Veteran filmmaker Mahendran hospitalised, critically ill

Veteran director and actor J Mahendran, has taken ill and his health condition is said to be critical. He is 79 years old.

Mahendran, who has directed several memorable films including Mullum Malarum, Johnny and Nenjathai Killadhey, was admitted to Apollo Hospitals on Wednesday evening, after he became sick following dialysis session.

Mahendran was recently seen in the Rajinikanth-starrer Petta and Boomerang, starring Atharvaa Murali which released earlier this month. Renowned for his writing, he is also a part of the Blue Ocean FIlm and Television Academy (BOFTA) in Chennai where he heads the filmmaking and direction course.

“Legendary Director & a path breaking filmmaker #Mahendran sir critically ill. Let’s pray for his speedy recovery. I am hoping & praying he will recover from the treatment now,” producer and BOFTA chief Dhananjayan tweeted.

The veteran was on a break from cinema and started acting in films recently. After a long time, he played the antagonist role in Vijay’s film Theri. He went on to act in a slew of films including Seethakathi and Nimir.

Mahendran’s son John Mahendran, who directed the film Sachien with Vijay in the lead role, asked fans and followers to pray for his dad.

Wishes and prayers started pouring in from Twitterati, with celebrities also tweeting out their shock at the news, and praying for his rapid recovery.