topyaps Logo Topyaps Logo

Topyaps menu

Responsive image

Manjunath Nayaker, Who Played Swami In ‘Malgudi Days’, Lives Happily Away From Arc Lights

Updated on 10 September, 2019 at 6:06 pm By

‘Malgudi Days’, the 1987 TV-series based on the stories of illustrious Indian novelist R.K. Narayan, is considered to be one of the finest television shows in India. Those who have seen the series still appreciate the mural-like portrayal of the fictional town of Malgudi.

But do you remember the actor who played the principal character of Swami?


Advertisement

His name is Manjunath Nayaker, and he played the part to such perfection that R.K. Narayan himself said that he was “exactly how I had imagined Swami to be”.

 

But in spite of acting in 68 feature films in Kannada, Telugu, Hindi, English and Kashmiri by age 19, Manjunath Nayaker left the world of films to pursue the life of an ordinary man.

He also played a young Vijay Deenanath Chauhan in 1990’s ‘Agneepath’.

 

After doing his BA in English and MA in Sociology from the University of Mysore and Bangalore University, Nayaker went on to become a full-time PR professional.

His Linkedin profile tells us that he now works as a Principal Consultant at VIC Ltd in Bangalore, and has acquired years of corporate professional experience.

 



Today, he is a father to a five-year-old son and lives the life of a family man.

In a conversation with Quint, Nayaker said that at the time of playing Swami, he “couldn’t appreciate the quality writing of Mr Narayan”, adding that it was only later in his life he realised the genius of the prolific writer.

He confesses, though, that he has not yet read ‘Swami and Friends’ for the fear that the writing of Narayan might make him question his own performance.

 

 

“I have a very special copy of it in my head and I want to leave it at that. Because I am sure if I read it, I’ll feel that I have not done justice to it, so I am selfishly not reading it.”

 

It is good to know that someone in this country has been able to overcome the lure of the arc lights and charted a different, equally successful course of life for himself. But as a fan of his performance as the unforgettable Swami, we miss him.


Advertisement

 

Advertisement

Latest Stories

Martin Guptill Again Called ‘G**du’ To Yuzvendra Chahal, This Is How The Spinner Responds

Martin Guptill Again Called ‘G**du’ To Yuzvendra Chahal, This Is How The Spinner Responds


After Sending Migrants Back To Their Home, Sonu Sood Is Winning Hearts On Twitter With His Hilarious Replies

After Sending Migrants Back To Their Home, Sonu Sood Is Winning Hearts On Twitter With His Hilarious Replies


Want To Know How Many Versions of Ramayan Did Ramanand Sagar Read Before Making The Show?

Want To Know How Many Versions of Ramayan Did Ramanand Sagar Read Before Making The Show?


Yuvraj, Gambhir and Dhawan Lash Out On Shahid Afridi After His Remarks Against PM Modi

Yuvraj, Gambhir and Dhawan Lash Out On Shahid Afridi After His Remarks Against PM Modi


10 Upcoming Bollywood Films That Will Release On OTT Platforms Instead Of Theatres

10 Upcoming Bollywood Films That Will Release On OTT Platforms Instead Of Theatres


Advertisement

Most Searched

More From Culture

Popular on The Web