Noted Tamil film director and producer Ramanarayanan passed away yesterday at a private hospital in Singapore. Ramanarayanan (65) was admitted to the hospital for a kidney-related
ailment and passed away last evening. His final rites are expected to be held in the city tomorrow.
He holds the world record of directing over 125 films, the maximum number by a director. Beginning his career as a dialogue-writer in Tamil film industry, Ramanarayanan has given several hits. Some of them include Kanne Radha, Soorakottai Singakutty, Veeran and Sahadevan Mahadevan.
Interestingly he also made movies that carried off-beat themes and among them Sivappu Malli and Soru were hailed by critics.The prolific filmmaker made a name for himself making small-budget
films, predominantly on devotional themes or stories in which animals played central roles. His production house Thenandal Films not just churned out many movies but also distributed many Tamil and English flicks successfully across Tamilnadu.
He worked with several artistes including Vijayakanth, Vivek, S Ve Shekher, Vijaya T Rajendher, Kanaka, Baby Shamili among others.
Arya Surya was his 125th film. He also headed the Tamil Film Producers Council for three consecutive terms. He had also received many awards including the state Kalaimamani award. Ramanarayanan was elected the MLA to Tamilnadu legistalive Assembly in 1989.