Thanjavur Ranganayaki Ramanna, well known as T.R.Rammana, was a famed producer and director of Tamil cinema. He has directed around 30 movies and most of them were proved to be a huge success. T.R.Ramanna was born in Thanjavur, Madras Presidency, British India. His family was popular for their prowess in Carnatic music and his elder sister, T. R. Rajakumari, was a well acclaimed Carnatic singer and dancer as well as Tamil actress. T.R.Ramanna started his career as a sound engineer and was working with Director K.R. Subramaniyam in the department of film production.

During this time he met B. S.Saroja, an actress of the film which was being directed by K.R.Subramaniyam. B.S.Saroja played a significant role in nourishing the career of T.R.Ramanna. It was her instinct that Ramanna has inbuilt capability of film direction and she encouraged him to move forward into the field of film direction and production.

T.R.Ramanna was married to B.S Saroja with the consent of both the families in the year 1949 at Ranganathar Temple, Mahabalipuram. The couple was blessed with three children, son Ganesh and daughters Kalarani and Shanthi. They also have six grand children. T.R.Ramanna expired leaving the whole Tamil industry in deep agony on 22 May 1997. T.R.Ramanna along with B.S.Saroja started three production companies named R. R. Pictures, Ganesh Pictures and Vinayaga Pictures. The first film that was directed by him was Vazha Pirandavan in the year 1953. After that, he directed and produced almost 30 films in Tamil, one Hindi film, Yuvraj, in the year 1979, one Telugu film, Manchi Chedu, in the year 1963 and some Kannada films.

T.R.Ramanna is solely responsible for setting a new trend from the movie Periya Edathu Pen in which he insisted M.G.Ramachandran (popularly known as MGR) to wear western clothes (Pant and Shirt) for a dance. MGR was very much reluctant to that but he agreed to Ramanna's persistence and danced. The dance proved to be a smashing hit and then every producer demanded to have a similar dance in their film. MGR who was hesitating to attempt such dancing style in the beginning complimented T.R.Ramanna for starting a trend. All the expenses and income accounts for a film production and direction were managed by B.S.Saroja. Apart from his first film, Vazha Pirandavan, other films like Panakkara Kudumbam, Kulebagavali, Pasam, thangachchurangam, Naan, Moondrezuthu, Puthumaipithan,Sorgam, Parakkum Pavai, Nadodi, vazhappiranthaval, Periya idaththu Pen and Ennaipol oruvan are some of his benchmark films. He was a very innovative person and also had a great interest in writing novels. He has indeed made his mark in Tamil film history and his presence will always be missed by the whole industry.

C. V. Rajendran Kannada Actor

C. V. Rajendran

C.V.Rajendran was a veteran Indian director. He filmed some of the memorable movies of Indian cinema such as Ponnunjal, Sivakamiyin Selvan, Galatta Kalyanam, Ullasa Paravaikal and others. He was related to director C.V. Sridhar as his cousin. Rajendran directed more than seventy Kannada, Telugu and Hindi movies in his long career. Most of his films became yesteryear classics. Rajendran used to work with actor Shivaji Ganesan a lot, and the duo had collaborated on over a dozen movies. He took birth in Kanchipuram District of Tamil Nadu in the year 1937. Rajendran also became a producer for a couple of films that featured Shivaji Ganesan. He started his career in 1963 as an assistant director for C.V. Sridhar. The first film was Dil Ek Mandir. Directed by C.V. Sridhar, it featured Raaj Kumar, Mahmood, and Meena Kumari. For several years Rajendran worked as an associate and assistant director for C.V. Sridhar. He gained knowledge and experience about filmmaking before starting his directorial ventures. In 1967, Rajendran filmed his debut movie, Anubavam Pudhumai. The Tamil film produced by T.S. Sethuraman starred Rajasri, Manorama, Muthuraman, and others. It got remade into the Bollywood movie as Hulchul in 1971. In 1968, Rajendran launched Shivaji Ganesan and Jayalalitha in the film Galatta Kalyanam. It became the beginning of an endless era for Rajendran, Ganesan, and Jayalalitha. He also gave Shivaji’s son Prabhu a breakthrough in the industry. Once Rajendran got a start, he was unstoppable. He directed one or two films every year, be it Tamil, Kannada or Malayalam. Rajendran worked with artists like Kamal Hassan, Rajnikanth, Rajkumar, Srinath, Ravichandran, Jaishankar, etc. In 1980, he made Ullasa Paravaigal featuring Kamal Hassan. The music given by Ilaiyaraaja became a super hit. The evergreen songs got a place in the hearts of the audience. The film also got remade into Kannada and Hindi. Rajendran’s career that started in the 1960s went up till four decades till the 1990s. His last directorial was Chinnappadass, released in 1989. The film featured Radha and Sathyaraj. After this, Rajendran produced a couple of movies such as Vietnam Colony and Once More, starred Shivaji Ganesan and Prabhu. On April 1, Rajendran took his last breath at the MIOT Hospital in Chennai. He left behind his legacy, his children, and his wife, Janaki Rajendran. Rajendran works celebrated fantastic storylines and memorable music.

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B Vittalacharya

B. Vithalacharya also was known as B. Vittalacharya was born on 18th of January in the year 1920. He was an Indian film producer and director who mainly worked in Kannada and Telugu Cinema. He was born in Udipi, Karnataka in India. He was also known with the name of Maayaajala Mannan, and Jaanapada Brahma. He came into the industry in the year 1944. His debut film as a director was “Rajya Lakshmi.” He also owned a company named Vittal Productions which is a film production company. He was married to Mrs. Jayalakshmi Acharya. Along with his friend named “Sri D. Shankar Singh,” he established a One Touring Cinema in a district named Hassan. He used to run the Touring Talkies on a Regular basis and was an executive partner of that. After some, he moved forward from one Touring Talkies to four. He used to learn the filmmaking techniques in a practical way by watching each and every film they screened. In the year 1944, he got married to “Mrs. Jayalakshmi Acharya” who is the daughter of Sri U. Ramadasa. She is the third daughter of Sri U. Ramadasa. Apart from his productions, he has also worked for many other producers. Vittalacharya has made around 19 movies for an actor named “N.T. Rama Rao.” He was the leading hero of that time in Andhra Pradesh. All the movies of Vittalacharya were successful and was a blockbuster. Although it didn’t give him many Awards. He was popular for using excellent visual effects in his movies. His fans called him with a name “Maayaajala Mannan” and “Jaanapada Brahma.” In the year 1954, he directed and produced a film named “Kanyadhanam” which was a revolutionary film of that time. Later on, he made two more Kannada movies. After that, he concentrated on directing and producing only Tamil and Telugu movies. He was a seventh child of his parents. From a very young age, he was interested in Bayalata, Yakshagana, and Dramas. He went to Arasikere and did many odd jobs. Later on, he bought and ran an Udipi restaurant successfully. At the age on nine, he left his house to try his fortune. Along with some of his friends, he participated in Quit India Movement which started against The Britishers before Independence. During that time, he had to go to jail. After coming out of jail, he gave his business of restaurant to his younger brother. His father was a well-known doctor of Ayurveda, and he used to provide free services to his patients. He died on 28th of May in the year 1999 at the age of 79.

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B Vittalacharya Kannada Actor