Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Kamal Haasan and a host of film personalities today condoled the death of veteran producer-director Muktha Srinivasan, who passed away in Chennai last night.
He was 88. His first film Mudhalali, which was released in 1958, won the National Award. Muktha Srinivasan went on to direct several films with some of Tamil cinema’s biggest stars, including Gemini Ganesan, Jayalalithaa, Sivaji Ganesan and later Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan.
Through his career in films spanning over six decades, Srinivasan directed several memorable films, including Paanchali, Ninaivil Nindraval, Suryagandhi, Simla Special and Polladhavan and had worked with several notable actors including Sivaji Ganesan, Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.
After working as an assistant to director TR Sundaram, Muktha Srinivasan made his directorial debut with ‘Mudhalali’ in 1957, which went on to win the National Award for Best Film in Tamil.
Muktha Srinivasan established his own production house, the famous Muktha Films in 1961, along with his elder brother Muktha V Ramaswamy.
Srinivasan has also extensively worked with Shivaji Ganesan, directing 11 films of the yesteryear thespian. Some of the memorable films from the duo are Andhaman Kadhali, Imayam, and Iru Medhaigai amid several others. He also gave Rajinikanth his monumental hit Polladhavan.