All shooting in Kollywood has been cancelled today ( Tuesday, March 23), as a mark of respect for veteran cameraman PN Sundaram who passed away on Monday at the age of 82.
Sundaram was one of the founders of the Film Employees Federation of South India (FEFSI) and the South Indian Cinematographers Association (SICA).
Sundaram was the first high profile commercial film cameraman who was a favourite with both MGR and Sivaji, as his profile shots made them look handsome and daring on screen. Sundaram went on to can a number of memorable movies starring MGR, Sivaji and Jayalaithaa among others.
Sundaram started as a camera assistant at Vijay Vauhini studio and assisted noted cameraman A Vincent, before branching out on his own. Some of his memorable hits include films like Uyarndha Manidhan, Oli Vilakku, Kaadhalikka Neramillai, Enga Veettu Pillai, Adimai Penn, and Vietnam Veedu etc. He had filmed over 200 movies in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi.
Noted cameraman Ramachandra Babu (elder brother of Ravi K Chandran) wrote in his blog: “P.N.Sundaram, well known Cinematographer - Director and President of Southern Indian Cinematographers Association passed away yesterday ( March 22, 2010) at Chennai. Till his last days he was healthy and active. For SICA his absence is a great loss as he was one of the much respected Trade union activists in the film industry who always fought for the workers rights. He was also a great technician and his skill with the camera was well known in the film industry”.