Producer S Ramanathan no more

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Thursday, Jan 10, 2013

Producer S Ramanathan no more

Producer S. Ramanathan who made Amitabh Bachchan popular in the Hindi cine field, and who turns out to be the one who directed movie starring Kamal, Rajini and Amitabh Bachchan, passed away in Chennai on Wednesday following cardiac arrest.  He was aged 83.

The final rites are to be carried out in Mylapore funeral ground on Thursday.  Hundreds of cine people are paying homage to Ramanathan’s body which has been placed in Giri Street, T Nagar. 

Ramanathan, from Bangalore, had done many movies in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Kannada.  Also, he produced and directed more than 35 movies.  Among the 35 movies, he directed Tamil movies as ‘Pattatthu Rani’, and ‘Ponnu Maapillai’.  Also, Ramanathan produced movies as ‘Madras to Pondicherry’, and Rajini Starrer ‘Dharmadurai’. 

Ramanathan produced the movie Bombay to Goa.  The movie gave star status to Amitabh Bachchan who was then into small roles in movies.  Also, Ramanathan directed movie ‘Giraaftaar’ in which Rajini, Kamal and Amitabh Bachchan joined hands. 

Ramanathan is survived by his wife Kalavathy, daughters as Saira, Uma, and a son named Subeesh.

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