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Director Sridhar

Name Cithamur V Sridhar
Date of Death 20th October 2008
Mother Tongue Telugu
Religion Hindu
Nationality  Indian
Profession Director, Producer, Script Writer
Birth place Cithamur, Chengalpet, Tamilnadu
Family Wife - Devasena
Son - Sanjay
Daughter-in-law - Sailakshmi
Daughter - Sripriya
Son-in-law - Krishnan (Doctor)
Education School – St. Joseph school, Chennai
Debut Tamil :
Script Writer – Ratha Paasam
Director – Kalyaana Parisu
Producer – Thaen nilavu
Kannada :
Director & Writer – Pelli kaanuka
Telugu :
Manase Oru Kshethram
Rose to Fame Kalyaana Parisu
Brought Freshness into Tamil cinema in the early 60s
Production company Chitralaya (1961)
Considered as Trend setter
One of the best storytellers of Indian cinema
Job most loved Script writing
Formula of his films triangular love story
New faces introduced by him Actors :
Muthuraman (Nenjil oru alayam)
Srikanth (Vennira Aadai)
Moorthi (Vennira Aadai)
Ravichandran (Kadhalikka naeramilai)
Vikram (Thandhuvittaen ennai)
Major Sundararajan

Actress :
Jayalalitha (Vennira Aadai)
Nirmala (Vennira Aadai)
Kanchana (Kadhalikka naeramillai)
Devika (nenjil oru aalayam)
Jayashree (Thendralae Ennai Thodu)
Some of his Blockbuster classic movies * Nenjil oru aalayam
* Nenjam marappadhillai
* Kalyana parisu
* Thaen nilavu
* Ooty varai uravu
* Kadhalikka naeramillai
* Galatta kalyanam
* Urimai kural
His noticeable Hindi movies * Dil ek mandir
* Pyaar kiya jaa
* Nazarana
* Gehri chaal
His Assistant Directors * Santhana Bharathy
* P. Madhavan
Credited as Man with ‘Midas touch’
Health * lost eyesight in one of his eye after an accident
* suffered from stroke
Cause of death Cardiac arrest
About him Chitralaya Gopu : (Classmate, close friend & colleague)
“He wrote very interesting stage plays when we were in school. Whether it was romance, sentimental themes or comedy, he could handle them with ease. He was a trend-setter in Tamil films. His dialogues were refreshingly conversational.”

Balachander : (Director)
“Mr.Sridhar was my role model.”

Kamal haasan : (Actor)
“He had a very casual humility and would treat all of us like his contemporaries. When I was about 25, just after ‘Ilamai Oonjal Aadugiradu,’ he asked me if I could direct a film for Chitralaya.”

Illayaraja : (Music director)
“He is an important chapter in Tamil film history.”

Santhana Bharathy : (Director & Producer) “He would trust us completely and make us feel very important.”

Anandan : (PRO, Film News)
“He was very friendly to everyone irrespective of the job they did. He loved playing table tennis and would often play a game with the office boys.”

P. Vasu : (Director)
“He is my mentor.”
Awards * Kalaimamani Award from State Sangeeth Natak Academy.
* Best story award from Filmfare for ‘Nazrana’ (1961).
* Nominated as Best Director & Best Story from Filmfare for ‘Dil ek Mandir’ (1963)

* ‘Ratha paasam’ was first written as a play by him and later it was adapted for film.

* He is one of the directors to direct Rajnikanth and Kamalahaasan together as leading actors in his film ‘Ilamai oonjal aadugiradhu’.

* He rejected Hemamalini

* His movie ‘Thaen nilavu’ is the first tamil film to be shot in Jammu & Kashmir.

* He has made 60 films in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi.

* ‘Nenjil oru aalayam’ was remade in Telugu, Malayalam & Hindi. It was completed within weeks and most of the scenes were shot in a single hospital set.

* ‘Sivandha mann’ is the first Tamil film to be shot abroad.

* He hailed from a middle class Reddiar community from Nelvai,
Cithamur, Chengalpet, Tamilnadu.

Residence Neelangarai, Chennai

Courtesy: Web Resources
Photo Courtesy: expressbuzz.com
Compiled by: PS and Gayathri

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