Well known director S P Jananathan, who has directed a number of critically acclaimed films including the National award winning film Iyarkai, passed away at 10.07 this morning due to a cardiac arrest at the Apollo Hospitals on Greams Road in Chennai.
He was 61.
It may be recalled that the director had been admitted to the hospital in a critical condition by his assistants a couple of days ago. Apparently, the assistants had found the director, who had gone home for lunch, in an unconscious state at his residence.
The director, a bachelor and philanthropist with strong leanings to the idealogies of the Left, had showcased communist idealogies in several of his movies including Peraanmai, Booloham and Ee. His upcoming film, Laabam, features Vijay Sethupathi, Shruti Haasan and Jagapathi Babu in the lead.
Incidentally, S P Jananathan has passed away on the death anniversary of social revolutionary Karl Marx, a man who he held in high esteem and considered as one of his role models.
Several film actors, directors, producers and film industry professionals have expressed their regret and condolences on getting to learn of his death.
Jayam Ravi, who played the lead in one of Jananathan’s superhits Peraanmai, tweeted, “Rip Jana sir. No one can take you away from our memories.”
Those wishing to pay their last respects to the departed director can do so at 4/35, Devadi Street, Kutcheri Road, Mylapore.