Sharmila is an Indian doctor, television and film actress. Mathrubootham ,  which made her popular. She went on to act in various television series in both Tamil and Malayalam , and a couple of Tamil films. Sharmila was born to Kothandaraman, who had a pharmaceutical concern. I school and went on pursue an MBBS degree.
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Babu's Day Out. Temporary Setback? Ask Dr M. Janaki Venkatraman 09 April Ask Dr M outlookindia. Q: Respected Sir, I have been masturbating five or six times a day for the last 10 years. I am to be married shortly. Will my habit affect my married life? A: Dear Viewer, firstly, do you think you can keep your hands free long enough to tie the taali around the bride's neck?
Q: Respected Sir, I get turned on by women's nostrils. When I see a woman's flared nostril, I have an uncontrollable urge to place my member in it. What shall I do?
A: Dear Viewer, you seem to have proved the saying, "On the whole, it's all about a hole. DON'T squirm, folks. This is how this television show rolls—and it's one of the most popular in southern India. And the cynosure of all eyes is Dr N. Mathrubhootham, a mild-mannered telly sex evangelist who anchors the hugely popular Puthira Punithama? Back at PP's spartan set in a Chennai studio, you just find a couple of scratchy vinyl chairs and two people.
Seated on one of those chairs is a fiftyish gent, wearing specs and a slight lisp. He is dressed in unobtrusive clothes and if you saw him on the street, you wouldn't give him the time of the day. Seated on the other chair is an unremarkable young woman in a neatly pinned sari, hardly your usual anchorwoman. It's difficult to get channel bimbettes for this job—they don't mind dressing skimpy or mouthing inanities, but they wouldn't ever want to be caught reading a letter that goes, "Dear doctor, I've just been diagnosed as having prostate gonorrhea Then the woman begins reading aloud, an unwavering pleasant expression on her face.
My weight is 80 kgs. My wife weighs 37 kgs. She is too small made. Consequently I am not having satisfactory sex. My wife complains that in this situation even one shift is tiring. So there is no scope for two shifts. What can I do? The gent slowly crosses his arms and replies: "What is he complaining about? How his wife escaped being made into chutney baffles me!
And what does he mean by 'shift'? Does he think he is running a factory? Hop right on to experience a half-hour roller-coaster ride on sex education of sorts. Anchoring PP is Dr Mathrubhootham, a year-old unassuming Chennai psychiatrist, who looks like everyone's favourite uncle.
He even sounds like everyone's favourite uncle as he answers viewers' queries on sexual fears, inadequacies, fetishes and positions. Until he breaks irrepressibly into a film song or humour—puns, quotes, adult jokes, anything. Tamil viewers have so fallen in love with his style that he now commands mass popularity "Second only to superstar Rajni!
No wonder PP's racing towards its th episode. Bernard was looking for a suitable anchor when he met Dr Mathrubhootham at a debate on Tamil cinema. The doctor was given very little time to speak. So, summing it all up, he said, "Tamil cinema was based on kadhai story in the past, then on sadhai flesh and now it is based on udhai violence.
The programme and its anchor opened somewhat nervously, with none very sure of how the conservative Tamil audiences would receive it. One man wrote to ask, 'Why don't you just telecast blue films instead? My relatives and friends called to express their disapproval. As the weeks went by, however, attitudes changed. Perhaps because I had begun to preface the Q and A sessions with short, serious talks on sexual problems. After the initial culture shock, viewers began to respond very positively.
We started receiving more queries than we could handle. And Dr M has his fans all right. Says Dr Narayan Reddy, noted Chennai-based sexologist: "Dr Mathrubhootham's programme singlehandedly broke all taboos surrounding conversations about sex, and made it a topic fit for drawing room discussion.
Not only that, Dr M took it out of the studios to cities and small towns and made it an interactive experience. Today, pp is a runaway hit—its ratings have never gone below three or four—and the good doctor's name is a byword in Tamil Nadu.
PP's producer Navannan says the doctor never rehearses for his shows. That possibly makes his viewers trust his sexual advice. To the extent that even in the villages which have satellite TV, Dr M's name is synonymous with sex education.
Go to Dr M! The programme has been a revelation to Dr M too. The maximum queries come from young men, followed by middle-aged women, followed by men in their 60s, exactly in that order. But the women, even in conservative south, have become bolder. When I advised a young woman who had been brought to me by her mother not to continue with her promiscuous ways, she retorted, 'What's wrong with it doctor? This is just practice, for playing after marriage!
Is there a flip side to PP? Says one Chennai doctor: "Dr M has fallen into the humour trap. Just because viewers expect him to joke and sing, he indulges them. In the process, he dilutes the seriousness of the queries. His answers tend to be superficial. Besides, in case of queries from those whose sexual inclinations are different, he tends to be judgmental.
The last of five sons in a conservative, middle-class family in Tiruchy, Mathrubhootham lost his father when he was five, and from then onwards—till he became a doctor—life was an ongoing financial struggle.
Wanting to become a surgeon, he got a short term posting to the Kilpauk Mental Hospital. Working under the very committed Dr Sarada Menon, Mathrubhootham himself became interested in psychiatry, and eventually post-graduated in it.
He would perhaps have remained an unknown government psychiatrist, except for his enormous zest. He organised cultural functions for the hospital, wrote plays and skits, met vips, produced programmes for air and DD, participated in seminars and debates and eventually, through PP, became the star he is today. He has acted in several TV serials, some movies, written books for lay readers on psychiatric and sexual problems his book Iniya Illaram or Marital Happiness is considered a great wedding gift.
He has fans among both film personalities and politicians. One film producer was so taken up with the doctor's shows that he made a full-length movie titled Puthira Punithama? It was a loosely-strung collection of sexual and psychiatric case histories. Dr M scripted it and even acted in it. The movie sank without a trace. Bad production values ruined the movie, which the doctor is amused to note, "surfaces now and then for a couple of weeks' run.
Only, now they use my face on the posters! Apart from running a psychiatric practice and a nursing home for the mentally challenged, he supervises two old-age homes, records for TV, writes, shoots for films and has fun with a seven-month-old grandson.
All this, despite having renal trouble and a host of other problems resulting from a year battle with diabetes. It doesn't stop him though from quipping about his condition. But I'm more comfortable with it now. Besides, some of his fame has rubbed off on me. I never have to stand in a queue; someone always recognises me as the doctor's wife and makes way for me! More from Website. More from Blog. Rajendra Pratap Gupta. The Latest Issue.
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Mathrubootham 2 July — 18 November was an Indian psychiatrist, writer, film actor and director who was known for his work on sex education. He also acted as a comedian in some Tamil films. Mathrubootham was born in an Iyer family in Tiruchirappalli on 2 July Marfatia award by the Indian Psychiatrists Association for his research on alcohol addiction and the Pinnacle award for his multilingual sex education film Puthira Punithama.
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