What to Read Next

S.Ramanathan rose from the ranks to become most admired filmmaker

V.S. Rajapur
9 January 2013

Chennai, Jan 9 (IANS) A genius in his own right, filmmaker S. Ramanathan, one of the most admired film personalities in the southern film industry, worked with many stalwarts such as Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and Vishnuvardhan and Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bahchcan before he bid his final adieu Wednesday.

Ramanathan, known for making films in various southern languages as well as Hindi, died Wednesday. He was 83.

Producer-director-actor Dwarakish, a close friend of Ramanathan, says his death is a great loss for the Indian film industry in general and the southern film industry in particular.

"S. Ramanathan was known as Sirji in the film industry circle. He rose from the ranks to become one of the most admired film personalities in the country," said Dwarakish, adding that Ramanathan's Shalimar Hotel in Mumbai, was frequently visited by many southern producers, directors and stars who were shooting for their film in the metropolis.

Producer Soorappa Babu said Sirji is an inspiration for many.

"Sirji was certainly one of the most respected film personalities in the Kannada film industry. He was liked by legendary artists like Raj Kumar, Vishnuvardhan, veteran director Puttanna Kanagal and many others. He is an inspiration to many ambitious producers," said Soorappa Babu.

Ramanathan started his career with theatre in Bangalore and spent most of his early days in the city. He later shifted to Madras, now known as Chennai, mainly because in the late 1950s and early 1960s the city was known for its film activities.

He first worked as an assistant to the then well-known director A. Bhim Singh and later turned director with 1959 Malayalam movie "Naadodikal" and followed it up with movies like "Shreekovil" (1962) and two years later came out with "Devaalayam".

After the success of his guru Bhim Singh's Tamil road movie "Madras To Pondicherry", which was directed by Thirumalai-Mahalingam, he decide to remake it in Hindi and moved to Mumbai.

He titled the Hindi version "Bombay to Goa" and roped in then struggling actor Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role. The film became a hit and marked his long relationship with Amitabh with whom he made films like "Mahaan", in which the Bollywood megastar played a triple role.

His film "Geraftaar", with which he turned producer in 1985, featured the power trio of Amitabh, Rajinikanth and Kamal in the lead roles. He also produced Amitabh-starrer "Gangaa Jamunaa Saraswathi".

As a director, his last film with Big B was "Zamaanat", which is yet to hit the screen.

Ramanathan also made films with legendary artists like Raj Kumar, Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Vishnuvardhan, and Shivaraj Kumar in various languages.

Military Mortgage Rates In 2016

Rates as Low as 2.75% (3.028% APR) 15 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

Navy Seal Flashlight Should Be Banned From Public?

Controversial Classified Military Technology Has Just Been Released To The Public. Get This Flashlight Before It's Banned Or Sold Out - Limited Supply

Free Samples Sites- Why You Should Pay Attention

Sign up now for freebies so good you will feel guilty not paying for them! No credit card or purchase necessary.

9 Cards for People Who Have Great Credit

What card offers up to 5% cash back? And which one offers 24/7 concierge service? See the best credit cards of 2016. Apply online, quickly & easily.

Buying Medigap Plan F? Read This First

Plan F is the most popular Medicare Supplement plan, but there's another Medigap option you should consider.

Switch and save!

Switch to Progressive and you could save an average of $548.

Hilton HHonors™ Card

Earn 40,000 Hilton HHonors™ Bonus Points. Apply for Your Card Today.

Banks Are Worried Homeowners Will Do This.

Homeowners are surprised and furious. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home, you better read this.

10 Ways to Generate Income in Retirement

If you have a $500,000 portfolio, download the guide by Forbes columnist Ken Fisher’s firm. It’s called, “The Definitive Guide to Retirement Income.”

Starwood Credit Card

Earn 25,000 Bonus Starpoints®! Use toward Award Nights or Flights.

G700 Millitary Tactical Flashlight

Get 75% Off World's Coolest and Brightest Flashlight. Check it Out Today!

Powerful Tactical Flashlight Flying Off Shelves!

This new tactical flashlight was just released to the public and is flying off shelves in the United States. Limited supplies left, act quick!

Is Wall Street Ruined?

Three years ago Robert Allen invested his life savings of $1,500. Now the 62-year-old's portfolio is over $2.7 million. How did he do it? Not by...

Insane Navy Seal Flashlight, should it be banned?

The Military has recently released technology that is now available to the public. Get yours before they run out - Limited Supply!