Personal details of Director Sridhar
Became a thorough professional with the movie Alli Thandha Vaanam(1984).
Full Biography of Director Sridhar
C Sridhar (22 July 1933 – 20 October 2008) was a South Indian screenwriter and film director. Sridhar hailed from Chitthamur, a village near Madurantakam, Tamil Nadu. He studied at St. Joseph's Higher Secondary School (Chengalpattu), where he began writing and staging plays while he was in Grade 7. He entered films as a dialogue writer when his play Ratha Pasam was adapted as a film. He made his debut as a director with Kalyanaparisu. He started his own production company Chitralaya in 1961 and made a series of commercially successful films like Nenjil Ore Alayam and Then Nilavu. The latter which has Gemini Ganesan and Vyjayanthimala in the lead was the first Tamil film to be shot in Jammu and Kashmir.In all his films he used a combination of stars, melodrama and melodious songs. He has directed films in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu and Kannada.
Kaadhalikka Neramillai was one of the greatest blockbusters of Tamil film history made by Sridhar. It was later remade in Hindi with actor Kishore Kumar and Shashi Kapoor. Sridhar helped launch the career of some of the celebrities in Tamil cinema namely R. Muthuraman and Devika in Nenjil Oru Aalayam, Sreekanth, J. Jayalalithaa, Nirmala and Venniradai Moorthy in Vennira Adai , Ravichandran, Kanchana and Rajshri in Kaadhalikka Neramillai, Jayashree in Thendralae Ennai Thodu and Vikram in Thanthu Vitten Ennai.
His notable Bollywood film include Nazrana (1961), Dil Ek Mandir (1963), Pyar Kiye Jaa (1966) and Gehri Chaal (1973). Nazrana, starring by Raj Kapoor, Vyjayanthimala, Usha Kiran and Gemini Ganesan in guest appearance, earned him Filmfare Award for Best Story.His notable hit and good movies with sivajiganesan are Ootyvarai uravu, Nenjiirukkum varai, Sivantha Mann. Sivanthaman (1969) was the first color movie in tamil shooted at foreign locations. Dharti hindi version was realsed in 1970 both the movies were super hit. Distributors really enjoyed good box office collections. Hindi version Dharti was sold for all areas on the first day of pooja itself without estimating the expenses. Thats why the producer was disappointed but this fact was suppressed and people talked in a different way.
In 1997 when Sridhar was in poor health, Rajinikanth offered financial help to tide him over, but Sridhar refused the charity. He gave the same reply to director P. Vasu, who was his disciple. Sridhar, whose career spanned four decades, is credited with understanding the pulse of the public and creating movies in tune with the times. He wrote in a variety of styles, from the comical (Kadhalika Neramillai) to the serious (Nenjam Oru Aalayam). The latter was remade in Hindi with Rajendra Kumar and Meena Kumari as Dil Ek Mandir which earn him two nomination at Filmfare Awards, Best Director and Best Story nomination.He brought out the best in comedians T. R. Ramachandran, K. A. Thangavelu, and Nagesh, and helped introduce Murthy to a wider audience in Vennira Adai. Murthy, now a TV and movie comedian par excellence, is still sometimes referred to as "Venniradai Moorthy" after the fame he received from his performance in the movie.
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