Tamil cinemaâ€™s best-loved comedian, and one of its greatest actors is no more. Nagesh passed away today (Jan 31st 2009). We will never see the likes of a Nagesh again: acrobatic and versatile, he could have you in splits and then in tears. He had a genius for the tragic-comic. You could even go so far as to call him Indiaâ€™s most accomplished comic; a national treasure. Anyone who needs any persuading need only look at that classic, beloved scene in Kathalika Nerumillai, when he pitches a script to his stingy father, Baliah. Not just Indians unfamiliar with Tamil, but even foreigners are charmed by Nageshâ€™s perfect comic timing here.