Veteran Tamil film director C.V. Rajendran, 81, died here on 31 March 2018. He directed some 78 films. He was part of ace director C.V. Sridhar’s unit and directed many memorable movies. These include Galatta Kalyanam, Sumathi En Sundari and Ponnunjal. He did Sivakamiyin Selvan, a remake of the Hindi hit Aradhana. Raja, starring Sivaji Ganesan and Jayalalithaa, was another notable film.
His career as a director began with the film Anubhavam Pudhumai. It was followed by Galatta Kalyanam, in which Sivaji Ganesan and Jayalalithaa acted together for the first time. A low-budget film, Nil Kavani Kaadhali, starring Jaishankar, was also a hit. Rajendran introduced Prabhu, son of Sivaji Ganesan, in the film Sangili. He directed over 20 films with Sivaji Ganesan in the lead. His cinematic career started in the early-1960s and he was active till the late-1990s. His early films were largely remakes from Hindi.
Rajendran equipped himself early in his career with technical felicity in aspects of film-making, including camera techniques and editing. He transformed Sivaji Ganesan from a ‘method actor’ who worked on a largely uniform template, into a more spontaneous and youthful actor, casting him in dance sequences and songs that served the purpose.