KUALA LUMPUR: Samynathan Rethinam, whose acting career spanned a good three decades, will always be remembered as a reliable supporting character in many well-known Malay movies and sitcoms.
The 63-year-old comedian better known by his stage name Acappan died of kidney failure at his home in Taman Puchong Utama, Puchong at 2.43am today.
Acappan’s daughter Yhuveneshwary Samynathan, 24, said he had been ill for sometime and his family members were with him when he breathed his last.
The actor who hails from Parit Buntar, Perak, is survived by his wife Yogeswari Subramaniam, 53, and three children Vikneshwaran Samynathan, 31, Dhineshwaran Samynathan, 28, and Yhuveneshwary.
His funeral will be held at his house at 3pm today.
Acappan was one of Malaysia’s most prominent Indian comedians who regularly appeared in Malay movies and sitcoms, and his first notable comedy series was Santan Berlada in 1985. The popular sitcom also starred Fauziah Nawi and the late Yusof Hamid a.k.a. Mr Os.
He was a regular actor in the long-running sitcom Pi Mai Pi Mai Tang Tu playing the witty and straight-talking Singam.
Acappan’s best known films included Mira Edora, Sejati, Adik, Rimba Malam, Sahabat, Simfoni Kasih, Suratan Kasih, Bisikan Cinta, Ghazal Untuk Rabiah, Jin Notti and Mamak Cupcake.
In Jin Notti, a KRU comedy screened in 2009, he stole the limelight from the main actors Fara Fauzana and Mawi with his catchphrase “Correct, correct, correct”.