Veteran actor, scriptwriter and director Vietnam Veedu Sundaram passed away in Chennai today. He was 76 and he breathed his last at around 1.30 am this morning.
Sundaram has written scripts for nearly all the actors and was a favorite writer of Sivaji Ganesan. He has directed more than a dozen films and is well known for his family themes.
Some of his popular movies are Vietnam Veedu, Gnana Oli, Payanam, Panakkara Pen, Nalai Namahe and Justice Gopinath.
His stories have been made into films in other languages also. He had turned actor on the small screen, and has to his credit quite a few television serials.
Sundaram’s mother brought him to Madras from Tiruchirapalli in 1945 to see Mahatma Gandhi at Island Grounds. Then he moved to Madras for good in 1955.As he was not well educated he was made to work in a factory even at a very young age.
In 1955-56 he joined Dunlop factory as a machine operator. In the mean time he was also working as a service boy in United Amateur Artistes run by Y.G. Parthasarathy, his wife and Pattu. That kindled his interest in drama and cinema.He used to narrate real life incidents with imagination and make it an interesting story.
This made him a good storyteller among his friends.Slowly he graduated himself in theatrics and play writing. Soon he became a good screenplay and dialogue writer.