R C Sakthi to be cremated today

R C Sakthi to be cremated todayPopular Tamil director R C Sakthi, who launched actor Kamal Haasan in a lead role, passed away at a private hospital in Chennai on Monday at the age of 75.

Director Sakthi passed away at SRM hospital due to old agerelated ailments, a source close to the directors family said.

He launched actorfilmmaker Kamal Haasan as a hero in his directorial debut Unarchigal, a controversial film about sexually transmitted diseases.

He went on to direct some criticallyacclaimed films such as Manidharil Ithanai Nirangal, Dharma Yuddham and Amma Pillai.

His last directorial venture was in 1993 – the Tamil film Pathini Penna – which fetched him two State awards for best film and best dialogue writer.