Veteran filmmaker C V Rajendran passes away

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Sunday, Apr 01, 2018

Veteran filmmaker C V Rajendran passes away

Veteran filmmaker C V  Rajendran (81), who helmed blockbusters including Galatta Kalyanam, Sumathi En Sundari and Raja starring Sivaji Ganesan, passed away this morning. He is survived by his wife Janaki Rajendran, a son and daughter. Known for his hilarious entertainers, Rajendran was veteran director's cousin.

He started his career working as assistant to Sridhar in Kadhalikka Neramillai. Rajendran's maiden directorial venture was Anubhavam Pudhumai. However it was Galatta Kalyanam featuring Sivaji Ganesan and Jayalalithaa that brought him name and fame.

The movie was scrip[ted by Sridhar, whom Rajendran always calls him as his 'Guru'.Known for his close association with Sivaji Ganesan, Rajendran directed over 20 films starring the thespian in the lead role.

Interestingly Rajendran introduced Prabhu, son of Sivaji as hero with the movie Sangili.Rajendran was talented lyricist too. He penned popular songs including Pottu Vaitha Mugamo (Sumathi En Sundari), Ahaya Panthalile Ponoonjal (Ponoonjal), Nee Varavendum Endru Ethirparthen (Raja), Germaniyin Senthen Malarae (Ullasa Paraivvaigal).

He also produced a couple of movies including Once More (Sivaji Ganesan) and Vietnam Colony (Prabhu). His last directorial venture was Chinnapadas which starred Sathyaraj in the lead. It was made in the year 1989. He also served as member of Tamilnadu Government's tax free board.Speaking to News Today, Dhananjayan, a film historian and a producer, said, 'Rajendran was a wonderful technician.

His flair for humour is good. Though he remade several Hindu blockbusters and Malayalam in Tamil during 1970s and 1980s, he ensured that he made enough changes to suit the taste of local audience. He was a great filmmaker who worked with almost all top actors'.Film personalities took to social media to express their condolence and paid rich tributes to Rajendran.

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