, who presented the Indian film industry with beautiful films, breathed his last on 2nd February 2023. Started his director career in 1951 as an assistant director with the Tamil-Telugu bilingual film
, he has directed 53 films in his career span of 60 years as a director. Most of his films deal with societal issues. He has won 5 National Awards; in 1992, he was awarded Padma Shri, and in 2016, he was honored with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
In 1965, he directed Atma Gowram with , Kanchana, and Rajasree in the lead roles. The debut film won him the Nandini Award for Best Feature Film. Sankarabharanam, Subhalekha, Sagara Sangamam, and Swathi Muthyam are some of his super-hit films. In 2004, he directed Swarabhishekam, which earned him a National Award for Best Director. His last film as a director was Subhapradam. His last film as an actor was in a Kannada film with
, Oppanda. The Indian film industry has lost a legend now! May his soul rest in peace!