29-May-2018 | Mallapuram, Tamil Nadu, India
V. Srinivasan was born in Malapuram on 31st October 1929 in a Tamil Brahmin family.His parents were Venkatachariar and Chellamma. He followed all Brahmin rituals sincerely through out his life. He remained a vegetarian. He expired on 29 May 2018 in his residence in T.Nagar, Chennai due to old age. He is survived by his wife and children. He is director, producer and screenplay. He directed his first film mudhalali in 1957 which was produced by Ratna Studios.
He introduced several people to the industry, including Vaali as lyricist, and Visu as filmmaker (with Keezh Vaanam Sivakkum). Srinivasan also collaborated with his close friend Sivaji Ganesan in films like Andaman Kadhali, Imayam and Iru Medhaigal. He directed Kamal Hasan in Andharangam and Simla Special, and Rajnikanth in Polladhavan. Of his 43 directorial ventures, 29 were box office hits.
The film Andha Naal, in which he assisted s.balachandar, was the first film without songs that was made in Madras.
Srinivasan was one of the founders of, and served as President for, the Tamil Film Producer Council.He served as President of the South Indian film chamber of commerce. He was Chairman of Film City, owned by the state government of Tamil Nadu. He was also Member of Award Films Committees and a Board Member of the Film Censor Board.
His elder brother is Muktha Ramaswamy and his sister is Revathi. He married Prema in 1951. He has three children Muktha S. Sundar, Mukhta Ravi and Maya. He expired in his residence in T Nagar, Chennai on 29th May, 2018 due to old age.Mukha Srinivasan, Recipient of National Award for the film Mudalali, Best film 1977-78 Balaparitchai by Tamil Nadu state government, Best Science Fiction film Avan-Aval-Adhu State Award, Best film 1981-82 keezh vanam sivakkum' State Award and 1982-83 Paritchaikku Neramaachu - Tamil Nadu State film award for best director.
Srinivasan was attracted to politics from the age of seven when he carried the flag of the Symbol of Congress and went to various places around his village. This was the first instance of him canvassing for Congress and his relatives asked him to concentrate on studies and stopped him from canvassing due to the age factor.
After completing school he met Somu Rao who influenced him to follow the Communist ideology. He became close friends with Manali Kandasamy, Amirthalingam, Bala Dandayutham, and P. Ramamoorthy, which finally led him to meet Comarade Jeevanandham. They became close friends and together organised meetings in Tamil Nadu. It was at this time that the communist party was banned. Srinivasan, who at that time had been working in a government office at Selam in 1946, lost his job and was arrested. His brother Muktha Ramasamy, who was working with modern theatre, approached his boss and sought his help to release Srinivasan from jail. His films such as Mudalali, Naalu Veli Nilam & Thamarai kulam were influenced by the Communist ideology. When disputes started arising in the Communist Party he lost his interest. At this stage Srinivasan was an avid reader becoming inspired by Gandhian principles and he joined Congress in 1961. While working with Sivaji Ganesan he started organizing meetings. He canvassed for the 1962 elections and gave speeches supporting Congress under the leadership of K. Kamaraj.
He used to follow "Mouna-Viradham". He would not speak and would have only water on holy days. In his early days he used to spin his own clothes with a Raatai chakkaram (Hand machine).
When Gk Moopanar started the Tamil Maanila Congress in 1996 he appointed Srinivasan as General Secretary. Mr Gk Vasan later merged the Tamil Maanila Congress with the Indian National Congress. He is now working under the leadership of Mrs Sonia Gandhi.
Srinivasan has held the positions of District Congress president, Vice-President Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) and Gen-secretary Tamil Maanila Congress (Gk moopanar)
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