The veteran Tamil film director C.V Sridhar (80), died today (Oct 20) morning (9.45am) at Malar Hospital in Adyar, Chennai. Sridhar who had suffered a stroke a few years back, was admitted into the hospital some days back, when his condition deteriorated.
Sridhar was a romantist and brought about a whiff of freshness into Tamil cinema in the early 60's. Who can forget his classics like Nenjil Oru Aalayam which was remade into Hindi and became a super hit as Dil Ek Mandir? Sridhar was the man who introduced Jayalalithaa into films through Vennira Aadai
Sridhar started as a dialogue writer when his play “Ratha Pasam” was adapted as a film. He made his debut as a director with Kalyanaparisu, a super hit. He started his own production company Chitralaya in 1961 and made a series of commercially successful films.
His formula was simple. He had big stars notably an actor of caliber like Sivaji Ganesan, steamy melodrama and supreme sacrifice which ensured that women audiences thronged his films. All this was laced with a humorous comedy track,preferably by Nagesh and the songs in his films were melodious and chartbusters. Who can forget the soft romantic Kamal- Rajini film Illamai Oonjal Aadirathu (1978)?
Some of his more successful box-office hits in Tamil were- Kadhalike Neramillai, Nenjil Oru Aalayam, Vennira Aadai, Gallata Kalyanam, Ootty Varai Uravu, Illamai Oonjal Aadiruthu, Kalyana Parissu, Aalaimani, Thennilavu,.
Sridhar was the most successful Tamil director in Hindi with super hits like Dil Ek Mandir, Pyaar Kiya Jaa, Nazarana, Gehri Chaal etc He has directed films in Telugu and Kannada.