Well known Tamil writer and producer Panchu Arunachalam, who has been credited for taking megastar Rajinikanth to the masses, breathed his last here on Tuesday (August 9), his publicist said. He was 75.”He passed away at his residence due to age-related ailments,” Arunachalam’s publicist told IANS. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and two sons.
He is popular for writing over 100 Tamil films, including hits like Murattu Kaalai, Sakalakala Vallavan and Apoorva Sagodhargal. While late filmmaker K. He has also worked as a songwriter. Balachander might have launched superstar Rajinikanth, Panchu was responsible for taking the 65-year-old star to the masses. They worked together in 23 films, including Kazhugu, Pokkiri Raja and Paayum Puli among others.
Arunachalam also came to be known for his association with Kamal Hassan, and they worked together in 13 films. Some of these were titles like Thoongadhey Thambi Thoongadhey and Uyarndha Ullam.That apart, the writer-producer was also responsible for launching the career of music maestro Illayaraja. He introduced the latter in 1976 Tamil film Annakilli.
Earlier this year, a critically-acclaimed documentary on Panchu called A Creator With Midas Touch was released. Panchu is survived by son Subbu Panchu Arunachalam, a popular Tamil actor.
Southern actor Siddharth paid his condolences to Panchu on social media. He wrote on Twitter, ” Panchu Arunachalam sir was a passionate creator. His contribution to Tamil cinema will live on forever. RIP sir. Strength to the family.”
Other celebrities also paid their homage to Panchu. Aishwaryaa R Dhanush wrote on Twitter, “Rest in peace #PanchuArunachalam uncle …you will always be loved and remembered as fondly as ever.”
Rest in peace #PanchuArunachalam uncle …you will always be loved and remembered as fondly as ever.
— Aishwaryaa.R.Dhanush (@ash_r_dhanush) August 9, 2016